Mental Illness–New Clues and Insight
So what goes wrong that would result in someone being born or developing a less than optimal noggin? Mental illness may start before birth. Lab studies have shown that deficiency of the sexy new hormone, vitamin D, has been shown to change the structure of the become sugar baby brain. It turns out that when animals are deprived of vitamin D, the brain is actually smaller and resembles those of people suffering from schizophrenia. Additionally, there are more babies born in the winter and spring who go on to suffer from this disease. They were in utero in the time of the year when their mothers were getting the least amount of vitamin D from the sun. Of course, babies aren’t born schizophrenic, but with a different brain structure (and likely continued vitamin D deficiency in childhood), their susceptibility is certainly increased.