Do you feel anxious and depressed? If so, you may have considered seeking treatment as millions of individuals with depression do every year. In fact, over 20 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of depression. For many of them, the answer has been in the form of antidepressants, but the drawbacks to traditional drugs are becoming harder and harder to ignore, leading many people to consider alternative treatments.
Antidepressants such as Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft have been prescribed regularly to help ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression. While they have had positive results in addressing symptoms, they also carry serious side effects including nausea, headaches, sexual dysfunction and even suicidal feelings. Antidepressants can also be very addictive, making it difficult for patients to stop taking them once they have started.
Treating depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders is all about restoring proper brain chemistry. When the hormones, neurotransmitters and other chemicals in the brain become imbalanced, this is when you begin to feel anxious and depressed. In order to effectively treat depression, then, it is necessary to restore the proper balance of brain chemistry. While traditional medications can help in this regard, they are by no means the only answer.
One of the most effective methods for treating anxiety and depression is through the use of natural remedies. Based on ancient healing principles, these remedies use a special blend of herbs and other 100% natural ingredients to improve mental equilibrium, foster a sense of well being and improve self esteem. And because they are completely natural, they carry no serious side effects and are not at all addictive, making them safe for people of any age.
Some of the herbs used in these natural remedies, chosen specifically for their ability to help individuals with chronic negative or fearful feelings, are St. John’s Wort and Passion Flower. St. John’s Wort is widely used to control mood swings and is considered the primary natural tool in helping people who feel anxious and depressed. It can help to reduce feelings of sadness and anxiety and promote a sense of well being. Passion flower works as a natural nerve tonic, producing a sense of relaxation and calm necessary to counter feelings of anxiety.
Of course, you should never start any treatment plan without first talking to your doctor. Together you can work out the treatment that will be right for you. As with any illness, a natural approach to maintaining good emotional health should also include a balanced diet, plenty of exercise and the proper amount of sleep.
If you feel anxious and depressed you’ll also want to consider taking steps to relieve stress, as stress can be a major contributor to emotional illness. Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation can help to balance mind and body and allow you to feel calm and peaceful.
Anxiety and depression can seem devastating, but there are steps you can take to control them without exposing yourself to the dangers of traditional medication. Talk to your doctor today and consider taking the natural approach to healing and wellness. Your whole body will thank you for it.
Laura Ramirez is a health writer, advocate and advisor. Learn more about dealing with feelings of anxiousness or depression by going to her web site at www.holistic-natural-remedies.com.
She is also the author of the award-winning parenting book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting. It teaches parents how to raise kids to develop their unique strengths and talents.