Organic Masquerades- B12 Deficiency mimicking Schizophrenia or Depression

21 Jul

Vitamin B12 deficiency is known to cause Neuropsychiatric symptoms, however in some instances, the presentation is purely Psychiatric without obvious Neurological symptoms.
The presence of an atypical psychosis and/or with cognitive loss,or Psychiatric symptoms in a Vegetarian,should prompt further investigations.
These symptoms can easily be misdiagnosed as Schizophrenia or Depression if the physician is not alert regarding possible “organic” causes.

The below studies highlight Vitamin B12 deficiency and behavioural symptoms.

http://www.scopemed.org/?mno=16227
http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/content/vitamin-b12-and-psychiatric-illness

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