As a social anxiety sufferer I have to do lots of exposure to help me reprogram my mind. This is so painful and stressful that I have to have some chemical support during therapy. I want to do this using a stimulant + anxiolytic combo, while keeping my brain healthy enough to prevent addiction or tolerance or withdrawal symptoms.
The stimulant will help me think quicker and narrow my focus. Social phobics usually overthink situations and as a result we needlessly get distracted by so many signals instead of enjoying the social situation. Stimulants should help us focus on the situation and easily filter out negative thoughts. I could alternate (a combination of) the following supplements.
L-Tyrosine (+ something to reduce thyroid activity?)
L-Phenylalaline (+ something to reduce thyroid activity?)
To keep calm and take the edges off the stimulating effects, I need an anxiolytic. A relaxed mind should think better. For me, only benzos have noticeable anxiolytic effects. I want to take one in the morning so that it will have completely left my system by the time I go to bed. This should prevent tolerance and withdrawal symptoms because my brain will have enough benzo-free restorative sleep. I’m not sure if and how long this will work though.
For further brain protection and improved function, I want to take cholinergics like ALCAR, different phosphatides, and DMAE.
Exercise, meditation, antioxidants (like curcumin), fish oil, correct breathing, super foods etc. should all help me further realize my goal and protect my brain.
Are there any other supplements I could take for any of the categories I listed above? And would this work for a 5 day of the week exposure program (I won’t use them on weekends)? How safe is the long term use of benzos?
ps. I have to watch out for (glutamate) excitotoxicity. I’ve had some really bad experiences with piracetam and I do have a mild case of HPPD.
Edited by x74x61, 18 August 2012 - 09:04 AM.