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Under the Weather:
I've Got ... 'Nerves'


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I've got nervesThe run-down-feeling—one reason for trying a tonic—was often attributed to "nerves." "It's my nerves, you know."  In fact, the term covered a variety of conditions that, nowadays, may or may not be diagnosed as anxiety and depression.  Nerve tonics and stimulants once well known, include passion flower, scullcap, and sage.

Even before the era, from the 1950s onward, of antidepressives and tranquillisers, chemical remedies such as chloral hydrate and the barbiturates were pushing aside herbal remedies. Moreover changing attitudes and new government regulations led to the disappearance of sedative opium preparations that remained popular into the twentieth century.


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