James M. Greenblatt, M.D.
June 10, 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.
Although cholesterol-lowering medications might lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes our obsession with lowering cholesterol completely ignores the potential psychological consequences that may occur with low cholesterol.

Read more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...ogical-effects