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Demystifying Depression is a great article which helped me understand some of the ways depression was affecting me.

The Harmful Impacts of Confusing Pleasure With Happiness

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Tryptophan Feedback and Side Effects

I need to know if 5htp is a vasoconstrictor and what are the dangers of taking 50mgs of this meds.

[moderator comments: I would advise talking to your doctor before taking any drug or supplement, especially if you have other medical concerns.

FYI: The neurotransmitter serotonin is a powerful vasoconstrictor, and 5HTP is a natural precursor to it.]

Posted by: anonymous at September 12, 2004 6:24 PM

I started using L Tryptophan after brain surgery to quiet my mind and to help me to focus. I started at 2500 mg in 1994 and now, 10 years later I am at what I consider a maintanance dose of 750 mg daily. It has done wonders for me.

Posted by: steve snavely at September 29, 2004 3:53 PM

L Tryptophan is a miracle for depression, without the side effects of prescription antidepressants. I was so depressed 22 years ago and I took Ascendin briefly and developed a twitch in my left arm. I had to stop takin git. I read all I could on depressionand purchased some L tryptophan and it let me sleep for the first time in 3 months. I gradually got better and had no side effects. They then took it off the market. I see no reason to remove something that was so inexpensive and helpful , because a batch was contaminated and made some people ill. They did not take Tylenol off the market when it killed some people. Please let it be sold in the USA again. Now the price is 10 times what it was , because of the ban on it.

Posted by: Cissy at October 16, 2004 1:09 PM

Start a Blog

Many people who are depressed simply lack the ability to channel their energies or express themselves. Sometimes just by writing things down it is easy to feel better about things that happen to you.

If you think expressing yourself or writing your thoughts down might help you then you may want to start a blog. Wordpress is 100% free and easy to use.

Here is my friend Heather's Health Bee, which is about recovering from depression and other related illnesses.