Good luck finding a psychiatrist who understands that celiac can impact us psychologically. Here are a couple articles to share with the psychiatrist. Whether she will read them and then do some more research I can't say. But celiac can definately be a direct cause of mental illness and many times, but not always, those psychiatric disorders will resolve or become much more controlable with strict adherence to the diet and vitamin supplementation. If you do a search using neurological and celiac or bipolar and celiac I am sure you will find many more articles. I have inclosed a link to a couple of abstracts that are on Pubmed (NIH articles). I have educated my own psychiatrist and therapist who now often screen some patients that have both GI symptoms and psychological issues. The bold was added by me.
Psychiatric symptoms and psychological behavioral pathologies are common in patients with untreated coeliac disease. There are several case reports of coexistence of coeliac sprue and depression, schizophrenia and anxiety. Views on association between coeliac disease and psychiatric disturbances and results of the most important studies are discussed. Biological background is referred. Malabsorption and deficiency of aminoacids and vitamins implicate reduction of synthesis of neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Psychiatric symptoms could also be linked to immunological disregulation in coeliac patients. Psychological pathologies do appear in treated and untreated coeliacs, the need of psychological support is stressed. Coeliac disease should be taken into consideration in patients with psychiatric disorders, particularly if they are not responsive to psychopharmacological therapy, because withdrawal of gluten from the diet usually results in disappearance of symptoms. In recent years, an increased incidence of subclinical/silent coeliac disease has been reported. Psychiatric symptoms and psychological behavioral pathologies could be the only clinical manifestation of coeliac disease, but the epidemiological aspects need further investigation.
Several extraintestinal clinical manifestations have been reported in celiac disease (celiac disease). Among them, growing evidence suggests the association between celiac disease and affective and psychiatric disorders. In this review the most frequent affective and psychiatric disorders associated with celiac disease and the possible mechanisms involved in these associations were analyzed. The available data suggest that screening for celiac disease in patients with affective and/or psychiatric symptoms may be useful since these disorders could be the expression of an organic disease rather than primary psychiatric illnesses
CONCLUSION: These cases represent atypical forms of celiac disease manifested in childhood only by neuropsychological disorders. To make an early diagnosis and to improve the disease prognosis, the literature and our clinic experience shown that is useful screen the celiac disease in all patients with neuropsychological disorders such as epileptics foci in the parietal-occipital region and/or occipital calcification, headache (mostly if there isn't familiarity), spinocerebellar ataxia, neuromuscular disease of unknown aetiology, Down syndrome, behavioural disorders and some psychiatric troubles.
I am not bipolar but have dealt with depression. The psychiatrict that i was seeing was very supportive of the diagnosis of celiac especially when the connection is made between gluten actually blocking the absorption of vitamins, particularly vitamin D which has a lot to do with depression and mood swings. The neurologist i work with also put me on topapmax (topiramate) which in some ways helped headaches and some other things but my vitamin was still extremely low while all the other levels were more normal ( after following Gluten-Free diet). I am now taking lamictal and the combination is working. KLOW