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Energy Drinks High Doses Longterm effect Neurotransmitters???

Hey, hope your having a good day, I took NO Xplode (a powder energy drink for working out, contains caffiene 300mg (methylxanthine) in 3 scoops, tyrosine,arginine, citrulline, taurine, and many other ingredients.)  From 2004-2010. I usually took 3 scoops before working out (5 days a week). I soon became addicted to caffiene to get a feel good high. In 2010 I had a couple nights were I took a scoop of NO xplode before house partys to give that good feeling I was getting. I also loved drinking other energy drinks like redbull before work or while partying. I soon had a substance induced pyscotic state episode and was going nuts. So after the cops took me to the pysc ward & hospital I was given some drugs for anti-aniexty/ pyscosis and had to quit caffiene cold turkey. Soon later, by August 2010, I crashed from my usual summer "high/irritable state" into a deep depression. I was then given my first anti-depressants in aug 2010. I heard drugs were bad so by feb 2011 I was off all drugs.
I started to research in early 2011 natural cures, I also had blood tests done, and cortisol saliva test to discover my levels were very high at 8am and very low the rest of the day, so I took a bunch of adrenal fatigue supplements. I discovered my testosterone was at 11.0 (equivalant to a 90 year old man) and should be at 30.0. I tried natural ways to increase testosterone which didnt work so I am now taking testosterone enanithate injections 1 ml of 250mg every 5th day. By dec. 2011 my testosterone was at 45.0 and I still had been going into bouts of depression.  
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Thanks for using the forum. I am happy to address your questions, and my answer will be based on the information you provided here. Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with a doctor.

Without the ability to examine and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the exact cause of the symptoms is. However I will try to provide you with some useful information.

Psychotic episodes can be of different types. They can be primary psychiatric diagnoses, such as schizophrenia, or they may be associated with another neurological disorder such as a movement disorder like that seen in Huntington’s disease. Furthermore, psychotic episodes may be an acute change like that seen in delirium, stroke, or seizure. Depending on the complete history, including family history, associated symptoms, and clinical examination, imaging findings will likely be in different anatomical locations. Ultimately, the correct diagnosis is needed for appropriate treatment.

It is unlikely that the psychosis is from the energy drink since it was stopped several years ago and symptoms still are present.

I would suggest you follow up with a psychiatrist who would be more appropriate to answering your question and prescribing you the appropriate medications.

Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions, I hope you find the information I have provided useful, good luck.

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My first depression hit me in 2007 winter, every august from then on I would get depressed (august-feb). And the summers I would be happy but very irritable. I tried vitamin D lamps and vitamin D supplements, finding no solution. This winter of 2011-12 was the first winter since 2006 where I had periods (couple weeks) here and there where I was only very mildly depressed, about 50% of the winter i was depressed.
What Ive noticed is I have had all the symptoms of Low-Serotonin to a tee (including OCD).  
I believe NO xplode has effected my brains serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine production. So I have starting taking 5htp, & L-Tyrosine.
Does this make sense? What should I be taking & doing to avoid depression?
Thankyou veryyy much. -Justin
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