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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Abrupt Personality Change (Overview)

physical factors such as some types of seizures. For example, some children have episodes of explosive and violent behavior while being absolutely fine in between these. Parents will say that they can tell by the look on the child’s face that one is about to happen. There will be a change in facial expression, body language, even speech pragmatics (the way one turns a phrase) and a nice child will become verbally very cruel, menacing, unable to be reasoned with, violent, will say things in a way that is atypical for their usual personality and are intended to be hurtful in the most cruel way, become extraordinarily strong so that even two adults cannot restrain them. After the episode ends, the child will seem better that usual, very loving and kind, unaware of what has just happened and unable to comprehend that he has done the things described. The normal personality is back. This phenomenon has an octal or seizure like quality to it in it’s abrupt onset and post episode relief of all symptoms (interictal calm). It is also very responsive to seizure medication.


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Can a urine infection in an elderly man cause an abrupt personality change?

Can a urine infection in an elderly man cause an abrupt personality change?

Possibly: Urine infections can result in sepsis -- urosepsis. This can result in very serious complications, including personality changes, changes in mentation, altered mental status, or even a coma. Urosepsis in old patients is a serious disease. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
3 doctors shared insights

Abrupt Personality Change (Overview)

physical factors such as some types of seizures. For example, some children have episodes of explosive and violent behavior while being absolutely fine in between these. Parents will say that they can tell by the look on the child’s face that one is about to happen. There will be a change in facial expression, body language, even speech pragmatics (the way one turns a phrase) and a nice child will become verbally very cruel, menacing, unable to be reasoned with, violent, will say things in a way that is atypical for their usual personality and are intended to be hurtful in the most cruel way, become extraordinarily strong so that even two adults cannot restrain them. After the episode ends, the child will seem better that usual, very loving and kind, unaware of what has just happened and unable to comprehend that he has done the things described. The normal personality is back. This phenomenon has an octal or seizure like quality to it in it’s abrupt onset and post episode relief of all symptoms (interictal calm). It is also very responsive to seizure medication.


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What is the definition or description of: Abrupt personality change?

What is the definition or description of: Abrupt personality change?

Change brought on by: physical factors such as some types of seizures. For example, some children have episodes of explosive and violent behavior while being absolutely fine in between these. Parents will say that they can tell by the look on the child’s face that one is about to happen. There will be a change in facial expression, body language, even speech pragmatics (the way one turns a phrase) and a nice child will become verbally very cruel, menacing, unable to be reasoned with, violent, will say things in a way that is atypical for their usual personality and are intended to be hurtful in the most cruel way, become extraordinarily strong so that even two adults cannot restrain them. After the episode ends, the child will seem better that usual, very loving and kind, unaware of what has just happened and unable to comprehend that he has done the things described. The normal personality is back. This phenomenon has an octal or seizure like quality to it in it’s abrupt onset and post episode relief of all symptoms (interictal calm). It is also very responsive to seizure medication. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a urine infection in a man cause an abrupt personality change?

Is it possible that a urine infection in a man cause an abrupt personality change?

UTI and personality: It is rare for a man to have a uti, unless he has an anatomical abnormality leading to develop them on a chronic basis. In the absence of that, it is rarer for a UTI to cause a personality change in a male, or anyone else, for that matter. ...Read more

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Can a urine infection in an elderly man cause an abrupt personality change?

Possibly: Urine infections can result in sepsis -- urosepsis. This can result in very serious complications, including personality changes, changes in mentation, altered mental status, or even a coma. Urosepsis in old patients is a serious disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Personality change?

What is the definition or description of: Personality change?

Personality change: Patients with personality disorders do not respond well to psychotherapy, typically. Those who do could be said to present reduction in symptomology that defines their personality disorder. Post traumatic stress disorder, while not a personality disorder, could be thought of as presenting a profound change in personality after returning home from extended combat tours. ...Read more

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Personality change lately in my wife - work stress?

Personality change lately in my wife - work stress?

Work Stress: Yes, this is certainly possible. Read the articles on stress and performance on the soundmindz.Org website for advice and ongoing support. The stress of work can have pervasive effects, a mental health professional could help your wife regain her balance. Best. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a personality change during the start of puberty?

Is it normal to have a personality change during the start of puberty?

Yes: The transition from childhood to adulthood through adolescence is stressful. There are physical and emotional changes, along with rapidly shifting role expectations. It is not unusual for an adolescent's personality to change from week to week for a while, before settling down. ...Read more

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What causes a complete personality change from quiet and docile to extremely talkative and energetic?

What causes a complete personality change from quiet and docile to extremely talkative and energetic?

Possibilities: One possibility is some type of drug intoxication, such as Cocaine or other amphetamine-like substance. In some, alcohol can dis-inhibit talkativeness too. The person may also have bipolar disorder and be in a manic episode. Such people talk quickly and loquaciously, are very energetic, and can sometimes be very difficult to follow. They can switch from elated and jovial, to irritable too. ...Read more

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What does the symptom of personality change mean?

What does the symptom of personality change mean?

It means ....: Ones personality has undergone a significant change. Examples include becoming easily frustrated, impulsive, angry at the drop of a hat, silly, dull, unmotivated or reclusive. Usually as the result of some brain insult ( stroke, head injury, toxic exposure, infection, or metabolic disorder. Some events and psychiatric conditions can produce a personality change. Drug and alcohol use can too. ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
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Personality Changes (Definition)

Personality change is a symptom in which a person's personality (the sum of his traits, emotions, behaviors, and thought patterns) has altered. Temporary changes can be due to fatigue, hormonal changes, drug abuse, medication side effects, etc ...Read more