I’ve already written the preface to this article on my alternate blog, linked at the bottom. In short, I explained that “depression” is a cluster of symptoms that academics and mainstream medicine diagnose as a chemical condition. It’s their job to deal with it in terms of pills and brain chemicals. In contrast I acknowledged […]
Mood enhancers are substances that can have anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and/or anti-fatigue effects. They can promote a sense of calm, a sense of motivation, or promote a sense of general well-being. Please note that when I use "anti-depressant" or "anti-anxiety", I write in terms of describing the general and subjective effect of the substance rather than for treating professionally diagnosed conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders.
There may be considerable overlap between these mood enhancers and any of these may fall under the category of herbals, nutritional supplements, nootropic drugs, stimulants and other psychoactives. The purpose of grouping mood enhancers is to better allow a person to achieve a desired mood.
3 Types of Mood Enhancers
There are so many categories that it is a difficult task to combine any of them, but I will try to group them into three main categories. Generally, everyone wants to be calm, happy and full of energy. They don't want to be stressed, sad or tired. Eventually I will try to group them based on the main neurochemical systems they affect as well.
- Calming - Anti-Anxiety: Anxiolytic/Anxiety Reducers/Relaxants
- Happy - Anti-Depressant: Uplifting, Euphoriant and/or Motivating
- Energizing - Anti-Fatigue: Stimulants, Eugeroics, Focus Enhancers and Adaptogens
If you’ve never heard of theanine, it’s the best thing since sliced bread. You’ve tried it before if you’ve drank a cup of tea and noticed the stimulating properties of tea didn’t quite have the harsh buzz that coffee does. Theanine has been touted as a simple, more natural anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) substance that doesn’t screw […]
Lately, I’ve been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, what with all of the freely-available caffeine I’ve been imbibing for my college finals. I’d drink a Stok shot to study or finish writing, but an hour or two later I’d inevitably start feeling a little bit sleepy, and then I’d feel downright pissed or […]