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Old 08-29-2009, 04:57 PM
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A little Kava-Kava, anybody?

A'ite, so here's the deal:

I've been recently diagnosed with GAD. That is, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. My family's got a history of this kinda stuff. Ya know, psychological disorders and such. We're kinda loony.

Anywho, I know the best treatment plan for something like this is cognitive therapy, but my health insurance situation is a little iffy at the moment. Seeing a therapist is something of a commitment, and I might be on a different health insurance plan here before too long...so I'd have no way of knowing if whoever I choose would accept coverage, etc, etc.

So, me and my doc are treating the symptoms in the mean time with meds. Nuthin badass or crazy, not goin on xanex or valium or anything. Even though those are kinda fun, but I digress...

Anyways, to get to the point, I'm looking for something quick, easy, non-addictive, and not unhealthy to help calm me down when I start to feel a little "on edge". I've read a bit about how Kava's supposed to be a nice, natural relaxant, and was wondering if anybody here has had any experience with the stuff?

I'm aware of the studies in which participants were more likely to develop liver problems...but after reading into them a bit, I'm not overly concerned. I'm going to discuss it with my doctor as well, but I appreciate any insight any of ya'll have to give .

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Old 08-29-2009, 05:43 PM
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I have GAD. Kava does not work well enough to risk the liver problems, imo. Right now I am on Lexapro and buspar, and I have never felt better since I was diagnosed (6 years ago.) Using Xanax for the short term is not a bad thing to do until the real meds you decide on kick in. Although I hate taking it too, when I had bad panic attacks and couldn't sleep, it was worth it.

I haven't taken any Xanax in about 6 months now, so it's definitely not something you would have to continue using. Therapy never worked well for me, although some of the self-help books really did because it helped me train myself to think differently.

I would also recommend, in addition to any meds your doctor prescribes, you add a magnesium supplement before bed time, and take a b-complex vitamin once per day.
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:06 PM
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Word! Misery loves company, eh?

From what I had read, part of the problem with the Kava-Kava studies is that some of the supplements used parts of the stems and leaves of the plant...whereas the ones that use the root are thought to be safer. Could be wrong, still wanna do a little more research and ask my doctor about it.

I'm always a bit weary of taking any sort of medication. Part of the whole guilt-complex thing, ya know. "why do I have to take this when other people don't?" meh.

Anywho, the doc's got me on Pristiq and Seroquel right now. The Seroquel's pretty nuts, actually. Friggin stuff puts me out. It's nice to be able to get to sleep easily.

I already take some ZMA before I hit the hay too...a Zinc/Magnesium/Vitamin B6 thing that's supposed to be highly bio-available. its surrounded by a whole lot of marketing hoo-ha as a bodybuilding supplement. I got a 6 month supply though for dirt cheap...so, I use that about 30 mins before bed.

I already take a pretty intense multi-vitamin though. I'm wondering if a B-complex supplement might be redundant? Couldn't hurt, I suppose.
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i'm trying to figure out why so many people i know who are into fashion suffer from this
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I've used kava in the past...didn't seem to do anything for me personally.
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i'm trying to figure out why so many people i know who are into fashion suffer from this
I wouldn't call myself "into fashion", truthfully. Every time I hear the word "Trend" uttered I shiver a little. I used to be an all-black semi-goth-ish kid back in high school, and I would make jokes about how "fashion" was synonymous with "fascism". Though, truth told, I would only really wear whatever it was that my mom had bought me. Some cool kid I was.

I had no interest in clothing whatsoever until about two or three months ago, when I realized that all my clothes were falling off of me. Hell, before that, for about a year I had rejected anything that had to do with nice clothes...long story. Anywho...I started shopping with some trepidation at first, and then suddenly discovered that there was a LOT of stuff out there that I really liked.

Though, I'd buy one thing that I really liked, and I'd really like it. Then, suddenly, all my other stuff was no longer as cool. And made me look like a doofus. So I had to get more stuff, naturally, because I couldn't wear the same thing day after day (If I had discovered nudies at this point, it woulda saved me a lot of trouble). I had to get the stuff...you see...because if I didn't, I'd look like hell.

Then I'd feel like a consumer whore, and be ashamed. And couldn't stop thinking about that.

GAD makes a lotta sense to me.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:55 AM
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does work, not that I would condone that. I didn't have anxiety issues until I stopped that at 17.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:46 PM
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Aye, when I was first playin around with it after I turned 18 I had some ups and downs with it. Some really good times, some really awful times. Either way, I always had a foggy head the next day...so it's only useful as a weekend remedy...and just as long as I don't have any issues that I gotta deal with.

I don't trust it much...It would be too easy to let it fall into habit and rely on it as a crutch.

Not that I'm a prude, I just know myself ;). Hell, I'd LOVE to have a pair of hemp jeans some day. Peace, love, rock n' roll, sex and drugs...maybe a little darkness death and despair every now and then to balance it out.
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