What is Anxiety?

The first thing that comes to our mind when we read the word anxiety is chaos, but according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. It is the worry about future events, and due to this worry the person going through anxiety feels unsafe, and the most common reaction they feel is fear.

Anxiety is mainly caused due to the deficiency of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) and dopamine furthermore it has physical symptoms, even though it is a feeling, but it leads to heart racing, sweating, along with shakiness. Anyone can go through anxiety from a 5-year-old to a 55-year-old when we come across a test, an experiment, a job interview, public speaking and even be in the same room as a lot of people.

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There are many kinds of anxiety such as:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Everyone feels nervous and anxious, but for some people, anxiety becomes very frequent and begins to take control over them, Anxiety of any kind should be taken in consideration and treated because it can lead to severe depression and suicidal thoughts.

What are Nootropics?

Nootropic is drugs, supplements or functional foods that enhance cognitive functions such as memory, focus, and intelligence to our brain. They are colloquially known as ‘smart drugs,’ and to be very precise in defining these drugs we need to understand what the substance must do.

Nootropics are known for:

  • Enhancing the memory and their ability to learn
  • Protecting the brain from chemical and physical assaults
  • Increase the efficiency of Neuronal firing control
  • Help the brain function under disturbing conditions
  • They have low toxicity and few side effects

The term Nootropic means cognitive enhancer, which improves memory, faster processing speed, and increased concentrations. The first Nootropic to ever be synthesized is Nootropil (also known by its chemical name piracetam), and this is an acceptable choice for first- timers, but today we can find a large variety of synthesized Nootropics to choose from.

Keep in mind that these drugs do not turn a normal person into a prodigy overnight, but instead, they help your body to calm down and increase its learning capacity.

Nootropics are generally categorized into 3 main groups:

  • Racetams

These affect the acetylcholine in the brain which has a direct reaction to the memory, mood, mental agility, and focus.
  • Stimulants

While Racetams affects the brain’s ability to learn and gather ideas, stimulants help in making the persons brain more alert and helps in increasing concentration.
  • Nutraceuticals

These are just food and food products which contain Racetams and Stimulants but in a limited quantity and are safe to consume.
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Why take Nootropics for Anxiety?

Even though the best treatment for severe anxiety requires proper counseling, behavioral therapies, and prescribed medications but the anxiety that we experience in day to day activities can be easily treated via Nootropics. Anxiety Nootropics affect the neurochemical basis. Other forms of anxiety nootropics help in providing instant state of relaxation and tranquility along with enhancing the production and formation of GABA and processing dopamine that provides an immediate soothing and calming effect. We cannot take GABA supplements directly as they won’t be very effective due to the fact that they cannot cross the blood-brain barrier which is why Anxiety Nootropics are prescribed.

Some best anti-anxiety Nootropics are the following :

1. Phenibut

This Nootropic can help alleviate social anxiety. It is a GABA agonist and binds to the GABA-b receptor and activates it. This activation of GABA receptors lessens anxiety and provides a sedative effect. It is also useful for providing slow sleep waves which is a therapeutic kind of sleep and is very helpful.

2. Picamilon

Similarly to Phenibut, This nootropic improves memory, motivation and helps in focusing and lowering blood pressure. This allows GABA to cross the blood-brain barrier for it to engage the GABA receptors in the brain and signals for a decrease in stress hormones. Furthermore, it has vasodilating and anxiolytic effects.

3. Inositol

This is another anxiety nootropic that can cross the blood-brain barrier and increase the release of GABA neurotransmitter. It helps in decreasing the number of panic attacks and also reducing the effects of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

This is one of the most effective nootropics, and users can feel its effect within an hour or two, along with it reducing anxiety in provides a feeling of security and relaxation and also helps in dealing with depression and bipolar disorder.

4. Aniracetam

This drug is considered the best for treating social anxiety and any other form of stress and acts as a powerful mood enhancer. Aniracetam stimulates the AMPA receptors that control the production of Glutamate and Glutamate is mandatory for the production of GABA and so taking this drug has an indirect effect on GABA thus treating anxiety.

It helps in diminishing the social blockage that most introverts feel helping them come out of their shell easily and increasing their communication skills with increased energy and motivation.

This Anxiety Nootropic also improves cognition and mental performance by reducing anxiety. It is also used for Alzheimer disease.

5. Ashwagandha

This is another very effective anxiety nootropic to reduce anxiety and relieve stress, but it can also act as a neuroprotector, anti-inflammatory, and a thyroid booster at the same time.

This activates the GABA-A receptors in the body, the mechanism faction responsible for its anxiolytic and sleep-inducing effects.

6. Tianeptine

This was developed in the late 1960’s and has been used as an anti-depressant and anxiety reducer. This has few side effects such as dizziness and insomnia and has been prescribed in minute amounts.

7. L-Theanine

This is a natural amino acid and can be found in green teas. This is structurally similar to neurotransmitters such as GABA and glutamate and acts as a neuroprotective drug.

This Nootropic increases GABA and do pamine in the brain and is a very effective supplement for anxiety.