Folic acid, ageing, depression, and dementia
The concept that nutrition and physiological function play a role in psychological health has an astounding amount of literature to back it up. That would include problems with thyroid function, adrenal function, heavy metal toxicity, hypoglycemia, B vitamin status…the list is virtually endless. This concept, however well founded and research, still has made it nowhere near clinical psychological or psychiatric practice. This needs to change. Too many times I see many patients in my office that have been on changing antidepressants for years without any real success. Remember that these drugs in no way, shape, or form address either underlying physiological dysfunction NOR psychological issues.