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Can Tryptophan Manage Your Anxiety?

I am constantly searching for the best chemical intervention that can help manage my anxiety. Today, I may have found that intervention. On the 1st of May, 2018, I started a review of all literature written on the amino acid, tryptophan. My search included an examination of all published articles on tryptophan between June 2013...
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Anxiety and Diet

4 years ago I was 103 kilograms. I was sitting at my computer, at my previous clinic in Adamstown, writing consultation notes for patients. I remember needing to take my shirt off because I was sweating uncontrollably, and could not focus on what I was doing. I was educating patients on nutrition while at the...
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Herbal and Nutritional Interventions for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

I experience anxiety. Sometimes it can feel uncomfortable, overwhelming, like I cannot breathe. My past was one of discomfort, overwhelm and breathlessness, regardless of the stressor or demand of the situation. It is the relentless feeling of discomfort, overwhelm and breathlessness that I believe describes generalised anxiety disorder. My experience of GAD included fretful, repetitive chatter,...
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New Treatments for Depression

Depression continues as a prevalent mental illness with the burden of disease second to heart disease only. Lifetime prevalence rates for depression in Australia stands at approximately 25 percent for females and 12 percent for males. Antidepressant medication treatment assists with approximately 30 percent of acute episodes of depression and one third of patients treated...
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General Depression and Postpartum Depression

Low B vitamin status has long been linked to depressive behaviour, especially individuals with lethargic, apathetic symptomotology (showing no interest, feeling or concern). S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe) has been repeatedly shown 'as effective' as many currently prescribed antidepressants. However, the mechanism by which SAMe elicits its response is unclear at this time. Moreover, bio-available forms of...
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