Anyone who’s experienced an anxiety attack before knows just how terrifying they can be. People who suffer from an anxiety disorder, who have frequent anxiety attacks, also understand how debilitating they can become. Severe anxiety and panic attacks can result in a disruption of daily life that can lead to a downward spiral of isolation and depression.

Modern medicine has created several drugs to control anxiety and panic disorders. These drugs fall into several categories including MAOI’s (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) and SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). SSRI’s such as Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, and Celexa are the most commonly prescribed.

While effective in most patients, antidepressant treatments usually come with a cost. Antidepressants are powerful prescription drugs that have negative side effects for a good percentage of people that take them. Common side effects of SSRI’s include nausea, headaches, diarrhea, weight gain, sedation, and sexual side effects. Antidepressants have even been linked to suicide in young patients.

Prolonged usage of antidepressants frequently result in a higher drug tolerance in patients leading to increased dosages to receive the same desired effect. Further, there is a risk of addiction to these antidepressants.

Fortunately, there are now effective natural anxiety treatment alternatives to antidepressants. They fall into two categories – cognitive behavioral therapy and natural dietary supplements.

Cognitive therapy involves the participation of a psychotherapist or psychiatrist who have one on one sessions with the patient. This approach focuses on changing the patient’s thinking patterns and developing coping mechanisms such as slow breathing techniques. Patients learn how to detect faulty fight-or-flight response mechanisms within the body that are triggered during anxiety attacks.

The second category of drug-free anxiety treatments are dietary supplements. Natural dietary supplements offer effective treatment for anxiety and panic attacks without the risk of adverse side effects or possible addiction of antidepressants.

Natural herbal remedies have been used for centuries around the globe in many cultures to treat anxiety symptoms. There is now a growing trend towards more natural alternatives to powerful antidepressants. Natural herbs and vitamins can boost one’s overall immune and nervous system creating more resistance to stress. Further, select supplements found in nature can be very effective to treat anxiety and panic attack symptoms.

Since dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) caution is recommended in selecting an effective anxiety supplement that works for you.

Author's Bio: 

Bill Burniece is an anxiety survivor and advocate for safe natural anxiety & panic disorder treatments.