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Hard to say...: Dopamine (DA) is not measured in clinical labs. It's extremely rapidly metabolized along a variety of pathways. Further, DA levels in blood bear little resemblance to DA activity in the brain - even less to the small brain regions and synapses where DA signaling is concentrated. Though DA *might* be relevant, the symptoms you describe could have a very large number of non-DA causes. ...Read more
Do antipsychotics affect cognitive functions like memory processing speed word recollection executive functions? What's the best?
Cognitive effects: The newer antipsychotics (second-generation antipsychotics) theoretically are supposed to assist with improving cognitive impairments in various mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, it is possible that a slowing of processes can occur with such medications. Efficacy and tolerability depend on the medication, side effect profile, and patient response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can't tell: Anti depressants can reverse symptoms of mental fog only if someone had those as symptoms of depression. Discuss your concerns with your doctor to make certain the goals you have are the same as your prescriber. Determining the cause of your symptoms is primary! These may have nothing to do with your depression, or be totally be cause by it. Brain fog is better treated by stimulants. ...Read more
Depression: interferes w.our ability to focus and concentrate. It also can produce memory problems. A mental health professional can help. Please don't use medication only but learn strategies for self-help. "Feeling Good" by David Burns is a good book about cognitive behavioral therapy. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Depends on situation: Mental performance will be at its best when a person is well rested, well fed, not ill and in a comfortable setting. Sleep deprivation causes a predictable decline in performance. To this extent, naps that help one catch up with a sleep deficit will be helpful. Most mature adults can function well on 7-8 hours of sleep/24h. Performance in excess of capability is unlikely due to extra sleep. ...Read more
Absolutely!: The symptoms described are very typical of poor quality sleep. If a person has adequate time for sleep, but it is of poor quality, there may be an issue with sleep related breathing. If this is the case, a visit to someone trained in sleep disorders is needed. Even if the problem is lack of time for adequate sleep, better quality sleep can be obtained in less time with treatment. ...Read more
How can memory loss effect and affect memory thoughts or recollection in patients that suffer memory loss from motor vehicle accident?
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Not permanent: The side effects of Paxil, (paroxetine) as with many SSRI antidepressants can cause slower cognition, and loss of alertness and attention, however, these side effects should go away, or dissipate when the drug is stopped, with a few weeks. Since depression can also cause these symptoms, I would be careful blaming this on the drug if it hasn't been taken for at least 4-6 weeks regularly ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: Research shows that sustained severe depression can cause changes in the brain circuitry, making it more difficult to activate the areas of the brain related to creativity, and problem solving, while making"difficult to shut off" areas related to negative thoughts. Also negative/sad thoughts influence the production of the brain chemicals that balance our emotions creating a "snowball" effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression, anxiety, paranoia, memory loss, confusion, trouble concentrating, vision trouble, seeing and hearing things. ?
Very serious : You need to be evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. The symptoms you describe are very serious and need to be treated. It is extremely important that your condition be accurately diagnosed so that the appropriate treatment can be provided. The differential diagnosis is broad and ranges from a medical cause to Schizophrenia versus Substance-Induced Psychosis. ...Read more
Absolutely: For whatever reason, sleep and sleep deprivation are areas that have had a lot of attention in research. Sleep seems to be the brain's system of rejuvenating itself. Studies show that lack of sleep leads to slower processing speed, poorer memory, more difficulty learning new material and other problems. However, going thru the stages of sleep while asleep is as important ashe amount of time slept. ...Read more
IT'S COMPLICATED: The mechanism of action of brain dopamine is not full understood. Low levels are associated with Parkinson's disease and probably ADHD and restless legs syndrome. Your symptoms may reflect depression and there are medications that can increase both brain dopamine and serotonin levels. Pounding heartbeat and tachycardia may be symptoms of panic disorder. You should get a psychiatric evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Specialized care: Ptsd and memory difficulties are both complex issues which are best treated by specialized experts. There are many different kinds of therapies (talk therapy, memory exercises, relaxation techniques, bio- & neurofeedback, others), but it is important to match the right therapies to your individual needs. Look for a psychiatrist or phd-level therapist who specializes in ptsd to get started. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could epilepsy to cause cognitive impairment (problems: thinking, concentrating and remembering)?
It can: But in between events i'd expect normal cognition. ...Read more
Memory issues after undx. Tle seizures . Better now on lamictal but memory still imperfect. Are seizure related memory issues permanent?
Not always: Seizure related memory difficulties can be a result of the seizures themselves, a side effect of the seizure medications, or an indirect side effect of the medication such as a vitamin deficiency. I would recommend that you have your memory followed sequentially by neuropsychological testing. This would be your best way to gauge your progress, as different treatment modalities are tried. Otherwise unfortunately there is no one answer for your question. It is different for everybody. Best wishes to you. ...Read more
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