Posted by mileniumuk on November 4, 2003, at 10:42:13
In reply to Re: Afraid about tryptophan » john1022, posted by Larry Hoover on November 2, 2003, at 7:43:04
I note the above correspondence on tryptophan.
I took it some years ago, just before the EMS scare. It worked for me in resetting my sleep pattern with my GP's concurrence. The depression was relieved considerably thereafter.
Probably melatonin would work well for the same reason.
As a 60 yr old I have a bit more experience of the susbsequent experiences of both myself and my son.
I believe I went manic-depressed about three/four years ago arising from a work pattern that included 12 hour days up 'til 2.00am in the morning UK. My body clock reset itself to daylength of about fifteen-sixteen hours routinely. I got extreme euphoria lasting about two/three years - same time to come down as to get up there in the first place. This is not recommended.
Apparently, the muscles also reset to their own clock cycle (can't remember the ref:).
Lower back pain, exhaustion after about four hours at work, ataxia, leg pain (claudication?), and several other symptoms were part of this cycle associated with over-work.
The effect of negative triggers was very surprising and almost immediate, with severe depression 'out of the blue'.
I can understand how people get to my age and 'come off the rails' with social interraction difficulties, that can cause marrital break-ups, depression, suicide and probably, a few murders if the truth be known.
I have striven to avoid the drug route as a treatment option, of which my older GP was understanding, wherever possible. Younger GPs don't seem to have the same ethos.
My current strategy has included a good multi-B vitamin tab and recently increased the amount of folic acid - probably doubled it to 700mcg or more.
I usually take about a gram a day of vit C with occasional magnesium. The recent effect of magnesium has led me to review whether or not to start taking the magnesiumvery day; I will give it a shot and see what happens to try and relieve the constant anger and agression whcih seems to happen later in the day after insufficient food.
I try and keep up the high tryptohan foods, such as humous, as part of dietary control.
Be happy to give more details if needed
Bob (chemically trained not medically qualified)