I also tried impramine as well as a bunch of other drugs many years ago and found they did nothing really but give me dry mouth and shaking hands. SJW did nothing. Valerian gave me bad dreams, and is really too strong for most long-term applications.
Vitatmin B, D and calcium seem to help, and I take them right along with my fish oil and multi every morning.
I used to take hops extract, but now I just have a beer with dinner when I'm feeling stressed out. Works like a charm. It is not just the alcohol that relaxes you. They used to make hops pillows to calm the nerves, but most people say they rustle a lot.
I use passion flower tea also when I need to smooth my mood. I hear that parents who don't want to use drugs use it for treating ADD or ADHD often use passion flower because it's also very safe and tastes good. Meditation, strategic naps, and exercise on a regular basis really help a lot, too. I also notice that eating cleanly (little white sugar, flour and processed foods) makes me more consistent in mood.
None of these things by themselves make an earth shattering difference, but together they add up significantly.
- 9/11/2012 3:27:25 PM