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How can I get rid of anxiety without meds?

I have no interest in taking medication for anxiety. Can anyone offer some alternative?
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replied March 4th, 2015
Hey, there are plenty of alternatives to medication when it comes to beating anxiety. First here's some tips that may help when you when you feel it oncoming. Stop and think about what is happening. Try to tell yourself that you are in control and think positive thoughts. Breathe when you feel it happening, deep controlled breaths. Remind yourself that your brain is playing tricks on you, sometimes that can really make a difference. It's also worth looking into some proven methods when trying to overcome anxiety.
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replied March 6th, 2015
Hi! Just going to throw out first, that I am not a medical Doctor and can not offer any professional medical advice. I am only sharing my personal experience and hope that it helps.

Like arcus said, there are lots of alternatives to medications out there and even some professional help lines out there.

If you'd like to find "organic" ways to help alternatively, you can do some research to find out if there are any foods that help to reduce stress.

One that I've found that helps me feel less stressed and all around better, is a product called LIMU. It's all natural drink made from the Fucoidan Moui seaweed found in the pristine waters of the Tongan Islands. It has a tremendous amount of health benefits, all of which have been published on pubmed.gov. It's incredibly interesting material.

I've noticed that after drinking it for a few weeks, I feel better and even sleep better at night. I feel more rested and my energy levels are higher which helps me to feel less stressed during the day (and I have 2 children under the age of 3 years, so stress is my life).

I would do some research and see if any of it appeals to you. It's worth a shot!

Hope this helps!
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replied March 10th, 2015
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First part from Dr. David Williams Alternatives Newsletter March 2015.

Just reading Dr. David Williams recent Alternaties and he has this segment in his letter this month:

Anxiety Solutions

Question: I know you don’t think too highly of antianxiety
medications, but the panic attacks I experience
are real and I believe inherited. I’ve tried natural
remedies, including valerian root and St. John’s
Wort. At first I thought they were helping, but maybe
it was the placebo effect because my anxiety and
panic quickly returned. Can you please offer any
other suggestions? My doctor and family want me to
see a psychiatrist for medication, but I’d prefer to try
other alternatives first. — M.S., Houston, TX
Answer: To say I’m not a fan of antidepressants
or anxiety medications is an understatement.
Chemically altering brain function is akin to playing
catch with live hand grenades.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM) from the American Psychiatric
Association lists around 300 official mental disorders,
including schizophrenia and autism to depression
and ADHD.

While the accepted cause of all these mental
disorders is a chemical imbalance in the brain, not a
single one can be determined by a physical diagnostic
test. Because there’s no brain scan or blood,
urine, or saliva test to define any of these conditions,
doctors diagnose solely by behavior.

Everyone experiences periods of grief, doubt,
uncontrolled anger, aggression, confusion, sadness,
pain, and even depression at one point or another.
Based on behavior alone, there’s not a single one of
us who couldn’t be diagnosed with one of the 300
disorders on any given day.

But if a chemical imbalance is to blame, wouldn’t it
be reasonable to assume that you could make a true
diagnosis by testing the levels of certain chemicals?
And wouldn’t a return of certain chemicals to appropriate
levels validate that a treatment program was
working? Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works.
Psychiatrists will tell you certain behaviors are a
sign of chemical imbalances or genetic aberrations,
but those imbalances cannot be validated with any
physical test. Their answer is to prescribe powerful
drugs that chemically alter brain function, but without
some kind of tangible baseline, there’s no way to
tell if chemicals are actually being “balanced.” It’s all
based on behavior. Prayer, meditation, magnetism,
and crystals all change behavior but are labeled as
scams, placebos, or wishful thinking. But psychiatry
gets a pass. Psychiatrists claim it’s different for them.
The proof is in the pudding. If behavior changes,
then it means the drugs are working.

The side effects of these drugs are often worse
than the problem they are meant to treat. And in
almost every case, if you read the warning labels,
you’ll find that taking them can actually cause the
very issues they are supposed to eliminate.
You might ask, what about conditions such as
autism, where it seems obvious that the behavior
is a clear result of neurological problems? Like
many other disorders, it’s far easier to classify it as
a chemical imbalance when you want to sell drugs,
rather than admit it could be caused by a head
injury, vaccinations, environmental toxins, or even a
nutritional deficiency.

Psychiatry is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated.
It has no basis or grounding in science. It is
licensed, dangerous experimentation on the masses.
Fortunately, there are natural alternatives, some of
which have been used for hundreds, even thousands
of years without any safety issues or side effects.

Lithium: One example is lithium, which is a trace
mineral, not a drug as many people believe.
Deficiencies in lithium have been linked to higher
rates of manic depression, mental hospital admissions,
suicides, homicides, rapes, criminal arrests,
and alcohol and drug use. No toxicity problems
have been reported at doses of 10-20 mg of
elemental lithium a day. The chelated form of
lithium—either lithium orotate or lithium aspartate—is
recommended. Check the label to see the
actual amount of elemental lithium the supplement
contains. For example, a 120 mg tablet of lithium
orotate provides roughly 5 mg of elemental lithium.

Glycine: The amino acid glycine is one of the
primary components of collagen (or gelatin).
It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that our lower
intake of glycine-rich collagen over the last few
decades is linked to an increase in panic attacks.
In the past, glycine was shown to calm the central
nervous system and be an effective method
of controlling panic attacks. At the first sign of
a panic attack, I’ve seen remarkable results by
putting 2 grams of glycine powder underneath
the tongue and letting it dissolve slowly. Glycine
is one of those “therapeutic pearls” from the past
that seems to have been forgotten. It’s low-cost
and widely available, but the fact that it isn’t a
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replied March 10th, 2015
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SECOND PART OF ARTICLE:

prescription drug probably
doesn’t add to its popularity
in many circles.

GABA: Another amino acid,
gamma-aminobutyric acid
(GABA), has been repeatedly
shown to safely help
stop panic attacks. GABA is
one of the inhibitory neurotransmitters
that works as a
counterbalance to excitatory
neurotransmitters. If you know
you’re getting ready to encounter
a situation that could
bring on a panic attack, you
can empty a 500 mg capsule
of GABA under your tongue
and let it dissolve slowly. Or if
it’s easier, just wash the capsule
down with water on an
empty stomach. GABA is also
inexpensive—a bottle of 100
capsules runs about $10, and
it’s even cheaper if you buy
the bulk powder. Many people
have found that using 1-3
grams at bedtime can help
them relax and sleep better.

Kava: Over 20 years ago, I
experienced the anti-anxiety
benefits of kava, another very
viable and effective treatment
option. Unless you live in the
South Sea Islands, the easiest
way to use kava for anxiety is
to take a standardized extract
of 50 mg of kavalactones (20-
30 percent kavalactones) three
times daily. Taking the entire
dose just prior to bedtime can
also help relieve insomnia.

Ashwagandha: This Indian
herb is one of the most powerful
in the Ayurvedic healing
system for not only dealing
with anxiety and stress but
also physical and mental
fatigue. It is an adaptogenic
herb that helps modulate or
adjust your body’s response to
an ever-changing environment.
I’ve seen such positive overall
results with ashwagandha
that I’ve made it a supporting
component in my multivitamin/
mineral formula.

Zembrin

: An extract from the
South African plant Sceletium
tortuosum that is sold under
the name Zembrin, this nutrient
has been used by South
African tribesmen and early
European explorers in that
area for over 300 years. It has
some very significant research
studies to support its
effectiveness and has never
been shown to have any side
effects or toxicity. I personally
take Zembrin (combined with
ashwagandha) every day, and
although I don’t have panic
attacks or other mental disorders,
I notice more calmness
and an overall heightened
sense of well-being. I also
feel it has enhanced my cognitive
skills, another positive
effect that has been demonstrated
repeatedly in clinical
studies.

I understand your reluctance
to hop on the pharmaceutical
roller coaster. It’s a ride that
some are never able to disembark,
and it is fraught with
danger. Future generations will
one day look back at the use
of mild-altering drugs as a cruel
and barbaric experiment on the
unsuspecting public. Please
give these natural anti-anxiety
options a try and let me know
how they work out for you.


Personally I have GOOD support with the Gaba Dr. Williams mentions above....
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replied March 10th, 2015
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I had a PA in 2005 and ended up in ER...worked on this issue and would not be without Inositol and Gaba and work with meditation.
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replied March 10th, 2015
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I always have Inositol and Gaba on hand, these work good for me.

A friend said a friend of her's found Zembrin to really help him a LOT. J
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replied March 24th, 2015
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To come out from anxiety, different types of therapies are available. You van go to any treatment center and take these therapies. Yoga and meditation will also be helpful to you.
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