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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flat Affect (Definition)

Flat affect is a clinical finding in which a person ...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 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