I have been taking celexa for the past 10 years to battle mild depression and anxiety. It has worked well, but I do not like the side effects. I have read that saint john's wort can help with depression and anxiety. I would like to try it, but I am a bit hesitant and wonder if it's a good idea? I would be grateful if someone can give me some advise on that.
I have not personally taken it before, but some people says it helps them while others don't have very much to say about it. Remember, just because it is 'natural,' you can take too much and it can interact with many things. Just ensure you understand what you are taking. Have you talked to your doctor or therapist about this?
You'd have to taper slowly off the Celexa first, as St. John's Wort shouldn't be used along with an ssri. And as with medication, nobody can tell you if St. John's Wort will work or not. It also doesn't really address anxiety unless the anxiety is caused by the depression. What you would want to do is combine the St. John's Wort with 5htp and other remedies. Essentially, natural medicine doesn't treat symptoms, as does allopathic medicine, it attempts to strengthen what is weak in the body so as to heal it. It aims to treat, not mitigate. Now, many people do use it to mitigate, but that isn't how it's used by experts. You might want to consult a holistic nutritionist or naturopath to set up a program for yourself, and if your problem was mild, you probably didn't need medication anyway, therapy would have been your best bet. I hope you're doing therapy, as it would be an essential part of both natural treatment and allopathic treatment. Good luck.
I would have to agree that talk therapy is VERY important in overcoming these issues and wholeheartedly agree that you should educate yourself before you try any 'natural' remedy. Of course, Paxiled or I are not qualified to determine if you in fact needed medication for the past 10 years, so we really can't tell you if you 'probably, probably didn't' need it. These are very personal decisions and as long as you coordinate with your therapist and doctor, I believe you are doing the right thing.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.