mistress of the mountains
Joined: Feb. 2001
|Posted: Nov. 04 2004,2:34 am
True, St John's Wort has been proven to be just as effective as SSRI's like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, et al, for *mild to moderate* depression, but is ineffective against *severe* depression. ¬†And yes, it does increase photosensitivity. ¬†So it won't be effective against 'crippling depression'...my 'pat' suggestion is to first do a lot of personal searching and looking for answers as to what may be the underlying cause of your depression. ¬†Is it something 'inside you', or outside forces that are effecting your mood? ¬†Only then look to 'professionals' for an answer...I'm not a fan of chemically-induced 'happiness', especially since none of them worked for me. ¬†Made me psychotic, narcoleptic, fat, no sex drive, etcetcetc, yeah, you name it, but none ever cured my depression.
I'm chronically depressed, but a lot of it is my own making...i.e. 'damn, why aren't i filthy rich yet? ¬†why do i have to work for a living? ¬†there aren't enough hours in the day! ¬†my weekends/days off are too short! ¬†my life sucks!'
Not to belittle true clinical depression, but in some cases, it's one's circumstances that cause 'depression'. ¬†If everything's going great for you, and you're still inexplicably 'down', then maybe there's a clinical problem, and a clinical answer to be had. ¬†But look inside first, I say.
Just my usual opinionated $.02.... ¬†
¬†<--- ¬†if i had an ass, would i be talking outta it?