A 43-year-old member asked:
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l tyrosine, has anyone ever used this for depression and how efective?

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Dr. Jonathan Shedler
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Not optimal: It is not a standard treatment and falls in the category of alternative medicine, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but not necessarily a good thing either. It can increase anxiety. If your depression is severe enough to affect your functioning (work, relationships. Etc.) or cause significant distress, see a mental health professional for an assessment and develop a meaningful treatment plan.
Answered on Mar 28, 2014

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