Mental health problems are much more prominent than most people think. Nearly 70% of Americans are on some kind of prescription drug, half of which take 2 or more prescription pills.
An estimated one in four Americans will experience a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, in a given year, making antidepressants the second most common prescription in the United States, explains Dr. Jennifer St. Sauver (1,2). Unfortunately, commonly prescribed antidepressants such as Benzodiazepines have serious side effects (3):
- Mood changes (such as hallucinations, thoughts of suicide)
- Slurred speech or difficulty talking
- Loss of coordination
- Trouble walking
- Memory problems
- Yellowing eyes or skin
Before you rely on these drugs, here’s a list of 10 natural herbs for anxiety that you should try first.
Passionflower is an exotic, sweet smelling flower with sedative activity (4). Traditionally, it’s used as a tea to ease anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria (5).
Scientists believe passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.
GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed (5).
It’s as effective as oxazepam (Serax) in treating symptoms but has a less negative impact on focus and cognitive ability than the drug (5).