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Re: Rapid and dramatic improvement from 5-HTP? sowhysosad

Posted by bleauberry on August 20, 2009, at 17:26:11

In reply to Rapid and dramatic improvement from 5-HTP? bleauberry, posted by sowhysosad on August 19, 2009, at 19:39:55

I think readers of my comments might have missed the point.

That is, if someone truly has a deficiency of serotonin, 5htp will feel good, as it makes serotonin very quickly.

If someone does not have low serotonin, that does not mean that 5htp won't help them. It means that if it does help them, it does so through downstream nervous system adaptations to the increased levels of serotonin from 5htp. Similar to the lag time of meds. Serotonin wasn't the problem, but somehow increasing it caused a readjustment somewhere else where the problem was.

It's all theory. The brain is more complicated than man will figure out in the next 100 years. I have presented basic tests to pinpoint areas to focus on. There is already too much guess work in psychiatry. There are simple things we can do to find out where to direct our attention.

> > If it is low serotonin, a small dose of 5htp will have you feeling better in 15 minutes. If it doesn't, you don't have low serotonin.
>
> Really? Is 5-HTP always that fast-acting and the change in mood that dramatic? I'm convinced serotonin is part of my problem, but 5-HTP had only a very subtle effect on me. Perhaps the dosing, absorption or brand weren't quite right.
>
> Can anyone testify to experiencing such a rapid improvement on 5-HTP?


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