Bump. Any others with SJW experiences?
I'm on my third day of SJW, although I was inconsistent with dosing today--ended up taking one pill at lunch and two at dinnertime. I got a nasty headache after the second dose and ibuprofen helped a little. I'm hoping these headaches fade.
As far as effects on mood--this will be my journal, I suppose; if it helps, I'd like others to benefit from my experience--I think it helped a little more today. Keep in mind, I'm also taking 500mg of l-tyrosine with the first dose. I've read some sites that say not to combine the two, but others said it's fine--so I'm doing it. No signs of serotonin syndrome or anything yet, and I suspect the mechanism of action of SJW is so different from SSRIs that they won't interact. Didn't take my bp today but I assume it's fine.
So, yeah, about my mood: I felt a little more energy and motivation during the day, which can probably be explained by slightly increased dopamine (simplistic, yes) function. Anergy has been up there as far as the worst of my depressive symptoms. I actually left the house and ran some errands and went to a restaurant/cafe and stayed for a few hours, eating and using my laptop. I almost (almost) wanted
to do these things, but I still had to force myself. At night, perhaps due to the lack of dosing during the day (but likely just because SJW usually takes a long time to work, similar to SSRIs), I felt only marginally better, if at all, than the past two nights. I felt really bad after the headache and became worried I would become or was becoming hypomanic (thanks, OCD).
Will update as often as I remember. Comments and other experiences much appreciated!