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My husband clearly has every sign of depression besides suicidal thoughts. He sleeps most of the time when he isn't at work, has low self esteem, is overweight, and has lost interest in things he used to do. Problem is, he really doesn't believe in medication. He is diabetic and says he needs insulin and doesn't even like having to take that.<br><br>
One question I have is, he is willing to take St John's Wort since it's natural. Does it really work?<br><br>
Is this a male thing? I take zoloft and meds without a problem and don't feel bad about it at all! I know it helps.
 

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St. Johns wort has worked for me. It has also been proven to work as well as other kinds of anti-depressants for "low level" depression.<br><br>
I was probably not clinically depressed but was sliding towards it this summer. I began taking St. Johns wort and it has helped me. I still have bad days (but I'm also in a stressful time in my life as I try to raise a child, recover from infidelity in my marriage, live in a foreign country, finish my PhD and look for jobs ... ) but the lows are a lot less low. I should add, though, that as part of my whole "program", in addition to St. Johns Wort, I began taking a good multi-vitamin plus fish oil, cut out all but one cup of coffee a day (and now drink lots of green tea), and started exercising at least three or four times a week for at least 1/2 an hour a day and also try to make it to a yoga or pilates class weekly. So I can't say it was only the St. Johns Wort that helped me since I made a lot of healthy changes in my life (we've eaten lots of fruits and veg for a long time). counseling has also helped.<br><br>
Anyway, if you google, you can find a lot of studies showing that St. Johns wort, exercise, and counseling help as much or more as anti-depressants for, as I said, low level depression. For people who have a more than low level depression, I know that all the exercise and counseling in the world has limited effects.<br><br>
OP, I think it wouldn't hurt and might help your DH, but I also hope that, in addition to the St. Johns Wort, he'd begin thinking about exercise, counseling, etc. as a supplement.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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The other thing that has been shown to be effective to help depression but is not a "med" is fish oil. And it's good for you in SO many ways physically too.<br><br>
ETA I found a better article so I'm replacing the original link with this one:<br><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/MedicineCuttingEdge/story?id=129498&page=1" target="_blank">http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/MedicineCu...=129498&page=1</a>
 

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I am so thankful to have found this thread. I am dealing with the same thing as SugarShack - a partner who's depressed and refuses medication. BUT, he has agreed to take St. John's wort - he started on them about 4 days ago.<br><br>
DariusMom - how long did it take to build up the levels of St. John's wort before you felt a difference? Or is it more of a gradual thing?<br><br>
My fear is that if he starts to feel better, he'll think that he doens't need to take anything anymore.<br><br>
Right now, I'm not sure how effective the St. John's wort will be, as I'm not sure how bad his depression is - I mean, it's bad, but I'm not certain if he needs something more than St. John's wort.<br><br>
Anyway, thank you to everyone on this thread. I really needed to see this!
 

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I started feeling better within a week. However, as i already mentioned, I'm not sure if that was just the St. Johns Wort or if it was the other healthy changes I made pretty much all at once. It could have also been just feeling like I was taking some control over my life, too. I would say that 4 days is pretty fast to experience a change.<br><br>
good luck with your DH.
 
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