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Vitamin D and mental disorders linked

Kate Benson October 8, 2008

A lack of vitamin D has long been linked to depression, but researchers believe it may contribute to psychiatric conditions such as personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A study of more than 50 patients at a private psychiatric clinic in Geelong found that almost 60 per cent were suffering a severe vitamin D deficiency and 11 per cent were moderately deficient, prompting researchers to question whether vitamin D supplements could reduce mental illness across the board.

The study, published in the Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry, found the 53 patients, who suffered bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or schizo-affective disorder, had vitamin D serum levels about 29 per cent lower than a group with no mental illness.

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