What kind of natural medication works for Social Anxiety Disorder?
Topic: What kind of natural medication works for Social Anxiety Disorder?
April 19, 2019 / By Beavis Question:
I want to know if any of you took natural medication for SAD and did it work? Does St Johns wort work? Thank You
Best Answers: What kind of natural medication works for Social Anxiety Disorder?
Zoey | 5 days ago
Kava kava (Piper methysticum) has been used as a ceremonial drink in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. It has been reported to have an effect similar to an alcoholic drink.
Several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and related nervous disorders. However, there is serious concern that kava may cause liver damage.
Most studies show that St. John's wort may help treat mild-to-moderate depression. Two studies suggest that St. John's wort, combined with black cohosh, helps improve mood and anxiety during menopause.
The effectiveness of St John's wort for social anxiety disorder is unknown. It probably wont help social anxiety disorder.
Apart from Kava Kava, other herbal medicines that might help anxiety are passion flower, valerian, lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, etc.
The best non-drug solutions for social anxiety disorder are systematic desensitization and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
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Originally Answered: How do I go about getting medication for social anxiety?
Imo, you are much better off getting self-help books from the library or looking up self-help advice online on how to deal with shyness than you are getting medications. antidepressants turn out they were approved by the FDA under false pretenses (google antidepressants placebo kirsch). the drug companies jiggered the data and suppressed the studies that showed bad results in order to get 2 studies showing their drugs worked a bit better than a sugar pill. benzos are really addictive and only work for a few weeks or months, and you get ever-increasing tolerance to them & will have to go thru withdrawal when they finally stop working. or else start abusing them. I'll give you my story, for what it's worth.
Social anxiety is really just shyness. The term social anxiety disorder used to be reserved for people with the most severe problems. After the drug companies marketed their antidepressants for this problem, the definition expanded, so now people who are just shy are taking pills for something folks used to LEARN how to deal with.
My teachers thought I was mentally retarded in first grade, and again in 4th grade, because I never spoke. So you can conclude I was pretty darned shy.
Here's what I did to overcome shyness. I did a couple of plays in junior high school, debate and speech in high school, lectored at my very large catholic church in college, and ran a club of 200 people where I regularly had to get up in front of about 50 people at monthly meetings. I coached debate. I went to graduate school and was a TA for labs of about 20 students. I faked it until I made it - people can't tell I'm shy anymore, and in fact, I am much less shy.
So find some activities where you have to FORCE yourself to speak up, and then DO it, no matter how afraid you are. Truth is, most people are terrified of speaking up in groups. I was a high school debate coach - most of those kids of mine were terrified!! Also do some confidence building things. For me, a HUGE confidence builder was camping out under the stars in Minnesota in January - it was 20 below zero F. I froze my buns off & didn't get a lot of sleep, but hey! I did it! I feel like if I could do that, i could do anything. Competitive extracurriculars are big confidence builders too.
"social anxiety" is a kind of phobia - and there are 2 ways to deal with a phobia - gradual desensitization, where you gradually expose yourself to more and more intense situations, but start off easy, or "flooding" where you jump right in with both feet, which is what I did. You can only be terrified for an hour or two, then you run out of adrenaline and calm down quite a bit.
all the best to you! You have to screw up your courage and face your fear - that is what a phobia is, when a person avoids the situation or object that they are afraid of. COURAGE - that's the ticket, and then it will get easier as you keep practicing. It's ok to be afraid.
Anxiety can be understood as the emotional and physical consequences of believing that a threat is present or likely. It can be very useful when it motivates us to get out of danger, resolve issues or address what is important.
Sometimes, people can begin to feel anxious in situations that they have not previously found threatening. They may begin to avoid these situations or, when the anxiety provoking situations are unavoidable, develop ways of feeling safe. While avoidance and safety behaviours alleviate the anxiety they often bring with them other problems, such as isolation and constricted lives. A further complication is that when a threat is avoided or made safe we do not find out if we were really in danger.
If anxiety is the result of thinking that there is a threat, anxiety can be addressed by identifying when it occurs, what thoughts prompt it and what evidence supports the thought.
For example: When I am with people that I do not know I think that they will not like me. This, I believe, is because nobody likes me. The evidence that supports this thought is that Tom’s friend didn’t like me.
Then: Consider an alternative explanation, such as, maybe some people do like me. This, I could believe, is because I am OK. The evidence that supports this thought is that Lisa, Fred and Claus all like me. I value their opinions. Other people like me too.
Remember, just because I think something it does not mean that it is necessarily true. Looking at the evidence is often the best way to determine the truth of a thought. Sometimes people begin to feel anxious about feeling anxious. This can become so uncomfortable that people panic. It is worth remembering that anxiety and panic do not kill people. They can make people feel awful though.
A clue that anxiety is not helpful is when the feeling of fear is greater than could be reasonably expected in the situation that it occurs. A way to begin addressing anxiety would be to start to face the anxiety provoking situations in a sustained way. Begin with something relatively small. When progress is made build upon it. When things seem hard, be hopeful as many people feel anxious and most manage to feel better.
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Hm. St. Johns Wart is probably the closest thing to an actual medication that is natural.
But my opinion is increasing your level of dopamine, resulting in you being happier, and more likely to be able to overcome SAD.
Dopamine is naturally found in the following foods: almonds, avocados, bananas, dairy products, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.
Obviously one banana won't do anything, but in combination of St Johns Wart, these foods might help a bit.
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I have read some litterature about panic attacks. But they allways seem to have a more scientific approach and that is nothing I need in my struggle to survive those horrible panic attacks. This is a "hand on" and very practical book. I felt it was written to me. I am sure that you are going to feel the same.
Joe Barry writes exactly how I think. The examples are perfectly described. And the method is genius. I recommend this book and thanks Joe Barry for writing it. It changes your life
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Originally Answered: What is generally the best medication for social anxiety?
If the antidepressants aren't doing it for you some other options are beta blockers (typically used for high blood pressure but also used for other conditions such as migraines and some psychiatric disorders) and benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety agents). The biggest drawback of the latter is that they can be both sedating and addictive which is why many doctors want to exhaust other options before trying them.
Valerian root is an herbal option. I don't know if you've tried that but it's often billed as the "herbal Valium". Be sure you check with your doctor before taking it of course since it can affect/interact with other meds.
One non-medication option you might look into is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is nothing like those "positive thinking" memes. CBT is a real and effective method that works for many disorders including anxiety, bipolar disorder and even schizophrenia. It's best to have a therapist teach you the techniques and monitor your progress, but if you cannot afford this (if your insurance won't cover it, for example) then you can find books that will teach you how to do it on your own. I've provided some links to good options below.