I second the recommendation for the Mood Cure. Also check out Potatoes not Prozac - you can get the basic info to get you started on their website. Propert nutrition is KEY. What helps me most are proper nutrition, exercise, supplements, keeping busy and changing my negative thought patterns (cognitive behavioral stuff). Proper nutrition for me means adequate complete protein (20-30 g per meal) like meat, fish, cheese, eggs, adequate fats and low-glycemic carbs (I do eat a sweet potato at night 3 hrs after dinner as recommended in Potatoes not Prozac). You need the carbs to convert the tryptophan from protein to serotonin and melatonin. I avoid "bad" carbs like sugar and high glycemic foods that spike my blood sugar too much and then lead to a blood sugar crash, which can leave me feeling anxious (I also avoid grains). For some caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate) can cause anxiety (I'm ok with green tea). Exercise of any kind is good, but for me I need more intense physical exercise as opposed to something like yoga. The following supplements helped me at various times: SAM-e (I use Natrol), Vitamin D (I take 8,000IU), magnesium, b-complex (though I prefer to get all my vitamins and minerals from the foods I eat), 5-HTP, Rescue Remedy and fish oil. If you're going to try amino acids, definitely read the Mood Cure first.
Thanks so much!!