Quoted from mpolyglottosI never dreamed the BTD would be as powerful as it has proven to be.
Quoted from ruthiegirlProzac works by keeping your body from breaking down seratonin, which very slowly raises the level of seratonin in the brain (while simultaneously preventing seratonin from being broken down into melatonin, thus interfering with sleep.) 5-HTP is an amino acid supplement that the body easily converts into seratonin, so it increases seratonin in the brain rather quickly (within hours, not weeks like Prozac) and encourages more melatonin production, instead of inhibiting it.
5-HTP is listed in the "stress protocol" for non-secretors of all blood types, though not for secretors.
I struggled with depression for all of my adult life and part of my childhood too. I've been on several different antidepressants, and Prozac worked the best for me. But it didn't work 100%, I would have depressive episodes even while taking it. Even doses as high as 60mg a day couldn't completely prevent it.
I weaned myself off Prozac and onto 5-HTP about 6 years ago. Ideally, I would have done it with medical supervision, but the doctors I was working with at the time weren't helpful so I took my health into my own hands. I didn't want to stay on drugs forever, especially when they weren't really helping me anyway.
I stopped using the 5-HTP when I first went on BTD, since I read that Dr D didn't recommend the supplement. But I continued to struggle with depression off and on, and I re-introduced the supplement when I found out my secretor status last year. It helped immensely and immediately.
I was taking 100 mg of 5-HTP a day for a while, went through another rough spot, and increased it to 200 mg. I'm still taking that dose now, but I'm toying with the idea of lowering it again. If I do, I'll wait until the kids are back in school and we've established a good routine.
My mental health still isn't perfect. If I'm careless with my diet, I'll suffer. If I let my sleep cycle get off track, depressive symptoms return. And regular exercise is absolutely essential for keeping me mentally stable. Using appropriate Bach Flower Remedies is another tool I use for mental health.