Depression could be sign of scurvy, say Aussie docs

A woman admitted to ED for declining mental health was found to have scurvy, which was linked to a minced meat diet

Melbourne doctors are asking GPs to consider scurvy in patients with depression, after treating an elderly woman whose declining mental health and anaemia turned out to be symptoms of the disease.

The 66-year-old woman, who had a history of schizophrenia, depression and previous suicide attempts, was referred to an ED by a crisis assessment team, due to concerns about her physical and mental health.