Sorry to here about your friend. It does sound like she may be paranoia schizophrenia however, I am not a Dr.
I too know someone who is a paranoia schizophrenia and to see them as "normal" and then... to lose their mind.....it is heart wrenching. I have often wondered what went wrong, and I know that most times a condition like this one is treated physcologicaly and the symptoms are just medicated over leaving the victim most often in a worsen state. ( this is what happened to my sister-in-law)
I believe that the brain is quite often overlooked as a physical organ (most times it is only the mind that is treated) and symptoms like this can be a result of toxi-molecular damage to the brain. Dr. Gant MD,Phd, NMD has done exstensive research on brain wellness and has treated 1,000 of people successfully with conditions all related to brain wellness. He is truly an amazing, compassionate man and is devoted to helping people. I know he is currently doing a research study on Bipolar. He also conducts various Pilot Research Projects that your friend might qualify.The information obtained by the Pilot Research Project will be used to support the feasibility of larger more controlled studies about neuronutrition. The staff at Pilot Research Project hope that this information about will hasten us to the day when non pharmaceutical, natural, science-based, safe and inexpensive treatments with nutritional supplements become the treatments of first resort for physical and psychological problems, instead of being treatments of last resort as is currently the case. You can get more info at www.addictionsfreehealth.com I also provided a URL to some information that you might find helpful. Wishing you all the best!http://addictionsfreehealth.com/cart/roadmap.htm#R_3_Reduce_Brain_Oxidative_S...
-regarding....."mercury poisoning, candida and other issues having the ability to alter the way the mind works and causing many symptoms that could be associated with mental illnesses." Most people even physicians believed that emotional upsets cause GI (gastrointestinal) problems. Most biochemical evidence suggest that this logic is backwards... it is problems with the GI tract that cause changes in brain physiology. an eg. of the Gut-Brain connection.
Looking at the biochemical pathway of serotonin synthesis
Vit, B3,B6, and folic acid and the mineral iron are required cofactors to adequately synthesize serotonin. Most of the same neurotransmitters that are in the brain are also in the gut. When there are problems with the gut… then that is were the neurotransmitters will get used up and will not make it to the brain.
…..serotonin is involve with inflammation cascades, therefore things like Candida, parasites, IBS, etc. can make us serotonin deficient. If we have optimal serotonin production they we can become emotionally relaxed. Deficiencies are associated with irritability, anxiety, excessive worry,/depression, sociopathy, violence, ADHD, and addictions.
And yes, like you said mercury and other heavy metal toxicities prevent synthesis of neurotransmitters. If vit. B6 is not present along with vit. C in adequate amounts that too will prevent the conversion from tryptophan…Serotonin…..and the final (if it is nighttime) Melatonin.
Stress depletes us of our stress coping hormones/neurotransmitters and we need to be replenished with amino acids from our foods or supplements.
Sorry, I don’t mean to get carried away and go on and on
One last thing...I just read that if a person has an excess amount of dopamine then they can show signs of Paranoia schizophrenia??? That’s it I don’t know any thing else specifically regarding Paranoia schizophrenia . I just happened to stumble across that last bit of info.
Hope you you find what you need for your friend