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Causes Of 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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, and this is actually pretty common.See 1 more doctor answer
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!
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.
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.
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.
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_.
Flat Affect: Flat Affect is a term used for the absence or apparent absence of emotional response to any situation or event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.