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Misdiagnosed with Psychosis>Symptom of Celiac Disease

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  • Posted By: uklady
  • August 18, 2008
  • 04:36 PM

I started having visual and auditory hallucinations when I was 18. These gained in severity, and eventually I was diagnosed as psychotic by a psychiatrist. However, at the time, I was very underweight, anaemic, had a very swollen belly and had constant diarrhoea. None of this was taken into account when I visited the doctors and psychiatrist. In the end I visited a naturopath, who suggested that all the mind symptoms were linkned in to what was happening to the rest of my body. I had the Celiac blood tests and biopsy, and turned out I was a severe Celiac.

Slowly after starting the gluten free diet the hallucinations have gone, and I feel more and more like my former self. There are a great deal of articles online about how psychiatric symptoms can be caused by a physical illness, and from my experience, I would say doctors should consider the possibility of physical illness causing the symptoms, before definitely conluding it is a primary psychiatric condition.

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  • Thank you for sharing your story. It is so incredibly iportant for anyone with new onset psychosis (hearing voices, seeing things) be given a thorough medical evaluation, including things such as Celiac disease, Lyme disease, thyroid conditions, and other problems. There are too many people out there being treated for psychosis who actually have medical problems! Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 02:12 AM
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  • Thank you for sharing your story. It is so incredibly iportant for anyone with new onset psychosis (hearing voices, seeing things) be given a thorough medical evaluation, including things such as Celiac disease, Lyme disease, thyroid conditions, and other problems. There are too many people out there being treated for psychosis who actually have medical problems! MarionstarWhat happens to people who have been treated for psychosis after they find out that they do not have psychosis if they stop treatment? Do they start having psychotic symptoms? Do they go through drug withdrawal?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 26, 2009
    • 06:41 PM
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  • There are too many people out there being treated for psychosis who actually have medical problems! diseases
    zomazi 1 Replies
    • September 1, 2011
    • 07:19 PM
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  • What happens to people who have been treated for psychosis after they find out that they do not have psychosis if they stop treatment? Do they start having psychotic symptoms? Do they go through drug withdrawal? Treating psychiatric symptoms, even caused by medical illness, can be successful with standard psychiatric drugs. Meanwhile, The Medical problem can and must be addressed and treated. Once the medical condition is under control, the psychiatric symptoms (e.g., psychosis, or depression)may resolve on their own. When they are resolved, it is reasonable to gradually reduce the psychiatric medications. This is done with close supervision to be sure the psychiatric symptoms don't return. It is possible that once the medical condition is resolved, you won't need psychiatric medications.As a Celiac, having had low weight and anemia, be sure you have enough B12. A B12 deficiency can also cause psychosis. Supplements should include sublingual methyl B12. Check the B12 blog on WrongDiagnosis.com. Finally, taking an anti-psychotic medication doesn't create a "need" for it, but it is important to discontinue very slowly if this is your plan. Certainly work with your doctor on this. Good luck. Marionstar
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • September 8, 2011
    • 05:52 AM
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