Vitamin D in schizophrenia and depression – is it all about the sunshine?

Dr Deshwinder Singh Sidhu and Dr John Lally

90 minutes


October 2020

CPD learning module

CPD domain:
Academic, Clinical

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This module looks at the role of vitamin D in mental health. Vitamin D deficiency is a global phenomenon and has been associated with a wide range of physical and mental disorders. People with mental disorders, especially those with psychotic disorders, are an at-risk population for this deficiency.

In this module we will:

  • discuss the links between vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia and depression, highlighting the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in these conditions
  • summarise the risk factors for vitamin D deficiency
  • list the associations with illness aetiology, symptom occurrence and physical illness in schizophrenia and depression
  • examine the potential role of vitamin D as a treatment augmentation strategy in schizophrenia and depression.


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