HomeHome SearchSearch MenuMenu Our productsOur products Ask an ExpertAsk an Expert

Warning: You're being overmedicated for anxiety disorders

by , 21 May 2013

Chances are, if you go to any mainstream doctor to seek treatment for an anxiety disorder, you'll walk out of his office with a prescription for a heavy duty anti-psychotic drug. The reality is there's really no evidence anti-psychotics are even effective for anxiety disorders. Read on to discover effective natural alternatives to treat anxiety disorders.

While anti-psychotic drugs are number one on the list for mainstream doctors when it comes to treating anxiety disorders, there’s no evidence that there’s they work effectively.

But despite this, research by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has found that the use of anti-psychotics has risen dramatically over the past decade or so.

In fact, “researchers are urging physicians to limit the use of anti-psychotic drugs to cases in which there is a clearly outlined indication for their use,” writes Antoinette Pombo in Health Bytes. Metabolic, endocrine and cerebrovascular problems have all been linked to these drugs.

So why are doctors prescribing harmful ant- anti-psychotic drugs?

You may think doctors would be naturally inclined to use caution, but it’s just the opposite. Prescriptions for these drugs are being handed out more and more.

And what’s worse it’s to people “who are vulnerable to being victimised. People who are scared, who aren’t feeling like themselves, who are looking to a trusted figure who knows what to do, and who aren’t likely to question their doctors when they put them on these drugs,” writes Pombo.

The situation is especially frustrating when you consider how many avenues can be explored before jumping on this wagon.

According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, supplementing amino acids by undergoing an amino acid treatment could be effective in treating this condition.

Here’s how an amino acids treatment works to treat anxiety disorders

Although it’s possible to undergo amino acid treatment without pre-testing, since it’s a very safe programme, Dr  Wright, says it’s always ideal to know your own ‘starting point’.

But there are certain things you should keep in mind…

Include all eight essential amino acids in any amino acid supplement programme. These are isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

For the best results, “I also recommend using extra quantities of vitamin B12 (1,000 micrograms daily when injected, 5,000 micrograms daily if taken orally) in conjunction with the amino acids,” says Dr Wright.

Also, be sure to take extra folic acid at the same time as vitamin B12. Take 2.5-5mg of folic acid daily when injected or 5-10mg daily when taken orally. Folic acid is essential for important for cell growth and metabolism.

It’s important to keep in mind that it usually takes a minimum of four to six weeks to observe early results and longer to obtain the best results.

In addition, yoga has been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms as well.

Well there you have it! Natural alternatives to treat anxiety disorders that actually work.



Related articles




Ask our Experts a Question

Linda Weech
Vanessa Jackson (BSc Anat&Phys, AEA, NLP)
Karin Iten, FSP Nutritionals, BA (Hons)
Nicqui Grant
Annabel Koffman

Related articles


Watch And Learn



Related Products

Resources