Tryptophan, 5-HTP and Serotonin: My Path to Happy?
Nightmare on Serotonin Street
Getting Some Answers… and Even More Questions
One of the drawbacks of taking your health into your own hands is that sometimes you don’t find out you’re wrong until you’ve pushed the limits and fallen flat on your face. I’ve done it a few times. It’s never fun, but it’s always a learning experience.
A few months after the 5-HTP incident, I dared to experiment with tryptophan and endured a similar reaction (though I caught on earlier so it didn’t escalate into crazy scary). That’s when I started seriously questioning what I’d read about 5-HTP and tryptophan, which led to questioning modern ideas about serotonin and antidepressants as well.
I’ve learned a lot, but I definitely don’t have all the answers… in fact, I’ve found just as many questions as answers along the way. But even without all the answers, this is too important of a subject to sit on the back burner. After all, our mental health is at stake.
There is a lot more to say on the subject, and I’ve barely scratched the surface today. So it seems I’m destined to do a series of serotonin posts, and I will be posting more on the topics of tryptophan, serotonin syndrome and high serotonin symptoms in the weeks to come.