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Can having a vitamin d deficiency cause depression?

Can having a vitamin d deficiency cause depression?

Likely: One recent study showed vitamin d deficiency to be linked to depression in a small group of women between 42 and 66 years of age. After that the guidelines for daily intake of vitamin d were raised top 600 units/day for adults under 70. However, be aware that there are many other causes for depression which could be present in the same person, including thyroid disease, diabetes, stress and so on. ...Read more

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Is low Vitamin D more likely to cause depression than fatigue?And the depression causes fatigue?

Is low Vitamin D more likely to cause depression than fatigue?And the depression causes fatigue?

Vit D depression: Is low Vitamin D more likely to cause depression than fatigue?And the depression causes fatigue? ANS: I am not aware that low Vit D can cause depression or fatigue that is reversed when Vit D is taken. Fatigue is common as symptom of depression. Talk to your Dr. ...Read more

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Can a low Vitamin D level of 20 (normal range 33-100) cause any symptoms such as depression or fatigue?

Can a low Vitamin D level of 20 (normal range 33-100) cause any symptoms such as depression or fatigue?

Yes: Typically symptoms such as depression and fatigue are caused by multiple factors. Consider light box therapy during the winter months. Taking a vitamin D supplement can also help and is generally safe in the appropriate dose. ...Read more

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Can too much vitamin D cause altered mental state? My vitamin d is 300 nmol/L (120 ng/ml) and have been facing confusion/dissociation/depression.

Can too much vitamin D cause altered mental state? My vitamin d is 300 nmol/L (120 ng/ml) and have been facing confusion/dissociation/depression.

Indirect effect/Calc: Vitamin- D excess can raise Calcium levels which can then cause varied systemic effects including mental confusion. You should get checked by your doctor and request a Calcium level check of your blood. ...Read more

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Fatigue affecting life for 3 months. Can a vitamin D level of 20 cause fatigue and depression? If so, can supplementing it with 2,000 IU daily help?

Fatigue affecting life for 3 months. Can a vitamin D level of 20 cause fatigue and depression? If so, can supplementing it with 2,000 IU daily help?

Vitamin D3: Fatigue and depression can be related to low vitamin D3. At a level of 20, 2K IUs sounds low. Please check w/your doc but many people use 5K daily. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can a low Vitamin D level of 20 (normal range 33-100) cause any symptoms such as depression or fatigue? I also have POTS syndrome.

Can a low Vitamin D level of 20 (normal range 33-100) cause any symptoms such as depression or fatigue? I also have POTS syndrome.

Perhaps: I have seen low vitamin D cause fatigue and slow thinking. Usually it's at a level even lower than 20 however anyone with the level of 20 should either take vitamin D3 supplements or get out in the sun. Drinking milk does not help your body's vitamin D level. That said,, my patients with POTS have other reasons for fatigue in general . ...Read more

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Can vitamin d deficiency cause fatigue or depression/anxiety? I am especially concerned with the fatigue. My blood level was a 10.

Yes, it could: Yes, vitamin d deficiency could cause fatigue and depression. Talk with your doctor about replenishing this. With your very low level, you may need high dosing with it temporarily, and then back off to a maintenance dose. Please be aware that it's also possible to have multiple conditions at once, all of which need treatment (depression, anxiety , and vit d deficiency, etc). ...Read more

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I got a virus 2 years ago and ever some then my stomach has been bothering me with constipation, low vitamin d, malabsorption and depression. Cause?

I got a virus 2 years ago and ever some then my stomach has been bothering me with constipation, low vitamin d, malabsorption and depression. Cause?

Gastroenterologist: You need to be seen and fully evaluated by a GI doctor, and this will mean subjecting yourself to endoscopy and possible small bowel biopsy. This may or may not have anything to do with the viral infection you had, but there is no way to tell without a full assessment. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can vitamin d deficiency cause depression.Also can vitamin B12 cause psychosis and suicidal thoughts ?

Can vitamin d deficiency cause depression.Also can vitamin B12 cause psychosis and suicidal thoughts ?

Vitamin D can help: W/mood but is not a major cause of depression. Make sure you take enough. Your doc can measure your levels. Low b 12 is not the cause of suicidal thoughts and psychosis. As your doc about sublingual b 12 or shots. This will help you feel better. See a mental health professional for the negative thoughts and you will have a well-rounded treatment plan. Diet/exercise? ...Read more

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Can a vitamin D level of 21 cause depression? My doctor suspects I'm depressed. I say I'm just exhausted. I can't be in the sun because of lupus.

Can a vitamin D level of 21 cause depression? My doctor suspects I'm depressed. I say I'm just exhausted. I can't be in the sun because of lupus.

Yes; easy to take D3: Low D can cause depression and fatigue and is associated with aggravation of SLE! Take 5-8000 iu of D3/day to get your levels in the 50-80 range. See http://doctormurray.com/vitamin-d3-is-important-in-autoimmune-disorders/ and http://tinyurl.com/zstm5u3 and http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer Many with lupus may have undiagnosed Lyme disease. See http://tinyurl.com/m2eld3v and http://tinyurl.com/zsx7eaq ...Read more

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My vitamin d level was low enough that my doctorprescribed 50000 IUD a week, could this contribute to depression?

My vitamin d level was low enough that my doctorprescribed 50000 IUD a week, could this contribute to depression?

Unlikely : Some studies suggest low vit d may have an implication in depression. When taken at high doses on a regular basis, hypervitaminosis d may ensue. This can cause psychiatric symptoms (eg irritability) commonly accompanied by GI symptoms. Hi vit d can cause hi ca which in turn can cause "psychiatric overtones": depression, anxiety, insomnia, altered cognition & mental status & many other bad things. ...Read more

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Does vitamin D help with depression?

Does vitamin D help with depression?

Vit. D: For major depression, not by itself. If depression is secondary to low Vit. D , it might. ...Read more

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My friend is recommending i take vitamin d in the winter to help with depression. Is that a good idea?

My friend is recommending i take vitamin d in the winter to help with depression.  Is that a good idea?

May B SAD: U need the proper ca intake, but u sound more like one with sad, season affective disorder, due to lack of daylight in the winter. Ask ur pcp about this. There is a light therapy can do # home 4 this. ...Read more

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How many glasses of vitamin d milk should I drink a day to help with my depression?

How many glasses of vitamin d milk should I drink a day to help with my depression?

Not the best way: If you're deficient in vitamin d, drinking milk is not the best way to replenish this. In the us, most milk is fortified with about 100 iu of vitamin d3/cup. This is not the active form, either. Given that the usual recommended daily dose of vitamin d is 1000 iu, you would have to drink 10 cups if getting your "d" solely from milk. Better to use a supplement if you need extra "d" by testing. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many glasses of vitamin d milk should I drink a day to help my depression?

No relationship: Vitamin d and milk supplemented with vitamin d can be a good source of healthy calories. Be mindful of total amount with respect to your weight. However depression is unrelated to these factors unless your depression is in part related to your weight. ...Read more

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Could 11 ng/ml vitamin d be the reason i feel sick? Bone aches, fatigue, depression tired. Shoulder hurt all day today. Had CBC and vitamin d was bad

Could 11 ng/ml vitamin d be the reason i feel sick? Bone aches, fatigue, depression tired. Shoulder hurt all day today. Had CBC and vitamin d was bad

Maybe: Vit d deficiency has been linked to your symptoms, but deficiency is known to have no obvious symptoms. Best way to find out is to take robust doses of vit d & get sufficient sun exposure. You're in a northern latitude, you need longer exposure to sun (uvb rays) & more exposed skin. If doing this doesn't relieve symptoms but levels normalize, something else is wrong. If can't normalize GI ? Problem. ...Read more

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Can being depressed and somewhat sad has to do with having vitamin d deficiency?

Can being depressed and somewhat sad has to do with having vitamin d deficiency?

Yes: Anecdotally most of my patient with vit d deficiency who feel sad or depressed feel better once they start taking supplements, but I do not think that has been formally studied. ...Read more

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I have been really tired and I think I am depressed! I have very low levels of Vitamin D and my doctor thinks I might have malabsorption?

I have been really tired and I think I am depressed! I have very low levels of Vitamin D and my doctor thinks I might have malabsorption?

Vitamin D: Deficiency can be a cause for depressive symptoms. It will take a while to normalize Vitamin D levels. In meantime consider therapy and possibly psychotropic medications. Take care. ...Read more

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Can the low iron and low vitamin d be making me feel depressed and anxious? Saturation 11.8, iron 30, and a high vitamin B12 level of 965.

Can the low iron and low vitamin d be making me feel depressed and anxious? Saturation 11.8, iron 30, and a high vitamin B12 level of 965.

Possible...: Low iron and low vitamin d can contribute to feelings of fatigue, which are often associated with depression. Anxiety is less likely to be related, although the anxiety could be secondary, meaning the symptoms cause anxiety symptoms. Treatment for the iron and vit d will help determine whether your mood symptoms are related or not. ...Read more

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