I agree that you have to be ultra careful, but I don't totally discount all alternative treatments. There are actual studies of certain supplements being very helpful in treating some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The placebo effect is certainly to be taken into account, but it isn't always that. When I was going thru the absolute worst of the anxiety some years ago, a friend bought me some Rescue Remedy, a Bach flower remedy. I wanted it to work soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo BAD! But it didn't do a darned thing! I have been helped some by Kava Kava, but it isn't as good as Xanax by any means. I think one needs to be balanced in ALL types of treatments. Do research and don't take ANYTHING at face value. Make sure of your source for the info. If it's someone trying to sell you a product and is the same one that endorses it, beware. If you find independent info/studies, etc., done by respected sources, it's better. Even then, be careful. I've found some wonderful info online and am very careful. I don't believe something just because of one study or one testimonial (and paid ones I disregard altogether!)
Twiggy, the herbal emedy helped for 5 years. It likely wasn't a placebo effect. Even prescript
ion drugs can lose their effect over time, as with the SSRIs for some people. I say keep an
open mind, but be cautious.