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Sunday, May 10, 2009 Jeannie, Community Member, asks

Q: Is it true that a Vitamin B12 shot may also help depression ?

I am slowing getting off Celexa...almost there... It did not help...fatigue was still bad, anxiety still bad and extremely tired all of the time !(That made me more depressed!)  I went to my regular MD yesterday, who thought a Vitamin B12 shot may help with the fatigue and possibly the depression...Does anyone know anything about B12 shot, not oral tablets,( though I wonder about those as well) helping with depression ? I ususally only suffer from depression in the winter months ( SAD ) and am usually out of the winter blues by early April and really start feeling good in May, (a little behind this year!)....I never have luck with anti depressants...they just numb me...Any info would be greatly appreciated !!


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Merely Me, Health Guide
5/12/09 3:41pm

Hello Jeannie!


Well I imagine it might help if you have a Vitamin B12 deficiency.  I have not done this myself so I have no first hand experience.


But here is an article to read about why these inejctions may help some people with their depression.


It seems that a lot of folk get these shots for a variety of reasons including mood disorders, Lupus, MS, and fibromyalgia.  Here is a site where patients rate and discuss their experience with taking these shots and how it worked for them.


I would personally love it if you would discuss your personal experience after having taken the shots over time...if you feel it helps with your mood.  Please do write a sharepost sometime to let us know how this treatment is working for you.


And thank you for your question!

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By Jeannie, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 05/10/09