Posted by Lao Tzu on June 11, 2008, at 7:23:53
In reply to Anyone successful in managing their Social anxiety, posted by misterd on June 11, 2008, at 0:23:41
There are a couple of amino acids that are helpful for anxiety. They are taurine and glycine or a supplement called Magnesium Glycinate. If you take glycine or Magnesium Glycinate, you might get better results if you take either one before bedtime, not in the morning because you might feel listless during the day. So there are a number of supplements to help you with your anxiety. They are 5-htp (best taken at bedtime) or saint john's wort (take one or the other because they both help with serotonin); vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, B12, zinc (start off at low dose, say 15mg. You might have to cut the tablet with a pill cutter); kava kava (an herb), omega-3 fish oil (With fish oil, I would suggest starting off with 1 or 2 capsules per day because in my experience, too high a dosage of fish oil makes me feel lethargic); magnesium/calcium complex, taurine, and glycine OR magnesium glycinate. The key is to experiment a little to find the right combination of supplements that makes your social anxiety symptoms more managable. You might want to keep a journal and write down all the combinations you try. If a particular combination doesn't feel comfortable, then try another combination by adding or subtracting a particular supplement from your regimen. Some combinations work great together, others don't. It can be frustrating and it takes time to figure all of this out. Usually, you'll have to take a cocktail of supplements to help your anxiety. Stick with what works and don't give up too soon. If you feel too lethargic or listless during the day, you probably are taking too many supplements together or your taking too high a dosage of a particular supplement. You might want to add or subtract supplements from your regimen or lower the dosages until you feel more comfortable. It can be a pain in the butt to figure out, but in the long run it is worth it, I assure you.
If the supplements alone don't work, you still might consider seeing a psychiatrist to see what he/she can do with medications. Be patient is all I can say. In addition, talking to a therapist can greatly help you to deal with situations that might be adding to your social anxiety. He/she will give you insight into how to deal with stresses in your life. Good luck.