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Hello! I want to determine if my son's symptoms might be a result of a traumatic head insury that landed him in the hospitel when he was 7 yrs old how do we know if his sypmtoms aren't from that rather than a dignosis of Bipolar 2?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with this? Is there anything in particular that makes your head feel worse or better?

I'm referring to my son, now 30 years old. Not me.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

He has had ADHD since that injury as well. Also depression.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Neurology
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Neurologist: Connie Pennington,
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Hello, this is Dr. Pennington.

I am sorry. That is a broad and difficult question to answer.

Short answer is that behavioral issues can result from a TBI but would likely show up immediately after the injury.

Long answer is that bipolar disorder and depression are common and may not have anything to do with the TBI.

I would like to offer some suggestions, if you son is up to an integrative approach.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
What do you suggest?
Neurologist: Connie Pennington,
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I would suggest he be tested for B vitamin deficiencies, and all the B family, not just B12 and folate, although those two are a must. Anti-oxidants are the best for depression and exercise is a natural anti-oxidant. I would suggest a super healthy diet, exercise, and supplements.

So--diet, start with an elimination diet as it addresses food sensitivities, which are huge! I have attached it.

Try to have him see a functional medicine doctor (IFM.org and look for one in your area) and get a comprehensive stool analysis/Genova Diagnostic NutrEval/ and food sensitivity test.

Then supplement accordingly. He will probably benefit from:

Fish oil, good quality (EPA/DHA), Multi B complex, good probiotic, and Vitamin D (at least)

These things have a huge impact. Many people with bipolar disorder have huge B vitamin deficiencies due to genetic mutations in MTHFR genes.

I hope this helps!

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Neurologist: Connie Pennington,
 replied 3 months ago

I would suggest he be tested for B vitamin deficiencies, and all the B family, not just B12 and folate, although those two are a must. Anti-oxidants are the best for depression and exercise is a natural anti-oxidant. I would suggest a super healthy diet, exercise, and supplements.

So--diet, start with an elimination diet as it addresses food sensitivities, which are huge! I have attached it.

Try to have him see a functional medicine doctor (IFM.org and look for one in your area) and get a comprehensive stool analysis/Genova Diagnostic NutrEval/ and food sensitivity test.

Then supplement accordingly. He will probably benefit from:

Fish oil, good quality (EPA/DHA), Multi B complex, good probiotic, and Vitamin D (at least)

These things have a huge impact. Many people with bipolar disorder have huge B vitamin deficiencies due to genetic mutations in MTHFR genes.

I hope this helps!

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