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I have no emotions. What's wrong with my brain chemistry?

I have no emotions. What's wrong with my brain chemistry?

Depression : May have depression. Whoever you see , keep in mind meds should be used for at least 9 months, see a psychologist (regular pcp don't resources for psychotherapy), see clergy, get support from a good friend or family, meditate. It is a marathon. Stick with the same doctor. ...Read more

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Can alcohol alter your brain chemistry?

Can alcohol alter your brain chemistry?

Yes: With acute intoxication the brain chemistry is altered, alcohol withdrawal, brain chemistry is altered and if dependence to alcohol develops, brain chemistry is altered. Any drug including alcohol has a direct effect on the brain, its neurotransmitters, it may cause some neurotrasmitter levels to go up and some to go down. The brain "tries" to adapt to what you do to it, but their are consequences. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Multiple: There are many different types of treatment. However the treatment varies depending on what type of hyponatremia you have. If you have hyponatremia from dehydration, you must have a liquids that have salt (ckn broth or normal saline) in them. If you had hyponatremia because you retain too much fluid, then you must use a water pill to get rid of the excess water and improve your serum sodium. ...Read more

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Can long term past use of Valium have an effect on future behavior or brain chemistry?

Difficult to tell: I will be unable to tell you for your specific case. In theory exposure to valium could change the number and efficiency of certain receptors in the brain which are building blocks to your brain chemistry. This is an interesting question and there is active research going on around this. Your doctor may be able to give you a more specific answer based on your history (duration and dosage). ...Read more

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Does codiene alter brain chemistry?

Does codiene alter brain chemistry?

Yes: Codeine binds to opiate receptors in the brain to produce its analgesic effect. It can also effect respiratory centers in the brainstem, so you should always be careful about how much medicine you take. ...Read more

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Could brain chemistry change from videogames?

Could brain chemistry change from videogames?

Yes: Many things change brain chemistry, at least temporarily: e.g., food, sex, interpersonal interactions, and video games. But the research is ongoing about the long-term effects (positive, negative, or neutral) of various types of video games. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your brain chemistry to return to normal once an alcoholic has stopped drinking?

Alcoholism: There is quite a bit of debate about this. But, it is at least one year. The post acute withdrawal symptoms that happen after six months are very telling. Clarity continues to be restored during those first twelve months of sobriety. ...Read more

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I've heard that meds for diabetics can affect their brain chemistry and alter their personalities. Is this true?

I've heard that meds for diabetics can affect their brain chemistry and alter their personalities. Is this true?

Unlikely.: Medications used to treat diabetes, which include insulin, injectable medications, and oral (pill) medications- are not known to cause changes in brain chemistry/personality. Diabetes that is not being monitored or treated, on the other hand, can-- and by that i mean that if the blood sugar goes very high or very low it can cause mental status changes, and in severe cases diabetic coma or death. ...Read more

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Have read articles online claiming too frequent masturbation can negatively effect brain chemistry. Any truth? Reputable Research? How often healthy?

Have read articles online claiming too frequent masturbation can negatively effect brain chemistry. Any truth? Reputable Research? How often healthy?

Rational brain: No. There is no negative health consequences to the normal human sexual activity called masturbation. At 35 I hope you would realize that some things put on the web are there for hateful, hurtful, and dangerous propaganda. This disinformation about masturbation is completely false. ...Read more

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Could ADHD medications change your brain chemistry?

Could ADHD medications change your brain chemistry?

Yes: That is the point. They increase Dopamine in the synapses in particular parts of the brain, helping to make the synapses work better. In adult who took medicine, those changes can remain in effect without the medication. ...Read more

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How does long-term (eg 3-yr) opiate use change brain chemistry (assuming used as prescribed)?

How does long-term (eg 3-yr) opiate use change brain chemistry (assuming used as prescribed)?

Multiple ways: Long term opiate use leads to opiate dependence. This is associated with structural and functional changes in brain regions involved in the regulation of affect and impulse control, as well as in reward and motivation. Research shows decreased connections between the amygdala, internal ; external capsule, and insula. http://tinyurl.com/mj37fvb some implications could be depression. ...Read more

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I have gone on and off Prozac (fluoxetine) several times over the past few years. Is this changing my brain chemistry? Is it bad for me?

I have gone on and off Prozac (fluoxetine) several times over the past few years. Is this changing my brain chemistry? Is it bad for me?

Better to treat: Hi Amanda, there is controversy about this (particularly outside the scientific community). Within the community, there is agreement that depression itself changes the brain in undesirable ways, can be debilitating, and warrants treatment. If your depression is mild/moderate, and you prefer not to take meds, you can find significant relief through life style changes and therapy. Take good care. ...Read more

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Is it possible for ADHD medications to change your brain chemistry?

Is it possible for ADHD medications to change your brain chemistry?

Long term effect: ADHD is treated with medications,it is at this time it does effect brain chemistry,like any other medicines,is effective,in truly diagnose condition,in those children who really need it,once stopped,there is no long lasting change,in unaffected children,however,does have adverse effects while being on the mess.there appears to be no permanent change.caution is always recommended. ...Read more

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Took Levaquin last year, had strange intense dreams while on it. Ever since, periodic episodes of strange dreams..can this med alter brain chemistry?

Took Levaquin last year, had strange intense dreams while on it. Ever since, periodic episodes of strange dreams..can this med alter brain chemistry?

Neurotoxicity is: when something alters the normal activity of the nervous system in such a way as to cause damage to nervous tissue. Although rare, it may occur with many antibiotics including Levaquin (Levofloxacin). Strange dreams, mood and other mental changes may occur. They should subside when the medication is withdrawn but may require specific treatment. Best regards. ...Read more

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Can over masturbation change brain chemistry making you less interested in sex, obtaining weak erections etc??

Can over masturbation change brain chemistry making you less interested in sex, obtaining weak erections etc??

No, but something: else may be going on. Anxiety, depression, hormone imbalance, lifestyle in need of change, lack of sleep, poor diet? Please see doc who can help you figure things out. Peace and good health. Your jock itch indicates infection. ...Read more