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Adrenal support measures (mostly from my naturopathic doc) for about the past year, has nearly eliminated what used to be daily anxiety and an inability to handle any stressors; I take pregnenolone, licorice extract, adrenal glandular (and more recently, hydrocortisone). I also took Holy Basil herb for about a month. Conventional docs in the past seemed quick to dispense antidepressants, but I had side effects from them and it didn't seem to get at the root problem.
-K
Nate-

It's taken about a year to get to this point (stress/anxiety is rare now; daily before) since I started pregnenolone/licorice/glandular etc last summer; I still have spaciness/brain fog every day, just to a greater or lesser degree but it's always there; I also recently learned that some discs in my neck are pressing on my spinal cord (cervical disc degeneration), and the orthopedic doc thinks it could contribute to that spacey thing, too, so that confuses the issue also. The spaciness I have also described as feeling like I am never awake, or never 'real', maybe would trip over my feet since I am sleepwalking (!) all the time. That symptom is improving some since I recently started hydrocortisone, but I was/am really hoping it will one day disappear and I can have some sort of normalcy (whatever that is! been sick too long to remember it); I have heard that repairing adrenals is a slow process. Sounds like you are spiking cortisol at the least provocation, your hypothalamus overreacting to perceived stress (this was the case with me, too; I can relate completely to the description of your symptoms); my naturopath uses a supplement called Seriphos as a 'governor' in that case; I researched a lot and ended up also taking Holy Basil and that seemed to do the trick. I was on Seriphos several months; Holy Basil about a month; now ok without them. My son has this illness too. Recently we have both started taking GABA to help improve sleep (it also is supposed to increase growth hormone output by the body, too); GABA might be something to try for anxiety, also.
-K

[This message has been edited by itskt2u (edited 08-03-2003).]

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