Many children today are suffering from psychological problems because of rapidly changing lifestyles, a great deal of stress and absolutely no time for physical activity. These psychological problems were rare in the past. Depression is one such problem that has become quite common over the last few years. In fact, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored World Mental Health Survey Initiative, one in ten Indians suffer from depression.
In fact, a recent study conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center – that included over 12,000 patients and gathered data from 2006 to 2010 – established a clear link between vitamin D and depression. According to the study those with higher levels of vitamin D were less likely to suffer from depression. The study also found that patients suffering from depression tended to have low levels of vitamin D.
The University of Texas study suggests that those who suffer from vitamin D deficiency should be screened for depression and those who suffer from depression should be screened for vitamin D deficiency.
Symptoms of depression: Loss of interest in daily activities, sudden weight loss or gain, sudden anger or irritation, trouble concentrating, erratic sleep cycles, sudden increase in – headaches, backaches, muscle pains and stomach aches
Causes of depression: Loneliness, lack of social support, recent stressful life experiences, family history of depression, daily stress, early childhood trauma or abuse, alcohol or drug abuse and health problems or chronic pain
- Vitamin D deficiency can also trigger depression
- Depressed individuals are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency
- Insufficient vitamin D can cause aches and pains and exhaustion. All of these conditions can act as a trigger for depression.
Dealing with depression: Get professional help, let the child eat a balanced diet, spend enough time in the sun and play with other children