Depression has become an increasingly more common ailment among teens in recent years and often is associated with poor nutrition coupled with adverse lifestyles and stress. If you feel your teen may be struggling with complications associated with depression, it is important to seek out mental health services, but to also consider changes to nutritional supplements.
Nutritional supplement, when initiated, can have a profound impact on alleviating signs and symptoms of depression in teenagers. If your teen is not taking a daily multi-vitamin, then starting this regimen may provide immediate results to the depressive symptoms. If, however, your teen is already taking daily supplements and vitamins, then consultation with a doctor may be prudent to determine if folic acid levels are of concern.
Folic acid in depression is a common health ailment. When a teenager is low in folic acid levels, the symptoms may manifest as depressive health complications and often parents then become worrisome that a mental health disorder is developing. But, by boosting your teen’s folic acid levels, these symptoms can often improve within a few days. Folic acid, in fact, has been shown to not only work in teens but also in the elderly and has even shown promising results when using folic acid in Alzheimer’s treatment. For teens, of course, this would not be an immediate health concern.
Before starting your teen on a folic acid supplement, be sure to consult with your child’s doctor to determine if a nutritional deficiency is of concern. With simple blood work, your child’s doctor can determine if folic acid levels should be boosted with a daily supplement or with a change in foods eaten during the week.
By starting your teen on a folic acid supplement, without proper blood work and guidance for your child’s doctor, you could place your teen at risk for developing a complication with excessive levels of folic acid. It is important, therefore, that your child’s doctor approve the use of this supplement.
While not all forms of depression in teens can be associated with folic acid or other nutritional deficiencies, any deficiency can result in further exacerbation of symptoms. If your teen does not respond positively after you have provide a nutritional and supplement change, then seek out mental health services to determine if further psychological treatment is necessary for the depressive condition.
Sources: Folic Acid and the Amazing B Vitamins, by Glenn Rothfeld