Do vitamins work as antidepressants? — (The Doylestown Intelligencer)

SSRI Ed note: One reader writes standard antidepressants caused suicide attempts, one claims to have been almost killed by them. Both recommend vitamin B12/folic acid.

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The Doylestown Intelligencer ( PA)

October 16, 2005

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have suffered from major depression since my teens. Prescription medications did not help; in fact, I twice tried suicide while taking them.

Since using sublingual vitamin B-12 and folic acid, I am a different person. This vitamin combination is the only thing that has helped me.

DEAR DR. GOTT: I believe that you were too quick to dismiss sublingual B-12/folic acid as a cure – yes, a cure – for depression. I was almost killed by the standard anti-depression prescription drugs.

Since taking the vitamin preparation, I am coping much better, have inner peace once again and have no side effects. The vitamin prep is real and is working for me.

DEAR READERS: To say that your experiences are intriguing is the understatement of the year. If your observations are valid, millions of Americans could be helped by a simple, inexpensive and safe therapy for depression.

Therefore, as is my standard approach when faced with an unfamiliar therapy, I am asking for feedback on this topic. Please write me if you have had any experience using vitamin B-12/folic acid under the tongue therapy. Obviously, I am interested in positive responses, but I am equally open to negative responses as well.

I’d like to remind my readers that we have been disappointed with some past alternative therapies. However, some (such as Vicks VapoRub for nail fungus and grape juice and Certo for arthritis) have proved to be enormous successes.

The issue to resolve is simple: Does vitamin therapy for depression work, or is it yet another baseless moneymaking scheme?