Social anxiety can affect your life in more than one way, by instilling fear and anxiety in most parts of life to where it is hard to be around a lot of people, and hard to make new friends or new relationships. The most prominent effect, is on the social life. Social anxiety prevents you from being able to express your self, due to the fear of being judged. This can render a person unable to hold as much as a simple conversation with anyone. Management of social anxiety, for the longest time, has been with the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which may produce minimal useful results. So what works better for social anxiety?
Nootropics can be the answer to social anxiety. Nootropics are cognitive enhancers, meaning they improve mental performance. They alter the supply of neurotransmitters, hormones, and enzymes, leading to increased cognitive function. Decreased cognitive function in individuals is associated with anxiety, which is why nootropics can efficiently deal with social anxiety.
Nootropics are a wide range of drug, each working differently, producing varying results. Thus not all nootropics are used in the management of social anxiety.
Here’s a list of the best nootropics that can be used for social anxiety.
L-Theanine is one of the most commonly used nootropics due to its mild side effects, unlike other drugs treating social anxiety which have a wide range of side effects. L- Theanine decreases the overproduction of excitatory neurotransmitters, and increases production of inhibitory and relaxing neurotransmitters, thereby producing calming and anti-anxiety effects. L-Theanine is very well received and known to treat social anxiety effectively.
The Russians initiated the use of phenibut for anxiety. Phenibut stimulates GABA receptors in the brain, producing various anxiolytic effects such as decreased stress, better mood, and emotional well-being. Along with supporting cognitive function, phenibut also aids sleep.
Phenibut also increases the levels of dopamine in the brain, which is essential for emotions of happiness and motivation. Both of these factors play a vital role in the reduction of social anxiety.
Effects of coulracetam on anxiety are subtle at first but gradually increase. It is a racetam nootropic that was specially developed for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Coluracetam increases the production of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter playing a role in cognitive function. Its increase is therefore known to have anxiolytic effects.
Coluracetam is, by far, the only known choline uptake enhancer. It has been proved to be very useful in the use of management of extreme depression and anxiety, and also shows remarkable results in patients that fail to respond to other antidepressants or anxiolytic drugs.
Inositol is a carbohydrate, found in various foods in meager amounts. In higher doses, Inositol is known for its practical use in the treatment of various mental health disorders, including social anxiety. Inositol functions by regulating the levels of serotonin in the body producing anxiolytic effects and enhancing mood.
Inositol is believed to work in the same way that benzodiazepines do. The difference being, Inositol poses no risk for addiction.
Aniracetam is another popularly used nootropic for social anxiety. It is a racetam nootropic that produces calming and anxiolytic effects in the body by stimulating the GABA and acetylcholine receptors in the brain. It has also been discovered that aniracetam stimulates the release of dopamine to some extent, enhancing its anti-anxiety function. Aniracetam effectively uplifts mood, reduces anxiety and heightens focus and motivation in individuals.
Various successful studies support the use of Kava for effective treatment of social anxiety. Kava works by inhibiting norepinephrine reuptake and stimulating GABA and NMDA receptors. The combined effect of all of these actions is reduced stress and increased relaxation and cognitive function. Kava is also well received and shows mild side effects.
It is another racetam drug that is an anxiolytic nootropic. Fasoracetam has more than just one effect on the body. It not only enhances glutamate activity but also upregulates the GABA receptors and increases the release and synthesis of acetylcholine. All these actions lead to remarkably reduced stress along with enhanced mood, memory, and focus.
Ashwagandha is a herb that works by decreasing levels of cortisol in the body up to as much as 28%. High levels of cortisol lead to stress which consequently leads to anxiety. Lowering cortisol levels can therefore greatly help in effective management of social anxiety. Ashwagandha is also known to reduce symptoms of depression and aid in sleeping.