Understanding Major Depression And Suicide
Sure, I respond to raising GABA. However, I do not want to be on the only class of drug that does it which is more addictive than heroin any longer, benzodiazepines. They are also now proven to cause dementia and take about 20 yrs. off life. I have been rapidly losing my memory and other mental abilities over the past couple of years, as well as going into tolerace withdrawal.
11 million Americans are on benzos. It is especially bad for older people like me. Many countries are removing it from people cold turkey now, and so are many docs here in the USA. That is literally killing them. So, I decided to go off, against my doctor's wishes, since he was afraid it would kill me. I did not care. Benzos are depressants, and I am depressed. Depression is worse than death, so I was determined to do whatever it takes to try to get off this crap. Going off it safely takes about one month of withdrawal for each year you've been on it, though it is still hell to go off of, and I was put on it for muscle spasms 34 yrs. ago.
It is very important when one's GABA receptors are trying to recover from such damage, that the drug not be replaced with a natural product that simply fills the receptors just like the drug did, still preventing the brain from recovering it's ability to make it's own GABA. Passion Flower does that, as do several other natural things. The largest benzo withdrawal forum has a whole section for people withdrawing from passion flower, which they innocently used to get off benzos and are now addicted to. So I stick only to supplements that raise GABA without binding to the GABA receptors, like L-theanine. As a result, it does not work as well, but it does help and hopefully, I will not be one of the 20% of benzo users they are now finding out will never recover.
Using my daily chakra visualization, I have already been able to get my chakras to touch each other. I will keep working at it.
I take L-theanine, L-glutamine, L-tryptophan (all separated from each other), Natural Calm, Melatonin, Niacinamide, Pantothenic acid and NAC, and once in awhile I take Lithium Orotate, though I have to watch that one, since I am hypothyroid. I take Seriphos when my stress is severe, since the withdrawal is the hardest thing I've ever done. I read a blog by a female doctor in her late 30's, who withdrew from benzos along with 6 of her doctor girlfriends. She tried to do it in 6 weeks, like the Rehabs make you do it. She ended up having to close her practice for 4 yrs. and have round the clock care for 10 months of that because she forgot how to do even basic things. She made it, but all 6 of her friends committed suicide. As she writes, if you can get through benzo withdrawal, you are made of titanium after that and can get through anything!
What did you take to get your GABA normalized? Were your other neurotransmitters all low, like mine are? I am glad you succeeded!