Our expert says:
I don'tthink one should decide these things as a sort of abstract principal. It'd be best for you to see a shrink for a proper assessment, and to then discuss treatments in the light of the results of that assessment. Maybe AD's could help. They don't "make you feel better" but may enable you to feel better, which is nicer. And I doubt that you will become reliant on them, and will be able to stop when they have done their jo, and not earlier. What I keep saying about St John's Wort is that its about the only one of these herbal remedies whose claims have stood up, to some degree, to proper research, and it CAN be helpful in mild depressions, not in significantly severe depressions. And that it is not the complete alternative to the Prozacs of this world, as it works in the same chemical way as prozac and the other SSRI's, though milder. So it's a vegetable prozac. It's other herbal remedies where I am still waiting to see good evidence of effectiveness and safety.
So if one is mildly depressed, the wort might work. If one is severely depressed, it may not be powerful enough, and one may do better on a regular AD medication.
Pleased to hear CP Mom is doing well on Cipralex, the Super-Wort !
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