krgoff -- Welcome to the PPD board! Can you tell us more about your experience on meds? How much? How you felt?
Originally Posted by shell024
I have taken really good quality nutritional supplements for a long time (about 10 yrs), so my problem is postpartum anxiety/lonliness (that is just a vague self-diagnosis).
Hi shell. You know, I was a health nut for a long time and took a lot of supplements and followed a good diet, but it wasn't good enough. I am deficient in Bs and essential fatty acids as well as amino acids. It's pretty shocking really when I look back at how diligent I was. I just wanted to say that because I certainly didn't think that my depression was caused by deficiencies and it was.Supplements
And just a general comment about vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids and depression. It takes months or years even for deficiencies to be reversed, so not everyone feels the effects immediately. In fact, the only thing I felt within a week was when I started taking a custom amino acid supplement, but those do go right into the bloodstream and almost immediately increase your amino levels. In my case, I was very low in tryptophan (among quite a few others). Tryptophan creates serotonin, so almost immediately my serotonin levels in my brain were up. Bingo. Much better than SSRIs in my opinion.
But that's not the end of the story because it was some of the key vitamins, minerals, and fats that probably fouled up my digestion to begin with, so I'm still working on those and supplementing the amino acids. At some point, the underlying problems will be fixed and I'll stop the amino acid supplementation.