Happy Thanksgiving! Next week, President Obama will issue a pardon to another fortunate turkey while most of us partake in the yearly ritual of gorging ourselves on succulent turkey meat. Afterwards, a satisfied, sleepy feeling will hit us like a ton of sheep. Some believe that turkey dinner makes people sleepy because it contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid. In fact, some people actually take a supplement containing L-tryptophan to treat insomnia, anxiety and depression. What is the big deal about tryptophan anyway?
Because tryptophan is an essential amino acid , this particular amino acid is not produced naturally in the human body and must be included in the diet of everyone. Fortunately, many foods naturally contain tryptophan like turkey. But, how often do you eat turkey? Once yearly consumption of an essential amino acid cannot possibly be enough to meet the demands of a human body; however, other foods contain tryptophan too. Do you eat elk?? No?!? Well, elk does ...
Paxil is an antidepressant sometimes used to help those with anxiety. HealthCentral expert Marcia Purse recently wrote a post explaining about this medication and I thought it may be useful to some of our members on the AnxietyConnection site:
Medications for Bipolar - Paxil (Paroxetine)
Social anxiety disorder cannot be cured. Medications are available and have been found to be helpful for some people. Medications sometimes will allow a person to receive more benefit from behavioral therapy. Some of the considerations to consider before beginning medication are: • The severity of symptoms • Other medications you may take • Your current physical health A medical doctor or a psychiatrist must prescribe medications. Many times the prescribing doctor will work as a member of a team, which can include psychologists, therapists, counselors or social workers. There are a few different types of medication currently prescribed for social anxiety: Antidepressants have been found to be effective in treating anxiety disorders. These medications do require at least four to six weeks of treatment in order to determine their effectiveness. Patients must be willing to try medications for this period of time in order ...
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