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to treat anxiety with drugs that are no addictive


Posted by alex

Iam going into the navy in 8 weeks, ive been having really bad anxitey, i think i have had it since i was 12, but just more aware of the problem is there any drugs i can take that dont show in a drug test that are natural that can help for now?
 
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Ian Health Maven

If you have had "really bad anxiety" since you were 12 then I question whether the military is the right choice for you, Alex. I recommend that you disclose this to the Navy, asap as the pressures of basic training, etc, will probably reveal it anyway.

However, none of the conventional anti anxiety medications, antidepressants or benzodiazepines, are addictive in the medical sense, though both will cause dependence and produce physical effects if discontinued, especially if stopped abruptly. But so will many other drugs, including those for heart disease, antibiotics, even vitamin C. OTOH, aspirin can be truly addictive.

Over-the-counter supplements don't work well for severe anxiety, but you could try omega-3/fish oil or valerian. I do not recommend kava as there are question marks over its safety. Exercise is often also helpful.

The only non antidepressant/benzodiazepine treatments with a good track record are the cognitive/behavioral therapies - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), etc. You physician should be able to recommend a therapist in your area, but the timing is against you obtaining much benefit before enlistment.

Best wishes

Ian


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