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    Long-term SEVERE anxiety from taking Activate Xtreme

    I took Activate Xtreme for three days, the new version with L-Dopa extract from Mucuna Pruriens and so on...

    First day, took 2x2 caps and after a while started feeling something was very wrong, didn't know if this was a side-effect that was going to subside so I kept taking 4 caps for another two days and it gradually got even worse so I quit taking it.

    It didn't stop. The "something wrong" got to be known as anxiety, almost complete numbness in the upper body and weird sensations all over the place and headaches (kind of like a pressure that wanted to pull something out of the head). This grew worse the following days and I eventually ended up in an ER with a panic attack.

    Since then I have done an ECG, a brain CT and lots of blood and urine tests (including the sex and thyroid and stress hormones, even catecholamines) and everything comes back clean.

    Now almost 6 months later I still have chronic anxiety about nothing to the point where, without alprazolam, my mind is just blank and I can hardly move or talk.
    It takes a benzo to even realize that this is anxiety or I'm just staring out into the air.

    I have never been a nervous person or suffered from anxiety prior to taking this.

    Has anyone had or heard of this type of side effect from AX or any of its ingredients?
    Or any suggestions as to what might be going on with me?
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    Sounds like a cronic case of the placebo effect to me
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    If it was the activate extreme it wouldn't went away as soon as it cleared your blood...

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    How old were you when your original episode occurred? What does your anxiety consist of? Intrusive, obsessive thought? Compulsive checking? Anything like that? Certain things trigger the anxiety?

    Also, have you taken, or did you take, stimulant-based supplements in the past?

    Have you gone to a psych nurse or therapist to be assessed or treated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by overlord View Post
    How old were you when your original episode occurred? What does your anxiety consist of? Intrusive, obsessive thought? Compulsive checking? Anything like that? Certain things trigger the anxiety?

    Also, have you taken, or did you take, stimulant-based supplements in the past?

    Have you gone to a psych nurse or therapist to be assessed or treated?
    I'm was/am 31. It is not really thoughts, it's more like a feeling of impending doom at all times that affects everything I'm doing and thinking.

    I have messed with alot of drugs way back in the past (like when I was 21-25) and tried several stimulants. I was abusing amphetamines on and off for approx. 2 years.
    I have been clean from everything (including meds) for about 4 years.

    I've talked to a psychiatrist which diagnosed me with panic disorder and then changed the diagnosis to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) but he is not quite convinced and that's why he's sent me to do all these tests.
    It was a complete change overnight from the person I've been my whole life. Nothing feels or works the same.
    I was taking whey protein powder at the same time, nothing else.

    Something has happened I know this is not psychological.

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    I'd say you need to see a therapist(seriously).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKJK_Vindication View Post
    I'm was/am 31. It is not really thoughts, it's more like a feeling of impending doom at all times that affects everything I'm doing and thinking.

    I have messed with alot of drugs way back in the past (like when I was 21-25) and tried several stimulants. I was abusing amphetamines on and off for approx. 2 years.
    I have been clean from everything (including meds) for about 4 years.

    I've talked to a psychiatrist which diagnosed me with panic disorder and then changed the diagnosis to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) but he is not quite convinced and that's why he's sent me to do all these tests.
    It was a complete change overnight from the person I've been my whole life. Nothing feels or works the same.
    I was taking whey protein powder at the same time, nothing else.

    Something has happened I know this is not psychological.
    I'm not a psychologist and I think you should talk about this with someone, like a Dr, psych nurse, psychologist. But I will provide you with some of the info from my experiences.

    I know someone with an anxiety disorder. Lots of people joke about certain ones like OCD, but this guy's life was basically taken from him because of it, so I can empathize with you 100%

    Firstly, substance abuse and caffeine are linked with anxiety. So your history may have played a part. Secondly, it could have been something age related that cause expression of certain genes that led to the disorder. It might seem like it happened over night, but I'm sure if you look back you'll see symptomatic behaviors that preceded the major episode.

    I know something like this might feel discouraging and you seem rather adamant that this isn't psychological, even in spite of normal blood tests. Fact is, anxiety disorders a very common and you shouldn't feel ashamed if it's something that effects you. It's not your fault that this happened, but it did happen to you. I think you should accept that this is something you need to work on and focus on getting treatment/ overcoming this obstacle.

    Here is a link to some statistics on anxiety disorders:

    NIMH · Statistics · Any Anxiety Disorder Among Adults

    According to these statistics, almost 30% of the US population experiences some form of disordered anxiety throughout their lifetime. Anxiety disorders are common and I'm sure that if you talk to people about it, you'll see that many people deal with these hurdles in their lives.

    Here are a couple other links if you are looking for information on causes, treatment, etc.

    This is on causes: What causes anxiety disorders?-CAMH

    This one is general info: Anxiety Disorders

    I hope some of this info helps.

    Have you tried something simple like relaxation or breathing techniques?

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    Go see your Doc, and get a referral to a Psychiatrist. Anxiety disorders are very real and very serious. If it is truly long term and severe, I doubt it has anything to do with what you were taking. Medication and therapy is needed.

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    How's your sex drive?
    If the anxiety is an effect of the L-Dopa, then your libido should be abnormally high too.
    If it's just anxiety with no change in libido, I'd look for causes other than L-Dopa.

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    I do know that this started with the supplement, because it really is a complete personality change and I'm not sure if it is just anxiety. Everything has changed.
    I did get sore nipples a day or two after taking it (no visible swelling) and managed to desperately get some nolvadex but by then it had stopped. Also had hot flushes.
    I thought everything about this was either a hormonal imbalance or a side effect of l-dopa that would resolve itself but it never did.

    ThreeGigs: My sex drive increased for a while, and I think it's pretty much back to normal now. Masturbation is possible, sex is one of the things I have lost with this.

    I've broken contact with most people I know because I can't stand the condition of my mind currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKJK_Vindication View Post
    I do know that this started with the supplement, because it really is a complete personality change and I'm not sure if it is just anxiety. Everything has changed.
    I did get sore nipples a day or two after taking it (no visible swelling) and managed to desperately get some nolvadex but by then it had stopped. Also had hot flushes.
    I thought everything about this was either a hormonal imbalance or a side effect of l-dopa that would resolve itself but it never did.

    ThreeGigs: My sex drive increased for a while, and I think it's pretty much back to normal now. Masturbation is possible, sex is one of the things I have lost with this.

    I've broken contact with most people I know because I can't stand the condition of my mind currently.
    I highly suggest you see a therapist to talk about this. I don't know what health care is like in Sweden but I'm sure there are programs in place where you can get help. Here is a link that lists a bunch of links. I can't read Swedish so I don't know if any of the links are useful: Mental Health - European Commission

    Secondly, I would encourage you to stay in contact with your friends and family. The more you cut yourself off from others, the worse your condition will get. Reach out to those you trust and try to talk to them. A therapist will probably be best for you at this point. Don't let anxiety rule your life. You're going to have to fight against this thing and it won't be easy. But if you work on overcoming this and do what you need to do to overcome it, you will be able to enjoy life just as you had before the anxiety happened.

    Anxiety disorders are multifactorial and I wouldn't put a whole bunch of energy into trying to figure out what exactly caused it. You'll drive yourself crazy doing that. Focus on overcoming this and taking your life back. Feel free to PM me if you need.

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    And don't be discouraged by this. Think about it this way: it could be worse. Be glad that you're not suffering from schizophrenia or something equally devastating.

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    Here is a move clip from A Beautiful Mind. I think it finely illustrates that mental illness is not some kind of sentence to suffering and an unsuccessful life. You can still be happy, still be successful, and still be who you always were. The only difference is that you'll have the appreciation of knowing how meaningful it is to be happy, you'll appreciate when things are good, and you'll likely be able to appreciate much more simple things we often take for granted, like the ability to relax after a long day, or to share a conversation without feeling fleeting anxiety. You might also have an enhanced character by overcoming this obstacle, which will help you in overcoming countless other obstacles in life. Look at this challenge as an opportunity to better yourself; read books, learn, work towards being a positive influence, and work towards getting better.


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    overlord: Thanks alot. You are encouraging. It has kept improving to some degree in in the past six months so who knows.
    The problem is I am talking to a therapist who don't think this is an anxiety disorder because there doesn't seem to be any worries (thoughts) or situations involved.
    I still believe this is an adverse effect from the Activate Xtreme supplement. Maybe my reaction was rare or unique. Maybe the batch was contaminated.
    It started gradually from the first day I was using it and too much about me changed.
    It is my understanding that any effects from L-Dopa (or changes in the brains of adults due to hormonal imbalances) should be reversible, but this is more or less how I would imagine brain damage. =(

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