5-HTP for Anxiety and Depression?
- 30 Sep 2010 by Anonymous
- 5-htp, lexapro, depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder
I've read that 5-HTP can help with anxiety and depression. I'm currently weaning myself off Lexapro and trying to make lifestyle changes and find supplements that can prevent me from relapsing into depression once I'm off drugs.
Has anyone used 5-HTP? What were the results?
30 Sep 2010
I apologize I never heard of 5-HTP, but i'm actually on Lexapro as well and on top of depression, I have severe A.D.H.D... and to put the icing on the cake G.A.D runs on my mothers side of the family so I've had severe anxiety since childhood. I've been on over 11 different anti-depressants and lexapro always worked good for me because it also helps with anxiety as well, and i'm on 30mg right now and last week I went cold turkey and lost it. So, I know you're smart enough to wing yourself off... like i'd do 30mg, next day 20mg, next 2 days 10mg and maybe one last day split a 10mg pill into a 5mg and set yourself free from it. If I were you, i'd spend alot of time in the sunlight... it's makes endorphines for your brain, and the sunlight just really helps with depression along with excersize of course...
but I don't know too many vitamins that benefit oneself from depression but if you also suffer from anxiety I have a vitamin that will really benefit you and your body. You can buy it at Joe's or any grocery store and get some vitamins called B-12. It help maintains a healthy nervous system, once I started taking them after a couple weeks my anxiety started to feel less intense and not only does it supply a healthy nervous system but it's needed for proper red blood cell formation and neurological function. Just a tip a lady I met gave to me, and actually helped so I thought I'd pay it forward and maybe you'll think of giving it a try :-)
7 Oct 2010
5-HTP didn't help me much... I took it for a week.
Have you tried SAMe and/or Fish Oil? B Vitamins are supposed to work also.
I will try to wean off Lexapro now for the 3rd time, I hope it's the charm. It's not easy.
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