Yes, I agree with what you are saying and no, supplements will not work for everybody. Nothing works for everybody; however, my solution did work for ME. And if it worked for me, it can very well work for somebody else as well. Like I mentioned in my longer e-mail, I had to change other things as well to keep my brain in balance in the long run, BUT none of it worked before I took the 5htp and let my brain go back to ” normal ” after antidepressant use. If not, I would’ve gone back to the meds like I did many times before and always 2-3 months after the initial withdrawal. The depression was worse everytime and does suggest a of type of rebound effect that the meds do seem (notice I didn’t say does) have on SOME people. I was in therapy when it happened on multiple occasions and that did not work. There was absolutely no perceivable reason for why it was happening and my therapist never understood why either. When I took the 5htp, it got better and after 2 months I stopped taking it and the depression never came back. Again, I emphazize the fact that I did nothing different besides that and did not come to some miraculous recovery in therapy or discover the secret meaning to life. I had done all the work I needed to in therapy and on other levels and could not see why I could not get off the meds. So, I will say it again. If the rebound effect does exist (no there is no proof it exists, but then again the same goes for believing in GOD – that belief, whether true or not, still works for many) then the 5hpt could very well be the answer. Light therapy and exercise will probably not help in THIS case because you are trying to fix a problem caused by the meds and that can take something more direct on the molecule that was affected – in the case of antidepressants it is serotonin. 5hpt works directly on that molecule. If you don’t have this problem, then light therapy as well as all the other things that we see all over the internet, in books, etc can probably help. The only other solution is to wait it out and hope you don’t kill yourself as I almost did. By the way, if your depression is caused because of the fact that “life sucks” as you put it, then you need to do a lot of soul searching because life will never be easy for the vast majority of people, whether we think some people have it better than us or not. Perception is not always reality. However, many people do manage to concentrate on the good and not the bad. And, trust me the bad can be aweful in some cases. Anyways, I am not going to keep arguing back and forth on the issue anymore because I have solved my issue with depression. it worked for me and that will never change. We can leave it up to other people now if they want to try it – I think we have exhausted the potential pros and cons of the topic, which is probably a good thing because we have hopefully answered any potential questions that may come up.