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Vitamin Deficiencies can drive you Crazy- Seriously! Part 2

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

 

 

Vitamins that benefit people with schizophrenia or bipolar: For some who suffer depression, anxiety disorder, or symptoms of schizophrenia, vitamin deficiencies, such as vitamin B12 deficiency or low vitamin D may be an influencing factor. In several studies, scientists have noted profound results when patients of behavioral health disorders such as bipolar, clinical depression, or schizophrenia were supplemented with vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

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Bipolar disorder (manic depression)

People diagnosed with bipolar disorder alternate between feelings of extreme depression (sadness) and episodes of mania (manic excitement).  Scientists are unsure as to the exact cause of bipolar depression, but health experts recommend the following actions for optimum cognitive health benefits:

  • Visit your doctor and request a vitamin B12 deficiency screening. In a case report reference in PubMed, vitamin B12 deficiency in one patient was spotted as an influencing factor for mood disorders.  Patients showing symptoms such as mania, severe depression, delusion, dementia and mood swings benefited greatly following one week’s supplementation of vitamin B12 (Cobalamin).
  • Increase your intake of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, for optimum brain functioning.  Include at least two fish meals every week, use oils with Omega-3 for cooking, and supplement with flax seed oil or fish oil capsules.
  • Always monitor your blood sugar levels.  Consuming large amounts of sugar at one time causes a spike in blood sugar that has a direct effect on your mood.  For some people, this effect manifests itself in severe emotional highs and low that may simulate symptoms of manic-depressive disorder.
  • Take magnesium supplements, which relaxes the muscles and promotes a peaceful state of mind.  Additionally, scientists have noted a high incidence of magnesium deficiency in patients suffering depression and anxiety.

VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY- SERIOUSLY! PART 2, WWW.VITAMINB12PATCH.COM

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia patients experience symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, disorientation, emotional apathy, difficulty concentrating, and problems remembering things.  A series of psychiatric tests are required in order to diagnose schizophrenia, but scientific studies have noted a high incidence of vitamin deficiencies.

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency creates symptoms similar to those found in mental disorders such as schizophrenia- mood swings, paranoia, disorientation, memory loss, hallucinations, and depression occur among people with severe vitamin B12 deficiency and schizophrenia, as well.
  • Vitamin D deficiency- According to the Vitamin D Council, vitamin D supplementation sustains a balanced mood, reduces stress, and benefits your body’s response to anti-psychotic medications.
  • Zinc and vitamin B6 supplements were the focus of a study on pyroluria, a condition that affects half of all schizophrenics.  Pyroluria causes learning disorders, feelings of apathy, chronic fatigue, and hyperactivity. In the study, patients benefited dramatically when given supplements of vitamin B6 and zinc.

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Related Reading:

Vitamin Deficiencies can drive you Crazy- Seriously!  Part 1

B12 Deficiency: Don’t Ignore the Symptoms

Teen Mental Illness: Unnoticed, Undiagnosed in America


Sources:

Vitamin D and Schizophrenia- Vitamin D Council

VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY WIDESPREAD DURING PREGNANCY, INCREASING SCHIZOPHRENIA RISK IN CHILDREN

Zinc supplements can help treat depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and other mental health problems

Bipolar Disorder or manic depression including the symptoms can be influenced by nutrition – Food for the Brain

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Psychotic Symptoms in Adolescents- Internal Medicine News

Psychiatric manifestations of vitamin B12 deficiency: a case report- PubMed – NCBI

Vitamin Deficiencies and Depression- About.com

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star5112, Dean812, Caste.


Vitamin Deficiencies can drive you Crazy- Seriously! Part 1

Monday, October 10th, 2011

 

 

Vitamins that benefit people with schizophrenia or bipolar: For some who suffer depression, anxiety disorder, or symptoms of schizophrenia, vitamin deficiencies, such as vitamin B12 deficiency or low vitamin D may be an influencing factor. In several studies, scientists have noted profound results when patients of behavioral health disorders such as bipolar, clinical depression, or schizophrenia were supplemented with vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY- SERIOUSLY! PART 1, WWW,VITAMINB12PATCH.COM

VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY- SERIOUSLY! PART 1, WWW,VITAMINB12PATCH.COMDepression

People diagnosed with severe depression experience deep feelings of sadness, isolation, helplessness, and despair, in addition to difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and bodily aches.

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency- One of the symptoms of prolonged vitamin B12 deficiency is depression. For that reason, people with low B12 levels are sometimes misdiagnosed with severe depressive disorder, and given antidepressants as the sole treatment, when they would benefit greatly from vitamin B12 supplements, as well.  One quick blood test will determine if you have vitamin B12 deficiency. Following routine vitamin B12 supplementation, most patients start to see a decrease in deficiency symptoms, and notice an increase in stamina, mental focus, and overall sense of well-being.
  • Zinc Deficiency, as reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, occurs often among people with ADHD and depression.  Zinc is essential for healthy nerves, mood, and cognitive functioning.  According to the US RDA, adults need approximately 8-11 milligrams of zinc  each day. Zinc occurs naturally in meat, shellfish, and whole grains.
  • Vitamin D deficiency in linked with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition that causes feelings of deep depression. This explains why many people become more depressed in the winter, as daylight hours decrease and natural exposure to vitamin D in sunlight plummets.  Also, among cultures that necessitate the wearing of full-body coverings, increased risk of vitamin D deficiency and depression have been observed.  For treatment of vitamin defiency, ask your physician for a blood test, and request vitamin D supplements.

Anxiety disorder

People diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder experience symptoms such as nervous or obsessive thoughts, heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, and panic caused by adrenaline release.  Antidepressants are helpful in most cases, but doctors have also noticed benefit with vitamin supplementation.

  • Vitamin B complex; vitamin B deficiency occurs with excessive use of alcohol, tobacco, sugar, and caffeine, consumption of which increase with high stress levels. It is crucial end (or at least limit) your exposure to harmful chemicals, such as nicotine and alcohol. Also, taking regular vitamin B complex supplements is helpful for maintaining a healthy nervous system and promoting feelings of well-being.
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency also creates feelings of anxiety in its sufferers.  There is no upper limit for vitamin B12, so if you experience any symptoms of vitamin deficiency, you may begin taking over-the-counter (OTC) vitamin B12 immediately without prescription.

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Sources:

Vitamin D and Mental Health

Zinc supplements can help treat depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and other mental health problems

Vitamin D Council- Health conditions- Mental health and learning disorders- Depression

Vitamins: Busy B’s- Psychology Today

Vitamin Deficiencies and Depression- About.com

Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net, @alviseni

Teen Mental Illness: Unnoticed, Undiagnosed in America

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently sponsored a US study which focused on a group of over 10,000 teens between the ages of 13-18.

  • Out of those studied, 20% suffered from mental illness.
  • Out of that group only 36.2% were receiving any type of medical or psychological attention.
  • While the most severe forms of mental illness were most likely to receive treatment, only half were in the process of being treated, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Out of the teens who received services, 59.8% were diagnosed with attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD); others who were receiving aid were those categorized with some type of defiant conduct behavioral disorder.
  • Teens who suffered from an anxiety or eating disorder were least likely to have been in any sort of behavioral program- only 20%.
  • Hispanics and blacks youths who suffered anxiety were less likely to be in treatment than Caucasians.
  • Girls were more likely than boys to receive therapy for anxiety disorder; boys were more likely to be receiving treatment for AD/HD.

Parents, be on the lookout for depression in your teen; here are 10 warning signs, as reported by Fox News:

  • Passivity, less inclined to cry when something is troubling her/him
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sudden detachment from activities or interests that were previously enjoyable
  • Vocalizing feelings which indicate lack of self-worth
  • Interruption of sleeping habits, like oversleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Misperception, likeliness to be confused by more things than usual
  • Decreased academic performance
  • Substance abuse such as alcohol or drugs
  • Paranoia

Get proper diagnosis.

Only a trusted psychologist can correctly diagnose teen depression or any other form of mental illness.  Governmental programs such as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the federal Children’s Mental Health Initiative are working to improve mental health facilities nationwide.

Encourage your teenager to eat healthy.

It might seem like following a healthy diet is less of a priority when faced with the symptoms of depression, but many doctors have found that deficiencies such as low vitamin b12 may contribute to depression; in some cases vitamin b12 deficiency may be the sole reason for the sudden change in behavior.

B12 deficiency is often misdiagnosed as clinical depression.

The Mayo Clinic confirms a correlation between b12 deficiency and symptoms of depression. Warning signs of vitamin b12 deficiency include chronic fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, increased violent tendencies, sleep disturbances and loss of appetite. Sound familiar? Many are the same symptoms above-mentioned for clinical depression.

A blood test is required to determine whether vitamin b12 deficiency is present; if you are tested positive then your physician will recommend supplementation, which may be administered as an injection, sublingual tablet, or spray.

Sources:

MSN News

Yahoo News

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