Trust Newsletter Issue 2. May 2000
Trust- Anxiety Disorder Information and Support.
2. May Article- St Johns Wort.
3. New to Trust.
4. May quote of the month.
5. Coming to Trust.
6. May Affirmation.
7. Do you want to get involved in the newsletter?
8. May Panic Tip.
Welcome to Trust Newsletter for May. We have quite a few new subscribers
this month and I just wanted this opportunity to say welcome and thank-you
for signing up. I've made this newsletter to hopefully be a place to receive
articles, inspiration, news and information straight into your inbox on
a monthly basis, and also for the subscribers to share anything that they
wish to. It's an open newsletter and anything submitted to me whether
it is an article, a poem, your story or just the things that have helped
2. MAY ARTICLE - St Johns Wort (Hypericum)
This month in the message forum a question was asked about ST Johns Wort.
I didn't know very much about it, so I thought I'd do a little research.
I learnt a lot and thought it was a great topic for the newsletter.
It seems with anxiety disorders there is no clear-cut answer or cure.
Certain things work very well for some people and don't work at all for
others. I would never recommend that you cease taking any anti-depression
medications if they are working for you, or if you are getting any benefits
from them, also as you'll read below, there are precautions about stopping
meds and going on to SJW. If you are thinking about trying it, in any
circumstance, it is always good to consult a doctor. And last but not
least- never ever stop medications on your own without consulting a medical
ST JOHNS WORT DESCRIPTION You can buy St Johns Wort in most health food
stores, no prescription necessary. It comes as tea, capsules and sometimes-
liquid form. Most people use the capsules. As St Johns Wort is a herb
and is sold in this manner, it hasn't gone through the regulations and
testing that most medications do. Also due to this, there isn't a large
amount of independent research done on its effects. It has however been
used for hundreds, perhaps thousand of years for certain health problems
through out the world. St Johns Wort is a shrubby, perennial plant with
yellow flowers. It can be found in the wild and is harvested for it's
active ingredient- hypericum. In some people, research has shown that
St Johns Wort can be helpful to people with anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Like some other anti-depression medications St Johns Wort can take between
1 and 3 weeks before you feel the benefits. It is also recommended that
you try it for up to six weeks before you switch brands or deem it unhelpful
SIDE AFFECTS- it seems from the research that has been done St Johns Wart
it has very few side affects and none of them very serious. Some that
have been reported are:
Sensitivity to Sunlight- occasionally people have found that they do burn
easier while taking SJW. Because of this it is recommended that any person
affected should stay away from tanning salons and beds as well as sun
baking. It may also be a good idea to wear decent sunscreen and good sunglasses.
Skin Rash- this has been reported in some users, SJW just like all other
substances can cause allergic reactions in some people. If skin rash occurs
stop taking SJW and see if it clears.
Fatigue- in this circumstance it may be good to adjust the time of day
in which it is being taken.
Stomach Upsets- stop using SJW if this occurs. Just like with any substance
if any side affects occur that cause concern, please seek medical advice.
CAUTIONS- St john Wort should never be taken without correct medical advice
from a practitioner in the following cases. If pregnant or nursing- There
is still not enough known about SJW to know the effects on the unborn
child or if it is passed through breast milk. If you are on particular
medications- it is always recommended that no matter what medications
you are on you should first seek advise before starting on St Johns Wort.
Some medications in particular such as various heart, anti depressant
and HIV- AIDS medications are known to cause problems when taken together
with SJW. Please consult a doctor.
Bipolar / Manic depressives- While SJW has been found to help in some
people who suffer from depression; it isn't so much regarded for people
who are bipolar. Again medical advice should be sought for such people
thinking about taking it.
DOSAGE- it is generally recommended that you take 3 pills (300mg) each
per day. So a total of 900mg. Some people prefer to start off on a smaller
dose, and some people who have a smaller frame only need two pills (600mg).
The best thing to do is to take note of all labels, do a little research
and even see a naturopath for the best advice. Some pills can have different
potencies- it is often best to spend the extra money and buy a good brand.
Different people react in different ways- to different things.
There are quite a few options out there that may help with anxiety. It
can certainly be a frustrating hit and miss to find the right one. Often
though through persistence- we can get there and find the right tools
and help for us personally. Good luck. J
3.NEW TO TRUST
This month I have added a few new things to the site. One of the things
I'm most excited about is the new Message Forum. I hope it becomes a place
for people to ask questions and find support. Please use it anytime. I
have also added information on what can be done on a day-to-day basis
to help anxiety, and Trust is now an affiliate with Barnes and Noble.
All proceeds that go to me through the Trust Bookstore will go towards
upkeep and improvement of the site and the beginning of a mailed newsletter.
I am interested in hearing about any books that have helped you with your
anxiety. They can be anything from spirituality, relaxation to self help
books. Also any cd's that may have been helpful, especially relaxation
and motivational ones. They all can be added to the bookstore and I'd
like to make quite a comprehensive list if possible. If you'd like to
email me- my email address is email@example.com
'At the bottom of every one of your fears is simply the fear that you
can't handle whatever life may bring you
if you knew
you could handle anything that came your way, what would you possibly
have to fear? The answer is nothing
All you have to
is develop more trust in your ability to handle whatever comes
Susan Jeffers (Feel the fear and do it anyway)
'I am willing to relax and let go. I'm learning to accept those things
that I can't control.' (BOURNE, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook)
DO YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN THE TRUST NEWSLETTER AND WEBSITE?
If you have an article, poem, story, panic tip even a quote that you have
found insightful- absolutely anything that you would like to add to the
newsletter please email me. Soon I also hope to add a recovery page to
the web site. On this page I hope to add tips and the things that people
have found helpful with panic and anxiety. If you'd like to get involved
just email me what has helped you and why and I'll add it. If you would
like anything to remain anonymous for both the newsletter and the website
just write the word anonymous either at the beginning or end of your piece.
Eventually I'd like the Trust site and newsletter to be somewhat of a
community in which people can become involved in the articles and other
information. The more we share the more we often learn. I am also looking
for people willing to spend half and hour, to an hour, each week hosting
a chat. Due to my current schedule I have been finding it difficult to
host them. To host a chat all you have to do is commit yourself to being
there on a weekly basis at a set time. Nothing else is needed; it just
helps people to know that there is someone there at a particular time.
Often when people log into the chat room, if there is no one there they
leave straight away. With this system it becomes hard for people to catch
up with each other. You don't need any special skills or requirements
to host chats, just be in there and if someone comes along- chat. J Email
me if you need any questions answered or if you'd like to get involved
in any of the above firstname.lastname@example.org
. MAY ANXIETY TIP- INSOMNIA
Many people with anxiety problems also have sleeping problems. A good
way to help yourself be ready for sleep at night is to allow yourself
about half an hour's sunlight in the morning. Even on the dullest day
the outside sunlight is much brighter than inside. Perhaps eat breakfast
somewhere outside. This is best done relatively soon after you wake up
for the best results with your sleep. Another good idea is to write in
a journal before sleep. This helps to work through your feelings and problems
during the day in a constructive manner- compared to in your thinking
while trying to get some sleep.
Thanks for all who have contributed to the Trust site this month, and
thank you for subscribing to the Newsletter. I hope it has helped some.
As always email me anytime and I hope that May is the month in which you
either get, or continue, on the road to a full and speedy recovery.