Mental Changes from B12 Deficiency are Almost always misdiagnosed

Mental Changes from B12 Deficiency are Almost always misdiagnosed.


What do mental changes from b12 deficiency look like?


It is really summed up in this statement from the research article Laboratory Diagnosis of Vitamin B12 and Folate Deficiency ,


“The more common neurologic symptoms
are paresthesias, numbness, and ataxia, although
dementia and psychosis may occur”


That simple statement really says it all and encompasses the entire range of mental changes from B12 deficiency. Let me translate this statement for you into non medical terms:



  • Paresthesias– numbness, tingling and (sometimes) pain that most often occurs in the lower extremities and is sometimes labeled as Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) or Peripheral Neuropathy.



  • Ataxia– Difficulty walking



  • Dementia– the early stages of what many call “Alzheimer’s Disease”. It’s when people (usually elderly) become forgetful and occasionally have odd behaviors such as wandering.



  • Psychosis– Can encompass many aspects of mental illness. People with schizophrenia often have a ‘Psychotic Break’ and many others have hallucinations, hear voices, etc. These all fall under the category of psychosis.





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