Why Natural Remedies Alone Aren’t the Magic Bullet to Depression and Social Anxiety

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Herbal over the counter pills, which dont require a prescription, are very popular for treating depression or anxiety. Over time the increase of complementary medicines has been hugely profitable for its producers and aggressively marketed. But the effectiveness of these supplements has yet to be fully proven by thorough research.

The cost of some products like, adenosyl-methionine (SAMe), which said to help mood support and joint comfort, will cost you as much as $70 per week. On the other hand traditional remedies would not cost as much.  But again, a group of people are questioning their reliability and effectiveness. Some research says the benefits you can get from remedies like chamomile, lemon balm and bacopa are little more than a plcebo. They may work for some, but among the medical community the jury is still out.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Jerome Sarris from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry said, “We’re seeing an increase in the use of complementary medicines for mental health conditions, but while some have evidence that they work to some degree, others have very little data to support their use or none at all. People need to know which products have proof to back up their claims and   be aware of potential interactions with prescription drugs.”

Even natural remedies can have side effects

There are a lot of different supplements and herbal remedies sprouting everywhere which claims to cure depression and social anxiety. But a lot of these products have its downsides. Take for example the infamous plant kava which has evidently shown its benefit for social anxiety. However, UK and Europe have withdrawn the use of the plant because of how it endangers the toxicity of the liver. Dr. Sarris said that mental health cannot be cured by potent drugs and supplements alone, he said “Some supplements may have a place to – but it’s important to see them as part of an integrated approach and not a magic bullet.

According to ADAA, social anxiety disorders are the most recurrent ailment in the U.S.  Which affects 40 million adults from the age of 18 and older. Imagine how most of these people rely mostly on over the counter drug prescription and supplements. Now, Anxiety disorder is not a disease or a virus where you have to take pills to get better. It’s a mental disorder in which developed mostly from multiple factors, it can be hereditary, your personality which shaped by the environment you live in and depressing life events. It involves mostly on how you feel about yourself and towards the people around you.

What better way to address social anxiety problem is a proper diet, exercise and meditation. You need to have a more positive perspective about yourself and how that positivity affects those people around you. The best way to appreciate one’s self is by feeling good deep inside and retains the sanity to take on every challenge that comes your way.

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Lea shares tips for overcoming social anxiety drawing on her own experiences of dealing with it since childhood. Thankfully, she was able to learn how to now let it get in the way of living a happy, fulfilling life and that changing the way you think can change the way you feel.


  1. The intensity and wavelength of anxiety vary in each individual so do its causes. If we try to draw a simple conclusion, we can interpret that all the mental disorders are generally unpredictable. Considering such aspect of anxiety, it is impossible to judge someone without any knowledge of their emotional health’s status.

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