I have mild depression and generalized anxiety disorder. I take xanax for the anxiety as needed but am unable to tolerate prescription anti depressants due to side effects. I also tried St. John's Wort and it gave me horrible mood swings. I have only been on this supplement for a week but so far I am VERY happy with it. I notice a more positive mood and zero side effects.
I have suffered depression since my teens, and have various & severe mental illness throughout my entire family history. I have been on and off antidepressants for years, but nothing has ever 'worked'. I would give up on them after a few months, until things got absolutely unbearable again & would finally drag myself off to the doctors to try another one. Even St Johns Wort had awful effects, and I essentially got to the point of accepting my perpetual unhappiness, and considering suicide as inevitable & the only option for future relief. Until.... 5-htp. I am extremely aware that everyone reacts differently to different chemicals, but for me, it has been a godsend. I take 2 x 100 casuals at night, and from day 3 onward, I have literally never felt better. I sleep, have lovely calm dreams (as apposed to constant nightmares), wake up energised & I am happy & completely at peace. I have suddenly & completely gone off sugar, and although I am not overweight, I have lost 3 kilos in 2 weeks. This would actually be my only warning; if you are someone who struggles to gain & retain weight, I would be careful on 5-htp & force yourself to eat, even if you don't want to. Other than that, I have had a 100% positive experience with no side effects whatsoever, & I would encourage anyone who has depression to give this supplement a chance.
I took 1 capsule and within 1/2hour I was asleep. my dog woke me up after 2 hours. I was really shaken up and kind of euphoric. I called my wife at work and she said stay put until she got home. I walked out to mailbox,like an old drunk ,got mail went to chair ,fell asleep. After dinner she took me to bed and i slept all night. That's the first and last pill I taking.
I bought it for my headache, it works very well.