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Does 5 Htp Help With Anxiety
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
Yes: What have become known as antidepressants are also used as first line treatment of anxiety disorders. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; ie, sertraline, paroxetine) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs; ie, venlafaxine), as well as wellbutrin (bupropion) are often prescribed. For more info: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/711111 ...Read more
It can: But you have to be careful with herbal remedies. You never know how much of the active ingredient is in any dose. So, you can take too much of the active ingredient without knowing. In addition, sam-e can mess with liver functioning. Suffice it to say do your homework and speak with a medical professional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stop the caffeine: If the anxiety is caused by caffeine, it is best to stop using it. 5 htp is not a quick onset supplement for anxiety. It has to be taken daily and will gradually build up to a therapeutic level in your body which can take weeks. If you are prone to anxiety, it is best just to stay away from the caffeine. If you are having serious physical symptoms from the caffeine. You should see a doctor. ...Read more
Probably not: This has been studied, and 5-htp, the precursor for serotonin, is sold in healthfood stores for this purpose. The idea is to flood the body and brain with precursor to increase serotonin (or with tyrosine, norepinephrine), having the same effect as getting an antidepressant. Problem is, you flood the whole body, not just specific parts of the brain, so lots of se not much specific benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indirectly: Agree with previous comments. There are some with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or neuropathic-type pain, who respond very well to gabapentin. If such a chronic condition is contributing to one's depressed state or anxiety, and symptoms are alleviated with treatment, depressive symptoms may improve also. But there is no direct biochemical pathway by which gabapentin treats depression or anxiety. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dep, usu not anxiety: Wellbutrin (bupropion) helps 2/3 to 3/4 of patients with clinical depression feel better, about the same as other antidepressants. It is not an anti-anxiety med, and won't help anxiety directly. However, sometimes anxiety is a symptom of depression. In this case, if the depression is treated the anxiety may go away as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any suggestions how to cope with stress and anxiety that is affecting my job performance. Use .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) for insomnia & lamictal for mood disorder?
Anxiety: Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz.Org website and also consider reading my latest book, "managing the stress of success" featured on the same site. If your stress continues consult a mental health professional as psychotherapy can be very helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. Best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it may: Sam-e may help in depression. One study used sam-e as an augmentation strategy for people who did not respond to ssri's. Remission rates were slightly higher in the adjunctive sam-e group than placebo. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20595412?dopt=abstract also sam-e has been found effective for depression on its own. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12418499?dopt=abstract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only if you have ADH (vasopressin): The only time that Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) helps anxiety is if the anxiety is a physical restlessness due to adhd. It does not directly help other forms of anxiety. It can indirectly help anxiety due to depression if the depression is otherwise untreatable and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is added in adjunctively as a mood elevating medication. In those cases treating the depression this way may alleviate the anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe, maybe not: Some recent research shows that adding omega-3 fatty acids to depression therapy can be beneficial in the treatment of some types of depression. Some studies also show a correlation between decreased intake of omega-3 fatty acids and the development of depression. However, other studies indicate that these theories are not true. The research results are currently mixed on this subject. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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