- 05-31-2008, 08:18 PM
Hey guys...So I have suffered from depression for the last four years, and I don't necessarily get "depressed" the symptom I feel most and hate is constant tiredness. I've been on different medications for it, but none of them have helped. I think back to the energy I had when I was in high school and I feel so tired compared to then. I'm only about to turn 22!!! I decided to quit taking medication a couple of days ago because I'm sick of it not doing anything for me.
So my question is, what tried and true supplements would make a noticable significant difference in my energy? When I say energy I mean a mental energy and clarity...The only thing I've taken that gives me significant energy all around for my workouts is RPM, and while I definately value high energy workouts, I'm looking for remedies in my all around life for this. Yes I've searched on the forum for energy supps, but in the past a lot of that stuff didn't do anything for me. So I'm asking if anyone's been in a similar situation what reccomendations do you have?
P.S. Got blood work done, everything checks out in that area...
Thanks guys, I just really need some help with this I'm so beyond sick of it. I appreciate it!!
- 05-31-2008, 09:32 PM
Perhaps you need to look into sleep supplements? Poor sleep can ruin your energy all day long. How do you find your quality of sleep?
- 05-31-2008, 10:24 PM
I'd say my sleep quality is pretty good. I take melatonin probably 4 or 5 days a week and get great sleep on it...I rarely wake up during the night. I just know my quality of sleep was pretty poor during high school yet I had plenty of energy then...it sucks...
05-31-2008, 10:30 PM
I've tried St. John's Wort. It is so-so..
Melatonin makes me feel high. I'm kinda in that same situation. Getting occasional depression from time to time.
05-31-2008, 10:41 PM
nparisi, i have delt with what you have described, and i have been diagnosed with bipolar with manic depression. what meds have you tried so far??? also, in my case i probobly should have had my hormones checked at an early age. at 21 i found out i wasnt even in the range for testosterone, maybe never had good levels. this could be your problem. as for psychotic meds, it took me 2-3 yrs before they got those right.
05-31-2008, 11:19 PM
06-01-2008, 06:28 AM
To help with positive mood/outlook as well as energy, I've found that Adaptagenic herbs and Amino Acids help me tremendously.
Bacopa is great for mood/outlook and is one of my favorites.
Ashwaganda helps too, but is different, seems more anxiolitic/relaxing to me.
Rhodiola Rosea gives good energy as well as some mood help, but possitive energy for the most part.
ALCAR give a nice steady energy and helps mood too when taken 2-3 times a day at 500-1000mg.
Tyrosine is nice for a real kick of natural energy.
Tryotophan calms and steadies mood very well.
Magnesium citrate also works very well to calm and handle stress/depression better.
Make sure you get high enough amounts of B-Complex throughout the day, preferably in the co-enzymated forms. Depression and stress in general can cause the body to use these up faster than normal.
The sugguestions for hormone checks are very good. Low T can cause depression or exacerbate it. Thyroid hormones also play an important role in mood regulation.
I hope these and other sugguestions help you. I know they have done me a world of good in getting my emotions/mood under control the past few years.
06-01-2008, 07:30 AM
We don't really know all the variables in your life, so it could just be that the neurotransmitters that keep you alert & focused are depleted, your adrenal glands may be fatigued from constant over-stimulation due to a taxing amount of stress, or you may simply have developed a food allergy and are just tired from the reaction to it and in turn, you're stressed that you're always tired. Have you messed with prohormones? You could just be in the 'low zone' for testosterone. Have you taken a product by ALRI that claims to be natural? They're known to have steroids in their formulas (ex. Jungle Warfare: The Natural Testosterone Booster w/ complimentary DMT).
Freedom means nothing here.
06-01-2008, 03:44 PM
Do you think I should get my testorone levels checked?? As far as a food allergy...I'm not sure. I know those can develop anytime so who knows, but I know it wasn't a problem for me like 4 years ago. Any other advice F.O.G.? Any other information I could give you about myself that might help? Thank you, I do appreciate it...I'm just getting so fed up man...
06-01-2008, 10:54 PM
What's goin' on nparisi? Sorry I took so long to get back in this thread, holmes. Yeah, it could be that you just have depleted neurotransmitter levels and need some replenishing.
First and foremost, if I were you I wouldn't let it upset you right now that you're tired. It is sometimes a part of life and it can and will be fixed, so it's all good. This sounds weird, but it is definitely the first step to recovery from depression: Forgive yourself, because it's not your fault. You worked really hard at whatever it was that caused your body to become tired and overwhelmed.
The best combo of remedies that is potent and yet cost effective, is DL-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, Taurine, Reset-AD, and some form of choline (ex. choline bitartrate or alpha-GPC, etc). It is also a good choice to supplement with a low dose (50mg) of 5-HTP at night to aid in serotonergic regeneration.
Set an alarm and get on a schedule. Keep this schedule everyday and force yourself to get up and go through your day. By using the supplements, you may notice that the process gets easier and easier, faster than normal.
This strategy along with a decent diet that is above your maintainence level cals, the absence of stims, and a sound effort to not get annoyed at your body, etc. this regimen will get you back on track and headed in the right direction!
If you're still interested, I can help you with doses for each of the supps.
Freedom means nothing here.
06-02-2008, 08:32 AM
If your looking for alternative medicines or herbal remedies why don't you try seeing somone who is into hollistic medicine.
Mind and Muscle Board Representative I am not a physician and any advice is solely based on personal experience with various products
06-02-2008, 12:54 PM
P.S. Thanks for the feedback, I just know getting past this I can actually reach my full potential not only in the gym but in school as well...
06-02-2008, 12:56 PM
06-02-2008, 03:33 PM
Something like 11-OXO may be right up your alley. Honest to God, it may sound crazy but knowing what I know after using it now and how it makes me feel, it is a sure thing to get you feeling better and secondarily it will help you lean a bit.
11-OXO has no side effects and it is not suppressive at 4 caps per day. It gives feelings of well-being, it supports the CNS, and it promotes natural energy and function. 1 Reset AD with breakfast, 1 with lunch, and 2 11-OXO caps with breakfast and 2 caps with lunch would be perfect.
As for amino acid therapy, 500mg DL-Phenylalanine and 500mg L-Tyrosine before breakfast, lunch, and your next meal. Taurine powder is tasteless pretty much and should be taken in the morning and later on at a dose of around 5 grams per dose. Take a dose pre-workout if it's a workout day.
Take omega 3 sources too . You'll be good.
Freedom means nothing here.
06-02-2008, 03:34 PM
06-02-2008, 03:49 PM
06-02-2008, 03:52 PM
06-02-2008, 04:04 PM
06-02-2008, 04:13 PM
Have you tried a good multi-vitamin Pak? Have you ever had an allergy test done? These are things that i'm famliar with and can cause energy issues.
06-02-2008, 04:50 PM
i'd try to ease off the melatonin... i used that stuff for a while and found myself feeling dazed and tired the next day almost every time i took it
I tryed to counter this effect with stimulants throughout the day and wound up developing some severe anxiety that took a couple months to get over
if you need a sleep aid look into valarian root, not something that messes with neurotransmitters like melatonin
06-02-2008, 05:15 PM
06-02-2008, 05:38 PM
Use melatonin only when you really must.
Freedom means nothing here.
06-02-2008, 07:53 PM
06-02-2008, 08:49 PM
Do you have indoor pets? Use a feather pillow? those are some indoor things that can be a factor. Normally it would be something indoors but it could be a combination of indoor/outdoor. Or maybe thats not it at all but I would definitely get an allergy test done, only takes about an hour and you'll know for sure if you have any allergies, and better yet what to stay away from.
06-02-2008, 10:15 PM
Over supplementing led me to a lot of depression like symptoms among other things. FoG is a smart man and his advice is solid based off of your input but many of us try and selectively leave out items we know will be the culprit because of their ability to give us what we want (strength, size etc)
make sure before adding any new supps or ideas to your life that you're being true to yourself and it isn't something that can be self corrected be elimenating certain drugs/supps. Sometimes stopping all but necissary intake of drugs/supps for a continued amount of time is a step to getting healthy and i'm speaking from personal experience.
Im not saying this is your case but if some of it rings true and you don't need to admit it here, then make sure you do the right thing for your body. I found i was seriously tired from lack of Iron in my diet.
06-02-2008, 11:06 PM
The feeling of hopelessness gives the illusion that there is no hope nor end in sight. I am at a point in my life where depression seems like only a footnote in a past life, but it can creep up again no doubt. Learning to listen to your body is a great marker for success and you can stop depression before it starts most of the time if you learn to read your body.
Freedom means nothing here.
06-03-2008, 12:34 PM
I have only one pet, and it's a dog and he stays outside most of the time. But we've had him for like 10 years so I don't think that's it. But anyways I just want to say thanks for all the great input from everybody. I will take all this stuff into consideration and make some positive changes...I'll let you guys know how it goes...
And as far as supps, I'm just going to stick to protein/creatine/aminos and a multi for a good while...but I am going to give F.O.G.'s list of supps a try, I'll be going on vacation for a week tomorrow but when I get back I'll start on all that stuff.
Thanks again guys
06-03-2008, 02:03 PM
Good luck and have a safe vacation.
06-03-2008, 02:12 PM
06-03-2008, 02:32 PM
Taking a PH/steroid and other supps like caffeine etc can have serious effects on your mood. When you go in to the docs you don't go in there telling them what you're on because you know what the answer is going to be, so you go in there with symptoms of depression/bi-polar and get medicated for it and it'll usually help while experiencing your symptoms 'on cycle' but when you come off you are left with drugs to treat a disease that isn't there and you start a whole new set of issues.
Personal experience as well as others close to me has led to believe the overuse of steroids and supps, in general, has caused the issues a lot of us see and try to go out of our way to correct while ignoring the current products we're on.
Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Shakes, blood sugar crashes, lethargy, etc etc.
I don't think, in my opinion, people cycle on and off as responsibly as we may try to fool ourselves.
06-03-2008, 02:36 PM
Oh and thanks a lot man, I'll have an ok vacation. I'm just going to visit some family in a small town of under 1,000....snoozeville.
06-04-2008, 07:16 AM
06-04-2008, 11:15 AM
As far as your amino acid therapy (list of supps), the best news is that you won't have to take them forever and in many cases, you probably won't need them more than a couple months! Your body becomes taxed to the point that it needs more free aminos than those which your diet could not provide for that time and it put you in a state of depression. Now, by providing yourself the building blocks to a more complete, balanced brain chemistry, you'll begin to naturally feel more yourself.
I am not going to say, "Farewell and good luck," because this is not something to go at it alone. I'm always checking my email, so when you drop me a line with questions I'll be here to help you out. Everyone else here on the board will definitely help you out with certain things, but don't be too quick to take advice of someone who doesn't know why you're taking what you're taking.
You - "I'm feeling a little anxious/nervous lately. What can I do?"
Person - "Are you supplementing with anything new?"
You - "Yeah, Force advised me to take DLPA, tyrosine, taurine..."
Person - "There's your problem, stop taking them immediately!"
Simple adjustments in the doses will bring quick peace of mind. Something like a tad of anxiousness could mean it's time to lower the dose of tyrosine or split DLPA in half.... We'll figure this out!
Freedom means nothing here.
06-04-2008, 02:15 PM
FOG definately is giving good advise here; dropping stress support supps cold turkey can be as bad or worse than over use of them.
06-04-2008, 03:33 PM
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