Natural remedies for anxiety?

I’m on 25mg of Zoloft right now for anxiety and mild depression…I upped it to 50mg last week and it made me totally crazy – I just wanted to rip my head off – and I refuse to put myself through that DISTURBIA again. (I’m 19, by the way.)

I started taking it last month, and I just feel so weird. It’s hard to laugh, and even though I’m really energetic now it’s like I just feel dead inside. I babble endlessly when I talk and I’m not really interested in anything. I can’t stand to be alone. It messed up my sleeping patterns and I’ve lost weight. I feel like I’m wasting away.

The psychiatrist who prescribed me this is just an a-hole who won’t return my calls.

I’ve been struggling w/ anxiety since I was 11…it started with panic attacks, then when I was 14 I was agoraphobic for a lil bit and really depressed due to life circumstances. I started getting acid reflux, hard to keep weight on, eyesight got weird etc. I got thru everything by sheer willpower since I couldn’t find a good therapist, and I refused to take meds.

I don’t wanna take this drug anymore…or any other antidepressant.

I’m looking into natural remedies–does anyone have any experiences??
lol…i have been thinking about weed, i’m not gonna lie

6 comments

  • Hi there,

    I’m really sorry it has been difficult for you.

    I know this might sound very naive, but have you ever tried modifying your diet to see if it could improve the depression and anxiety? It may not resolve it entirely but I do believe nutrition can play a part and you might not realize you are consuming foods that are affecting your health, both physically and mentally.

    I think it’s great that you are considering natural remedies, but you want to make sure they are safe. It does not sound like your psychiatrist is the best person to guide you, but if you do plan to stop your medication, it should be gradual and not sudden. Medication affects each person in a unique way, and you should trust your body and instincts.

    I really would recommend staying away from the weed. You want to consider things that will help bring your body back into balance.
    I would recommend seeing someone who is an expert in nutrition and alternative therapy. You may want to consult more than one. You have nothing to lose right?

    I wish I had a concrete solution for you, but all I can say is don’t give up. Anxiety can be extremely difficult but I do believe there are ways to greatly improve it. In the meantime, you may want to consider a support group near you to have others you can share with and who could perhaps offer suggestions for what has helped them.

    Have you ever heard of the Bach flower remedies? I don’t know if these are effective but it may be something to look into as it is natural. I posted the link below.
    Still, I believe it is a combination of hard work, therapy, diet, exercise, etc.

    I wish you the very best and hope some of these answers could be helpful.

  • Marijuana is a great natural anti anxiety and anti depressant but illegal. If you live in Colorado or California you could get medical marijuana to help you.

  • 1. Find another psychiatrist. Make sure he/she is board certified and does therapy as well as work for the drug companies.

    2. In ADDTION, try exercise, meditation, even prayer.

    3. DO NOT abruptly discontinue Zoloft or any other anti-anxiety/anti-depressant medication.

  • inverse_mushroom_cloud

    Have you had any counseling to deal with the chronic anxiety?

    Have you been evaluated for food allergies?

    Have you tried yoga, meditation, and controlled breathing?

    How much coffee/caffeine do you get daily?

    These are all things that can help/affect anxiety levels.

  • Bach’s Rescue Remedy is always good to have on hand for attacks.
    Calcium 2000 mg daily – a natural tranquilizer
    Magnesium 600 mg daily – relieves tension, spasms, tics
    B-1 50mg 3 times daily – has a calming effect on the nerves.
    B-6 50mg 3 times daily – important in the production of certain brain chemicals.
    Zinc- 50 mg daily – can have a calming effect
    Chromium Picolinate – 200 mcg. daily – Chromium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety.

  • This may sound simple, but it can help.

    Regular exercise and a routine sleep schedule can aid many people. Exercise improves the body’s overall condition and functioning, including mood in many individuals. A regular sleep cycle, such as getting in bed at 11 and up at 7 every day, promotes more deep sleep to revitalize your whole system.

    Increased social interaction can also reduce anxiety reactions for some people. Anxiety is sometimes the product of social isolation or compounded by it. Try to involving yourself as much as possible in activities at school or other social opportunities.

    Keep busy. For some folks, anxiety can encroach when their mind is not occupied. Read books, care for a pet, ride a bike, play soccer, or whatever you enjoy.

    Anxiety disorders can be very difficult to endure, but they gradually pass over time for many sufferers. Continue to see your doctor of course, but consider some of these ideas too. They certainly can’t hurt. Try to put some fun back into your life.