Eight months and depression free! I can’t believe that my problem for the last dozen years has been low Vitamin D. Wow! Who knew? Obviously, not my doctor. I started this journey to antidepressant freedom after reading an article on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD can be brought on my low levels of Vitamin D. At first I didn’t think this was me because SAD is generally a winter issue for those affected but my condition was year round.
Then it hit me! I work in my basement! I exercise at night when its cool. I am not a sun worshiper. So I put my self on a regiment of Vitamin D and I have not looked back!
The medical community is learning that Vitamin D deficiency is far more common then was once believed. Also the level of Vitamin D needed by your body is much higher than once thought as well, although the RDA has not changed.
If you are suffering from depression (or even if you aren’t suffering from depression), take my challenge and ask your doctor to test your vitamin D level. The “normal” range is 30-100 ng/d-l. Newer studies are finding that 30 is still too low. If your results come back in the low 30’s and your doctor tells you that you are fine, don’t believe it. Do you feel fine? You won’t win the argument that 30 is too low, so don’t try. However, it is difficult for your health care professional to refuse a request to be positioned midrange. Ask your doctor to put you on a regiment of Vitamin D elevating your range to 50-60. They may tell you it is a waste of money, but you be the judge; being on ineffective antidepressants – that’s a waste of money.
For reference, my wife and I are on 5000 mg of Vitamin D3 per day and both of us are midrange.
The downside of the new me, is I am no longer enthused about blogging about depression because I am not depressed. Most of what I wrote was first hand experience so if I’m still depression free when it comes time to renew my URL, this is going to fade into oblivion.