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Helena_SAS 02-26-2010 01:01 PM

St. John's Wort
 
St John's wort is a flowering plant that is most widely known as a herbal treatment for depression.

More Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John's_wort

Helena_SAS 03-01-2010 01:50 PM

Not sure
 
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Posted by QuackQuack
Social Anxiety Background
Have been having more and more anxiety over years

Other Treatments
Haven't tried anything else.

Treatment Experience
I've taken St. John's Wort off and on for years, in an attempt to treat depression and social anxiety, and haven't felt any significant difference. In fact, when I was first taking it, I ran out and went without it for a month, and during that time I had some very good social experiences. There might be an improvement in mood/anxiety, but if there is, it's subtle enough to not notice.

Helena_SAS 03-01-2010 01:51 PM

St. John's Wort
 
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Posted by solitarian
Social Anxiety Background
I have experienced social anxiety my entire life along with chronic depression.

Other Treatments
I have not tried other drug/herb treatments outside of psychotherapy.

Treatment Experience
I have found St. John's Wort to be effective in treating depression associated with my anxiety. It does a great job of "lifting" the burden of depression and elevating my mood. It works mildly, so it probably wouldn't work very well for severe depression. For the chronic mild depression I experience, it works well. I have not noticed any lessening effect on my anxiety, however.

Helena_SAS 03-01-2010 01:51 PM

st.johns wort
 
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Posted by proximo20
Treatment Experience
I was taking it before sleep usually. It was good and during the day I had more self-respect. This can be placebo effect I don't know. The thing with herbal supplement is that you should take it ar least 4 weeks to see its effects.

And St.johns wort has some interactions with other drugs. So read about it before taking.

Now I am trying to find out what is causing the SA like hypoglycemia, candida, MVP. I believe that this foggy mind and not finding anything to talk about has some connections with our body.

Helena_SAS 03-01-2010 01:54 PM

My try
 
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Posted by Dolphinsaresmiling
Social Anxiety Background
I've had generalized anxiety for a few years. I feel anxious, restless, nervous pretty much daily. When talking to people, even the ones I know my face blushes, heart races, hands shake, I can't think clearly; I only concentrate on myself and my behaviour. These physical symptoms are there to stay it seems.

Other Treatments
Was prescribed Xanax and Lyrica, but then too scared to take them after finding out what they can do to you.

Treatment Experience
Used St John's Wort 400mg for about over a month. Nothing good I could say about it.

Helena_SAS 03-01-2010 01:54 PM

St john's wort
 
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Posted by Keith
Treatment Experience
It made me really irritable. But im bipolar so that may not be the case for people with unipoalr depression. It did something though because other antidepressants have also made me irritable. Maybe its worth a shot before you try an ssri. They perscribe it for depression alot in Germany. I'm not sure if its supposed to help anxiety, didnt help mine at all.

VeggieGirl 03-31-2010 07:52 AM

I have these in my drawer but can't say I have ever used them.
They seemed the best ones I could find at the time.

Dub16 03-31-2010 07:56 AM

I've been taking these for a month now.

They're the only thing I'm taking (i.e no other supplements or Meds). So it'll be interesting to see if I notice a difference.

It's too early to tell at this stage I'm sure.

PS - they're illegal in Ireland. So you just order them online. God I feel like such a rebel :b

NervousInDublin 04-08-2010 01:06 PM

Just today is the end of a 6 week spell on KIRA st. johns which I bought of iherb. I've bought two more boxes, but also two new chapter mood take care which is stronger supposdly.


for first 4 weeks I took 3 a day, and last while been taking 4 a day. zero side effects and it has definitely taken the edge of my depression, I'd say from about week3. While I'm not happy per se, I haven't felt really down or depressed in a couple of weeks. Its hard to tell when it started working as its kind of subtle and as I say it doesn't make you happy or eurphoric so its not that obvious, but it balances my mood and creates an absense of depression for me anyhow, and that has allowed me to go out a bit more which helps too. It wont work for everyone but you do need to give it a numebr of weeks but its worth a shot.

bsd3355 04-08-2010 08:37 PM

I have had a wart on my big toe for a while now... it sucks.

I've taken St. John's Wart. Couldn't believe it was that expensive when I bought it. Didn't take it long enough to o see any changes in mood.

theCARS1979 04-26-2010 04:25 PM

Ive used St johns Wort before. It worked alright, Right now using 5 HTP. its better off f you eat something though and use with Niacin.

micmac28 05-29-2010 10:56 PM

A few summers ago before I was ever given prescription ADs I took St. John's Wort every day. Don't remember the dosage. I had just broken up with my girlfriend at the start of the summer and I was worried about getting depressed. I think it helped me, but looking back 3-4 years later, it did seem to help with anxiety and depression, but possibly trigger mania? Don't know

StoicNate 06-03-2010 04:08 PM

I wonder if I can make a tea out of the St. Johns Wart.
Has anyone tried?

ruxul 06-03-2010 04:55 PM

I took st johns wart and it seemed to help me a bit, but it kinda messed with my stomach. I tried taking it with food but it still just made my stomach feel a little off - like gurgling constantly and a little bit of nausea. I stopped taking it eventually. Anyone have that problem too?

Stoptheanxiety 06-07-2010 02:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StoicNate (Post 1409968)
I wonder if I can make a tea out of the St. Johns Wart.
Has anyone tried?

Yes you can get St Johns Wort in a tea form. But I wouldnt suggest it. Ive tried it and it is nasty! Not only that to get the medicinal benefits from it you have to drink 3 cups of it daily. I couldnt even finish the whole one cup of it. I would def suggest pill form over the tea form.

silvercobra101 06-19-2010 05:12 PM

I drink a cup of St. John's Wort tea every evening. It always elevates my mood and relaxes me. Personally, I love the taste of the tea which may be why it elevates my mood. I don't know about its effects on SA, but it really knocks out mild depression for me.

I should note that I am more strongly effected by supplements than most people. For example I take melatonin for sleep, but only require about a quarter of a dose.

iwishiwasaway 07-15-2010 07:43 PM

Where can i get this? A health food store..etc

Whoareyou 07-15-2010 09:28 PM

St. Johns
 
St. Johns wort sucks, didnt do nothing for me, you have to go with prescriptions, i never did get subscriptions for SA tho, i cant AFFORD A DOC!!!!

tcv 07-15-2010 10:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ruxul (Post 1410026)
I took st johns wart and it seemed to help me a bit, but it kinda messed with my stomach. I tried taking it with food but it still just made my stomach feel a little off - like gurgling constantly and a little bit of nausea. I stopped taking it eventually. Anyone have that problem too?

Yes, I found this too. It was a little uncomfortable for the first few days with stomach aches (nothing too bad, but enough to feel it) but after that it wasn't so bad. I think it caused drowsiness and I would wake up with a dry mouth.

I took it for about 5 weeks then university started to get busy and I finished my bottle and never bought any more :| I'm starting it again now...I think it was starting to help me...

tcv 07-16-2010 01:20 AM

Oh, and don't forget constipation. :D

Nothing psyllium husks can't fix, though.

I still think it's worth it!


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