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Sugar induced Psychosis

I have been living in hell for the past month and all because one day I ate more sugar than usual. Something just clicked in my head and I lost touch with reality, lost my sense of identity/self, became very anxious(for obvious reasons). It is the worst feeling I can't possibly describe it. A sense of dread/impending doom that never goes away.
In addition to that, neurological problems include: Poor/foggy memory. Difficulty concentrating. Brain fog. Fatigue.
I continued eating sugar any way for about a week and out of the blue from nowhere began having a hypoglycemic reaction to any sugar and not even sugar just a croissant would result in intense fatigue even early in the morning after I'd just slept, tingling, light-headedness. A blood sugar crash.

The first thing I did of course was to stop eating sugar.
I did feel calmer but this underlying feeling that something is very wrong with me remained. I completely cut out all sugar, all gluten. Strict diet is: Avocados, Kale, Tomatoes, Eggs and a couple other safe/sugarless vegetables.
I ate this way for 3 weeks. My concentration improved and I no longer have blood sugar crashes after eating when on this diet but I still feel like I have been robbed of my sense of 'self'.
So I strayed from my strict diet and ate about 3 cups worth of raw organic strawberries and black berries. The psychosis came back full force. That wasn't a lot of sugar. It was maybe 40 grams of sugar at the most.

I am desperate. Doctors I have seen have not been able to give me an answer. Can anyone tell me why I am suddenly having severe psychological reactions, symptoms of psychosis from even the tiniest amounts of sugar?

Thank you.
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Hi I had a similar feeling in summer. No psychosis but just felt really weak and messed up. I have graves so I figured it might be malfunctioning so I made apt with doctor. Nope ..one simple blood test told me I had my foot on the threshold of diabetes...I am very fortunate as I can revise my diet to keep it from worsening. Don't try to tweak your own diet..I tried and epic fail..your doctor can refer you to diabetic clinic..I thought I could manage it by myself but I was so wrong. The information I learned has changed my life. I hope you make apt for doctor and tests. :)
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Sounds like caregiver222 has given you some very good advice. .... I just want to add that diet, (or what you eat), can and does play a very important role in one's state of mind. Of course it was Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine who said; "Let thy food be thy medicine." ....

As you have already demonstrated to yourself the role that your food intake is playing in your state of mind. ...... In my opinion, and from well over 30 years of experience, I can tell you that sugar (especially refined sugar, and lots of it), can and will over time play havoc on a persons health in more ways than one. ... Sugar also feeds cancer cells and thus promotes cancer as well as disease in general. Note of course that refined carbohydrates (grain based products), convert into sugar in the digestive process. So avoid all bread and cereal products as well as crackers, cookies, cake, pizza etc.  ............ Refined sugar is the most acid forming food one can eat and it has ZERO nutritional value. It is also of course probably the most addictive food there is, which of course is why the food industry adds it to pretty much everything they sell.

There has been research done on the role of sugar in mental illness. For example just take a look at this article in the journal; "Psychology Today";

Also, note that sleep plays another important role in this. If you are not getting enough sleep that will also very much promote experiencing a state of psychosis.
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Whoa. Elevated glucose levels are absolutely positively associated with halucinations, out-of-body experiences and fatigue. . Don't pass go. Don't collect two hundred dollars. Before ending up on psychiatric medications, get that appointment with the endochronologist. If one doesn't provide an answer get a second opinion. In addition purchase an inexpensive glucose meter. It appears your body is extraordinarily sensitive to elevated glucose, and the reason for that should be explored. I cannot begin to speculate on the reasons for that.
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I think you are making an association with the sugar and the psychosis that is not there. I don't believe it is related in anyway. Please see a Dr who can treat the psychosis - usually a psychiatrist. They can give you medication and direct you on what to do. Then you can ask him about the sugar and if he thinks it's related and if it affects you.. First and foremost you should treat your symptoms and this is a serious one. Good luck Honey.
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It appears you have an insulin utilization syndrome, and the appropriate consult would be with an endochronologist. I would suggest a special test called the insulin clamp protocol, if your doctor would agree. They start an IV line and carefully  not reactions to measured amounts of glucose and insulin. This is usually done in a hospital.  It has been displaced by the hba1c, but has value in differential diagnosis.
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