It's been a long time since I've read both The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure, so I don't recall the specifics. But the foundation is the same, regardless. There might be a bit of variation in exactly what her protocol is, but there can't be THAT much of a variation between the two. I've just been doing a basic amino acid complex to hit all the bases (make sure has 21 aminos), but it probably is a good idea to do the full protocol to get clean and straight if you are bingeing your brains out and are helpless to stop. I never had any side effects from any of the aminos, so no lessons to be learned there. I wasn't ever on any ADs, so I've never gone through that critical weaning process. As I stated above, but it bears repeating, do not take amino acids and ADs concurrently. Do not take L-tryptophan and 5-HTP together.
I did have a few things come up with the 5-HTP: Don't take too close to bedtime or else you might have some really bizarre dreams. Don't take on a completely empty stomach if you are not planning on eating sometime within the next hour or so, as it will make you nauseous. I can't believe I'm saying this (!), but I would sometimes actually forget to eat (5-HTP also acts as an appetite suppressant) and then would be nauseous. That is all, though.
I haven't read Depression Free Naturally, so I can't speak to that, but it has some really good reviews. I'm doing so well now that this whole issue that has been very much "front burner" for most of my life is now "back-burnered," so I don't feel called to read any more books on the topic. I hope others who are struggling can get to this point as well. It's been a looong time coming for me, when it needn't have been.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates