What are some natural/herbal remedies for anxiety and depression?

I have some bad anxiety problems at times, and also suffer from slight depression. But I don’t want to take any serious drugs because I’m afraid of having to rely on it for the rest of my life while also suffering from side effect and other health problems they cause over time. I also have ADD but again, don’t want to take adderall or anything like it because I tend to either get addicted or have to raise the dosage even higher to keep getting the effect, and then when I stop taking it I get horrible anxiety. Can anyone help me with some suggestions for herbal/natural supplements? I just started st johns wort but if there’s anything else I can do I’d like to know.

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  • Natural Medicine Practitioner©

    There are lots of things you can try to beat stress and anxiety by bring the serotonin levels back up.

    Herbal remedies for panic attacks and anxiety commonly used are:

    Oats: One of the best and also one of the most common herbal remedies for panic attacks and anxiety is oats. Oats can be taken in a number of ways including herbal extracts, pills as well as being eaten in the form of porridge. If you are wanting to use oats in this way do not use instant oatmeal.

    Lemon Balm is another herb that is traditionally used for all complaints resulting from the disordered state within the nervous system. Recent research has shown that Lemon Balm has a profoundly calming effect and sedative action on the nervous system. This research backs up the traditional usage of Lemon Balm as a herb that can be used in all forms of anxiety and depression and their accompanying symptoms such as headache, palpitations and insomnia

    Passionflower is a commonly used herb in the treatment of all nervous complaints including anxiety, panic attacks as well as nervous complaints of the stomach and heart (gastric cramping and palpitations for example) Passionflower’s strongest action and most commonly used application is as a natural sedative and as such is an excellent remedy for insomnia.

    Skullcap is a very useful herbal remedy for treating anxiety that works on two levels. Firstly it has a gentle sedative action to relax and calm an agitated nervous system. Secondly it has a tonifying action that can strengthen and support an exhausted and debilitated nervous system that can often lead to various states of anxiety and depression

    Vitamins, Minerals and other supplements:
    B-Complex helps anxiety/panic disorders, best taken in the morning or afternoon but not a bedtime.
    Magnesium is great as a relaxer, during day &/or at bedtime.
    5-HTP right before bedtime, and Melatonin could help as well
    Check Sam-e out as well

    Have you had your thyroid checked?
    TSH, it’s a blood test.
    Also check on line for other possible symptoms, see some links below.
    Sometimes an accident will trigger other things to happen, or make something that is already there come out stronger.

    Often times a hypothyroid (under active) will cause those symptoms you are having, anxiety.

    Other methods that could help:
    Exercise – Exercise is a natural stress buster and anxiety reliever. Research shows that as little as 30 minutes of exercise three to five times a week can provide significant anxiety relief. To achieve the maximum benefit, aim for at least an hour of aerobic exercise on most days.

    Relaxation techniques – When practiced regularly, relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, and visualization can reduce anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being.

    Biofeedback – Using sensors that measure specific physiological functions—such as heart rate, breathing, and muscle tension—biofeedback teaches you to recognize the body’s anxiety response and learn how to control them using relaxation techniques.

    Hypnosis – Hypnosis is sometimes used in combination with cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety. While you’re in a state of deep relaxation, the hypnotherapist uses different therapeutic techniques to help you face your fears and look at them in new ways.

    Best wishes,

    NMP

  • Jabril

    L-Trytophan (amino acid)

    find if you’re gluten intolerance, that may play a factor

  • Cody Thompson

    yey I actually get to help somebody 🙂 Ok so here is a list of stuff that could work for you.. I had very little luck with St johns wart.. none the less it is a remedy..

    (more or less natural)
    St johns wart
    L-theanine
    Magnolia Bark
    5-HTP
    Ashwagandha root
    but personally I use kratom… mitragyna speciosa 🙂
    I have also read good things about phenibut http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenibut but it is best it not be used daily.. i have never tried it

    my 2 cents is get some kratom… you will need help in the matter so join kratom connoisseurs my name is codemiester on there. good luck

  • caliTREE420

    Medical marijuana

  • Richard S

    See a psychiatrist. Actually get diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

    That’s the first step.

    Next, do what the psychiatrist tells you to do. Medication is not something permanent, and many have few side effects. Anti anxiety medications such as Xanax and Ativan are prescribed in small doses, which help manage anxiety as needed and prevent addiction. You are usually re-prescribed monthly depending on your doctor’s assessment.

    There’s no easy way about it. With proper counseling and medication, these problems are worked out, and often, they are a lifetime thing. Be INCREDIBLY wary of alternative medicines or "Natural remedies". They often do not work, or are ineffective.

  • Mr. Spacely

    marijuana if you live in a medical marijuana state you can get a prescription if not its not hard to find and if you are worried about your lungs get a vaporizer

  • Alissa Peppray

    Magnolia officinalis is the natural supplement Originally used by the Chinese around 100 A.D. for its therapeutic properties. In ancient medicine, Magnolia bark was used as a common anxiety reliever. Today, new scientific research has yielded proof that this bark is rich in two important biphenyl compounds, honokiol and magnolol. These two biphenyls help regulate the bodies primary stress hormone, cortisol. Magnolia bark’s anti-anxiety effects make it a useful product for those suffering from insomnia.
    to learn more about natural/herbal supplements see http://www.healthygreen.co/

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