Natural remedies for Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

I suffer from GAD. It takes it’s toll on me daily. I constantly worry about things, to the point I’m sick. Is there a natural suppliment I can take to ease the symptoms. I’m also in therapy to help cope with this problem. Thanks!

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  • Yes, i read that vitamins B12 and B6 are supposed to help, also magnesium. One way I got rid of my anxiety was signing up at a health club and taking yoga classes. Also, try to establish a routine in the evening that will help you wind down. Read a good book, do a crossword or soduku puzzle and drink some herbal tea. Also, try to just not be scared of it, the more you think about having it and reading up on it, the more you are thinking about it and will have it. I know its hard to do, but just be strong! Thank God that this is the only health problem you have and not something like cancer, GAD will get better and you will be OK. =)

  • Terrence D

    write your problems down on paper in a collum
    and then write down what you think might help you besides it is amazing how quickly they dissapear and we find just baby steps just lick you write down your bills etc easy problem solved

  • shaneris2

    View: http://www.symptoms-of-anxiety-depression.com/ and there is a test at http://www.adaa.org/ NOTE: THERE IS A NEW WEBSITE, at http://www.what-really-works.net/ and, as a community service, I request that you advise them about the treatment(s) you found most effective: this will also provide me with feedback, so I will be able to rate the belowmentioned treatments in order, after a while. Avoid taking any medications for colds, or illicit drugs, or any product containing caffeine. This includes coffee (even decaffeinated contains up to half the regular amount of caffeine), green or regular tea, cocoa, chocolate, Pepsi, Excedrin, Coca Cola, Red Bull, Mountain Dew, or No Doze (read labels!). Caro, Ecco, decaffeinated Pepsi, or decaf Coca Cola, and herbal teas are alright, and there is a chocolate substitute made from carob. Magnesium is good for helping with anxiety, and is best obtained from dietary sources, such as dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, or silverbeet. Inorganic sources, such as supplements, are better than none, but silverbeet is easy to grow, and a prolific producer. Calcium, Zinc, and Vitamin B complex (the high quality, natural ones, which are more easily absorbed and utilised:- ask at vitamin/health food stores) supplements may also be of benefit, if in insufficient amounts in the diet. Practise daily, one of the relaxation techniques: Tai Chi and yoga may also be of benefit. Some people recommend seven blossoms tea, chamomile tea, or Valerian root, but Valerian should only be used for a short time, since its use may become habitual. See the comprehensive section on herbs at http://www.drugdigest.org/ There is a proprietary product, containing only natural ingredients, available by internet order at: http://seredyn.com/order.html for $34.95 US/ 30 – 60 doses (less per unit if purchased in bulk, but I advise trying a small order first). I have no information on its efficacy. At http://www.anxiety-and-depression-solutions.com/ a number of proprietary medications, and treatments, are available. Herbs used for anxiety include PassionFlower (Passiflora Incarnata), Lemon Balm, Lavender (tea) Hops, and Reishi. Nettle tea, which is recommended by some for panic attacks, may also help. As with all herbal teas, use sweetening, if desired, BUT NO MILK OR CREAM! KavaKava is sometimes recommended, but see the warning at http://www.erowid.org/plants/kava/kava.shtml , first. View http://www.mind.org.uk/ The most extensive and informative website I have encountered so far on herbs is at http://www.drugdigest.org/ and it is well worth consulting. Arctic root comes highly recommended (I have seen it available for mail order purchase via the internet at http://www.anxiety-and-depression-solutions.com/ ). Hypericum, more commonly known as St. John’s Wort is popular, but it takes a fair while to become effective for some people, (around 2 months) and can affect other medications, so it is particularly important to remember to mention that you are taking it, if on any other medications, or expecting to be, when you visit your doctor. Women using the contraceptive (birth control) pill should avoid it. Since it acts to thin the blood, ( as with aspirin, and garlic ) it should be discontinued at least 2 weeks before surgical procedures, and only resumed after full healing. See http://www.sjwinfo.org/ which is a website totally dedicated to that herb. It has a forum, archives, an FAQ section and is very comprehensive, and http://www.hypericum.com/- which is also quite extensive, and http://www.drweil.com/ :Herbs, and http://www.mind.org.uk/ – herbal remedies. Always tell your doctor/health practicioner/therapist what herbal remedies and dietary supplements you are taking. Discontinue use if stomach upsets result, or first try consuming with a meal. I strongly urge everyone taking medication to at least be aware of the information in: http://www.antidepressants.com/casualties.htm and to look for side effects, and taper off their use very slowly, under medical advice. Prescription medication should be kept in the arsenal, but ONLY AS A LAST RESORT! Like antidepressants, (the same medications are used to treat both conditions) I regard them as being unsuitable for younger people, for reasons involving side effects, and increased suicide/homicide rates. Also see http://www.theroadback.org/workbook.htm Check out any prescription medications at http://www.drugs.com/ and always ask your doctor about possible side effects, so you know what to be on the lookout for, if it happens to you. Always know the effects any medication or herbal remedy have on you before driving or doing anything dangerous. It is much better to use the techniques here, even in preference to the herbal remedies. Examine closely: http://www.mental-health-abc.com/ particularly the "positive steps"at the bottom of the homepage of that website: read the 28 page E booklet. Also worth a look is: http://www.conqueringstress.com/ as it has 5 useful tips, which should be noted. The following sites may also be useful: http://anxietyvictims.proboards18.com/index.cgi and http://www.focus.com/anxiety9/ and http://www.anxietytreatmentnetwork.org/search/? and http://www.anxietyculture.com/ and http://www.anxietynetwork.com/ and http://www.anxietyremedy.info/ and http://www.socialanxietyassist.com.au/useful_resources.shtml has multiple resources on many different subjects. AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW: may be had at http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/default.htmAnx where there are several articles of interest. EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE: Dr. Mercola provides this free at his website: http://www.mercola.com/ Enter "EFT" in the taskbar provided there. It may be categorized as being in the acupressure family, and is well worth a good tryout. THE COLD SHOWER TECHNIQUE: I have not tried this, but it should be kept in mind, before trying prescription medications, view: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/showers.html The mindfulness breathing, and word/phrase repetition is particularly useful in everyday life, where it can be used in many circumstances, like commuting to work, particularly stressful situations, and meal breaks, etc. Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, replacing 2 of them with 2 cod liver oil supplements, or a teaspoon of cod liver oil, in the winter months. I spread mine on buttered toast, to ensure its absorption, and cover with fish paste, and pepper, to mask its strong flavour. See http://www.mercola.com/ on this; suscribe to Dr. Mercola’s daily free email service, and enter EFT in the searchbar at his website, and practise this variety of acupressure for at least several weeks, to find out if it benefits you. Tai Chi and/or yoga are also worth trying. FORUMS AND CHATSITES: http://www.psychforums.com/ and http://www.supportpath.com/ and http://www.uncommonforum.com/ and at http://www.onestepatatime.com/ you are given one free email to their resident expert on joining (free, more if a paying member). GENERAL WEBSITES: http://www.abc-of-treatment.com/topics.php and http://www.mayoclinic.com/ and http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/ and http://www.selfhelpmagazine.com/ RELAXATION EXERCISE: Sit comfortably in a quiet room, which is neither cold, nor too warm, with your spine reasonably straight. Clothing and footwear should not be restrictive.
    2) Allow your eyes to rest comfortably downward, gazing softly, but not focused on anything.
    3) Without closing your eyes completely, let your eyelids drop to a level that feels most comfortable.
    4) Continue gazing downward… the act of gazing is your primary focus (rather than the area at which you are gazing). You may notice your breathing becoming more rhythmic.
    5) It’s ok to let your attention drift a bit. If your eyes become very heavy, it’s ok to let them close. If you notice you’ve come out of your relaxed space, simply bring your attention back gently to your relaxed downward gaze. You can do this with eyes closed, if preferred. Focus your awareness on your breath, at the point where it enters and leaves your body, preferably breathing through the nose, breathing regularly, and evenly. Note, without pursuing any thoughts which enter your mind, and gently refocus on the breathing. 6) This should be done for at least 10, and preferably 20 minutes. Maximum results come from practising 3 times daily, some hours apart. There is another variant in the "selfhelpmagazine" website.

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