Saturday, October 18, 2008

St. John's Wort

This is the answer to the comment on the post below, but it got so long I figured it really should be a post of its own. How long did it take for the SJW to start working? About a day or two. But the last time I tried it, years ago, the dose was like a capsule a day - nuthin'. The dosage now is 2 capsules (600 mg.) 3x a day, with meals. I'm taking it twice a day, and that was enough to make a noticeable difference. 1200 mg.

I won't say it's a dramatic change, and I've never been on real anti-depressants so I have nothing to judge it by, but a lot of the annoying issues - like waking up in the middle of the night with all the shit I'm dealing with racing through my brain - have stopped. Literally overnight. Since the shit that I'm dealing with gets piled higher every week, I can't quite believe that a placebo effect could explain this - and even if it is, I'm there. I did research it on MedlinePlus and other sites, and nobody had a negative thing to say about it, just that it's not good for more than mild depression and recommended for a short period of time, and doesn't work for everybody.

I'm not majorly depressed, obviously, but I was sleeping poorly and feeling overwhelmed, and I'd wake up at 3 a.m. with a frantic to-do list chattering in my brain, which left me starting the day overwhelmed, tired, sad and disgusted. I'm still disgusted about a lot of it, but I have the focus to deal with it.

I would say it's too good to be true and may be a placebo effect, but I'm not sure the subconscious that woke me at 3 a.m. could totally be fooled by a placebo. I am very good at compartmentalizing my issues. I do not sit around dwelling on things, I do not have trouble falling asleep at night. I would go to bed and sleep just fine, only to wake up at 3 with a whole litany of shit racing through my brain. I do have a lot on my plate right now, life and death kind of things, and I have to put them in order and address them as they come due. I always do that. But the waking-up brain chatter happened when my husband was dying too, and after, as well. So far, SJW has helped make it shut up. Time will tell.


k said...

Thanks. I do the 3 A.M. thing too, and since I have to get up at 3:45, it just pisses me off. Off to the store I go!

Catherine said...

I get up at 5. So far, so good - I slept 8.5 hours last night! That's almost unheard of for me! And no crazy stressful dreams, either. I'll keep taking it, it does seem to be helping.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that it's helping. It's got some interactions with prescription medicines, but I'm sure you are aware of them already. Hope it keeps working for you.