Off the Record
Dr. Mark Abrahams Says...
The recommendation of substances that may be used medicinally is not the province of a non-medical, mental health professional, so I am not going to recommend anything to you for ethical and legal reasons. However, I would direct you to your own physician and inquire about the amino acid L-Theanine. A former colleague of mine used to use it in an aerosol delivery system for rapid onset panic attacks with very good results, according to her report. I have had good results myself from 100 mg of L-Theanine prophylactically, with an additional 100 mg later in the day, if needed.
But, as I said, I am not in a position to recommend a substance, so please run this past your medical practitioner, who is familiar with you and can warn you of any contraindications for its use. There is no drowsiness or impairment in my experience, but concentrations of amino acids can cause dramatic results, wanted or unwanted! For examples, certain popular energy drinks are loaded with the amino acid L-Taurine. Concentrations of L-Arginine, which is touted for sexual enhancement and body-building can bring on a Herpes Simplex outbreak for those people whose body harbors the virus, almost immediately. L-Phenylalanine can be very dangerous or even fatal for people with the disorder Phenylketonuria (PKU). Just because a substance is available without a prescription does not mean that it is automatically harmless - to you. There are probably additional conditions in which concentrated amino acids are contraindicated, so ask your physician first. Be safe!
Page last updated Jul 22, 2013