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Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Brain Health

One of the most remarkable papers I have read in the psychiatric literature was about a 57 year old woman who was treated with months of both antipsychotic and antidepressant medications and given two rounds of electroconvulsive treatment before anyone bothered to check her vitamin B12 level.

Her symptoms were years in the making including tearfulness, anxiety, movement abnormalities, constipation, lethargy, and eventually perceptual disturbances (hearing her name called) and the ultimate in severe psychiatric pathology: catatonia. Despite her inpatient treatment, she remained suicidal, depressed, and lethargic.

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Mental health and stability is something that many of my female clients come to me complaining about.  Whether they think it is old age, life circumstances, food allergies...etc...it is a common concern.  I myself have had... more »Mental health and stability is something that many of my female clients come to me complaining about.  Whether they think it is old age, life circumstances, food allergies...etc...it is a common concern.  I myself have had plenty of issues physically and mentally and through much diligence and work on my part slowly am figuring out what many be the triggers.   | This article is fascinating to me as it explores the importance of what some might consider a very small and not much talked about vitamin in our diets, B-12.  When this vitamin is lacking it can cause symptoms such as: tear-fullness, anxiety, constipation, lethargy...etc...just another article proving how complicated treating a human being in any setting whether that is medical, or as a trainer for examples can be.  We are not as simple and un-complex as we might have thought. 09-27-2014 3:15pm

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