Has anyone tried natural remedies for SAD?


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I’m afraid to use prescription drugs to deal w/ SAD. Has anyone had any success using natural remedies? Is passion flower or St John’s Wort any good? Thank you!

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    • juliathemechanic

      Yes! I would like to recommend two books and a supplement. The books are "Change your brain, change your life: The breakthrough program for conquering anxiety, depression, obsessiveness, lack of focus, anger and memory problems," and "Healing anxiety and depression", both by Dr. Daniel G. Amen. Amen is a psychiatrist and neurophysiologist who has made an entire career based on solving brain problems.
      He also runs a famous brain and behavior clinic.Though he began his practice using traditional medical cures, he has come to realize that a more natural cure is best. He doesn't rule out pharmaceuticals, but sees them as the last resort when other treatments don't work. You will learn a lot about the human brain, mental and anxiety problems, medication, diet and possible treatments through these books. They also have a large number of case studies so you can see the diagnosis process and application of treatments as well.

      Personally, I have always suffered from social anxiety and recurring depression. It always seemed to come and go mysteriously, not based on any particular season or event. I took it in stride as there are many people with mental/anxiety problems in my extended family and I thought it was just my lot in life. That was until I found L-Tryptophan. Initially, I took it for insomnia. Whenever I get very depressed insomnia goes hand in hand with it. I took 1000 mg. (2 - 500 mg. capsules) twice per day, once in the morning and once an hour before going to bed. Then something interesting happened. It definitely worked well for helping me sleep, but at the same time, I noticed that I was having significantly less social anxiety. I could walk down the street or go to the store without feeling uncomfortable. I have heard that this effect often happens when you first take it and then it tapers off, but I have been taking it for six months and so far see no taper effect.

      When I read up on L-Tryptophan I found out three important things: 1) L-Tryptophan helps increase natural levels of serotonin, so it acts just like anti-depressant, generally without the side effects, and 2) It works great on reducing levels of anger too, which can often happen with depression. Here is a study on that: (Social behaviour and mood in everyday life: the effects of tryptophan in quarrelsome individuals. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2006 Jul;31(4):253-62.) And 3) L-Tryptophan is pretty expensive to make, so you take your safety in your own hands if you buy a very cheap supplement. I used both Blue Bonnet and Source Naturals to good effect, as well as Now Foods, which was a bit cheaper but has a very good reputation. They cost about $15 for 120 capsules.

      Although I react well to increased levels of serotonin, your results may vary. Some people do better with more dopamine, some with more serotonin and some with more of both. Some people need something entirely different. I would highly recommend you read the works of Dr. Amen to get a better picture of your particular problem. There is help out there that doesn't cost a fortune or cause awful side-effects.

    • It's a little more complicated than just saying it's all in your head. Biologically speaking, feelings and emotions are just chemical reactions. Those chemical reactions are caused by how you think and instinctual reactions. In a way, yes it's in your head. But we're also wired to think a certain way naturally by our genetic makeup. So changing the way you think does work for some people but not all. Taking medications or herbal products can also alter those chemical reactions, which is why they work. For those who can't change their thoughts easily, natural treatment options help. But do keep working on changing your mindset as well. Over time, you will be less anxious because your body and mind will start to adjust and get better at coping with stress and anxiety. And yes, herbal products like passion flower, kava kava, valerian root, and ashwagandha do help. We know! http://www.loodibee.com

    • Drm810

      Creatine Monohydrate. been on every treatment known to man from stimulants to benzos to anti d's, anti psychotics, racetams, various nootropics, even daily microdosing LSD. Joined reddit to share an accidental and effective treatment for anxiety/depression, motivation, and cog fog. Started taking creatine monohydrate 1 teaspoon in AM and symptoms of social anxiety at times are non-existent. Male in early 30s struggling to overcome this shit for the better part of 15 years. seriously the best safe and non-narcotic treatment next to a positive psilocybin trip ive found. I feel normalized with a small daily dose of creatine


      Please,can you write wich exactly CM do you use(brend)?Thank you

    • Ethan Moore

      Do you take it as powder, liquid, or what? I'd love to be able to go out relaxed even for an hour...

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