Tuesday, December 18, 2007
St John's Wort for depression
Without big drug pharmacuetical company backing St. John's Wort has never become too popular in the states. It really is too bad since it is a nice, clean antidepressant. It shouldn't be used if there are signs of biploar tendancies or a family history of bipolar because, like all antidepressants, it can make the depression worse or throw a person into mania and psychosis. I have had patients that have done very well with it and others that have felt very anxious or manic with it. If there is depression, I would recommend a visit with a physican or a psychiatrist. Especially if there is a possible bipolar issue, see the best psychiatrist you can as it can be very tricky to manage.