Zinc. Anxiety can be caused by high copper levels. If you start cutting down copper intake and ramp up your zinc intake, that will help antagonize the copper. Vitamin C as well.
kratom is amazing for anxiety especially if you are only going to use it a few times a week. you can use it everyday and it will definitely work but you can become physically dependent on it. i am but its a trade off im willing to accept. kratom strangely gives me energy /anxiety relief as well as pain relief and if i stop taking it i wont have a seizure (unlike benzos i was on for a decade) but i will miss a few nights sleep and be cranky as hell. if limited to 3-4 days a week (3 to be safe but 4-5 on bad weeks) you should be fine
Mucuna pruriens. L-Dopa isolate. I had problems with anxiety/depression for the longest time, the first two days of taking this stuff were like magic. I had giggling fits the first few times, then every day after was zen.
Note: Do NOT source actual clinical grade levodopa. Its used in the treatment of parkinson's, and can cause serious CNS issues. The extract from M. pruriens is fine, as its only 1:25 at the highest isolate from the source itself, in which L-Dopa only consitutes about 3% of its chemical constituents. Negligible amounts in terms of toxicity, but not in terms of efficiency of uptake.
(For greater results, its advisable to take it alongside coffee.)
Ashwagandha, 300mg, 5% withanolides (Jarrow does a product based on the KSM-66 extract, but there will be others). If this doesn't work you can up the daily dosage to 600mg. If your product doesn't state the withanolide content, assume it's just ground up root which may be little better than eating dust.
Kava did wonders for me. I have a natural tolerance to gabaergics though, so I had to use 3/4 a cup of the ground route. I would say Kratom, but that can be addictive. Personal experience. I was taking literally 20 grams for a year straight. I quite for 6 months and now I only use it when I need to. And I have to use at least 12 grams since I screwed up my receptors when I was taking too much. Just take it easy and start with 4 grams for anxiety. Some people find as little as 2 gram helps them.
Reishi mushroom, must be good quality though and pretty high dose around 3-5 g/day. Calms the heart and treats insomnia too. Real mushrooms brand uses Nammex mushrooms from Skye Chilton, grown in Canada, lab tested and probably one of the best mushrooms in the world.
I have ptsd, and I use cannabis, phenibut, adrafinal, sulbutiamine, aniracetam, l theanine, magnesium, and a few others to treat my symptoms that are cause by the ptsd. Alot of people do not realise how important diet and exercise is with combatting anxiety and depression. One of the biggest comtributors for anxiety is due to diet and nutrition. I have ptsd and was prescribed like countless prescriptions and therapies but didn't once ask what my diet is like. Diet is a HUGE contributor to depression, anxiety, etc. Meditation works wonders as well. You don't have to sit there in lotus position to consider it meditation. Drawing, reading, nature walks, are all forms of meditation. Just do something that take you out of the chaos of life and do something that requires not alot of thinking, and allows you to slip into the flow and relax. That is what meditation truly is.
At this current time, after implementing all of that to my life I am doing and feeling better than I have in 8 years. I was having multiple panic attacks a day, couldn't leave the house/room, on the brink of suicide, battling addiction. Now I am doing so much better. I still have off days and anxiety but it is manageable.
Sorry if that doesn't make alot of sense, hopefully you get the picture.
Eliminate all sugars, take an anti-Candida/antifungal (Amazon has some good ones--Candex, and Candida Cleanse), take a good probiotic *daily*, in addition to important things others have mentioned: magnesium, stay well hydrated, meditation, etc.
Please read about the Candida/anxiety link. If this is the root of your anxiety, (my anxiety/social anxiety was) other things like meditation, chamomile, meds, nootropics, etc might temporarily address the symptom, but without the dietary/lifestyle changes, it will continue.
Relief is dangerous! you have to face it to overcome! You decide weather anxiety can be a stepstone for becoming stronger or it can break you if you let it. There is also the programming of your childhood traumas and so on... I had panic attacks, depression, was suicidal, was a junky and the only thing that helped me was to Programm my mind anew and ascend. Because anxiety and depression is a deeply unconscious manifested problem of the mind. How you can detox the body you can detox your mind! I been through hell and back. Doctors pills made it worse till I had absolute enough of myself, my situation, I wanted everything to change. I think a real professional therapy helps more than any medicine. At least for long term!
Joe N Jessy Alfonso: Ok, I went through all the responses, tried to add some value to them. Here are some top choices I think were not suggested with BIG ADVANTAGES: Low risk of side-effects no known potential for tolerance or withdrawal and might improve cognition! Worst case scenario, nothing happens: SELANK, EMOXYPINE, AFOBAZOLE and ETIFOXINE. Hope this helps. Good Luck! ;)
There really isnt too much that you can do about severe phenibut withdrawal but anything people use for benzo PAWS could help the symptoms. Lots of Taurine and Theanine wouldnt hurt but using Modafinil really just means that you are going to be more awake. This thread has some good starting research on sustainable options for anxiety://www.longecity.org/.../54028-treating-anxiety-safely.../
Agree with the taurine (3g daily) and theanine (~300mg daily).
Would also recommend:
- Passionflower, valerian, skullcap, kava, etc (gabaergic herbs)
- Gotu kola
- Holy basil
- Magnesium Glycinate
- 500mg of flushing niacin (3-4 doses throughout the day). Ease up to 500 or your skin will be on fire. Try 50mg every few days.
- ~60 minutes of medium/high-intensity exercise daily (this has actually helped my SA the most in combination with pushing out of the comfort zone, gradually)
- Eat a healthy diet (paleo, perhaps). Also, 70% of calories from fresh vegetables, 30% from animal products
- Look for mineral/vitamin deficiency symptoms and correct them with appropriate foods or a multivitamin (I highly recommend Life-Extension's Multi Mix Capsules)
- Lots of sunshine
- Vipassana/mindfulness meditation daily for ~30 minutes (very important)
- ~8 hours of quality sleep each night
Best of luck! As for social anxiety, be sure to stay up to date with Quora, Longecity, Reddit, and the SAS forums. Have struggled with this heavily myself, and am still progressing/learning.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People
- The Confidence Gap
- Dream Yoga by Andrew Holecek (Self-CBT with lucid dreaming is highly effective)
- Feeling Good
- The Chimp Paradox
- The Charisma Myth
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius/Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
Apart from actual medication (I have Luvox) but am reducing to improve brain fog and so what has worked for me in doing that is life extensions ashwaganda, less booze, running and jumping on a trampoline - just to get past a certain point of comfort and it's like the brain switches / I still prefer not to "people" but am much better at it when I have to :)
1. Expose therapy (talk to people as often as possible)
2. Meditate daily
3. Exercise daily
4. Make sure you're not deficient in anything (vitamins, minerals)
5. Get outside / sunlight
6. Daily supplements for anxiety: GABA, Theanine, Tyrosine, Lemon Balm Extract, Rosemary Extract, DHA/EPA, Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Magnesium
Modafinil would most likely exacerbate anxiety. I strongly advice AGAINST it.
The most effective tool I've found so far for Phenibut Withdrawal is fasoracetam. -25-100 mg once or twice per day- and sulbutiamine. Part of the symptoms seem to be dopaminergic. Another way to go about it is to switch to pregabalin and taper from it. -Long acting, much less abusable-.