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Question DetailsAsked on 7/27/2013

a psychiatrist that specialises in drug induced psychosis and its effects

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Answered 6 years ago by KielH


Our best help came not from a Specialist, but a new test. A loved one was being treated for ADD by Specialists and things were getting much worse, but was told he was not taking enough meds often enough. One of the tests the regular physician ordered to help was a urine lab test for neurotransmitter levels. Best info!! It showed that his dopamine levels were at least double what they should be -- quite dangerous and psychosis inducing. Also had to have heart tests due to the strain such levels put on all systems, but especially heart. Neurotransmitter test results inspired the Specialist psychiatrist to pull him off the Adderall (amphetamine) and Strattera he had him on. Same Dr. had previously had him on Concerta then Strattera and Adderall.

It is not ever advised to go off these drugs abruptly as he was, but we did not balk because we had decided to let the internist/family practioner work with the Pharmasan Lab/NeuroScience Inc. test results to work to bring him back to normal. Results can be used for drug management. However, results also come with suggestions with non-prescription supplements in a detailed plan that can bring one to normalcy. We used it as a guide with great results...eventually for 3 individuals in our family.

At the same time we also had a heavy metal test run which came back as elevated but not super high. The test for lead is easier (pill and urine test), whereas the one best for mercury is an intravenious (IV) agent with a urine test; the agent in the IV is not itself without some risk of damage to veins so not to be taken lightly. Our determination is that it is worth it for our otherwise healthy individuals because some in family have had lab-verified mercury poisoning from their dental fillings and perhaps other sources, but quickly dropped 70% - 80% when fillings were replaced with non-allergenic white fillings (they are not all created equal). I mention this because heavy metals throw brain chemistry way off and may be a factor.

Insomnia, migraines, anxiety, learning** (turned out it was very low serotonin for one family member and huge change within week of supplementation and Dean's list with few short years) & OCD-type behaviors stopped also for our loved ones.

This test comes as a small kit to be done at home over a few hours in the morning and mailed off with supplied UPS box. Not big issue for very helpful results. Has been covered by our insurance in full or nearly all because it is a lab test. If your doctor does not do this (not many even know it exists), it can be ordered online. Not sure if insurance covers it then without diagnosis but cost would be worth it for us. Thoroughly believe no one should take any brain chemistry-altering meds whether prescription or not until this simple test is taken to find baseline. All the rest is just guessing and often with disastrous results as we experienced. We are so thankful we found test.

Answered 6 years ago by Bookworm

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