Anxiety help, review of natural alternatives, herbal therapy vitamins and supplements and natural pills and home remedies
How to reduce your need for prescription medications such as Xanax and diazepam, alprazolam
November 11 2016

Anxiety disorders are the most common types of psychiatric disorder. The diagnosis of an anxiety disorder is based largely on its symptoms. However, symptoms identical to those of an anxiety disorder can be caused by a medical condition (for example, an overactive thyroid gland) or by the use of drugs (for example, corticosteroids, amphetamines, cocaine, or excess caffeine).

Natural ways to combat anxiety or reduce the risk for an anxiety attack
5-HTP reduces anxiety by increasing levels of serotonin, often works within hours, and one study says 5-HTP may be helpful in panic attacks. 5-HTP is a good anxiety treatment for those whose depression is associated with anxiety, restlessness, or racing thoughts. 5-HTP may help you lose weight, too.
Ashwagandha is helpful with relaxation and mood balancing properties.
Tryptophan is an amino acid that helps form serotonin.
Kava is from the South Pacific islands. Anti-anxiety effects usually noticed within a couple of hours. Kava is good for both stress and anxiety and also social anxiety.
Passion flower herb, also known by the botanical name passiflora, is often helpful in reducing stress and tension.
Valerian is able to reduce anxiety as demonstrated in a few studies
Theanine may be helpful for some people.
Phenibut can be supplemented occasionally.

Diagnosis and prevalence
Patients with generalized anxiety disorder experience worry or anxiety and a number of physical and psychological symptoms. The disorder is frequently difficult to diagnose because of the variety of presentations and the common occurrence of other medical or psychiatric conditions. The lifetime prevalence is approximately 4 to 6 percent in the general population and is more common in women than in men. It is often chronic, and patients with this disorder are more likely to be seen by family physicians than by psychiatrists.

Medical treatment and medications
Treatment consists of pharmacotherapy and various forms of psychotherapy. The benzodiazepines are used for short-term treatment, but because of the frequently chronic nature of generalized anxiety disorder, they may need to be continued for months to years. Buspirone and antidepressants are also used for the pharmacologic management of patients. Patients must receive an appropriate pharmacologic trial with dosage titrated to optimal levels as judged by the control of symptoms and the tolerance of side effects.

Children, kids
Of psychiatric issues affecting child development, generalized anxiety is not getting the attention it deserves and is frequently mistaken for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Anxiety natural treatment questions
I take anti-anxiety medicine on occasion I get anxiety once and a while some days not at all. I take Niravam for quick response and I have Xanax which I rarely take. Can I take Passion Rx with anxiety meds like Niravam and Xanax?
Alprazolam (Xanax or Niravam) is a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines belong to a group of medicines that slow down the central nervous system and can help in reducing anxiety, but can also reduce sexual urge and drive. We have not tested the combination of alprazolam and Passion Rx. Many pharmaceutical anti- anxiety agents reduce sexual drive, an effect that can last a few days afterwards. We prefer Passion Rx be taken not the same day as these anti anxiety drugs.

With so many supplements on market what could you recommend for anxiety have some social phobia, self confidence problem have had since childhood.
We can’t make any specific suggestions on what supplement to use for anxiety, all we can do is refer you to the page on anxiety and to discuss with your doctor the options provided.

My son has San Fillipo Syndrome, i.e. mucopolysaccharidosis type 3 B. He is 8 years old. I have been reading about the herb Bacopa that I thought may be of benefit to him. In my research I came across your website. I would like to try some of your products. I am interested in ones that also have a calming effect as he often has a high level of anxiety.
You may wish to discuss with his doctor some of the natural herbs and nutrients listed on this anxiety information page.

I wanted to relate to you that taking a 300 mg of yohimbe bark supplement led to an anxiety attack. I am not sure if anxiety disorder studies have shown that this herb has this effect.
Yes, this herb can cause anxiety and this is dose dependent.

My severe panic attacks and severe constant anxiety is killing me. the only thing keeping me alive is Xanax and a little bit of alcohol. i try not to take more than 2.5mg of xanax but i can feel the irrestible urge to take more and i’m on the urge of addiction. i only take 5mg of lexapro and i am going to start taking otc anti-anxiety supplements, like seredyn or, valerian, passionflower, kava, lavender, etc… in low doses of course.. maybe i can lower the xanax. i would consult my docs but they don’t know shit. i’m not concerned about being super sedated, i’m always wired anyway. the only question that concerns me is could these herbs exacerbate the depression, even in low doses. it would seem that the low dose lexapro would not be a big deal with the possible interactions. if you could shed some light on this situation, without any recommendations, of course, it might mitigate my suffering. thank you for your time.
Each person is different in their response so it is a good idea to begin with low dosages of the herbs.

I was wondering if you could recommend a supplement for someone who has anxiety attacks that are situational and not all the time, mostly when I travel a distance or to places I’ve never been to before or getting stuck in traffic jams. I’ve tried 5HTP from another website one time for anxiety about 6 yrs. ago, I don’t remember the dosage amount, and it gave me the worst headache I ever had so I don’t even want to try that again. I have General Anxiety Disorder and I don’t take any prescription medications and I don’t want to. I just try and push myself to do things that are out of my comfort zone but I hate the nervousness that goes along with it. I’ve tried Anxiety Control and that didn’t help me either.