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Can amino acid supplementation help in treating depression?

My Father (Alf in his early 70 s) spent a month in Melbourne recently looking after my brother (about a month), he has returned home not feeling himself . He feels run down, drained (has had a couple of bouts of crying- very unlike him) and doesn t feel like doing what he normally does. He is usually very active down the shed tinkering with something. He doesn t eat much meat (for years now, mostly vegetarian); is a builder by trade and is semi- retired now. His doctor has put him on anti-depressants and I don t think they are helping. I am very concerned (I am his daughter). I have corrected my own eating disorder with the help of amino acid therapy (for which I am very thankful) and psychology sessions so I do believe in this. Do you think Dad would benefit from some supplementation? And which Aminos ? plus dosage ? would you start him on please? Sherri (I am Alf s daughter)
Tue, 9 Dec 2014
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Hello thanks for asking from Health Care Magic

He has developed symptoms like not feeling himself, fatigue, crying spells, poor psychomotor activity, changed eating habits and the doctors has given him anti-depressants. The drugs are not causing much change. Usually most of anti-depressants start showing their effect in about 4-6 weeks period, in some individuals the duration may increase further. Amino acid supplementation has been tried many times for treatment of depression, recently TRYPTOPHAN which is an amino acid has been relaunched for depression but the effects are not much promising. You can try these supplements with consultation of your doctor.
OMEGA-3 FATTY acids supplements has excellent roles in depression. This can also be kept in options.
Apart from medicines COGNITIVE THERAPY should help in early recovery. Consult a psychologist for that.

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