Bipolar Disorder is a complex and challenging mood disorder that affects millions of people. It is characterized by episodes of mania, hypomania, or a “mixed” mood that typically alternate with episodes of major depression. These mood fluctuations from one extreme or “pole” to the other are the basis for the name “bipolar”. Fortunately, there are remedies that can help ease these symptoms.
Bipolar disorder is also often referred to as “manic-depressive disorder”. Anyone can develop bipolar disorder. Although the onset may occur at any age, symptoms most frequently first appear in one’s mid-twenties.
Throughout the years, specialists have highlighted a connection between Vitamin D deficiency and mental health disorders including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Thankfully, new studies published in the Clinical Psychopharmacology have given Bipolar Disorder sufferers a beacon of hope, with the study indicating that vitamin D could reduce and manage the characteristic symptoms of Bipolar Disorder.
According to the study: “vitamin D deficiency was found to be 4.7 times more common in a population of 320 outpatients with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder compared with the…general population.” With this new information comes the assertion that an increase in vitamin D levels can decrease symptoms associated with bipolar depression.
The author went on to further say that Bipolar patients should be regularly screened for Vitamin D deficiency which “may constitute an Underrecognized health risk to outpatients with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder”