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    Psychedelics with history of depression 
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    I was diagnosed with dysthymia at around 13 years old - though it didn't seem that bad then. They just thought I seemed off. I stopped meds right before college and managed for awhile.
    My depression did get worse in college though particularly after a personal "tragedy" of sorts.

    Has anybody used psychedelics with a clinical diagnosis of depression successfully?
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    Hey there, i would say taking any kind of psychedelic wouldnt be a good idea while suffering from depression, i have had some bad experiences and it took me a while to get back to normal afterwards i wouldnt recommend it, however maybe you should look into ayahuasca as it can have wonderful healing effects and sometimes completely cure depression.
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    i think your mood at the time of the experience is more important than your average mood. just make sure to pay attention to set and setting. ime, as cliché as it sounds, a good trip really deeply helps with depression. i have had a few trips that changed my perspective on a few things for good.

    i have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and have had amazing trips. all the bad trips that i had were due to unfortunate events that happened during the trip and would've fucked up anyone's trip, depressive or not.

    just don't be reckless
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    I tried LSA a few months ago and had symptoms that felt like early signs of epilepsy. Though I have not had any seizures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregSmith20 View Post
    I was diagnosed with dysthymia at around 13 years old - though it didn't seem that bad then. They just thought I seemed off. I stopped meds right before college and managed for awhile.
    My depression did get worse in college though particularly after a personal "tragedy" of sorts.

    Has anybody used psychedelics with a clinical diagnosis of depression successfully?
    I have dysthymia like you (I meet so few people)! Although I guess it might've been shifted to major depression following my psychedelic abuse...

    Anyway, if you're asking if it will cause a bad trip, no, a bad trip is more about your feelings at the time, who you are at the time (if you're currently dealing with some serious issues, wait), where you are, and what's going on around you. Depression itself won't cause you to have negative experiences, but taking psychedelics while in that moment being very depressed will cause you to have a bad time.

    I think the biggest thing would be to not remain alone. I often found that when I was alone I could easily slip into negative thought spirals and get horribly depressed, I knew that it was psychedelics creating intense emotions and could even notice them and change them at times (and if it got bad). I would HEAVILY recommend CBT training (if you haven't had it) before using psychedelics as they can help you recognize and move those thought patterns.

    Now, could it worsen the depression? Potentially, if you take it frequently (more than once every 1-2 months, especially at high doses), I would completely expect an eventual worsening of depression, at least that was the case with me. That said, I have heard of people who have had a sudden depression following psychedelic usage, even just once. This was not my case following my first usage, but these drugs can do crazy things.

    If you want to try restarting an anti-depressant but don't want it to lock you out of psychedelics (SSRIs) try Wellbutrin. I've not read of any (actual) interaction nor have I witnessed any differences by those who have used psychedelics while on Wellbutrin.

    Good luck, stay safe
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    Hello Greg,
    It seems you had dysthymia for a long period. This kind of depression creates a co-morbid effects such as bipolar sometimes. Never use LSD which is mostly non-addictive but still in gives anxiety to your mood. Having psychedelics is not advisable as it produce hallucination effect differing from other kind of drugs. For people with dysthymia they feel low many times & they avoid being outside which May leads you to lose your all hope for cure. Hang out with people who cares you.
    Get yourself engage in activities such as support group or in any helping organization. Still you would like to spend time for yourself, you can start playing music instruments or start any 'outdoor' games or do exercising with an agenda in mind. It is well & good that you have found what you have got.

    You feel resistance while getting onto the treatment. It is natural and get yourself to the professional relief center. You probably tend to lose all your daily activities like jogging or rehearsing on having dysthymia, but have it in mind & never fail to do your daily activities.
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    I am on antidepressants. I take Wellbutrin and Seroquel to sleep.
    I do wonder if the LSA made my depression worse..
    It certainly did appear to do so in the short term. I'm not sure if it will get better or if it just brought up something I need to work through..

    I had taken small doses of mushrooms before with little to no negative effects. The circumstances were a little different then though and I had not yet had my difficult experience with depression and possibly love if that's what you would call it.

    I found LSA to be much much more invasive on my life than mushrooms.
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    Well for the record I think the LSA I took made my depression worse maybe forever. This was almost 6 momths ago that I took the LSA seeds.

    So maybe that could be of use for somebody else considering doing the same.
    Last edited by GregSmith20; 14-12-2015 at 01:07.
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    I've gotten good results from psychedelic hallucinogens p. much every time, even when I've taken them while severely depressed.
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    I would advise against mushrooms, LSA, LSD, or any Research Chems.

    If you are truly interested in trying to improve your depression by 'enlightenment via psychedelics' I would recommend getting your hands on some cactus. For me, any other psychs seem to intensify my current mood, so if you are depressed, mushrooms may tend to intensify that feeling while they are active in your brain.

    Cactus seems to awaken me and alter my perspective for the better. The next day I always feel as though I have learned something about myself, I am a better person, and can live my life more fully than I could previously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by omswamiji View Post
    Hey there, i would say taking any kind of psychedelic wouldnt be a good idea while suffering from depression, i have had some bad experiences and it took me a while to get back to normal afterwards i wouldnt recommend it, however maybe you should look into ayahuasca as it can have wonderful healing effects and sometimes completely cure depression.
    Agreed. Ayahuasca has the ability to repair neurological damage and links the rational self with the emotional self, bringing clarity and catharsis. The afterglow can last for weeks. It truly is the Spirit Vine and few other substances can give you the kind of teachings that Mother Ayahuasca can give to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mescaline Man View Post
    I would advise against mushrooms, LSA, LSD, or any Research Chems.

    If you are truly interested in trying to improve your depression by 'enlightenment via psychedelics' I would recommend getting your hands on some cactus. For me, any other psychs seem to intensify my current mood, so if you are depressed, mushrooms may tend to intensify that feeling while they are active in your brain.

    Cactus seems to awaken me and alter my perspective for the better. The next day I always feel as though I have learned something about myself, I am a better person, and can live my life more fully than I could previously.
    San Pedro is very enlightening and friendly. Mushrooms can be, too, though.
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