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How To Overcome Anxiety Without Medication

Updated on July 24, 2014

Get Rid Of Anxiety Without Medicine Or Pills!

I used to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks for a few years, and while everyone kept urging me to go to the doctor, I never did. Eventually it went away - not entirely alone, I did try to 'treat myself' so to speak with natural ways, which luckily helped.

Treating anxiety without medication works, I'm a living proof of it, however this is just my personal insight and journey of discovery - I'm by no means a doctor or a patient. I just hope the tips that helped me will help you as well. If the situation warrants, do consult a medical practitioner.

During the time I was fighting my battle with anxiety panic attacks, I tried many pills. I've been given a lot of medication. From Xanax, Klonipin to Atavin, I've tried them all. If one wouldn't work, then back to the doctor I went, and he prescribed me something else. Or one seemed to work, until after a few weeks, when it lost its effect on me. Then back to the doctor I went, and he prescribed me something else. Or until I ran out of the pills. Then the story was: down to the pharmacy I went, to buy more, more, more pills.

Until I realised this: medication is NOT the way out of the anxiety trap. It is simply another trap. And I still had the dreaded anxiety panic attacks on my back! I've finally managed to overcome anxiety, and I will show you below how..

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Various Things I've Tried

Once I recognized that treating anxiety with medication was not the answer, I started lateral thinking. I said to myself, there must be a way to overcome anxiety without taking pills after pills. I do believe in a holistic approach, rather than a symptom cure.

I tried several things, herbal teas, aromatherapy, eating healthier, and I've even picked up Reiki and meditation, both which helped me a great deal. In fact drinking a nice cup of chamomile tea after a session of guided meditation calms me down even today like nothing much else.

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"Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic."

~ Anais Nin

Using Simple Herbs Helped A Great Deal

  • Like I mentioned before, chamomile was something that I really enjoyed drinking as a tea. Once I got used to its weird taste, that is. But now, one year after I've overcome anxiety without medication, I still enjoy drinking the occasional cup of chamomile tea. It's very soothing, and very good for the stomach too. I call it the natural aspirin!
  • Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of kava in reducing anxiety, with effects observed after as few as one to two doses. However, there is some concern that kava may be harmful to the liver. So, after reading up on it, I didn't really try it, to be honest. If you've tried kava and had luck with it, please leave me a note in the comments section.
  • They say that that passion flower, valerian and theanine also may reduce anxiety and are generally considered to be safe herbs, with few reported adverse side effects, so the should be pretty safe. I've tried valerian extract, but best to use it is this way: If you are using the herb, use one teaspoon of powdered valerian root in one pint of boiling water for ten minutes in a covered pot. Strain and add honey to taste. Drink one cup per day before bed.
  • Ginseng. We've all heard of ginseng. It's an energy booster, and it lifts the spirit. When you are in one of your anxiety moods, a bit of spirit lifting is always a good thing :)
  • If you have headaches due to anxiety (I used to have them, they were one of my major symptoms), then try meadowsweet. Either drink the tea or use the extract.
  • St. John's Worth is a pretty popular herb used for controlling stress and depression.

"Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength."

~Charles Spurgeon

Herbal Mixes I Recommend In Overcoming Anxiety Naturally

  • A nice soothing tea: Blend lavender, oats, linden flower, catnip, and lemon balm (equal quantities). Use four teaspoons of this mixture per quart of boiling water. Pour the water over the herbs and steep for about ten minutes. Strain and drink while the tea is still warm. Drink a cup after each meal, up to six cups a day if necessary.
  • A strong nerve tonic that I've read somewhere and used a lot. It relaxes your mind and encourages mental harmony.

    4 parts rosemary leaves

    2 parts sage

    1 part goldenseal powdered root

    3 parts skullcap powdered herb

    2 parts valerian powdered root

  • Also if you like soaking in the bath, use either herbs or essential oils of lavender, thyme, lemon balm and chamomile. Put a few drops of each of these oils, and let the water run as hot as you can safely enjoy. These baths used to be some of the highlights of my periods plagued by anxiety panic attacks.

"At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety."

~ Nigella Lawson

The Next Step - Using Meditation And Reiki

The next step for me was to learn to meditate and I've also picked up Reiki for the purpose of self-healing. Level 1 was more than enough, however right now I'm at level 2, which also enables me to heal others from distance (distance healing).

For meditation I mostly use guided meditation CDs, and when I do Reiki healing on myself, I listen to gentle Reiki music in the background that doesn't disturb the session.

Some Of The CDs I Have At Home On Meditation And Reiki Healing

Here are some of the books that I bought that helped me with my anxiety and panic attack symptoms. Even just knowing what I was going through with the use of the books made me feel much better. Knowing that all I had was anxiety, and not something serious in terms of fatal disease or anything, was a great step in restoring my confidence that I could do it and get healthy once again - on my own.

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      rayroshan 3 years ago

      learn reiki !... to overcome anxiety

      Reiki is the art of channelling unique divinely guided life force energy through the healer and passing the energy on to the person who is being healed. As the energy is being channelled the reiki healer is also healed and energized during the healing session. The healing energy possesses innate intelligence. reiki is a divinely guided energy, it knows how and what to heal. http://www.reiki.ooo

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Anxiety can ruin a moment. I manage anxiety attacks with EFT or Tapping and yes, absolutely no pills necessary! Very helpful information here. Thanks for sharing. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      tmclife 4 years ago

      I like this article very much.And as it shows we do not need to poison our body with pills when there are healthy ways of treating it:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Regular joggling for 30 minutes helped me a lot fighting my anxiety...i would say it reduced the anxiety symtomps for more than %60

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      adammuller003 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens!

      The times I have had periods of anxiety, after reflection and therapy, have been tied to certain beliefs I believe about the world, myself, and god.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I began having anxiety attacks after suffering an extreme trauma many years ago. It took years for me to recover fully but thankfully a very wise counselor explained the physical affects of trauma to me so I was aware that the feelings I was experiencing were completely normal and would diminish with time. Time really can be the best healer and simply knowing you aren't crazy sure helps.

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      Keeah 4 years ago

      I used B complex (with extra B6) and then cod liver oil for years to keep the anxiety hormones at bay. Then I dropped gluten and realized I don't need any of that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great info. I'd like to add that sometimes, food sensitivities can cause/trigger anxiety/depression. Namely gluten and MSG. If you suspect this, proving it is as simple as going on the "virgin" diet. It made a huge difference with my anxiety. I also take "Perfect Calm" vitamin supplements.

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      SoberNation 5 years ago

      excellent lens im sharing it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      ive been struggling with really bad anxiety for the past two years. I recently read a womens blog here on the internet (im sorry i don't remember the name) and she says that meditation and trying to calm yourself of your anxiety is a mistake. she stresses that it is good for overall mental health but not anxiety. Our conscious mind blocks our subconscious, so when we meditate we silence our conscious mind leaving only our subconscious (which is the where all our worries and anxiety come from) So in a way, you could be activating your anxiety even more when you meditate. I don't really understand anxiety, and where it comes from, but i struggle with it everyday. I like the herb remedies you've listed, i will try them thank you for posting this... i would love to be the same confident person i was 2 years ago.

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      uneasywriter lm 5 years ago

      Great lens and will help many people with anxiety issues. I suffer from panic attacks regularly myself.

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I was experiencing some heavy panic attacks several years ago and realized it was caffeine that was causing it. I stopped drinking beverages that contained it and have had very few attacks since. Anxiety attacks are frightening and it's really tough to explain to people what is going on when they happen. Thanks for sharing this!

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      ItsTimeToBurn 5 years ago

      Great lens on a serious topic. Thank you

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Very helpful tips - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a little Squid Angel :)!

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      anxietytreatmentx 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Always nice to hear another voice recommending a natural way of treatment.

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      moonlitta 5 years ago

      Overcoming anxiety is a hard struggle-your efforts are admirable!

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      malualhati 5 years ago

      i overcome my anxiety by PRAYING and by reciting one my favorite verses in the HOLY BIBLE: " It is better to TRUST in GOD, than to put confidence in man...".

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Ihave learn to overcome my anxiety by reading the scriptures in the Holy Bible...one of my favorite is "Be still, and know that I am God."

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      paulgrossman 5 years ago

      Daily meditation does help a lot. It helps you stay more centered and not be at the whim of outside events that can have its way with you if you are not "right minded". Lots of great mediation resources out there...So try it, you might find that it does the trick

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey im 15 and have anxiety..ive been on medication for about 3 months taking alprozalam if needed and bupropion morning and night. I feel like my life has changed a lot and this anxiety is really affecting it. I wanna accomplish my goals. Of play pro soccer one day but this on top of my asthma has made it really hard to practice anymore.

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      Stress-Master 5 years ago

      A great looking lens with some really useful information. I am sure you have helped people with this.

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      audrey07 5 years ago

      Meditation helps. I find that it has a calming influence on me. When I feel stressed and feel anxiety begins to take hold, meditation or just a simple breathing exercise is adequate to calm the nerves.

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      PuttinUpWithSuzy 5 years ago

      Great lens! You can also use ylang ylang essential oil in your bath, massage oil, aromatherapy diffuser...it also helps to relieve anxiety. I think clary sage is also good for that too, but it's been a while since I read about that one. Also, I've read that using the flowers/leaves of ginseng, goldenseal, and valerian is just as effective as using the root and it doesn't kill the plant. With the commercial popularity of those herb roots, it's been overharvested without planting a lot more of them to sustain demand.

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      Thamisgith 5 years ago

      Chamomile tea is an absolute godsend. Glad to hear that you're over your anxiety.

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      snickersthebest1 5 years ago

      Good lens. i think that you can overcome anxiety by discovering the cause that triggers it

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      I have suffered very bad anxiety attacks, and al the doctors wanted to do was give medication, eventually, fed up being a walkign zombie I looked for alternatives, learning about my condition "syncope" where I get stressed,/anxiety, sneeze and faint! (weird huh) now I can spot the starting signs, take myself off to my bed, lavander cream on my forehead and my ipod with really relaxing music (I think jjust now I love mind, body and soul, real calm natural sounds) this is enough to stop the full attack coming on, and stop me from sneezing and fainting (well works 9 times out of 10 and I haven't been back to hospital since devising the little pre syncope attack plan :) anxiety is awful, and the medication makes you feel even more awful, so it is important to try to find a solution without relying on too much medication

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      I listen to healing music a lot. I also take vitamin B supplements and DHA (a type of Omega 3) supplements and they've helped too.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Well done. Some very good suggestions.

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      Hormonal imbalance can be a major cause for anxiety. There are a variety of herbs that can help with that

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      veronicatarantino 5 years ago

      I had this problem since 2009 with panic attacks.

      It happened after a traumatic experience and at the end I would.t even leave the house...now it is better...

      but not like before

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      Bebopis 5 years ago

      I have friends who have not overcome anxiety and I will share this lens with them thanks:)

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I like to meditate and use a technique called feeling into the core of the feeling.

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      matthewmatstar 5 years ago

      I have suffered with anxiety and tried many things I found self help worked the best for me great lens thanks.

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      I'm still on the road to recovery from them, after hiding them for two years. I got to a point where it effected my walking. It's surprising how many people suffer when you 'come out'. I wouldn't wish them on anybody. Some great advise here. What's helped me most is not being scared of them and not trying to fight them and not trying to be strong or pull yourself together. The more you try the harder it gets and you only make your nervous system worse. You have to learn to go with the flow of them. Books by Dr Claire Weekes really helped me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anxiety and lack of confidence became a big thing for me when I developed balance and coordination problems following the onset of Otosclerosis in my right ear. I have found that if I start to feel overwhelmed or anxious it is usually over something that has upset me before. I keep telling myself to stay calm and remember that I dealt with it before so I can deal with it again.

      However, I love the ideas you outline here and the fact that natural remedies can take the place of drugs.

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      Otto Phillips 5 years ago

      This is fascinating and so helpful! Thank you very much for writing this lens.

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      KateH2 5 years ago

      I've suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for years if various degrees. At its worse not being able to go out and having dark thoughts. Thankfully things are improved and I haven't had a panic attack for over 4 years. Strange as it might sound it took my mum being diagnosed and dying of cancer 3 months later for me to finally take back control. After having gone through such a life changing experience now when I feel a little panicky I just think "I got through losing mum without a panic attack and if I can do that then isn't gonna cause it" For the first time I feel stronger than the panic attacks. That's the gift mum gave me and the one little positive i take away from that experience.

      Getting back on topic even though I still take medication daily (I am allowed to self medicate from 25mg to 75mg per day myself) it doesn't both me as psychologically it's my safety net and allows me to function and have a good life.

      I do also use meditation, yoga and breathing techniques I've learnt as I haven't quite managed to shake the anxiety side of things yet.

      Something else I use with great success is Bachs Rescue Remedy which comes in various forms and I have a number of products dotted around in bags, car glove boxes etc.

      Anyhow I've rambled on long enough but just wanted to give my experience and wisdom and say what a great lens! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am so grateful for coming upon this! I told my doctor I didn't want to take medication for anxiety and she simply stated that it wouldn't get better. I was really about to give up and see if it would go away on it's own. Naturally, it's been getting worse. I am so glad that I came upon this website I think it's really going to help!

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      ria 5 years ago

      I appreciate the tips, and could use them. Thanks

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Life does become easier when we can take better care of ourselves, naturally. I had the problem of being on medication for several years. Economy forced me off the pills, just couldn't afford them. A Blessing in disguise. I had the foresight to wean off and never looked back. My head and life are back on track, clearly!

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      Badbreathguy 5 years ago

      Anxiety is always looking over our shoulder, waiting to take centre stage. The thing it to keep it at a distance. Not always easy to do depending on one's circumstances.

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      The One Stop Shop 5 years ago

      Some really great ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am 23 years old, and I have been suffering from anxiety/panic attacks. I typed into Google "How to overcome anxiety" and I came across this page. It gave me some hope that I can overcome this if I concentrate hard enough.

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Too often we look to medications to solve all of our aches and pains. Happy to pass blessings your way.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      am a big believer in Meditation - using a meditation cd i find, helps to follow along through the right way to meditate

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

      I am a firm believer in herbal remedies. People have to realize that they can have side effects too, just like medicines. I can't take St. John's Wort, as it makes me feel really freaky. Read everything you can about an herb before trying it, and start out slowly to see if you have any bad reactions to it. Ideally, you should be under the care of a Holistic doctor. You have some good advice though, Congratulations on bringing your panic under control.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you can learn to practices meditation and get the positive effects to overcome anxiety.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      This is an interesting lens. I'm not much for herbs because I worry about side effects but I won't rule them out completely now.

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      EmanatePresence1 5 years ago

      An excellent resource for people who are challenged with anxiety and want to help themselves without resorting to traditional Western medicine and its side effects. Good job.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I love the positive approach to this difficult subject. I guess most of us have to deal with anxiety in some stages of our lives, so it is good to know there are other ways, ways without pills.

      In my case best thing to keep me in good mood is physical activity. I think it works against anxiety too.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      My best way to lift myself out of feeling sad is to do something nice for someone else. The more kindness I send, the better I feel.

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      Rachel214 5 years ago from Haifa

      Thanks for the good advice

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Useful tips for combating anxiety.

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      great topic! :) I don't like taking pharmaceutical pills for anything.

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      This is a very good and useful lens. You mentioned that you've tried hypnosis. You should think about writing a lens about that. I know I would be interested in reading a lens about your experience with that.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Balanced approach to a very important concern of many people. Squid Angel Blessed and pinned to my psychology board.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @ViJuvenate: I agree, anxiety is typically caused by a stresseful event(s) that come up in our lives. We can deal with them or suppress them. Those who suppress deal with anxiety and depression later when it all comes out and then the doctors just mask the symptoms with meds. If you deal with the problem(s) that cause the event then you WILL overcome the anxiety and actually be better off then before! I've found that counseling works best. It helps get to the root of the problem and then the symptoms slowly disapate. It helps you stay off the fairies wheel of anxiety medications.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thankyou. I recentlly started getting really bad attacks and for some reason reading this helped a lot.

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      troy-treleaven 5 years ago

      Very helpful place to find! I subscribe to 'natural' approaches first to overcoming anxiety and stress. You've compiled a really helpful list here. Thanks for your service.

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      Auntie-M LM 6 years ago

      Great ideas. There is far too much anxiety in the world.

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      JodiFromFlorida 6 years ago

      Great lens that I will pass along! Thank you for the information.

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      JZinoBodyArt 6 years ago

      Lemon Balm. Specifically, a dropper full of tincture made from the herb is great for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and some stomach ailments. My guess is that it works best on digestive disorders related to nerves...like a nervous stomach or IBS. I keep it around for insomnia. :)

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      charis007 lm 6 years ago

      Good on you, i do not think medication is the answer. It is unfortunate that medicine is now about big business and not helping people.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How did you find out about what types of herbs to use and everything? Just experimenting?

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      PanicAttacksinfo 6 years ago

      great job on your lens..helpful

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really appreciate you sharing your personal experience for those on this journey and especially that you share that medication is another trap rather than the way out. The Anais Nin quote is powerful and so true...blessed...*

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Passion flower...we have lots of them.

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      candidaabrahamson 6 years ago

      Very, very interesting. Do you believe as whole-heartedly in natural ways to overcome depression (I've got a new duel lens out and am interested in people's opinions)?

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      HealthySante 6 years ago

      Thanks Marciag for the great info in your lens. In these specail days of year ending and new year, many persons are depressed and anxious because they have no money to buy gifts or haven't a good health to spend nice parties with friends or family. Controlling their stress without medication is a very nice solution for them.

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Excellent lens! Great advice and information. And great to have an alternative to medication. Blessed. :)

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      Blessed! thanks for writing about this topic.

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      LeCordonDude 6 years ago

      Good Lens! I hope it helps many people!

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Hi Marcia, some great tips here. I'd like to add music to the list. Good inspirational music helps calm me down quite a bit. In fact, music is also becoming a very popular form of therapy these days for issues that range from depression to ill-health.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Nice useful lens. Thanks.

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      ViJuvenate 6 years ago

      Love this. The less meds we take, the better. So much of the time we make things worse with the meds. Better to find the root of the problem, deal with that, and deal with symptoms in a natural way. Great lens.

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      GreenfireWiseWo 6 years ago

      Great info - thank you.

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      Krafick 7 years ago

      Great tips. I never take medication. We have the power to panic naturally. Our mind is very powerful.

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      Chris 7 years ago

      thank you for the great tips to overcoming panic attacks without medication. I will take medication when needed but I think as a whole we use way too much medication and there are better alternative if we just look.

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      kguru1979 lm 7 years ago

      A very good lens I have came through..! Nice...!

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      Marika 7 years ago from Cyprus

      Pastiche, that is a great idea and if you can pull it off, it's one of the best ways to minimize stress and anxiety. Unfortunately not everyone can afford (or is willing) to do it. Some people are more afraid of a major change in their life than of their already familiar panic attacks. Sad but true.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Stress and too liittle sleep were major contributors to my problems with anxiety and panic attacks. Counseling, nutrition and relaxation techniques all helped, but the best thing I did was to change my career and slooowww my life down.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Excellent lens! Really appriecate the quailty information!

      Keep up the good work.

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