www.helpingpsychology.com Schizophrenia The Sun and Vitamin D
www.helpingpsychology.com Schizophrenia is a mental disease usually treated with strong prescription medications, but a more natural approach to controlling symptoms has doctors rethinking treatment options.
www.helpingpsychology.com Schizophrenia is a difficult disease to treat, but a new study suggests that vitamin D may help to alleviate the symptoms. http://topnews.in/healthcare/sites/default/files/Vitamin-D_1.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com Patients with an absence of this vitamin during infancy, and even while still in the womb, is a common denominator for those later diagnosed with such diseases as autism and schizophrenia. http://www.scientificamerican.com/media/inline/blog/Image/pregnant_sunshine.jpg http://topnews.net.nz/images/newborns.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com An article in New Scientist magazine indicates those born in late winter and early spring had a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with schizophrenia, while those born in late summer and early fall were less likely to develop the disease. This has led to many targeted studies that include correlations between the risk of schizophrenia and the location of one’s birth, birth months and other environmental factors. http://ehealthlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/vitamin-d-deficiency1.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com The study goes on to say a mother’s Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy can significantly alter a fetus’s brain and encourages expectant women to double their recommended dosage of Vitamin D during pregnancy. http://www.scientificamerican.com/media/inline/blog/Image/pregnant_sunshine.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com A report from the Queensland Centre for Schizophrenia Research in Australia approached the theory from a slightly different position and in turn, lends new information. http://www.growingyourbaby.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/4134936_blog.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com One surprising aspect of this particular study is the lack of effect on girls and says, “there appears to be no apparent association”. It suggests adequate Vitamin D supplements during the first year of one’s life plays a role in lessening the risk of developing schizophrenia, especially in boys. It suggests adequate Vitamin D supplements during the first year of one’s life plays a role in lessening the risk of developing schizophrenia, especially in boys. http://www.thehealthage.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/vitaminD-for-baby.jpg
www.helpingpsychology.com Finally, in an article titled “Schizophrenia, Vitamin D, and Brain Development”, conducted by the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science at Griffith University in Brisbane, researchers concur a lack of Vitamin D during brain development in the womb “interacts…to alter the trajectory of brain development”.
www.helpingpsychology.com With so many patients who struggle with the powerful drugs designed to lessen the detriment of schizophrenia, it’s clear much work remains. Is Vitamin D the cure-all researchers have worked so diligently to uncover? That remains to be seen; however, in a society that searches for more natural alternatives in lieu of stronger psychotropic drugs, Vitamin D is a welcomed alternative for many who suffer with schizophrenia.
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