Can I Manage My General Anxiety Disorder without Medication?

You should definitely check with your physician if the medication they want to prescribe is necessary to treat your anxiety. If they think it is ok to go off, they may prescribe a tapering off plan, since going off a medication cold turkey can be dangerous. All of these considerations may depend on the type of anxiety disorder you have. The most common is generalized anxiety disorder, and is what is being discussed here, relative to managing it without medication.

It is important to know that certain prescriptions can lead to addiction, especially those individuals who use powerful medications, like sedative-hypnotics, to control their anxiety and panicky symptoms. Many individuals who have generalized anxiety often experience relief from their medication. While this may be the case, the medication doesn’t heal the anxiety itself, so the disorder continues. It must also be noted that people who have anxiety, may also have depression, insomnia, and struggle with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction.

According to many research studies, 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) has been shown to have anti-anxiety benefits with the potential to help prevent panic attacks in some cases. However, it must be noted that in 1989 the contaminant, Peak X, was found in some 5-HTP supplements. The level of Peak X in 5-HTP was not high enough to cause any symptoms, unless very high doses of 5-HTP were taken. A doctor or healthcare provider should be consulted before you take any supplement containing 5-HTP.

Another approach to anxiety is Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH). Therapies such as metabolic testing, as well as nutritional and dietary influences are examined. Laboratory analysis can determine biomedical concerns like food allergies, infections, nutritional deficiencies, toxicities, and genetic disorders.

Beyond natural supplements, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, music, massage and relaxation often reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety. A natural method for reducing generalized anxiety is exercising 20 to 30 minutes daily. Pay attention to eating a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and try reducing your caffeine intake. Also ask your doctor to check your gut for any bugs in your digestive tract. Make sure you are getting enough magnesium in your diet. Magnesium is crucial for regulating your nervous system.

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