St John's Wort/Social Anxiety/Depression/Accutane
Hi, I'm 19 and I have never had a problem with depression before. I have been off the drug accutane for 3 weeks now, which is a strong drug for acne, and known to cause depression in some people. I have felt better while off of it, but I still feel depressed. Although my skin has cleared up, I still have blotchy red marked skin and it makes me very depressed because I feel like I will never get to stop hiding behind makeup and I feel like I am missing out on alot of things and that I will never just have a "normal" face. Has anyone else been on accutane and had the depression go away once the drug gets out of your system (which takes about a month)? Anyway, this is not the acne message board, so I'll get to the point.
Does St John's Wort really work? I've been taking it and it kind of seems like it helps, but I'm not sure. Is there a particular kind of St John's Wort that is the best to take? (there seems to be so many different types of it, like with other things in it) It says to take 2 pills 3 times a day. Can I take more than this? How much can I take? Also, has anyone else felt worse when they don't take it or don't take enough? Like yesterday, I only took 2 pills instead of 6 and after awhile I got really irritable and moody. Can you become dependent on it?
Is there anything else I can take without going to a doctor? I don't have insurance, but the main reason I don't want to go to the doctor is because I don't want my parents to know how depressed I am. I don't want them to have to worry about it.
Does anyone have social anxiety disorder? Is there anything that can be taken over the counter for it? I think I may have an extremely mild case of it. I have always been shy, I just have a hard time carrying on a conversation alot of times, it's like I can never think of anything to say. I'm always very aware of what I think people are thinking about me. I don't have the desire to try to get to know anyone most of the time. Does this sound like social anxiety disorder? I feel unmotivated and I just don't know when something good is going to happen for me. It seems like everyone else's life is so perfect and they don't even appreciate or realize what they have.
Sorry this is so rambly and so many different questions! If anyone has any advice I'd really appreciate it.