Mental Health

Supplements for anxiety that WORK

Honestly, there are not many things I haven't tried for my anxiety. And unfortunately, not so many things work for me personally. In this post I am going to share with you my favorite supplements for anxiety. If it's something you could be interested in, please follow me. 

Now, the most effective medicines for anxiety are (in my experience) benzodiazepines (not a supplement). They can be prescribed by a doctor. Benzodiazepines are highly effective short term, and as far as I am concerned not prescribed very often because they have high rates of abuse and physical dependence. These drugs should be taken very carefully. However, they do work, and helped me in times I thought I wasn't going to make it through anxiety. I am grateful for this medication despite its bad reputation. 

Shortly what benzodiazepines do is that they enhance the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at the GABA receptor, resulting in sedative properties. I talked a little bit about GABA here.

I have tried many other medications for anxiety, as well as antidepressants (such as Sertraline). They had no positive effect of me. Antidepressants also come with a bunch of side effects that I experienced while taking them. I know this class of meds work for many people, but for me it wasn't the case. 

Speaking of "natural supplements", not so many help me. I really like a supplement called GABA Calm (Source Naturals). It really does help calm my anxiety. This supplement consists of magnesium, GABA, glycine, L-Tyrosine, and taurine. I do have a separate magnesium supplement (CALM) as well, and tried taking glycine before, but they don't really help as much as GABA Calm does. There is something in this supplement that creates magic

So, the last thing to consider is CBD tincture. I personally think that CBD is very often overrated, but I think I saw some improvements while taking it (they were just not as drastic, maybe). I originally hoped CBD would help with my chronic pain, but instead I am certain it helped calm my anxiety.

Please don't take this post as a recommendation because this is just me sharing with you what has worked for me. I am not a doctor. Always ask your physician or a therapist what is best for you. 

Also for more tips on how to help yourself with anxiety read my post here.

I hope you found it somewhat interesting and helpful. Until next time on Pillows&Trees.