In 2003 I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and was put on Paxil. Paxil had sexual side effects with me so I got switched to Lexapro. I was on Lexapro for a little over a year then was taken off simply because I felt a % better and I didn't like how I felt disconnected with reality (kind of like I was emotionally numb to everything, good or bad). About a year after getting off lexapro my anxiety came back (for no apparent reason) so my NEW doctor put me on Lexapro and Xanax. For some weird reason Lexapro this time around started giving me strong sexual side effects and I started to be reminded about that alienating feeling from my last experience with Lexapro... so I have just recently taken myself off of it. I am still using Xanax strictly on an as needed basis.
The reason I want to switch to "natural" remedies is because it just makes me feel like I'm doing something good for my body. The concept of man made mood enhancers kind of put me off and I would like to just see if the natural way works any better. I have done plenty of my own research and have selected to take the following supplements:
St. Johns Wort
My last decision I need to make is chosing a relaxing agent such as GABA and or Valerian Root. I think after more research I am going to go with Valerian Root because it sounds more my speed. Of course it may not even affect me the way I would like... we shall see. If not I can stick with my Xanax script, but I'd rather use something that doesn't have an addiction potential.
Thanx for the tips. If you have any more advice please throw it my way