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Is there anything to take for anti-anxiety that isn't prescription?

The last several weeks I keep having bad anxiety attacks at night and it keeps me up all night. The last two nights I was exhausted and tired but was unable to actually fall asleep until close to 5 AM. Before this started happening, I was usually asleep around midnight. The only thing that has worked so far is nicotine but going through several packs a week is getting expensive. I've tried melatonin and double doses of valerian root, the melatonin gets me tired, but I'm still kept awake from the anxiety and the valerian root didn't do anything. Aside from prescriptions is there anything else that helps with it? I don't have a regular doctor and it would probably look suspicious going into a walk-in clinic asking questions about Valium and similar drugs. So, is there anything else I could try? I'm starting a new job tomorrow so I need to get it under control soon. I don't have any food allergies that I'm aware of. If I eat a few hours before bed it's usually a light soup or something like that. I cut down on sodas, but I still get some caffeine from ice tea so I'll cut out a little of that and see if that helps. I actually have some Gaba and chamomile tea, so I'll try that tonight and over the weekend try the magnesium if that doesn't fix it. I usually take a multi-vitamin, but sometimes I forget to take it, so if I set it out where I won't forget to take it that may solve the magnesium deficiency if there is one.

Asked By: Yamster Hunter - 4/18/2008
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Foods rich in magnesium will soothe your frazzled nervous system.... magnesium is known as the antistress mineral and will increase the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy, thus aiding in digestion and helping to resolve any issues with constipation you may have .... magnesium is needed in our bodies for... More
Answered By: minx - 4/18/2008
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Try St. Johns Wort
Answered By: NurseBunny - 4/18/2008
 
Try relaxation techniques, deep breathing, yoga. Take a hot bath before bedtime. Also, chamomile tea is good to relax.
Answered By: Rocco's Girl - 4/18/2008
 
Pot.
Answered By: DAVID B - 4/18/2008
 
masturbation. or alcohol. But I don't condone binge drinking. Are you a nail biter too?
Answered By: general_jimbo - 4/18/2008
 
I dont think any of that herbal stuff really works. I think what works, outside of presciptions, is meditation. you have to learn to control your own mind, cause thats what anxiety is caused by. you are pushing stressful life issues out of the way but even though they are not at the forefront of your mind, your brain... More
Answered By: qnbee1 - 4/18/2008
 
Cutting caffeine and sugar will help, but there is so much more you could do. Fruits, veggies, are just good for overall health and nutrition, which might help reduce stress. Aside from that, some of the most popular natural products for stress are GABA, L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea, 5-HTP, and L-Tryptophan.
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Answered By: oldtimekid2 - 4/18/2008
 
Keep breathing out as far as you can and not worrying about breathing in again. Get up and take your mind off it - you'll find if you get interested in something else the symptoms disappear. Chamomile tea is relaxing. The trouble is after a few nights like this you get to fear it will happen again, so of course it does... More
Answered By: Herbie - 4/18/2008
 
You have a Magnesium Deficiency... More
Answered By: Prior of the Ori - 4/18/2008
 
Magnesium deficiantcy is a strong possibility. But not the only possibility... More
Answered By: Truth - 4/18/2008
 
St. J wort IS good. so is a tincture of Valerian and passionflower.
Answered By: joseph rose carpenter - 4/18/2008
 
I think most of the natural things have been covered so here is another thing you can do. Get out there and walk,hike.Do this a min of 5 times a week.This alone works wonders.Also it sounds like there is something nagging or worrying you? Have you put to much on your self? lastly try God,he is receptive to you if you... More
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Answered By: digitaldave56 - 4/18/2008
 
My daughter has bad anxiety attacks, and they were really bad at night. I sent her some Melatonin. It's over the counter, and cheap! They are 3mgs. She takes one about a 1/2 hour before bedtime. She sleeps really well, and the night anxiety attacks are gone, she says... More
Answered By: JADE WIND - 4/18/2008
 
I'm currently dealing with anxiety. This book has helped me so much. I refuse to go on meds too... More
Answered By: lol21t - 4/18/2008
 
here is a wonderful video called: liberation from fear, nothing to take from the outside required, nothing to do, just being aware and ceasing to suppress, deny or fight it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CuKLtiUjWo
Answered By: truth does not choose - 4/19/2008
 
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