So here’s the story: I am a PhD who works in the pharmaceutical industry. For obvious reasons, I can’t go in to specifics abut what I do, but I became obsessed with nootropics through a series of events that started with a mental breakdown years ago during graduate school.
It took a good 15 years dealing with anxiety and depression (and about every medication out there) for me to come to a place where I am comfortable and can live a very normal life. During my journey, I took just about every psychiatric drug out there, and none of them did anything for me. The side effects of many of them actually left me worse than when I wasn’t taking them. It definitely hasn’t been the funnest ride, but I have learned a lot about myself.