During my entire adult life up until the year 2000, when I learned about 5-HTP, I suffered from an extreme - considered psychotic - form of PMS called PMDD - premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
This manifested in OCD-type behavior from the moment I ovulated until I started menstruating. That's two weeks out of the month or, worse said,
half my life!
During these two weeks of the month, everything had to be perfect. Perfect.
I vacuumed my entire house every day. all the while noticing that the walls needed painting because nicks and smudges conflicted with my freshly vacuumed carpet.
In the year 2000, I was walking through the living room while the TV was on. I saw an ad of a woman struggling to get a shopping cart of of the queue that was stuck. She clearly lost it. I was like... "Wow... that's
The ad was for one of the SSRI antidepressant medications to treat PMDD.
Well, I wasn't about to go there, so I did some homework and found
5-hydroxy-tryptophan, or 5-HTP.
I ordered a bottle and started taking it right away at 300 mg nightly.
That month when I got my period I never saw it coming.
I never felt that way again.
I went from being irritated when my daughter was in middle school seeing a bit of T-shirt peaking out from a drawer to high school, when I could never see her floor.
"She's got a lot going on, no big deal."
I never lost my love of beauty or order; what I lost was the tyranny of myself.
Now those things serve me; I don't serve them.
I know many of you out there know exactly what I am talking about.
And 5-HTP is not just for PMDD; no, not at all... depression, anxiety, etc. AND... if you don't fix it now you may be in for big trouble later.
My mother suffered depression, PMDD, and began manifesting Alzheimer's at age 49. There IS a connection.
Tune in, and I'll "tell all!"