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MDMA and depression

Posted by Cylse on July 23, 2001, at 16:04:51

I've read over other threads and many have said that lowered levels of serotonin do not cause depression, but according to research on people who have used MDMA, or ecstasy, this is the case - they disgourge all their serotonin and destroy some nerve endings, thus a resultant depression ensues that can last anywhere from a day to a few weeks.

According to other research I've purused, long-term use of this substance can cause long-term depression, and they find that it takes about 7 years for the brain to fully recover.

Unfortunately, I indulged before the research was out, but not for too long. I noticed that as I did the drug, my periods of depression became longer and longer and I wasn't able to rebound as I once was.

So, that said, would taking a supplement like 5-HTP help with this kind of depression? I've also disocvered that tryptophan actually isn't highly available in protein, except in certain dark meat-rich fowl like duck and turkey. Also, being that it is a naturally occurring compound and thus un-patentable, drug companies are less than enthusiastic about it.

I have taken Wellbutrin in the past, which caused a severe manic episode that lasted about a week and was completely terrifying, and Amytriptaline, Buspar, Celexa, xanax, valium, clozepam. Xanax was too addictive for me, although it provided the greatest measure of relief.

thanks in advance for any help or information.




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