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A 33-year-old member asked:

my iq is significantly lower than before. is there something wrong with my mental health?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Drop in IQ: A drop in your IQ is always abnormal and requires medical care. There are many possible causes for this. Call yor doctor for an examination to find the cause and get proper treatment.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Iq: Not sure when u had your iq tested first and if there is substance use. Best to discuss with whoever did the testing.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
IQ Decreasing: I would say it should be investigated by your doctor.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Iq: Wonder if there is discrepancy due to different methods used to test your iq , or if there is effect of substances such as pot.

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Does the testing for ADHD involve taking an IQ test?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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No: There is no real testing for adhd. The diagnosis of adhd is usually made from a checklist of symptoms. Each of these symptoms are actually subjective. There is no blood test for adhd. There are, however, good, objective tests for the underlying causes of adhd symptoms: allergies, nutritional deficiencies and learning problems can cause the symptoms but can be treated without drugs.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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There are several tests done in a thorough evaluation including a psych-ED which does test IQ.
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Learning assessment is also helpful. It is a fallcy there is no test for ADHD. see http://asm.sagep
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Also see: <http://www.slideshare.net/benjatchison/p-e-e-r-a-m-i-d> The test developed by Mel Levine,
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How does obesity affect your mental health?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Sometimes depression: Obesity and depression can be seen together. The person may use food to soothe sadness, and in doing so, gains more and more weight. Then he realizes that he has become obese, and gets depressed because he feels less attractive, is unable to run as fast or jump as high as he used to do, feels helpless as he can't seem to stop eating, etc... When he eats to soothe his depression, the cycle goes on.
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I think my mental issues are more environmental than anything. If I move, will I be less depressed?

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Possibly: If you move, you might become sensitive to the new environment too. Find a doctor that will treat you for your environmental problems so you can stay where you are and not feel bad.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What happens during a mental health assessment?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
A good interview : A mental health assessment involves an interview by a mental health expert to help identify your problem. It usually starts with open ended questions and then more specific questions are asked to narrow possible reasons for your problem. Sometimes questionnaires are used to identify problems like depression or adhd. Remember the assessment is to help you so don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Each therapist has to conduct interviews in a manner that fits best with their own style. Often for me it seems to relax people by talking about less intense problems first. I will ask less emotional data specific questions, a process I call "digitilization". Once they are more comfortable talking then the emotionally laden questions are likely to be answered more honestly and in neccesary detail
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How can I wean off mental health medications?

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"wean" is right: Most medications have some effects when they are discontinued, especially if they are done suddenly. Benzodiazepines, seizure medications (used in psychiatry as mood stabilizers), certain blood pressure medications (used in children who have adhd and behavioral and sleep issues, and some adults with anxiety and panic), and some antidepressants, all nead careful withdrawal. Your dr. Can guide you.

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