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Anxiety Stress Relief
I heard a few people benefit from gaba capsules for anxiety/stress relief, I have purchased tablets and will start soon. What are your views? Ty
Safe,worth a try but: GABA is a neurotransmitter that is calming. Alcohol and drugs like Valium bind to GABA receptors. However, it does not readily cross the blood-brain barrier so one has to take high doses (about 1000 mg) to see much benefit. There is little research on it but it is safe to try. Other supps like L-Theanine, Holy Basil, Magnesium, Ashwagandha and 5-HTP may help more. See http://tinyurl.com/ypz6a ...Read more
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
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Magnesium,B vitamins: Magnesium is the first supplement i advise- see http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 b vitamins often help, esp. B6 & niacinamide up to 500 mg 4x/day. I advise adults take 5-6000 iu of d3/day in fall & winter. Consider fish oil, l-theanine, 5-htp, tulsi tea, ashwagandha, rhodiola, valerian & skullcap. Avoid nutra-sweet. Exercise, meditation & counseling can really help, as can seeing a classical homeopath. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have really bad anxiety. I have a bad habit of making myself vomit as a stress relief. I feel its taking a big tole on my body. How can I stop?
Go to counselor: Giving you a short answer here in no way is going to make you stop the problem, it would be way more involved than that. First go to your doctor or a psychologist who can listen to you and help you and if needed, a psychiatrist who can even prescribe medicine if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more
Talk to dr.first: Kava -- might relax you w/o the feelings of sedation, but in some studies was linked to liver problems. If you have liver problems, don't take it w/o discussing with your doctor first. Vit. B and Folic Acid are believed to affect production of neurotransmitters and thus help with anxiety. Valerian -- helps with sleep and is believed to help with anxiety. ...Read more
I have depression and a bad anxiety disorser. Im taking chinese stress relief but what else could help? I cut myself badly too..What else can I do besides therapy?
Depression: Anyone who has difficulty with cutting themselves should be seeing a psychiatrist and a therapist. Contact your dr. And see if you cannot get a referral. These usually go along with anxiety and depression but i think professional care is indicated. Cutting is always a warning sign and needs professional help. ...Read more
I am 18 pretty sure my chest pain/ occasional jaw pain is anxiety. If pain/squeezing goes aft stress management is it still important to get seen to?
Yes: Two parts to your question: 1. chest pain - see your pcp right away or go to ER if necessary to rule out cardiac or other medical causes. 2. anxiety - get a thorough exam by pcp also to make sure there are no medical factors causing or contributing to your anxiety. Stress management is fine, but please get checked by your doctor. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have anxiety and OCD with heart health. I am always checking my pulse and BP. I tend to have BP 100/60 or lower. Is this good stress management?
No: sounds like you are needlessly obsessing on numbers. are you taking an SSRI? perhaps the dose can be increased. consider the book: "Stop Obsessing" by Foa. get in counseling. reduce stress with exercise and lifestyle changes. do breathing exercises. try yoga. but don't keep taking your blood pressure - theres little utility in that. make a f/u appt with your doctor and share this info. be well. ...Read more
What are signs of adult a.D.D. ? And also ptsd? I was sexually abused as a child. Have issues with memory, easily distracted, depression, stress management/anxiety
You may have both: The sx of adhd and ptsd may overlap. Especially in the details of easy distractabilty and poor memory. You should see a counselor for your ptsd symptoms but you should get some comprehensive psychological testing to determine if you have both or the one diagnosis ater this you may or may not want to add medication to the counseling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"stress" is mental, physical, or emotional tension or strain. For each of us, the experience is a little different -- and the situations that trigger it are individual also. "stress management" is the process of using tools or skills such as guided imagery/visualization, meditation, biofeedback, breathing exercises, yoga, etc to decrease or contain this ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more