Our expert says:
You are right. The fact that he asked about antidepressants strongly suggests that he feels depressed and deserves some properly expert help with this - but that should be from a good local psychiatrist, and at the very least a GP. Church counsellors are rarely properly trained or qualfied, and would not be something I would usually recommend. There's no good evidence that 5HTP wouldbe useful - and NONE of the quacky remedies sold without prescription are worthy trying. They are sold as "supplements" to squeeze round the regulations that require proper drugs to prove that they work well and are safe
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