List: Unsolicited recommendations on how to cure your mental illness from people not living with a mental illness

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Here is some unsolicited advice I have been given in the past from many humans I love about how to manage my anxiety and OCD.  Their advice is well intentioned and I love them for it, but their recommendations reveal the incredible lack of information our general public has about managing mental illness.  Here are their recommendations.  You’re welcome.

  • Multivitamins are magic. Just make sure not to get the kind from the grocery store, those are crap. Get the good kind.  You should try GNC or Vitamin Shoppe.  Talk to one of the dudes that works there. Tell them that you have anxiety and they’ll know exactly what to give you.  Also, make sure it has a lot of vitamin C!  I heard that’s good.
  • Epsom salt baths. Just put 2 cups of it in your bath water and soak for 20 minutes.  Don’t do more than that or the magnesium can give you diarrhea. Magnesium is supposed to make you calm so it will definitely help.
  • I bet it has to do with how much green tea you drink.  I know you said you only have a cup every other day, but still, have you tried replacing it with water?
  • Why don’t you change your lunch from ham to turkey sandwiches. The tryptophan will make you sleepy. Sleepy equals calm and calm is good.
  • Place one teaspoon of chia seeds in your morning oatmeal (make sure to soak it for 15 minutes first!).  Do this everyday.  The omega-3s are really great to reduce anxiety.  You might want to also try fish oil 2000 mg or maybe just eat a lot of salmon.  Boom! Cured!
  • Buy an aromatheraphy diffuser.  Here are some essential oils that will make you feel calm:  valerian, lavender, jasmine, sweet basil, camomile, rose, lemon balm.  I know you said that you have allergies but, if I were you I’d still try.
  • Camomile tea.  It’s like a miracle cure.  Just drink one cup at night and watch as your anxieties melt away.
  • 10 mg of melatonin one hour before going to bed.  I bet all of this is happening because you keep waking up and it’s messing with your sleep cycle.  You know how it goes when we don’t sleep.  Everything goes to shit.
  • Have you tried thinking really positively and being happy? I bet if you did that all of your thoughts would just go away little by little.
  • And the latest recommendation:  Have you tried acupuncture?

A note to my readers: I grew up in a home where natural cures were frequently sought out, and I believe that all of the things above can help us feel better (please talk to your physician if you’re thinking of doing some of these); however, I am a firm believer that none of the items mentioned above are independently as powerful as therapy, support groups, and medication.  

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