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Brain Body Well ~ Natural & Lifestyle Medicine / Digestive Wellness / Mental Health


Recently, I was asked if it's possible to overcome anxiety and panic attacks without taking antidepressants. This is a common question, and something you may be wondering yourself, so I wanted to share my answer with you.

Antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are commonly prescribed for anxiety and panic attacks as they are thought to increase serotonin levels in the brain. While evidence for this approach is inconclusive, some people do find antidepressants helpful for reducing anxiety symptoms.

However, given their side effects and the potential for physical dependence, it's understandable why some people seek alternative treatments. The good news is that there are effective alternatives, including treatments that increase serotonin levels without using antidepressant medication.

One option is to support the body's own production of serotonin by ensuring adequate levels of the necessary nutrients. This includes tryptophan, vitamin B6, zinc, and iron. It can also involve supplementing with 5-HTP, which is a more immediate precursor to serotonin. Research has shown that using these supplements helps to increase serotonin levels and can be effective for many people with anxiety and panic attacks.

It's important to note that not everyone who takes SSRIs or serotonin supplements will see an improvement in their symptoms. This is because each person's brain chemistry is unique. For example, many people with anxiety and panic attacks actually have high serotonin levels. Other brain chemicals, such as GABA, noradrenaline, and dopamine, should also be considered when addressing anxiety.

If you've experienced negative side effects from medication or prefer not to take drugs, it's important to know that there are other options for overcoming anxiety and panic attacks. A comprehensive health assessment can help to identify which supplements will work for you. Importantly it will also pinpoint the underlying health factors contributing to changes in your brain chemistry, such as inflammation. Therapy, such as counseling and somatic work, can also be powerful non-drug allies for those with anxiety.

By combining these therapies with an overall health plan, anxiety can be addressed on a deeper level, leading to long-lasting changes in mental wellbeing. If you're interested in learning more about how to overcome anxiety and panic attacks without medication, consider booking a complimentary consultation today.



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