Data on Mood and Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Depression is a classic early symptom of vitamin C deficiency. (Robert E. 1971) In a vitamin C deprivation study, symptoms of depression, hypochondriasis, hysteria, reduced arousal and reduced motivation were documented. (Robert A. 1971) In a study of 1081 young men, those who were vitamin C deficient were significantly more anxious and people deficient in vitamin C were also significantly more depressed based on ratings from


Provider Profile: Dr. Shoshana Bennett

Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a licensed psychologist who founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987 after her second undiagnosed postpartum illness. Dr. Shoshana is a past president of Postpartum Support International and a past president of California’s state organization Postpartum Health Alliance. She is a noted guest lecturer, and her work has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles and T.V. shows around the country. Dr. Shoshana provides complete individualized wellness assessments. She is a believer in “natural whenever possible,” but open to whatever works as long as it’s safe. Her recommendations of natural and standard treatments depend upon each woman’s needs and wants.

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Data on Mood and Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin)

Depression is a common early psychiatric manifestation of B12 deficiency. Other symptoms include mania and psychosis, and slowing of mental processes, confusion and memory defects.

Data on Mood and Vitamin B-9 (folate)

A large body of research has examined the status of folate (vitamin B=9) in psychiatric patients. Depression is a common symptom of folate deficiency. Low serum folate levels were associated with a higher relapse rate in people with major depression being treated with fluoxetine.

Provider Profile: Integrative Psychiatry- Valerie Balandra, BC

Valerie Balandra ARNP, BC is board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner as well as a holistic health practitioner. Her areas of expertise are psychopharmacology, natural treatments for depression, and adrenal fatigue, as well as utilizing neurotransmitter testing and targeted amino acid therapy to identify and treat neurotransmitter imbalances. She works with clients from all over the United States, providing telephone consultations and ordering lab tests that patients conduct at home.

1. How long have you been in practice and how much experience do you have working with new mothers? I have been in practice over 20 years. I have been seeing patients in the Mothers and Infants Program that have Post partum mood and substance abuse issues for over 8 years.

2. Please describe your clinical approach to women experiencing perinatal mood issues. My approach centers around laboratory testing and correction of hormonal,

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