I just realized something good I’ve forgotten to share with you, Dear Readers!
A while back, I read that antidepressants in the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) class such as paxil, zoloft & prozac are used to treat PTSD & C-PTSD. As many of you know, I am a fan of natural & herbal remedies whenever possible over “real” medications. St. John’s wort is a plant that works much like SSRI’s, & is very helpful for many people suffering with depression. I’ve taken it before periodically, & it helped me. However, I started taking a higher dose of it a couple of weeks ago, & it is working better than ever. The depression isn’t as bad as it has been, neither is the anxiety, & the agoraphobia is much better. I can’t say perfect- I still have down times & I have yet to work up the nerve to go out alone yet- but nonetheless, I have hope I’m onto something good. I’m debating upping my dose, but am not sure if that is a good idea yet or not.
I take 375 mg of St. John’s wort once a day, which is one pill from the brand I use. St. John’s wort can be head surprisingly cheaply from most places that carry vitamins. I got mine online from Swanson Vitamins- they have very good pricing on all kinds of vitamins & herbs, even with shipping & handling.
I have yet to have any side effects, either, which is more than can be said about prescription SSRI’s. Not ONE side effect!!
Please don’t take this out of context- I’m not saying you should get off your anti-depressant & take St. John’s wort. If you’re on a prescription that works for you, by all means, take it! Everyone needs to do what works best for them. Besides, with any prescription anti-depressant, you should gradually wean off of it anyway. I am saying that if you aren’t taking a prescription, or it isn’t working for you, St. John’s wort may be your answer. It’s worth considering anyway!
I also realize many Christians aren’t fond of herbal remedies, as those in Wiccan & Pagan religions use them. I have a friend who is Pagan, & I’ve learned a few things on this topic. Both religions use herbal remedies, as well as herbs in casting spells or making potions. While I can’t say I agree with spells & potions, I have not heard one reason that makes me believe herbal remedies are an offense to God. I believe that God made this plants & herbs with their healing properties for a reason- why shouldn’t people use them? If we can use roses to express love to one another, why can’t we enjoy a cup of chamomile tea when stressed or unable to sleep? What is the difference?
Anyway, I just wanted to tell you about my experiences of late with St. John’s wort & to encourage you to think & pray about it- it may be right for you to help you fight depression & the other awful symptoms of C-PTSD. 🙂