27 September 2012

Today a classmate who has PTSD asked me if I could take vitamins rather than antipsychotics. She has PTSD because she was abused as an au pare in Germany, attacked, and had a bad relationship, all of which she thought she could put behind her.

6 comments:

lostgander said...

What kind of vitamins? Is she taking them? You can't just write those two sentences and stop.

wrenna said...

Vitamin D and omega 3-6-12 oils. She isn't taking them. No one knows exactly what makes antipsychotics work, but they bind to dopamine and serotonin receptors in the brain. The dopamine hypothesis of psychosis is that it is caused by too much dopamine in the brain. Vitamins wouldn't be enough to get the job done, and you need to take hundreds of calories worth of flaxseed or fish oil for a modest effect on anxiety, which your nurse will then call a placebo effect.

lostgander said...

I see. I take those. There is a vegan type of Omega DHA made from algae oil. I haven't noticed a difference in my state of mind. Last time I had blood work I was super low on Vitamin D, too. But I think most people are.

wrenna said...

Especially people who work inside.

lostgander said...

Right. And if I farmed the land, I'd be cheery as can be.

lostgander said...

P.S. My office doesn't even have windows.