B12 deficiency can have a serious effect on your mental health. There are of course many causes of poor mental health but ruling out B12 deficiency and other nutritional deficiencies is essential to avoid misdiagnosis and any permanent harm.
If you are suffering with poor mental health, please reach out and remember, help is always at hand.
The link between B12 deficiency and psychiatric symptoms…
It is often shocking to health care professionals that vitamin B12 deficiency can cause psychosis and that depression can be one of the first presenting symptoms. It is important to note here that folate deficiency can also have a serious impact on your mental health; many drugs are known folate antagonists, which deplete this vital co factor to vitamin B12.
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Signs and symptoms:
- Postnatal depression
- Memory loss
- Suicidal thoughts
- Mania – abnormally elated mental state
- Paranoia – unfounded or exaggerated distrust of others
- Apathy – lack of feelings or emotions
- Personality changes
- Inappropriate sexual behaviour
- Violent/aggressive behaviour
- Schizophrenic symptoms
- Sleep disturbances – disruption of sleep patterns outside of environmental factors
- Insomnia – inability to sleep
- Changes in taste, smell, vision, and sensory/motor function which can be mistaken for psychiatric problems
Please see a full list of B12 deficiency symptoms here.
B12 deficiency and Alzheimer’s and Bipolar
Poor mental health can often pigeon hole people cementing a diagnosis with rare reassessment. As you can see from above the symptoms could easily lead an unknowing doctor to the wrong diagnosis. The Neuropsychiatric (Mental health) symptoms of B12 deficiency can start long before the development of anaemia.
The reason I created this site was because a loved one was misdiagnosed with bipolar. Each doctor I talked to knew nothing about vitamin B12 deficiency. It took some time and considerable persuasion to access vitamin B12 injections.
Can you imagine being sectioned due to an undiagnosed vitamin deficiency? Feeling isolated from society, estranged from loved ones, quietly deteriorating whilst being given antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilisers, some of which can deplete B12 levels further.
Exposure to toxins
Exposure to toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and cyanide deplete B12 and victims may present with depression and psychosis. Please see the Toxins page.