I tried St. John's Wort for a while....I was more agitated than I could imagine. It was for depression I tried it, however...but ultimately, therapy using CBT was what helped with the anxiety.
ZLSJ..you should get your Vitamin D checked...mine was verrrrry low, and that in itself with low calcium could lead to some exacerbation of feeling anxious.
The bottom line is learning how to deal with all that emotionally and mentally ails us. We, who have a tendency to be anxious will most likely do so across the board....I find when my options are very limited (percieved that is) I'm much more anxious.
The goal isn't to have any anxiety, we probably always will...it's how to deal with it.
I do have a 'script
for clonazepam (felt too long lasting grogginess and don't like it) and one for ativan (helps, but again don't like the grogginess feeling), but that could be because I'm also on Effexor XR. Before I was on Effexor, the Ativan worked awesome for anxiety, but I was taking it too often and became more depressed.
sigh....that was when my therapist was ill himself and off the a year and a half during my worst crisis ever....I then asked my GP for meds and was put on Effexor. It did help with the depression and I was able to deal with the anxiety more easily.
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite..back to nightly (Jan 22)..tapered too fast
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!