<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">I also think the notion of 'ineffective' vs 'contraindicated' is REALLY interesting....something that is ineffective for truly severe depression could really CAUSE damage, not necessarily chemically, but in allowing something like suicidal behavior to continue. I think most of the time, it's just sloppy use of words.
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hmm interesting points LadyB. I would think that all herbs have the potential to be ineffective in the sense that they are potential allies in healing rather than natural drugs that work on everyone the same. I guess your caution is against using SJW as a substitute for psychiatric medications in situations where SJW is not helpful.
The interesting thing for me is that often herbs are put up as versus the drugs, and then when people say that SJW is ineffective in say severe depression there seems to be this assumption that the drugs _are_ effective (which is not necessarily true).
(I don't think this is what you were saying. It's just a point I've thought of in conversations like this before).
Toryann, I would encourage you to see you doctor and consider not accepting a prescription for anti-depressants right away. There are many other options that carry less risk and side effects. Check out the herbal options, as well as things like therapy, life managment strategies, diet etc. There is alot of information on the internet and in libraries on nonmedication ways of healing depression.
There are also alot of resources on this forum if you want to use the search function at the top.
My feeling about childhood depression is that the family needs to address the issues as whole if possible.
You might also want to research anti-depressants well if you are going to consider them, especially because a child is involved (risks are different). One very good resource that presents the case against anti-depressants including for children is "Your Drug May Be Your Problem" by Peter Breggin.
The other general point I would like to make is that the word depression gets used by many people to mean many different things. It is not a tight definitive diagnosis. And because people become 'depressed' for many different reasons, there are many different ways of addressing this.
Often depression is a normal response to life situations.
The Wise Woman way encourages us to see individuals in their wholeness rather than as symptoms or a diagnosis of disease. I feel this is especially important for psyche wounds, and that we can focus on nourishing and supporting the person who walks with depression so that they find their way to where they want to be.