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How are low B12 and vitamin D levels related to mood problems and anxiety issues?

How are low B12 and vitamin D levels related to mood problems and anxiety issues?

Vitamin D Levels: Certainly low Vitamin D levels have been associated with depression. You need to get your serum vitamin D levels checked. In functional medicine we like for your Vitamin D levels in the 60-80 range. ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can you take biotin and folic acid with 25mg of anti-depressants?

Can you take biotin and folic acid with 25mg of anti-depressants?

Yes: You are wise to ask questions to understand your condition and treatments. Biotin and folic acid are B-vitamins. There is some mixed evidence that taking folic acid with antidepressants may make the antidepressant work better and people with depression often have lower levels of folic acid. Work with your prescriber to achieve improved health. Best regards! ...Read more

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Can vitamin supplements reduce anxiety and depression?

Can vitamin supplements reduce anxiety and depression?

For the most part -: Vitamins ; supplements don't have a major impact on anxiety. Omega 3 fatty acids can help brain health. Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile may help anxiety. Depression may improve with sam-e ; 5- htp. If there are specific deficencies then folic acid, vitamin b6 ;magnesium supplementation may help. ...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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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) 150 taking with Zoloft and Risperdal for GAD and depression and can boost memory and sex drive and energy?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) 150 taking with Zoloft and Risperdal for GAD and depression and can boost  memory and sex drive and energy?

Maybe: Welbutrin is sometimes rprescribed to counter adverse sexual side effects of some antidepressants such as Zoloft (sertraline). I can not predict if it will give you more energy. Sometimes it causes decreased appetite. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) and lithium improve anxiety, depression, and overal mood?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) and lithium improve anxiety, depression, and overal mood?

Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is often helped by lithium, which is a mood-stabilizing medication. Sometimes depression is severe enough despite this that an antidepressant like wellbutrin (bupropion) is added -- but not without the mood stabilizer. If prescribed by your psychiatrist and you are followed regularly, the combination may help your mood, wellbutrin (bupropion) is not an anti-anxiety medication, though. ...Read more

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Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Previous ida. Now high B12 and folate (folic acid) levels. Ferritin result is not back. Significant hair loss and sob? Could high folate (folic acid) mask B12 deficiency? Thx

Masks anemia only: High folate (folic acid) can mask megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency but does not affect B12 levels. The high B12 levels you have are proof that you don't have B12 deficiency. I don't know what ida is. Hair loss ; sob can have many causes. It sounds like you are being evaluated for possible causes. ...Read more

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How do folate, (folic acid) vitamin B12 and iron help in pregnancy for mom and baby?

How do folate, (folic acid) vitamin B12 and iron help in pregnancy for mom and baby?

Several benefits: Folate (folic acid) cuts back on fetal spina bifida risk, possibly heart defect, and, in some genetically susceptible people, can improve homosistein levels and coagulation errors. ...Read more

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Besides st John wort what other supplements can be good for up lifting mood and motivation. Tired of feeling blah.

Besides st John wort what other supplements can be good for up lifting mood and motivation. Tired of feeling blah.

See your doctor: There are many reasons why you may be feeling "blah," thereby affecting mood and motivation. You list a number of conditions that may be impacting your current state. You report being overweight, having COPD, and Hep C. Have you been to your doctor to discuss your symptoms? He/she can perform a complete examination and the appropriate testing in order to determine direction of treatment. Best. ...Read more

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5 htp and l tyrosine stack for anxiety and depression?

5 htp and l tyrosine stack for anxiety and depression?

Beware long term use: No scientific evidence that these herbal supplements are useful against psychosocial stressors. In fact, a 2007 Canadian study warned against the effects of long term use. No shortcut here, so better to exercise, relaxation technique and prescription if necessary. ...Read more

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How are clinical depression and depression different?

How are clinical depression and depression different?

Potato or POTATO: This question is often analogous to "my nerves being bad" vs "anxiety." in other words, "clinical depression" and "depression" both likely indicate a major depressive episode that warrants clinical attention though the severity may vary depending on the individual using such semantics. ...Read more

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Are lamitrogine and wellbutrin (bupropion) helpful with bipolar depression, energy, and mental clarity?

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Are lamitrogine and wellbutrin (bupropion) helpful with bipolar depression, energy, and mental clarity?

Lamictal: Lamictal is excellent mood stabilizers as long as you do not develop rash as dose is raised, although rare. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used cautiously in depressed phase of bipolar, watching out for signs of agitation or irritability or pressured speech. ...Read more

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What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

Depression>poor eatg: Anemia should not be accepted as an inevitable consequence of aging. A cause is found in approximately 80 percent of elderly patients. The most common causes of anemia in the elderly are chronic disease and iron deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency, folate (folic acid) deficiency, gastrointestinal bleeding and myelodysplastic syndrome are among other causes of anemia in the elderly. Serum ferritin is the most us. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of being folate (folic acid) deficient?

Folic Acid: A Folic Acid deficiency can present with fatigue, oral ulcerations, tongue swelling, graying hair and inadequate growth. ...Read more

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Omega 3, vitamin C and taurin are good options to treat bipolar disorder besides a mood stabilizer?

Omega 3, vitamin C and taurin are good options to treat bipolar disorder besides a mood stabilizer?

In addition to: Omega 3's, especially fish oil, may be helpful along with mood stabilizers -- but not instead of them. A study of taurine in bipolar disorder has been completed at mclean hospital, but results have not yet been published. Theoretically it could stabilize neuronal firing. I would still not rely on any of these supplements to the exclusion of mood stabilizing medications. ...Read more

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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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Is lamicatal 200mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 30mg a good Tx for bipolar depression along with psychotherapy?

Is lamicatal 200mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 30mg a good Tx for bipolar depression along with psychotherapy?

Is my tx : The best person to answer this question Is you, in concert with a doctor you trust. These medications are certainly used for the diagnoses you mention. However; the best way to know how well these meds are working for you is discuss your current symptom profile, and determine if your symptoms are optimally controlled on this regimen. ...Read more

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When both folate (folic acid) and B12 are low, which should you start to take first, and why?

When both folate (folic acid) and B12 are low, which should you start to take first, and why?

B-12 first: Treating a B-12 deficient patient with folate (folic acid) may correct the anemia, but not stop the progression of irreversible nerve damage. It masks the B12 deficiency, in other words. ...Read more

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Dexpression, lathergic, low level of vitamin b12. And vitamin d deficiency, low level of energy?

Dexpression, lathergic, low level of vitamin b12. And vitamin d deficiency, low level of energy?

And your question?: I'm not sure what you are asking. Yes, vit d deficiency can cause fatigue. It is easy to correct with 5-8000 iu of d3/day. B12 deficiency can be serious too- try 1000 mcg of sublingual b12/day ; if that does not help try injections. See http://bit.Ly/1fnt3ox ; http://bit.Ly/1607tg3 if fatigue persists after correcting then see a good doc to explore the many other possible causes of fatigue. ...Read more

Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more


Dr. Kristi Woods
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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more