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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 53 (2011) 8, 561 - 565

Case report

Vitamin D deficiency and psychiatric patients

J.B. Koster, B.A.G. Kühbauch

A poor diet and a lack of exposure to sunlight are common in patients with a psychiatric disorder. Both factors play a major role in the development of vitamin D deficiency. The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency might be higher in psychiatric patients due to the symptoms of the psychiatric disorder itself. By way of illustration, we focus on two patients who were diagnosed with a severe vitamin D deficiency during admission to a psychiatric clinic. In addition, we give advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of vitamin D deficiency.

keywords depression, psychiatry, vitamin D deficiency