but before I take a drug from the SSRI and get hooked on it for life
SSRIs are not addictive. They do trigger dependence which means they need to be weaned off, but that is true of many meds, including some heart disease drugs, even high dose vitamin C can cause rebound scurvey if stopped suddenly.
here are a few stuff I am considering:
* Serotonin rich foods / Anxiety reduction targeted Nutrition
Your brain does not lack serotoinin, nor do antidepressants work by increasing the amnount in your brain. After a few weeks they actually reduce its synthesis and expression. See: Serotonin: The 'chemical imbalance' myth
* Omega 3
Omega-3 fatty acids do aid neurogenesis in the hippocampal regions of the brain, which is what antidepressants do
, so supplements can be useful for mild anxiety and depression, but the effect isn't usually strong enough to ease more severe forms of these disorders. BTW-moderate exercise is about as effective as the Omega-3s.
* GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid)
Snake oil. Oral GABA can't penetrate the blood-brain-barrier (BBB). Not that it would help if it did. No reasonably well functioning brain lacks GABA. It is a by-product of the process that fuels the brain and is so abundant that the BBB has billions of tiny pumps
to remove the excess.
* 5HTP (5 Hydroxytryptophan)
No, because you don't need more serotonin in the brain, probably less. Plus, most of it won't even get into the brain. The grain makes and uses less than 2% of the serotonin in the body. The gut about 95%
, and it will likely scavenge most of the 5-HTP for itself.
* Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort)
as with the Omega-3s, it may be useful for mild anxiety and depression.
* Bach flowers
Very expensive water.
I won't bother with the others. They are unlikely to work except via the placebo effect.