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Anxiety and Panic Attacks

November 1, 2009 •

My anxiety started many years ago very mildly and very seldom. At that time I would get a little dizzy and my heart would race, not really understanding what it was. When I went to the doctor(s), I informed them about what I was experiencing, so they put me on Xanax.

I was taking Xanax for quite a few years, before I would go out in public and sometimes before bed. It was actually helping me a lot; I didn’t experience any major anxiety for a long time. Unfortunately, there came a time in my life that I stopped taking the Xanax and stopped caring about myself. I just gave up on everything and anything that I ever cared about. When times got really bad, I experienced some things that turned my anxiety into full blown panic attacks.

Experiencing a panic attack for the first time was one of the scariest things I have ever experienced. You do not even feel it coming on and all of a sudden you feel like you are going to die. The dizziness, the blurred vision, the rapid heart beat and the hyperventilation were all signs that I was about ready to faint. After I started having these panic attacks, I finally made it back to the doctor. That is when they put me back on drugs.

The drugs worked, but they weren’t good for me. Xanax is highly addictive, and with my addictive personality I had to choose another route.

About 11 months ago, I started taking 2 L‑Tryptophan Complete before I went to bed and weaned myself off of my prescribed meds. Immediately my mind stopped racing and I could fall asleep right away. My night terrors were limited and I could finally sleep without waking up in fear.

My anxiety was still pretty bad throughout the day, and I didn’t want to take the L‑Tryptophan Complete because I figured it would make me tired, and I wouldn’t be able to get things done. Finally, after many weeks of my heart racing and constantly coughing, I decided to try taking 1 L‑Tryptophan Complete. About 10 minutes after taking it, my coughing was gone and my heart rate slowed down. I was slightly tired, but it was no where near what a drug made me feel like, and I seemed to actually focus better, since I was more relaxed. It is truly a great feeling to know that I have a solution for my anxiety when it creeps up on me. Drugs are not an option for me today.

Thank you for reading my story, and I wish you all the best! Heather Jensen.

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