Does anyone have experience with natural remedies for depression /ocd/anxiety? I am aware of most everything?

Natural, but please tell me what has helped you all. Yoru experiences with natural remedies, I cannot tolerate ssris.
side effetcs of prozac are not right for someone with HEALTH anxiety.
Not into putting chemical things into m y body.. there are baaad side effects. SOmeone with HEALTH ANXIETY doesn;t need that! Makes me more anxious!


  • philosophyangel

    Do yourself a favor and listen to the med student. St. Johns wort has been shown in European studies to help with depression but you are talking about a major anxiety disorder complex. Please do not fuss around with your mental health. If you are seeing a general family doctor about anxiety/depression, etc., ask for a referral to a psychiatrist who will give you a proper evaluation and diagnosis and will work on giving you a medication that you can tolerate and will also give you or refer you to a therapist for behavioral and talk therapy. Both are important to treatment as is making changes in your lifestyle and doing some kind of exercise or routine to strengthen your nervous system ( practiced an aerobic form of yoga). I beat anxiety disorder/depression and other related problems through just behaviorial therapy and many lifestyle changes but it took a very loooong time to get over the physical symptoms. If I had to do it over again, I’d probably take the meds too.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly I tried every natural remedy out there to try and treat my ocd and nothing helped at all. I just don’t think theres a natural way to cure it. Sorry!!!

  • try st johns wort it a vitamin for mood health good luck

  • Tyuio

    I am currently taking reishi mushroom suppost to assist in this, not entirely sure how it’s working as the first few nights couldn’t turn my mind off but now doing a bit better still seeing some negative things and have some anxiety and fear but better I think therapy will help, as will energy healing.. balancing the chakras, praying to your Angels for guidance..

    one remedy that’s extremely effective is eft therapy,, so is accupuncture and reflexology

  • depression is often due to thyroid dysfunction from nerve interference. see an hio method/upper cervical chiropractor.

  • Gary Y

    Anything ‘natural’ that is going to have similar effects to SSRIS, is also likely to have similar side effects and risks, right? Remember that natural does not equal safe – and pharmaceuticals are developed to be pure and consistent. Herbal drugs are crude, untested and unreliable. By all means try them, but discuss it with your doctor.

    EDIT: seoreh, you put chemicals into your body all the time. Water is chemical. What ever you take, its chemical – and if it has an effect, then its a drug. And drug have side effects.

    From Wiki:
    "…a drug is "a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.""

    St Johns Wort is a natural herb that is used for depression. It is chemical, and is described by wiki:

    "Herb and flowers contain different polyphenols : flavonoids (rutin, hyperoside, isoquercetin, quercitrin, quercetin, I3,II8-biapigenin, amentoflavone, astilbin, miquelianin), phenolic acids (chlorogenic acid, 3-O-coumaroylquinic acid), different naphtodianthrones (hypericin, pseudohypericin, protohypericin, protopseudohypericin), phloroglucinols (hyperforin, adhyperforin). The naphthodianthrones hypericin and pseudohypericin along with the phloroglucinol derivative hyperforin are thought to be the active components.[24][25][26]. It contains also essential oils (composed mainly of sesquiterpenes)."'s_wort#Chemical_composition

    And it comes with side effects, risks, interactions:'s_wort#Adverse_effects_and_drug_interactions

    The only ‘natural’ and non-chemical things you can do for depression would be things like counselling, exercise, reduce stress, massage, etc. See this site for more self help info:

  • Mathieu

    SSRI’s are not the only medical treatments for depression, OCD, or anxiety. If you only know about SSRI’s then you don’t know about many options.

    There are not any "natural" treatments that have shown any efficacy for any of those conditions. And the most commonly used things like St. Johns has SSRI actions however it has not been demonstrated to work and it is not advised. St. Johns is also not at all effective for anxiety or OCD (nor have it claimed to be effective for either condition).

    Have you taken Anafranil (clomipramine)? It is NOT an SSRI, it is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) and it is extremely effective for all three conditions, it is also one of a few drugs that is FDA approved for OCD and it is excellent. Nortriptyline is also a good option, it tends to be better tolerated than Anafranil however nortriptyline is not as effective for OCD as Anafranil but it is more effective for depression.

    Long term use of benzodiazepines may be appropriate since you do not tolerate SSRI’s and they can be used with a TCA (or most drugs). Klonopin/Rivotril (clonazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam) are both very effective for OCD. Since you also have anxiety (I am assuming generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)) then Ativan is probably a better choice since it is approved for treating GAD (but it is effective for OCD). Clonazepam is only approved to treat panic disorder although it is also good for OCD. Xanax (alprazolam) is somewhat effective for depression (normally with other drugs) it is highly effective for GAD, and it may be somewhat useful for OCD.

    There is also data that indicates the Risperdal (risperidone) is effective for OCD, it may also potentially be helpful for treatment resistant depression. Risperdal is classified as an atypical antipsychotic although it has several uses aside from psychotic disorders.

    Other atypicaly antipsychotics have shown some use for OCD and treatment resistant depression.
    Seroquel (quetiapine)- may be useful for treatment resistant depression, OCD, and some very limited evidence indicates it may help anxiety.
    Zyprexa (olanzapine)- may be useful for OCD and treatment resistant depression.
    Abilify (aripiprazole)- may be useful for treatment resistant depression.

    The mood stabilizers (most typically used for bipolar) Lamictal (lamotrigine) and Lithium (used at a low dose) are both effective for depression. There is also some evidence that Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) may help depression and anxiety.

    There are also SNRI antidepressants like Effexor (venlafaxine) and Cymbalta (duloxetene) which are effective for depression, anxiety, and somewhat effective for OCD.

    There are a lot of other drugs that are effective for one or more of the problems you have and many I have not listed like MAOI’s. I have listed the most common and generally most effective treatments.

    I don’t have OCD but I have depression, panic disorder, and I can’t tolerate any antidepressants. I can tell you that you have hardly scratched the surface of potential treatments. Often combinations are most effective.

    It is not very useful to decide what the best treatment is based on other people, it is very individualized. I could tell you what helped me but I can almost guarantee you it is not the best thing for you and the same goes for anyone else, what helped them and what is best for you are likely not the same thing, especially since you have three problems.

  • Flashflood

    I’ll answer your question via Email to avoid all the skeptic’s BS here. To note: Contrary to what Gary Y says, natural usually has fewer side effects than pharmaceutical and I will explain that in the email.

  • FortunesGift

    Don’t write off this answer straight away, but try cannabis.
    I used to have really bad anxiety until I started smoking cannabis. I started smoking recreationally not medically but now its become so effective that I may just use it medically. The herb is a natural healer, it has been proven to help the glaucoma, people with MS and people with depression/ocd/anxiety. Although I do not have depression or OCD, I have heard it helps, so you should give it a try, see what it does. I am thoroughly pleased with the results, my anxiety is down sevenfold and I am generally much more laid back.

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