Our expert says:
This is an effect I've seen in SOME people on various antidepressants, especially, and is presumably related to some aspect of the generally enlivening impact they're trying to have on the brain, though I've never seen any good research or convincing explanations offered. Like a range of other symptoms, no AD does it in everyone.
I know some foods can stimulate more dreaming ( for me its dairy products like cheese or yoghurt ) and presumably this is from a serotonin effect like many ADs. And maybe if one has a negative filter on as in depression, the dreams would be more likely to be bad ones ?
I disagree with your doctor's views on Agomelatine, which just don't fit the available research. It is NOt considered indicated only for mild depression ( which would be more true of St John's Wort ). Perhaps that has been HIS experience of it, but doesn't fit with wwhat I have seen in the literature or heard from colleagues. It does work significantly on melatonin, unlike the others, so should potentially have a more useful impact on sleep.
I haven't come across Dr Jom Phelps - so long as he isn't busy marketing his book, maybe he has summarized existing knowledge usefully. What's his angle in terms of treatment recommendations ?
After another episode on heat, cat has mercifully stopped yodelling in the hall, which is a relief to all.
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