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    To cut a long story short, I had a spell on anti depressants recently (Sertraline over the last 2 years) for mild anxiety etc., but carefully weaned myself off about 5 months ago.
    However the odd symptom or two is returning, and whilst I will be going to see the docs next week for advice anyway, it's been suggested to me to consider using St John's Wort and/or Omega 3 supplements as an alternative to Sertraline.

    Anyone have any experience with these or are they merely placebos?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Jam The Man View Post
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      To cut a long story short, I had a spell on anti depressants recently (Sertraline over the last 2 years) for mild anxiety etc., but carefully weaned myself off about 5 months ago.
      However the odd symptom or two is returning, and whilst I will be going to see the docs next week for advice anyway, it's been suggested to me to consider using St John's Wort and/or Omega 3 supplements as an alternative to Sertraline.

      Anyone have any experience with these or are they merely placebos?
      Best advise is dont take too much advise other than from you quack not least from me

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      If you are getting symptons back you probably shouldnt have weened yourself off sertraline without a plan B. St Johns Wort in my understanding can work for mild anxiety and depression, whether or not that is placebo I really dont know, see you doc as you aare planning to mate
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      Omega 3 contains DHA which contributes towards good brain function, so I can see how that might help - you'd need to check what dosage actually makes a difference though.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Jam The Man View Post
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      To cut a long story short, I had a spell on anti depressants recently (Sertraline over the last 2 years) for mild anxiety etc., but carefully weaned myself off about 5 months ago.
      However the odd symptom or two is returning, and whilst I will be going to see the docs next week for advice anyway, it's been suggested to me to consider using St John's Wort and/or Omega 3 supplements as an alternative to Sertraline.

      Anyone have any experience with these or are they merely placebos?
      I have suffered with anxiety for the past 15 years. Some years have been worse than others. I always tried to avoid taking medication as it is my belief that they are only masking the symptoms. I have always applied CBT methods to help me.

      My anxiety has improved so much this year. I am pretty much able to live my life as I did before the anxiety started. The reason I believe this has happened is because I am leading a much healthier life now. I run 10K every morning. I started in January and I have lost 3.5 stone in weight. My anxiety level has dropped by around 90%.

      I had read that people thought exercise was good for your mental well being, so I gave it ago. I will not stop exercising now.

      Good luck with the anxiety. PM me if you want any other advise, as I lived with anxiety every day for around 15 years.
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      I would say never self medicate for depression/anxiety, always check with doc first. One side affect with St. Johns Wort it is makes you very susceptible to sun burn, although with all the recent rain maybe not much of a problem at the mo.
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      Cheers all for your comments. I'm definitely going to docs anyway, and I 'think' I have a reasonable control over it all anyway, but useful to get your views.

      Much obliged!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit Barrel View Post
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      I have suffered with anxiety for the past 15 years. Some years have been worse than others. I always tried to avoid taking medication as it is my belief that they are only masking the symptoms. I have always applied CBT methods to help me.

      My anxiety has improved so much this year. I am pretty much able to live my life as I did before the anxiety started. The reason I believe this has happened is because I am leading a much healthier life now. I run 10K every morning. I started in January and I have lost 3.5 stone in weight. My anxiety level has dropped by around 90%.

      I had read that people thought exercise was good for your mental well being, so I gave it ago. I will not stop exercising now.

      Good luck with the anxiety. PM me if you want any other advise, as I lived with anxiety every day for around 15 years.
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