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Re: Medical conditions know to cause depression! topdog

Posted by Tomatheus on February 14, 2015, at 10:57:42

In reply to Medical conditions know to cause depression!, posted by topdog on February 14, 2015, at 9:58:31


I suffer from what's probably a combination of depressive symptoms and psychotic symptoms, along with cognitive problems that emerged around the time that my psychosis emerged. So, some of the tests that were ordered for me may not be relevant to your case, but I'll list the tests that the doctor ordered for me when I went to an orthomolecular treatment center.

Here they are:
* Heavy Metals Profile II, Blood (included blood tests for lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium)
* Comp. Metabolic Panel (14)
* CBC, No Differential/Platelet
* Thyroxine (T4) Free, Direct, S
* Folate (Folic Acid), Serum
* Histamine Determination, Blood
* Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
* Pyrroles, Urine
* Vitamin B12
* Ceruloplasmin
* Copper, Serum
* Zinc, Plasma or Serum
* Ferritin, Serum

The doctor that I saw at the orthomolecular treatment center ordered the above tests after questioning me about my symptoms, so it's possible that the above tests may not all be best for your situation. I will say that I usually mention tests for thyroid disorders, anemia, and levels of vitamins B12 and D as being relevant to depression in some of my responses to posters here with depressive disorders. The thyroid-related tests that I had were the thyroxine (T4) and TSH tests. I'm not sure which tests are used to screen for anemia, but somebody else on this site might be able to give you more information on that.

In my case, my vitamin D level came back low, and I was also told that I had a "pyrrole disorder." I also had elevated white blood cells, and my blood sugar was one point above the reference interval. I've been taking vitamin D3 consistently for a little more than a year now. I've noticed some signs toward improvement as far as my energy and concentration are concerned, but as of late, my response has been kind of intermittent.

At any rate, there may be other tests that you'd want to consider, but I thought I'd give you a list of the tests that I underwent when I was seen at an orthomolecular treatment center to consider. As I said, all of the tests that I underwent may not be best to have ordered in your case, but I thought I'd pass on what I had ordered.

Much luck to you in figuring out how to proceed with testing.


Has long-standing difficulties with energy and concentration, as well as psychotic and cognitive symptoms

Taking Abilify & supplements including vitamins B3 & D3




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