Various Tests related to the Assessment of Psychiatric Illnesses

In addition to a careful detailed psychiatric and social/developmental history and a thorough physical examination, we look at laboratory testing for compounding endocrine variables (sex hormones, thyroid function, blood sugar fluctuations).  We also may assess environmental exposures (pesticides, heavy metal toxicities) and of course nutrient imbalances.  Here are some tests we may offer:

  • SpectraCell Laboratories – Micronutrient Testing – for a nutrient inventory
  • The Metametrix ION (Individual•Optimal•Nutrition) Profile – for  functional assessment of nutrient presence and metabolism
  • The European Laboratory of Nutrients (ELN) – for platelet neurotransmitters.
    • Biogene amines (neurotransmitters) in blood platelets

      Neurotransmitters are the classic neuro-messengers that are released rapidly by the presynaptic neuron, diffuse across the synaptic cleft, and have either an excitatory or an inhibitory effect on a postsynaptic neuron. There are three classes of neurotransmitters: biogenic amines, amino acids and peptides. The biogenic amines (monoamine) consist of three catecholamines (norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine), an indoleamine (serotonin), an ethylamine (histamine) and a quaternary amine (acetylcholine).Biogene amines influence virtually all tissues and many functions. In most instances, however, biogene amines are not the sole or exclusive regulators; they participate with other hormonal and neuronal systems in regulation of a multitude of diverse physiological processes, thus contributing to a redundancy that ensures both a great physiological reserve and the possibility of very fine or discriminating control.Platelets take up dopamine, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine against a concentration gradient into the 5-HT storage organelles; and serotonin is present in highest concentration in the blood platelets. Platelet catecholamine levels provide a stable index of circulating plasma catecholamine concentration and these are unaffected by acute elevations of plasma levels with physical and psychological stress. Test indications:

      • Cardiovascular Diseases
      • Depression
      • High/ low Blood Pressure
      • Fatigue
      • Visceral Disorders
      • Mental Illness
      • Metabolic Disorders
      • Stress

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