While this research is still underway, we do know that the number of people, young and old, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (it used to be called manic-depression) continues to climb. Mental health experts estimate that some 5.7 million adults are affected by the highs and lows of this very serious problem.
The trend is especially disturbing when you look at what's happening with children under 18. A research paper published in a psychiatric journal recently reported this shocking statistic:
The number of youths diagnosed with bipolar disorder is 40 times higher than it was 10 years ago. So it isn't surprising that some are calling this mood disorder an epidemic. You might have even seen a Newsweek cover story on this topic
in a recent issue.
Dramatic evidence that a vitamin powerhouse can help boost mental well-being
Bipolar disorder is classified as a medical illness, and those who suffer from it experience extreme swings in mood, energy and ability to function. While strong prescription drugs are often prescribed to treat this problem, there can be dangerous side effects. And, not everyone can or should take these pharmaceutical medications.
That's why, if you or someone in your life struggles with mood issues, it is vital to work on ways to control stress, remain very active, and get a balanced diet, including appropriate supplements, in particular B-12.
Studies have shown that those who have a B-12 deficiency can experience symptoms caused by decreased mental and nerve functioning. These symptoms can include mental confusion and forgetfulness, mood swings and even psychotic behavior like seeing and/or hearing things. A B-12 deficiency can also lead to shaky movements
and walking unsteadily (ataxia), loss of bladder control, vision problems and muscle weakness. Because of these associations, one of the first things I do when people complain of these problems is make sure they are getting enough of the essential vitamins like B-12.
Who's at risk, what you can do. If you're an older adult, a strict vegetarian, or have thyroid, liver or kidney problems, you're at risk for B-12 deficiency. As we age, our bodies may become less able to absorb some vitamins efficiently, especially in the case of Vitamin B-12. Without enough B-12, other vitamins like folate and B-6 cannot function normally within the body.
As you continue your own Sublingual B-12 daily regimen (and recommend
it to others), you're taking a positive step forward to promote optimum
health in mind and body.