Jump to content
  • Join Our Community!

    Do you have questions about celiac disease or the gluten-free diet?

  • Jefferson Adams
    Jefferson Adams

    Woman's Psychotic Delusions Caused by Gluten and Undiagnosed Celiac Disease

    Celiac.com 07/21/2016 - Celiac disease is a condition that can sometimes have vague symptoms, including mental and neurological symptoms, and that can make it hard to diagnose. Sometimes, individual cases can help to shed light on the serious nature of celiac disease, as well as the importance of a gluten-free diet in treatment. Consider the case of a 37-year-old Ph.D. candidate began to suffer from mysterious delusions, details of which appear in The New England Journal of Medicine.

    The doctors who treated her wrote that the woman, who was otherwise healthy and seemingly normal, had begun to believe that friends, family members and even strangers were conspiring to act out scenes for her in a what the woman thought was some kind of "game."

    The delusions got so bad that the woman began making threats against her family, and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital and was diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, according to the report. The doctors prescribed anti-psychotic medications, which, they wrote, did not work very well. However, during her stay, they did notice that she had several vitamin and mineral deficiencies, had lost a lot of weight and also had thyroid problems, according to the report.

    Noting the symptoms, the doctors began to suspect celiac disease, said Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and one of the doctors who treated the woman. When the doctors confirmed celiac disease, the woman refused to go on a gluten-free diet, because she was still suffering delusions and believed the doctors to be actively deceiving her about having celiac disease.

    In this case, the woman lost her job, became homeless and even attempted suicide before she was finally re-hospitalized at a psychiatric facility, where she was successfully placed on a gluten-free diet, where she improved tremendously. She came to understand that a reaction to gluten had triggered her symptoms and caused her life to spin out of control, said Dr. Fasano, and she wanted people to understand that her strange behavior was due to the gluten reaction.

    The woman's case is not typical, to be sure, but it highlights the sometimes sneaky ways celiac disease can manifest, the serious health impacts celiac disease can have, and the importance of adopting a gluten-free diet.

    Source:


    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    I had similar things happening to my brain, but it still went undiagnosed for many years to follow. I was put in the mental ward many times and never was I tested for celiac disease; my faith in the medical community is completely gone. This blog and others are what keep me going. Thank you for all your footwork.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I believe undiagnosed celiac disease made me Bi-Polar, as it all happened at the time just before I was diagnosed. Yes, I need medication and the doctors cannot absolutely confirm it, but yes, celiac can mimic Bi-Polar, but you still need meds.

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites


    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Guest
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

  • Popular Contributors

  • Forum Discussions

    Trents, You might not be able to get a true pH number now that you are taking PPIs....official tests require you to be off PPIs for approx. 4 days or more ...this will cause horrible hypersecretion the 2nd day and why people get "locked in". ...the official test is a heidelbel capsule test. the dr. jockers article tells you of a couple of home remedies you can do test to see whether your stomach acid is low or not ...not ...how  low...that will take "an official test". https://drj
    Meat and dairy seem to be the easiest things for me to digest. I know that is the opposite of many peoples' experience. I can do essentially all veggies as long as they are cooked well. I don't do good with "woody" things.   Posterboy, sometimes it just boils down to pick your poison. None of us likes taking these prescription meds but it might be the better of two evils. And how would one determine what the PH of the gut is, anyway? Whether or not it's below 3.0? 
    Cyclinglady and Trents, Your experience is very similar to what the research shows. From this link on "acid suppression and allergic reactions" and why I posted it so other's could read it and ponder whether their acid reducers are contributing to their allergic reactions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5464390/ quoting "The influence on IgE induction and skewing the immune response towards Th2 was confirmed for another subclass of H2-receptor blockers.[70]
×
×
  • Create New...