By Dr James M. Greenblatt M.D - Psychology Today 2011
Low Cholesterol is Linked to Depression, Suicide, and Violence
Mark, a 43 year-old executive, saw his doctor for his annual physical. Reviewing his laboratory tests, the doctor noted that Mark's total cholesterol level was for the first time over 200mg/dL.
As a preventative measure the doctor prescribed a statin, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs. His cholesterol levels declined, but so did his mood. Mark was now struggling with anxiety and depression.
Over the years I've seen many patients like Mark, being treated by physicians with the mantra of "the lower the better" when it comes to cholesterol levels.…