The Hills star Lo Bosworth has said she has battled crippling depression caused by a severe vitamin deficiency.
The former reality TV star said she started feeling “very off” towards the end of 2015 when she suffered insomnia, impulsive behaviour and a “racing mind”. She began therapy and started taking medication.
Writing on her blog The Lo Down, she said: “2016 wasn’t only just the worst year ever, it was also the year I turned 30, founded my own feminine wellness company, and brought an amazing puppy home.
“So not all bad. Light does find a way of shining through the darkness. And what is the darkness I’m referring to? Crippling anxiety and depression at the hands of a severe vitamin deficiency that went undiscovered for 16 months.”
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— Lo Bosworth (@LoBosworth) March 10, 2017
She said her early symptoms all developed into “a feeling of anxiety that lasted for almost two months without any relief”.
She said: “Can you imagine having a 60-day-long panic attack? I can now – I lived it.”
Lo said her doctors were confused by her lack of progress after months on anti-depressants until a complex blood test looked at her vitamin levels.
In a blog entitled “2016: The year of my great depression”, she wrote: “I’m told I have severe deficiencies of Vitamins B12 and Vitamin D. Want to know what happens if you’re deficient? You can develop, amongst other things, depression, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and a lot of other vague and uncomfortable symptoms. Want to know what happens if you never address your deficiencies? The symptoms can become permanent – yes, like permanent brain damage.
“What I know now is why my body doesn’t process B12 and D in the way that other people can. I also know how to handle this problem – which is by taking the highest quality, most bio-available methylated form of both every single day for the rest of my life.”