Should heavy metal toxicity be included in the differential diagnoses of schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Heavy metal toxicity may cause changes in personality, thinking, or mood. Occupational exposure is the usual source of heavy metal toxicity, but cases have also resulted from ingestion of herbal medications contaminated with heavy metals.


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