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Re: Melatonin worsening depression?

Posted by Michael on September 4, 1999, at 21:49:42

In reply to Re: Melatonin worsening depression?, posted by Dee on September 4, 1999, at 1:05:03

> Like I said, I never experienced *any* effects on over the counter supplements. Only exception is melatonin. I does put me to sleep, but I experienced rapidly worsening depression when I was taking it. I cannot really say that is due to melatonin, I did have a triggering experience just before I started taking it.
> I cannot really say if I was more depressed because I was taking melatonin, or if I was taking melatonin because I was depressed. Could be both. My personal experience is that once the depression is on advance, it triggers other things in my environment, which in turn trigger the depression - until this downward spiral becomes impossible to correct.
> I used to take 9-12mg at bedtime (the package said 3mg. During that time I has some episodes severe enough for me to definitely stop taking melatonin just out of fear that it might trigger that again.
> Dee

I also experienced depression on Melatonin, but it took me awhile to make the connection. Took 3 mg/day off and on for sleep. After depression recurred suddenly, I stopped the melatonin and I was fine.




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