Speed and depression

Are speed and depression linked?

Dear DoctorX,

I´ve wanted to know if somebody has a depression on the base of drugs like speed nearly 2 till 3 gramm a day,
after a few years u can lose this drug- induced depression or it´s changed the hole personalitiy as u think you ´re the same as before?

Originally posted in SR 2.0 7/6/14 . Reviewed 11/2/23

The prolonged and high-dose consumption of stimulants, such as speed, can lead to psychological problems during use and in the weeks and months following withdrawal. The withdrawal symptoms of stimulants can cause depression.

Depression and other mental health issues are rarely caused by a single factor but rather by a combination of factors. It is unlikely that depression lasting for years is solely due to prolonged stimulant use. There are likely to be other contributing factors.

On the other hand, some individuals may use illegal drugs as a means of self-medicating for mental health problems or life’s challenges. However, this approach is not usually effective in the long term.

In reality, drugs, including both legal psychotropics and controlled substances, cannot cure depression. Antidepressants can provide individuals with the means to cope with their problems, but no pill can heal the problems of the brain, psyche, spirit, or soul

St John’s Ward interactions

I got a quick question:

I’ve started taking St. John’s Wort extract with amazing results (treating a mild – moderate depression).Do you know how long before taking MDMA I have to discontinue St. John’s in order not to get into a dangerous situation like serotonin syndrome or spoil the roll?

What about Amphetamines? Are they dangerous whilst on St. John’s (I figured no because they are not acting on serotonin that much)? Are you aware of any other drugs that might be dangerous with St. John’s?

Do just the same rules apply to St. John’s as to any «regular» SSRI in regards to drug use? I have done an extensive research on the internet but couldn’t find an answer

Originally posted in SR 2.0 7/5/23 . Reviewed 4/2/23

St. John’s Wort is a popular herbal supplement often used to help with depression and anxiety. Some people think that because it comes from a plant, it’s a more natural and healthier option. But it can interact with other drugs and medicines.

St John´s Wort acts like a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. So, theoretically, it could induce severe adverse effects in combination with drugs whose mechanism of action is related to dopamine, norepinephrine and/or serotonin liberation.

This includes MDMA, LSD, amphetamines, cocaine, psilocybin.

The use of ketamine , GHB or cannabis is probably safe .No toxicity has been reported and according the pharmacological mechanisms an interaction does not seem likely. Anyway this combinations are no recommended, as they could worsen or trigger depressive symptoms.

To be safe, it’s a good idea to stop taking St. John’s Wort for a couple of weeks before starting any other new drugs