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Can medications for depression affect who you are as a person?

Can medications for depression affect who you are as a person?

They Shouldn't: The nature of depression medications is to alter the amounts or effectiveness of neurotransmitters in your brain. If you are taking an anti-depressant and you feel "off" or not like yourself, talk with your doctor. Consider trying a different medication. There are enough options that you should be able to find treatment that helps your depression without making you feel like a different person. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What medications can be used for a person with OCD and depression?

What medications can be used for a person with OCD and depression?

Many choices : There are many treatment alternatives for OCD & depression. Depression is easier to treat than ocd. Most of the medications that help, depression are used for OCD as well. Ssri medications (prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, remeron, anafrinil) are the mainstay of treating both conitions. Complex cases are best treated by a experienced doctor. ...Read more

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Hi. Can a person loose their qualifications for a kidney transplant if they are diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression and anxiety?

Hi. Can a person loose their qualifications for a kidney transplant if they are diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression and anxiety?

Kidney transplant: Yes.if you are not able to care for yourself well after the transplant they will prob want to give life to another person. But would have to be a very severe problem I would think. ...Read more

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How long would medication have to be used for someone who has mood disorder?

How long would medication have to be used for someone who has mood disorder?

Depend: It is depend on which ones because some have longer half life than others.Typically, it may take about 4 weeks or so, but some may respond in 2weeks some may take 6 weeks or so. ...Read more

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Can a person with depression be dependant for life to antidepressants? If that's the case what other threatments can be worth trying?

Possibly: If there is a family history of endogenous depression possibly but so much depression os exogenous that is caused by something many people can dosomethig to help themselves through change of job, couseling, medications, new friends, relationships etc many times change helps give a new perspective on life. ...Read more

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How long can medication have to be for someone who has schizoaffective disorder?

How long can medication have to be for someone who has schizoaffective disorder?

Indefinite: Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic condition, with remissions and relapses. The person can have episodes of depression and mania/hypomania; also psychotic symptoms even when not in a mood episode. They will most likely need medications indefinitely, both to cover ongoing psychotic symptoms and to protect from mood disruption. It is not a "few months & you're done" situation. ...Read more

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Can anxiety medication be good for restlessness in certain people who can't stay still?

Can anxiety medication be good for restlessness in certain people who can't stay still?

Anxiety medication: Anxiety medications work for symptoms such as restlessness, tremors, sweating, agitation, etc. , as long as such symptoms are not indicative of another underlying pathology, such as adhd or organic causes such as high BP or high thyroid function. In these cases, treat the underlying cause, not just the symptom. ...Read more

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Can MRSA also affect people who are taking care of a sick person?

If mrsa patient: Having direct contact with another person’s infection,sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin,touching surfaces or items, such as used bandages, contaminated with MRSA ...Read more

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Can Adderałl be used to augment an antidepressant in someone who has vegetative depressive symptoms? Would dose be same as for ADHD or lower?

Can Adderałl be used to augment an antidepressant in someone who has vegetative depressive symptoms? Would dose be same as for ADHD or lower?

Yes: The dose must be closely monitored to avoid serotonergic syndrome. Start with the lowest dose under medical supervision of a psychiatrist, neuropsychiatrist or behavioral neurologist ideally. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any gemstones that can be used to help psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Can you tell me if there are any gemstones that can be used to help psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

NO: I have answered a couple of similar questions before, the answer is most definitely NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. Whatever you think of psychiatry, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are very serious illnesses. Touting gemstones as treatment for these illnesses is fraudulent. ...Read more

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Can we say whiskey can make a person relax mentally for some time as its positive effect especially to a person who is experiencing mental trauma.

Can we say whiskey can make a person relax mentally for some time as its positive effect especially to a person who is experiencing mental trauma.

Avoid alcohol: Alcohol is a depressant and interferes with coping ability unless use is minimal. If you are suffering from stress, alcohol as a treatment is a terrible idea! It leads to abuse and worsening of the stress. Your best bet, is a full physical by your doc, with appropriate testing, to be sure you don't have something physically wrong that affects your ability to cope, then get referral to Psych. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are benzodyazepines generalized for seizures or are they use for other medical issues as well?

Can you tell me are benzodyazepines generalized for seizures or are they use for other medical issues as well?

See below: Benzodiazepines are used to treat many medical and psychological conditions, including but not limited to, restless legs syndrome, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, among other disorders. But it should only be used as per your prescribing doctor's recommendations and guidelines. They carry many side effects and can worsen other disorders, such as sleep apnea. ...Read more

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If someone had altered mental state and took medication or other substances, would they affect the person differently than previous to this state?

If someone had altered mental state and took medication or other substances, would they affect the person differently than previous to this state?

Tell ur doc info: No two people have the exact same response to medications. An " altered mental state" usually means a significant mental problem and taking various substances that have not been prescribed by a doctor who knows about what is being previously experienced can result in serious problems. It is best in such a case to consult with a psychiatrist and provide all the info about meds and substances. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the most common kind/names of psychiatric medications for adults with mental/psychological disorders and illnesses?

Can you tell me the most common kind/names of psychiatric medications for adults with mental/psychological disorders and illnesses?

Too many: Psychological illness is generally considered to be emotional in nature, and best treated with various forms of psychotherapy, not medications first line. Psychiatric illnesses are best evaluated and treated by psychiatrists, usually with psychiatric medications, of which there are about one hundred, so it's difficult to list them in this venue. If you can be more specific, that would help. ...Read more

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How can you get a person with paranoia/schizo disorder to take medication?

How can you get a person with paranoia/schizo disorder to take medication?

Establishing rapport: With the patient is essential . In addition family involvement can help. ...Read more

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Can a person be too young to have problems with drug addiction and alcoholism?

Can a person be too young to have problems with drug addiction and alcoholism?

Early Alcoholism: Definitely not. In fact, the younger one begins drinking, the worse his/her prognosis is for later alcoholism and recovery. Part of the concern is that younger drinkers' (i.e. - preteens or adolescents) brain development is stunted by substance use. A second concern is that young people who abuse alcohol learn to depend on it in social situations, etc. That they are still learning to navigate. ...Read more

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Will a teen be given anti-depressants if they are suffering from depression?

Will a teen be given anti-depressants if they are suffering from depression?

Sometimes they will: Be given anti-depressants. Often psychotherapy is used first, if the depression is not severe. In more severe cases, if they are suicidal medication is necessary asap. Consult with a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in adolescent therapy. ...Read more

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How would you treat a patient with fibromyagia who is either allergic to all meds used to treat it or has suicidal ideation's with tricyclic ad's?

How would you treat a patient with fibromyagia who is either allergic to all meds used to treat it or has suicidal ideation's with tricyclic ad's?

Homeopathy: If there has been this much sensitivity to pharmaceutical medications, i would suggest an assessment to see whether classical homeopathy might be of use. Some controlled studies show benefit, including http://tinyurl.Com/mh5byko the homeopath must be experienced to take the case ;select appropriate homeopathic medicines. Also acupuncture, nutritional interventions, and exercise can help. ...Read more

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