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Do drugsl cause a flat affect?

Do drugsl cause a flat affect?

Some: Not all drugs causs a flat affect, although some psychotropocs can. Dependent partially dose, the atypical antipsychotis are capable of this; although twhe older generation antipsychotics are more apt to produce this side effect. Antianxieyu meds, particularly the benzodiazepones, can cause this at high doses. ...Read more

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Flat Affect (Definition)

Flat Affect is a term used for the absence or apparent absence of emotional response to ...Read more


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What are diseases that can cause flat affect that are not depression or schizophrenia?

What are diseases that can cause flat affect that are not depression or schizophrenia?

A few that come: To mind - Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizotypal personality disorder and schizoid personality disorder ...Read more

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Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Absolutely: Contact your pcp for referral for a sleep study, or polysomnogram. There are many possible causes of sleep fragmentation, and a disruption in the amount of any state of sleep can cause memory, concentration and mood disruption. In my practice, we deal primarily with obstructive sleep apnea. The patients report your symptoms and fatigue; the bed partners also suffer (from the noise!). Get checked! ...Read more

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My boyfriend says he has a flat affect. I don't notice. So should this be cause for worry?

My boyfriend says he has a flat affect. I don't notice. So should this be cause for worry?

Perhaps: If your boyfriend thinks it is a problem, it may well be. Or it may just be normal for him. It would be good to have him evaluated for depression or other mood disorders by his primary care provider. A good preventive resource that outlines general screening tests, including a screen for depression, is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram) causes me to feel flat almost emotionless. Does that get better? Or is this feelin of apathy a sign to stop  it?

Lexapro (escitalopram) causes me to feel flat almost emotionless. Does that get better? Or is this feelin of apathy a sign to stop  it?

SSRI side effects: SSRI class of drugs may cause a flattening of personality with a feeling of indifference to things happening around the patient. The dose needs to be slowly decreased over weeks until those feelings of detachment resolve. SSRIs shoutd NOT be stopped abruptly as worse side effects may occur. See a doctor soon for guidance. ...Read more

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Any meds for flat affect?

Any meds for flat affect?

Yes: Flat affect as a symptom of (whatever type of) psychosis, can be treated with antipsychotics effectively. Now, other types of problems can be confused with the flat affect of psychosis, such as parkinsonian lack of facial expression, etc. Psychiatrists and neurologists usually differentiate those easily. Consult your dr. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have flat affect?

Flat affect: A flat affect is often used to describe the lack of emotion in a situation that would be expected to elicit emotion. Often, this term is used to describe the emotional state of a person with depression or other mental health issues. ...Read more

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How are shallow affect and flat affect different?

How are shallow affect and flat affect different?

Degree of expression: My understanding: blunted or "shallow affect" describes paucity of emotional expression in response to stimuli that normally provoke typical facial expressions, though still some expression. "flat affect" suggests no facial expression. Causes of these affects include depression, schizophrenia, brain injury, ptsd, sociopathy, and certain medicines. Get help. Http://en. M.wikipedia. Org/wiki/blunted_. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Flat affect?

Flat Affect: Flat Affect is a term used for the absence or apparent absence of emotional response to any situation or event. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shallow and flat affect?

Quality and degree: Shallow affect refers to people who do not show much range in emotion; they rarely if ever feel intense moods, either highs or lows. Flat affect refers to a near-complete absense of affect: the person simply does not show an emotional response even under pretty extreme conditions such as the loss of a loved one. ...Read more

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How do a flat affect and the thousand yard stare differ?

How do a flat affect and the thousand yard stare differ?

Flat less exhausted: My understanding is that "flat affect" is a description used for people who are very depressed or who have medication-induced lack of facial expression, while "1000 yard stare" has been used to describe a battle-weary soldier or perhaps someone with posttraumatic stress who is in a state of dissociation. Both require immediate professional evaluation. ...Read more

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What does "slow to respond to questions, flat affect" mean?

Flat affect: At your age I would say this is normal esp if you have your cell phone on when talking to the Dr. Slow to respond means you do not answer questions quickly. Flat affect means you don't seem to care what is going on during the interview. Best to ask your Dr what it means in medical speak for you. ...Read more

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Can disulone really affect the behavior of a person? My uncle has been taking that drug and now he has a flat affect. He is sometimes incoherent.

Can disulone really affect the behavior of a person? My uncle has been taking that drug and now he has a flat affect. He is sometimes incoherent.

Of course: When you take a medication, there can be effects in every system of your body -- including your central nervous system which organizes behavior. Infections like malaria can affect behavior, affect, and ability to concentrate too. Please tell your uncle's physician about your observations. The medication may need adjusting or changing, or something else may need attending to. ...Read more

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Can you have flat affect without schizophrenia?

Can you have flat affect without schizophrenia?

Entirely Possible: Flat affect is defined as a severe reduction in emotional expressiveness. A person may not show the signs of normal emotion, they may speak in a monotonous voice, have diminished facial expressions, and appear extremely apathetic. It is commonly seen in severely depressed or traumatized individuals as well as in individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Does anhedonia and flat affect improve with ECT?

Does anhedonia and flat affect improve with ECT?

They can: Anhedonia and flat affect can be part of depression. ECT can help treatment-resistant depression -- meaning people who have not been helped with standard antidepressants, and for whom depression is debilitating. If your doctor has recommended this treatment, I'm guessing you have very serious symptoms despite many trials of medications and psychotherapy. ...Read more

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If someone is diagnosed with "flat affect, " are there any treatments?

Flat affect is a: Description of how someone is expressing them self- their degree of showing emotion. Flat affect is not a diagnosis. Usually the conditions that underlie flat affect can be treated (although not always cured). ...Read more

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Does one need to have schizophrenia to be diagnosed with "flat affect"?

No: Flat affect is not a diagnosis, but an observable sign. Essentially one can see flat affect in people with severe depression, Parkinson's disease, due to the side effects of some medications, etc. ...Read more

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How do I get my personality back? Flat affect and anhedonia for 2 years

How do I get my personality back? Flat affect and anhedonia for 2 years

Express yourself!: Our personalities become known by our actions. If you have flat affect (a severe reduction of emotional expressiveness) and anhedonia (loss of the capacity to experience pleasure), you may have a depressive disorder requiring treatment by a professional. Make an appointment ASAP. In the meantime, lead with your behavior. That is, behave as if you are enjoying what you're doing. This might spread. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a counselor says you have a cold stare and flat affect?

Flat affect: Inability to express feelings, emotional numbness. It is more severe form of lack of motions called Blunted affect. Least severe is Restricted affect.
Flat > Blunted > Restricted. ...Read more

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When someone is diagnosed with "flat affect, " are there any treatments other than psychotherapy?

Flat Affect: "flat affect" is not something you diagnose someone with, but it's an observation that might go in one's mental status exam. Treatment depends on why the affect is "flat." it can be from depression, schizophrenia, medication side effects, and other possibilities. The most helpful treatment stems from understanding the problem first. Psychiatric evaluation should help discern this. ...Read more

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Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

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 more

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Is flat affect a symptom of psychosis or paranoid schizophrenia or depression anxiety? I got my medical records back and they noticed that in me

Is flat affect a symptom of psychosis or paranoid schizophrenia or depression anxiety? I got my medical records back and they noticed that in me

Flat affect: Means without outward emotion as a doctor or interviewer saw you at a specific point in time only. Affect is one of many symptoms that goes into a psych evaluation plus medical, family, behavioral history. If you find this information in your medical record disturbing, talk to your doctor or mental health professional if you are in treatment to put this in perspective. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not want to feel anything is there a way to become emotionless n to not feel pain?

Part of life: Emotions are a part of life. It is not possible to be emotionless. Everyones threshold for events triggering emotions is different however. Therapy can help you in navigating the stressors of life causing you emotional distress. ...Read more

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I'm starting fluoxetine and worried of becoming emotionless?

Fluoxetine: Some (not all) people notice a dulling of emotions with ssri's, but this may be preferable to intense symptoms of depression. Prozac (fluoxetine) and its relatives manage the deeply painful symptoms of depression so that you can live your life and do psychotherapeutic work too. Possible apathetic responses may be dose-related. Your doctor may be able to adjust this if you tell him/her what you feel. ...Read more

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Could you explain why do I feel so emotionless, lonely, and empty inside?

No, but I can: Recommend you see a psychologist to start with and a psychiatrist if your therapist feels it is necessary. ...Read more

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Have moods where I feel emotionless not sad, happy, or angry in any way. I feel very blah and just have no emotion. But not necessarily in a bad way?

Have moods where I feel emotionless not sad, happy, or angry in any way. I feel very blah and just have no emotion. But not necessarily in a bad way?

If it isn't in a: Bad way - there might not be a significant problem. But if you are concerned a mental health evaluation can help to give you perspective on the matter. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants make one emotionless?

Not usually: Some have told me they feel emotionally bland, but not truly emotionless. This can happen with ssri's, and the dose may need to be reduced. It can be tricky though, because many also experience emotional apathy when depressed. Working together is the best way to determine what's what. Antidepressants generally calm the more painful depression symptoms, allowing psychotherapy to proceed. ...Read more