I am a 22 year old male and I have been dealing with constant low mood for as long as I can remember. Rather than being depressed per say, I am generally very irritable and lose my temper quickly, unsociable, and pessimistic. Recently, I began taking 5HTP and St John's Wort every morning with my normal multivitamin and I've found that my mood has lifted. My outlook on life has improved, I'm getting less irate, and I'm interacting with others more. This has led me to believe that my body may be producing too little serotonin. I was hoping that somebody could help me with the following queries:
- Can I request a blood test for serotonin levels at my local GP?
- Is it safe to continue to take 5HTP and SJW regularly? I've read that long-term 5HTP use can lead to complications.
P.S. I recognise that there are other members on this forum with far more pressing conditions than mine so please assist them first if you are able!
Dealing with constant low mood
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