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New study finds vitamin D deficiency linked to more severe depression

Posted on: October 19, 2016   by  Vitamin D Council


A paper published in the journal Schizophrenia Research found a significant relationship between low vitamin D levels and heightened levels of depression among individuals with a history of psychotic disorders.

The researchers measured the vitamin D levels of 358 patients with a history of at least one psychotic episode. The study found that low vitamin D levels were linked to higher levels of depression symptoms among people with psychosis.

The researchers concluded,

Randomized controlled trials should be performed to investigate the effect of vitamin D supplementation as adjuvant treatment strategy in patients with prominent negative or depressive symptoms. .”


Nerhus M. et al. Low vitamin D is associated with negative and depressive symptoms in psychotic disorders. Schizophrenia Research, 2016.

3 Responses to New study finds vitamin D deficiency linked to more severe depression

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    Your link is not taking me to the actual scientific study – it’s taking me to a general public article. My masters research paper is on Vitamin D and Depression. Please send me the link or Journal info of the actual study.
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    I’m disappointed in this article. It is not up to your usual standards of having a link to the actual research article. It’s too general and doesn’t tell me anything useful. Please get back to your scientific standards and not looking like a news stand article.

    Kathy Jensen, RDN, LD

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    • Missy Sturges

      Hi Kathy,

      Thank you for your feedback, and I’m sorry you were disappointed with the way we sourced this article!

      Our news section is devoted to drawing attention to the latest research on vitamin D that is making headlines. As a result, we occasionally choose to source an outside news outlet who has covered the topic, so our readers can get the information hot off the press. Our blogs, on the other hand, provide a more in depth assessment of the study and always source to the original paper.

      I have since updated the news story with the original source for you to take a look at. If you have any questions I can help answer, please feel free to reach out to me directly!


      Missy Sturges
      Executive Director
      Vitamin D Council

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