Vitamin D and Mental Health ~ Randi Fredricks, Ph.D on YouTube

December 2016

It’s winter in the northern hemisphere and clinical as well as seasonal depression is more of a problem than usual. That is why I repost this entry to give some ideas on how you can boost your mood.

May 2016

Last year I went to see my GP to ask her about the influence certain vitamins and minerals may have on my mental health. She said to me that UK GP’s do not believe in checking on Vitamins as regular nutrition should give me everything I need.

I was quite disappointed as I am from Germany and many GP’s there are very open to holistic healing methods and often are trained both in allopathic and holistic healing methods. In my experience, that combination is great to give a patient the best of both worlds.

Three times I was advised to take traditional antidepressants prescribed by my GP’s and even though I took them as long as they were said to start working, they made my condition a lot worse. In between I had been taking St. Johns wort and I never experienced an extreme worsening of my condition. It always enabled me to manage depression and anxiety a lot better.

Lately, I have read a lot about the impact Vitamin D has on mental health and I think the connection is worth considering and learning more about. That is why I share a video by the San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy practice where Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. explains a little about Vitamin D and its connection with depression.

Video Source: San Jose Counseling and Psychotherapy via YouTube

Further Reading:

Psychology Today ~ Psychological Consequences of Vitamin D Deficiency 

NHS ~ Health Claims about Vitamin D examined

WebMD ~ Low Levels of Vitamin D May Be Linked To Depression

Natural News ~ Depression caused by Vitamin D Deficiency, Study Reveals


I am not a health professional. My posts describe my thoughts, my experiences and my conclusions about life, mental health and self-improvement. My described actions always go alongside therapy and do not substitute professional advice from a health professional be it a doctor, therapist or counsellor.

I invite you to try out self-care tools, however, if any of these make you feel uncomfortable please stop and do not go further ahead. Also, if any of the tools suggested bring up issues that need dealing with do not hesitate to reach out for professional help.

To recognise when you need to stop and when to reach out for professional or any other help is one important part to learn when it comes to self-care.

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0 thoughts on “Vitamin D and Mental Health ~ Randi Fredricks, Ph.D on YouTube

  1. I like to use the holistic way too Bee. This is one of the reasons, I told you about staying outdoor in at least a half hour in daylight every day, then you will get your needed D-vitamins too in natural way.


    1. There are studies that suggest that going outside isn’t enough when you suffer from Depression. There were studies which worked with high dosage Vitamin D against depression and it worked well. However, I can’t remember where I heard that. It was on one of my mental health videos. I’ll have a look and share it with you later on. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. That is much appreciated 🙂


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