Re: Meds For Anxiety And Depression
You can absolutely do gaba and 5-htp together. You have to make sure you do a therapeutic dose of 5-htp for it to help - most people here don't do near enough. Starting dose is 100 mg 2x daily (first thing in the morning and at bedtime). Try to take it away from food because it is an amino acid and has to compete with food for absorption. You can safely go as high as 400 mg 2x daily.
When using gaba, you want to make sure you are taking "pharmagaba" because any other kind is too large to cross the blood-brain barrier. Natural Factors is a brand that makes pharmagaba chewables that are great for relieving panic "in the moment." Pharmagaba has been safely studied as high as 1200 mg/day - but most people start with 100 or 200 mg as needed.
Kava kava is another herb that is very effective in relieving anxiety/panic as it happens. It got a bad rap for causing liver damage from a crazy study years back, but it's perfectly safe.
Valerian is also very effective for anxiety and locks into the same receptors as xanax does, so you might give that a try as well.
Don't forget the important things like omega-3s (3000-4000 mg) daily from fish oil (really important for depression), eating plenty of protein for stable blood sugar, lots of fruits and veggies, deep breathing/relaxation and plenty of good, enjoyable exercise!
It's really great that you are trying to get through this without the use of pharmaceuticals.