Anxiety disorder supplements, vitamins, herbs, natural therapy and treatment.
ZHION.COM - June 20, 2011
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Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a pattern of frequent, constant worry and anxiety over
many different activities and events. Gene, stressful life situation, learned behavior may
contribute to the development of generalized anxiety disorder. The major symptoms include
difficulty concentrating, fatigue, irritability, insomnia and restlessness. The medical treatments
or therapies are antidepressants (such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors,
serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors; SNRI), bezodiazepine and buspirone.
Cognitive-behavioral therapies are also helpful.
The side effects of certain antidepressants are serious.
Antidepressants were developed to treat depression, but they also help people with anxiety
disorders. SSRIs such as fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), escitalopram (Lexapro),
paroxetine (Paxil), and citalopram (Celexa) are commonly prescribed for panic disorder,
obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia. The SNRI
venlafaxine (Effexor) is commonly used to treat generalized anxiety disorder. The
antidepressant bupropion (Wellbutrin) is also sometimes used. When treating anxiety
disorders, antidepressants generally are started at low doses and increased over time.
Whether anti-depressant drug use causes suicidal thinking or behavior in adult or pediatric
patients is a critically important question that we must answer in a careful, thoughtful manner.
[Robert Temple, M.D., FDA Newsletter, September 23, 2004]
Supplements, Herbs, Nutrition, Natural Methods
Lavender oil may benefit people suffered from anxiety and agitation. Researchers stimulated
dental procedures patients with lavender during their waiting in a study of 200 patients. They
found that ambient odors of orange and lavender reduced anxiety and improved mood in
patients waiting for dental treatment. Use of odors is helpful in reducing anxiety in dental
patients. Researchers also found that a Lavender aromatherapy hand massage
program is effective on emotions and aggressive behavior of elderly
with dementia of the Alzheimer's type.
5-HTP, Passion flower, valerian, hops, ashwagandha, tryptophan, kava, fish oils, St John's
Wort and GABA may help in some ways, but users must discuss with their healthcare
providers before use. Users must also need to be aware of the drug interaction.
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