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  1. Try Amazon, that's where I get mine. I was desperate to try them fast too so I looked everywhere. Our GNC didn't have them but he directed me to a food co-op downtown where I found them but I get them at a better price on Amazon. I like the Calmplex Suntheane as it has other stuff added that helps me sleep. I found some at the organic market that I go to. It was a 30 count bottle, 100 mg each pill, for $10. I have been taking them for several days now and definitely see a difference. My anxiety isn't completely gone, but I feel much more at ease and a little bit more confident. I've heard Suntheanine is more potent than just Theanine. Have you tried both?
  2. I've been on L-theanine for about a month now and have noticed a slight difference. I also added 5-htp and L-tryptophan because I have horrible insomnia. I've been on the net researching supplements too, my pdoc said to try them one at a time to see which, if any, work for me. I just bought a box of SAM-e in desperation (they're quite expensive) to see if it will help with my depression. I'm going to give it a few weeks. Overall, I would say L-theanine is worth trying. I even found a child's chewable for my son who has terrible stress and trauma over going to his dad's overnight and either it helps, or he thinks it helps, if he takes it at bedtime. Either way, it works for him. It's a really small dose in a vitamin called Relax-a-saurus that some parents use for ADHD kids which my son also has. It also helps counteract the effects of caffeine which is probably why it helps me fall asleep a little easier (along with the L-tryptophan and kava) because I can't seem to stay away from the diet pepsi and coffee. Good luck! Thanks! I've read mixed reviews on L-T. Some say it works just as well as Xantax, others say it only slightly helps them, while the rest say it doesn't help them at all. I have been looking around in stores for the past 2 days for L-T, but I have yet to find it. And I'm not trying to pay $30 for it at GNC. So if I don't find it tomorrow, I guess I'll order it online. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, I really want it to work!
  3. etchedinmisery, I can completely relate to how you feel. I have been told pretty much the same things, like I'm always so sad and depressed and that my energy rubs off on others, causing them to be uncomfortable and not wanting to be around me for too long. I try all the time to seem happy and in a good mood, but I can't cover up the pain, anger and sadness that I hold inside of me. Even when I manage to smile, my eyes always tell the truth: I am not happy. I know negative energy is toxic and I'm trying to figure out a way to rid myself of it. I also feel like I will never have another relationship with a guy again. I ended my last 4 year (codependent) relationship last year and feel like I will never be able to find someone to love me in spite of my insecurities. But that's irrational, I know, and we all will find someone eventually. We just have to believe and work on ourselves for now. xo
  4. Yeah, tea does have caffeine, but L-Theanine is an amino acid, no caffeine included. I've done a lot of research on it and feel that it may really help with anxiety, as it crosses the blood-brain barrier, causing the brain to create more alpha waves and a sense of relaxation. I'm not a big fan of tea, that's why I want to buy the supplement. Thanks for replying!
  5. Hi Kate! I'm also 23 and suffer from anxiety, but not GAD. I have this weird awkwardness around people, even my friends, that started when I was about 17, went away when I was 18-19, then came back, went away for the most part when I was 21, then came back when I was almost 22 and I've been suffering ever since. I also am not too keen on taking medication for this issue, since I don't want to become addicted and have to deal with any side effects. It just doesn't seem very safe. But I think what helps is trying to meditate and doing deep breathing exercises when you feel a panic attack on the rise. Breathing deeply into your abdomen instead of your chest does have a calming effect, so I think you should give it a try if you haven't already. I'm not sure which came first for me, the anxiety or the depression, but I know both run in my family so they go hand in hand. I also have a hard time studying for school and if I have my way, I don't even leave the apartment unless I have to. I refrain from situations that will cause me stress as they drain me completely of all energy and leaves me feeling extremely tired and depressed. But even so, I believe talking with a therapist will have a positive effect when the appointments are regularly kept and you don't miss them. Anxiety is a tricky little "disease" but I wish all the best for you...and everyone else who suffers with it too! xo
  6. Hey everyone. Just had a quick question...has anybody taken an L-Theanine supplement for (social) anxiety and depression? I read about it on a forum last night and did my own research. It seems worth trying, but I'd like to hear if anyone has tried it and if they've had any success with it. xo
  7. Thanks for replying! I guess I could be optimistic about snapping out of it again, but there's no way of knowing if that would ever happen since I don't even know why or how it happened in the first place. I agree with you though, and before I became depressed and anxious again, I had gotten back together with an ex, which was a codependent relationship. No wonder I relapsed. But I will try to keep my head up... :-)
  8. Thank you! I hope you do too.

  9. Hi! Welcome to DF. I hope you have a great day :)

  10. I just read your post and am curious as to if the appointment with your therapist went well? I know exactly what you're going through, and it really sucks. It seems like most people don't understand what you're going through unless they've gone through it themselves, which tends to leave one feeling quite alone. I also don't tend to leave the apartment unless I really have to, and it's definitely not ideal, but I can't seem to force myself to even want to go anywhere. Anyway, I hope you've had some luck with your therapist. I'm going to see mine for the first time in two days. I'm excited to get some feedback on my situation, but also pretty pessimistic about it helping me to get better.
  11. Okay, this is my first post, so here I go... I am currently suffering from clinical depression and social anxiety, and I can't help but feel at times like I'm the only one who is dealing with these problems. I've always had anxiety, even as a little kid. I was extremely uncomfortable around certain family members, parents of friends, teachers, etc. I became more outgoing and social in high school, and the year after I graduated high school I was really outgoing and made a bunch of friends in college and I had never been happier. Then things went downhill. Since then (2007) I have been suffering more often than not with depression and social anxiety. I'm 23 now and it seems that with each passing year, my depression and anxiety gets worse. I'm scared that it's only going to keep getting worse and I'll never get better. Just two years ago I went through a 6-month break from these problems and had (literally) gotten better overnight. I had woken up one morning feeling amazing. I think something had changed with my brain chemistry (was not taking any meds at all) and I had this amazing sense of well-being and I was happy. I was content with everything and was excited about life. I remember the day it happened I was alittle worried that those great feelings weren't going to last very long, but it lasted from April 2009 until around October 2009. I hadn't lost all of my anxiety but for the most part, I was better. I could have normal conversations with anyone and not worry about running out of things to say. I gave off a positive energy and people who hadn't seen me in years would say that I was a completely different person, a much happier person. I was always smiling and laughing and had even been able to date someone during that time. Then around October is when the darkness crept back in and I've been suffering silently ever since. (IF ANYTHING LIKE THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ANYONE, WITHOUT ANY MEDICATION BEING USED, LET ME KNOW. I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT EXACTLY HAD HAPPENED.) I mean, even during those 6 months, I had a few times where I felt like I was beginning to fall back into the darkness, but I somehow kept from getting sucked in. But when I did eventually get sucked in, I haven't been able to get back out. I go through phases though, where at times I will feel a little better and have a little more confidence, but it never lasts long. I haven't been able to get into therapy since I don't have health insurance, but I do have an appointment with the counseling center at my college in two days, which is great, but I can't help but feel like I won't get better. I know that's completely irrational, but I can't help but believe it. I'm not a fan of antidepressants so I think that would be my last resort. I was prescribed Citalopram in 2008 and only took it about a month before I stopped. I just wasn't comfortable with it. I did try homeopathy to help with the depression and anxiety, but it was pretty much a guessing game. My homeopath would send me a remedy, I would take it and wait to see what would happen. Most of the time I would not feel any difference at all, or I would get worse. Only one remedy seemed to help with my lack of energy and constant fatigue (it was called Sepia), but I eventually fell back into sleeping 12 hours a day and relying on coffee for energy. So I stopped seeing my homeopath because it honestly just wasn't working the way I thought it would. Before I end this, I'm going to explain a little about my depression and anxiety so whoever may read this can let me know if they suffer from the same things as well....so I don't feel so alone :-( . Okay, so pretty much every single day I'm depressed. I think about the past a lot, constantly criticizing myself for being the way that I am. I feel like I carry a lot of pain and anger around inside of me, which causes me to give off a constant negative energy that more than one person within the past several months has mentioned to me. One guy that I work with has, on two seperate occasions, rudely told me that I always look so depressed (even though I try to cover it up, which obviously isn't working very well), and that being around me makes him uncomfortable and pretty much, I need to start being happy. Yes, he is pretty lame, but just the mere fact that he's told me this let's me know that no matter how much I try to seem like I'm happy, it is still obvious that I'm not because I carry this negativity around with me every single day. I also have really bad social anxiety. I think I've always had this type of anxiety, but it has gotten really bad since 2009. I have 2 good friends that I've known for years, and even though I can be comfortable around them, I still have anxiety and can't be completely myself with them....unless I've had a glass of alcohol or something. I can't seem to put myself out there and make new friends. I have a constant fear of not knowing what to say to someone, so I keep my distance and have mastered exit strategies when I need them. I cannot have a normal conversation at all with someone, unless it's about work or something. And even then, I can't seem to pay attention to what is being said. Instead, I'm stuck in my head thinking of the next thing to say and wondering what will happen if I say something stupid and how to end the conversation quickly. Just one conversation with someone drains me of all energy and leaves me tired, depressed, and ready to go hide in my room and rehash the whole thing in my mind. It is awful. On top of all that, I can't seem to calm down. I walk fast, talk fast, sweat a lot (hyperhidrosis), blah blah blah. All in all, my life sucks. I have no confidence, can't comfortably make eye contact, I come off as a flake, and I just want to know that other people know what I'm going through. And if anyone has any suggestions or comments about anything, feel free to post them :-))
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