Treatment of depression: time to consider folic acid and vitamin B12

  title={Treatment of depression: time to consider folic acid and vitamin B12},
  author={Alec James Coppen and Christina Bolander-Gouaille},
  journal={Journal of Psychopharmacology},
  pages={59 - 65}
We review the findings in major depression of a low plasma and particularly red cell folate, but also of low vitamin B12 status. Both low folate and low vitamin B12 status have been found in studies of depressive patients, and an association between depression and low levels of the two vitamins is found in studies of the general population. Low plasma or serum folate has also been found in patients with recurrent mood disorders treated by lithium. A link between depression and low folate has… 
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