You'd love a little boost of serenity, joy, and happiness, but you'd love to get it naturally. Whether you're pregnant or are worried about the slippery slope of dependency that can occur with prescription drugs, there are countless reasons to seek out natural remedies.
Natural alternatives to prescription drugs have become increasingly important in recent years. An April 2016 report revealed prescriptions written for benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium tripled between 1996 and 2013. More troubling: Overdoses quadrupled during this same time period. Another popular class of drugs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Zoloft and Lexapro, aren't as dangerous when it comes to potential for addiction or overdose; however, some patients do experience unpleasant side effects, even on these.
The good news: Recent studies have shown many natural alternatives to not only be effective, but also come with very few side effects. Plus, many options can work alongside existing treatments for those with mental illnesses that do require medication. As always, talk to your prescriber to make sure any natural treatment is safe for you.