Personal discoveries on Depression/Anxiety and ADHD

  • jsd8675

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    Apr 22, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    2005 brought me unprecedented PANIC ATTACKS and resulting DEPRESSION - and a cocktail of Xanax, Zoloft, and Ambien.

    For the following few years, I was plagued with pessimism and sad, shitty thoughts, and very little ambition. Life truly sucked.

    I now have absolutely NO depression, or anxiety attacks. I no longer have insomnia, and my life is completely on track.

    My conclusion might be that I was extremely toxic - growing up in a city, drinking tap water, eating processed foods, perhaps. Alcohol was no help either. I also believe there was an underlying issue - ADHD/PI and some vitamin or mineral deficiencies. This took me about 7 years and experimentation with over 50 supplements and thousands of dollars.

    We're all different, but being gay, there may be some connected phenomena and so I've listed the below as to perhaps help someone who might be in a bad situation

    ST. JOHN's WORT: Moderate
    My first discovery.. effects decreased over the course of a year.. but somewhat of a replacement for an SSRI or a benzo. Fairly weak. Promotes calm and lifts depression a bit.

    Experimentation with multivitamins led me to believe that off-brand multis are the way to go. I will never do a store brand or Centrum ever again. Amounts of vitamins for people with deficiencies are way too low, and are based off of %DV and balanced eating anyway.

    5-HTP: HUGE!
    One of my more exciting discoveries. Precursory amino acid to serotonin. Replaced my SSRI quite easily. The best brands are not the most apparent. Huge efficacy difference even bottle to bottle. Hit or miss, but when it's a hit it's a hit. This was basically all the good things of Zoloft/Prozac with none of the bad effects.

    GREEN FOODS (Green Vibrance, etc) HUGE!
    I use these for a mild detox. they have so many nutrients that It's hard to say that exactly helps, but it does. We don't eat what we need to, and this is one thing that can help compensate for deficiencies. I had huge successes with Green Foods.

    Did this detox with Bragg's. It made all the other detoxes at Vitamin Shoppe appear as scams.

    Bodyfat - Ran away like a little wimp - not an intended effect, but certainly a nice surprise.

    Internal Organs - seems to have leaned out or detoxed many of the internal organs in my abdomen - intestines, hepatic, even my kidneys seem to be functioning better.

    Skin - pores reduced within two weeks, acne went away, and skin seems to have tightened - almost a glow.

    Insomnia - had it since i was 5, never knew what it was like to sleep normally until I did this detox.

    Anxiety/Depression - what little was left went out the window.

    Energy - No lethargy at all - feel light, energetic, strong.

    Muscle regeneration - sore for a day rather than a few after working a certain muscle group

    ACV has been a miracle. You never realize how toxic you are until you aren't.

    After not treating ADHD/Pi (Primarily Inattentive Attention Deficit Disorder,) I began to treat it with Vyvanse. This was a missing link with the depression and anxiety. I absolutely hated the medication in the beginning, but my prioritization and reward system (dopamine,) was just not there without it.

    Exercise was also huge.

    Other huge helps are to stay away from caffeine, saccharin, and cigarettes (not necessarily nicotine but the other things.)

    Hopefully somebody can use this info to improve their life and be happier - I know I am icon_smile.gif

  • TonyD

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    Apr 22, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    I love this...the work you've done with this.icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 22, 2012 7:38 PM GMT
    I have ADHD and I'm particularly sensitive to medication. Adderall has worked best for me, in terms of treating it but I've had unusual side effects that I think are affecting my endocrine system. I try never to take it but in preparing for the lsat, I have to sometimes. I've tried concerta and that gave me a non-epileptic seizure.

    I exercise all the time, do everything I'm supposed to but I don't do any detox diets- lose too much weight doing that shit. I have my own coping mechanisms. It's tough shit to manage.
  • HorrorHound

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    Apr 22, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    Thanksfor the tips. My depression/anti-anxiety/mood stabilizers did a number on me!
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    Apr 22, 2012 9:47 PM GMT

    The book will change your life.
  • spacemagic

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    Jun 23, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    My depression and anxiety are really bad right now. I feel awful. Going to therapy seems to have made things worse, but I just started back on my meds. I hope they help, because right now I feel like I hate everything going on in my life.
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    Jun 23, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    My job is so easy. I wish it had insurance. I could use some therapy again. Hopefully, they won't try to convert me down here to something I'm not.