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What is the relationship between autoimmune and psychiatric conditions? Is it true that undiagnosed ai issues can be mistaken for a psych diagnosis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Some, def. not all

Some patients with autoimmune disorders can have psychiatric symptoms (sometimes due to the autoimmune disorder, mostly not).
Most people with psychiatric conditions don't have autoimmune disorder as cause. Classic example is underactive thyroid (or less common adrenal disease) manifesting with symptoms of depression. Sometimes people with autoimmune diseases are depressed due to the disease.

In brief: Some, def. not all

Some patients with autoimmune disorders can have psychiatric symptoms (sometimes due to the autoimmune disorder, mostly not).
Most people with psychiatric conditions don't have autoimmune disorder as cause. Classic example is underactive thyroid (or less common adrenal disease) manifesting with symptoms of depression. Sometimes people with autoimmune diseases are depressed due to the disease.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Autoimmune disease

Some autoimmune diseases can cause inflammation within the central nervous sysyem. Depending upon the site of involvement, different symptoms can be experience.
Disease such as multiple sclerosis can affect very small areas of the brain whereas diseases such as lupus (sle) can effect overall brain function. An expert in these problems would first try to rule out an autoimmune cause of symptoms.

In brief: Autoimmune disease

Some autoimmune diseases can cause inflammation within the central nervous sysyem. Depending upon the site of involvement, different symptoms can be experience.
Disease such as multiple sclerosis can affect very small areas of the brain whereas diseases such as lupus (sle) can effect overall brain function. An expert in these problems would first try to rule out an autoimmune cause of symptoms.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Autoimmune diseases

Data are increasing evidence of an autoimmune basis for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and plenty of other research showing an autoimmune role in autism.
Autoimmune diseases can cause or mimic psychiatric disorders some of which themselves may be seen as primary autoimmune disorders as the field of psychoneuroimmunology continues to develop. www.jleukbio.org/content/92/5/959.

In brief: Autoimmune diseases

Data are increasing evidence of an autoimmune basis for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and plenty of other research showing an autoimmune role in autism.
Autoimmune diseases can cause or mimic psychiatric disorders some of which themselves may be seen as primary autoimmune disorders as the field of psychoneuroimmunology continues to develop. www.jleukbio.org/content/92/5/959.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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