Dont Ignore your Vitamin Deficiencies

Dont Ignore your Vitamin Deficiencies
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 31-03-2023

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Don’t Ignore your Vitamin Deficiencies

Years of research elicited the significance of dietary nutrition in mental health. Deficiencies of various nutrients are known to not only affect the physical health but also have adverse effects on the mental health of an individual. One such nutrient is vitamin which is a crucial element of an individual’s diet. It is essential for bone development and equally important for brain development and functioning.
Various deficiencies especially B12 and vitamin D can lead to mental problems mood and behavioral problems whereas vitamin B1 and B6 are used as potential treatments for anxiety and autism.
In Brain development vitamin B12 and other B vitamins play a significant role these are the chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. Depression can be associated with low levels of B-12 and other B vitamins such as vitamin B-6 and folate.
Vitamin D and Vitamin B 12 are re- emerging endemic in diverse population and across the world.

An approximate 1 billion people around the world have deficiencies or insufficiencies in vitamin D. High risk persons with vitamin D deficiency include those who live far from the equator those suffering from disorders or conditions such as obesity liver disease and renal disease elderly and dark skinned people. Vitamin D deficiencies are often associated with depression seasonal affective disorder and schizophrenia in adults.

Deficiency and insufficiency of vitamin D are both relatively common in teenagers with severe mental illness.The tentative correlations between the deficiency of vitamin D and the existence of psychotic symptoms demand further research.

In case of Vitamin B12 deficiency; various systems of the body is affected and hence hematologic, gastrointestinal, neurological as well as psychiatric symptoms arise. The psychiatric symptoms may be arise as a consequence of any other system disbalance. The symptoms may include agitation, irritability, negativism, confusion, disorientation, amnesia, impaired concentration and attention and insomnia; while psychiatric disorders that may be diagnosed in patients having vitamin B12 deficiency include depression bipolar disorder panic disorder psychosis phobias and dementia. In adult patients affective or psychotic symptoms are involved. Vitamin B 12 is required for the production of serotonin other neurotransmitters.

Korsakoff syndrome is an example of such a syndrome, in which vitamin deficiency is considered to be a potential cause. It is a chronic memory disorder caused by severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B-1). Korsakoff syndrome is most commonly caused by Vitamin deficiencies.


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