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Doctor insights on: Chemical Imbalance Symptoms

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I have schizophrenia. How can a chemical imbalance cause my symptoms?

I have schizophrenia. How can a chemical imbalance cause my symptoms?

Brain issues: Schizophrenia and all mental disorders to some extent are represented by alterations in brain structures or functions (neurochemistry/neurotransmitters/chemical imbalances). The brain is like a computer's operating system. If a problem develops in the operating system the computer won't function entirely properly. This is also how the brain's functioning affects a person's experience & behavior. ...Read more

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I have been told to come off citalopram, doctors advice due to chemical imbalance, can I do anything to help ease withdrawal symptoms?

I have been told to come off citalopram, doctors advice due to chemical imbalance, can I do anything to help ease withdrawal symptoms?

Taper very slowly!: If you have been on Celexa (citalopram) 40mg for 5 years at 60 year old, i would treat your body like a delicate piece of china & go very gently with a taper off medication. You may be able to decrease to 20mg daily for a month, then try 10mg for a month, then maybe even 10mg every other day until you are comfortable stopping. This would be very conservative, but if you have withdrawals, restart your 1st dose. ...Read more

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Can depression be caused psychologically? or is it just caused by a chemical imbalance? if caused by psychological what are some symptoms of it?

Can depression be caused psychologically? or is it just caused by a chemical imbalance? if caused by psychological what are some symptoms of it?

Depression: Oftentimes there is a very fine line that's often blurred by depression as an internal phenomenon via chemical imbalance, versus depression as psychological (as you put it) which I interpret as being aggravated by external factors. Both phenomena interact reciprocally with each other. Welcome to another variant of the time honored "chicken and egg" debate! ...Read more

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After chemical pregnancy period is late but having symptoms of nasuea and exhaustion. Only very light spotting for 3 day ago. Hormone imbalance?

After chemical pregnancy period is late but having symptoms of nasuea and exhaustion.  Only very light spotting for 3 day ago. Hormone imbalance?

Yes: Not necessarily do you have a hormone 'imbalance' per se, but definitely your symptoms are related to the hormone changes your body is going through with the chemical pregnancy. It takes a few weeks for the hormones to adjust. Try to get some rest, drink lots of fluid. If you're trying to conceive, consider seeing an ob/gyn for assistance, or a rei doctor if you've been trying, unsuccessfully. ...Read more

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What cause a brain chemical inbalance that make anxiety symptoms? And how do doctor's really know its anxiety & not something else?

What cause a brain chemical inbalance that make anxiety symptoms? And how do doctor's really know its anxiety & not something else?

Anxiety: We don't know what specifically causes "brain chemical imbalance" -- or whether it actually causes anxiety or any other symptom. These are hypotheses only, and we don't even know which comes first (anxiety or brain changes). Anxiety workup includes general medical exams and diagnostic testing. Anxiety can also relate to heart, breathing, endocrine, & other problems, so these must be reviewed. ...Read more

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Is there a way to check for a chemical imbalance? And how

Is there a way to check for a chemical imbalance? And how

Chemical Imbalance: No. Not in any mental health way. But, a good psychiatrist or experienced family physician can from your history determine if you need help. ...Read more

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What are the signs/symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance?

What are the signs/symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance?

Various: Look first for weakness, then confusion. In the hospital, very sick people are monitored and sodium, potassium, and acid-based are controlled well. Outside, we see this in people abusing diuretics, overdoing drinking water, folks with renal and/or adrenal disease, and athletes who overdo things in the heat. Symptoms and signs are seldom "textbook". ...Read more

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What are the symthoms to know you have an imbalance hormone?

What are the symthoms to know you have an imbalance hormone?

Too many hormones: There are thousands of hormones, and the signs and symptoms vary depending on which one(s) are abnormal. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hormonal imbalance in girls?

What are symptoms of hormonal imbalance in girls?

Many possible ones: There are many possible symptoms, depending on which hormone is imbalanced: irregular menstrual periods, infrequent periods or no periods, acne, unwanted hair growth, hair loss, infertility or subfertility, weight gain, tiredness, weight loss, nervousness, sweating, nipple discharge, leaking milk, darkening of the skin ... See a physician if you have symptoms you're concerned about. ...Read more

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I need your expertise, is depression a matter of chemical imbalance?

I need your expertise, is depression a matter of chemical imbalance?

Some types: Of depression are clearly due to a chemical imbalance, some are reactions to life circumstances others are a mix of both. Psychotherapy alone works for some people, others need to consider medication to treat the chemical imbalance. Others do well with both types of treatment. ...Read more

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Symptoms of imbalanced equalliberium?

Symptoms of imbalanced equalliberium?

Spinning sensation : Dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ear, not walking in a straight line etc. See your dr for any concerns. Take care ! ...Read more

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What are the signs of a chemical imbalance?

What are the signs of a chemical imbalance?

More info needed: Chemical imbalance is not a term that is typically used in the mental health world. Do you mean mental health illness, or disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar disease? If you are suspecting something is going on, see your primary doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of electolyte imbalance?

What are the symptoms of  electolyte imbalance?

Best answer: My best answer is what i found on the web: "generally, electrolyte disturbance symptoms depend on which electrolytes are affected and the severity of the imbalance. Most electrolyte problems involve abnormal levels of sodium, potassium, or calcium. Typical mild symptoms of an electrolyte disturbance include dizziness and muscles cramps or weakness." i would see a dr.. ...Read more

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How exactly can a chemical imbalance cause mental illness?

How exactly can a chemical imbalance cause mental illness?

Neurotransmitters: Our brains operate on two principles: chemistry and electricity. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals used by our brains to produce all movements, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Common chemicals include serotonin, dopamine, and adrenaline (more than 100 brain chemicals are known). We believe mental illness occurs when brain chemicals get out of balance. Treatment is intended to restore balance. ...Read more

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Do negative thoughts actually lead to a chemical imbalance?

Do negative thoughts actually lead to a chemical imbalance?

They can.: Your brain's chemistry fluctuates and flows moment to moment depending on what you are experiencing and thinking about. If subjected to a major stressor or repeated stress such as with ptsd, this can lead to more chronic brain changes and more chemical imbalances. Also, chemical imbalances can result in negative thoughts, so it works both ways and can become a cycle. ...Read more

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What causes chemical imbalance? Can you develop it or born with it?

What causes chemical imbalance? Can you develop it or born with it?

I assume you mean in: Reference to psychiatric illness. They can occur due to genetic influences (hereditary) or from stress (external events, internal ways of thinking) or most likely from both in most cases (also called the "stress diathesis model" of mental illness. We should never forget the tremendous psychiatric toll taken on humanity by man's inhumanity to man, child abuse, war, torture, domestic/street violence. ...Read more

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What is the prevalence of sex horomone imbalance in women and what are the symptoms?

What is the prevalence of sex horomone imbalance in women and what are the symptoms?

Very common: Very common, painful periods, pms, facial hair etc. Saliva testing can help tell you what is out of balance. Salvia testing tells you how much free hormone is available, and then with the help of some one experienced in natural hormone therapy, many problems can be corrected. ...Read more

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How does schiznophrenia happen to someone? Is it a chemical imbalance in the head or something else?

How does schiznophrenia happen to someone?  Is it a chemical imbalance in the head or something else?

Heredity/environment: Schizophrenia has environmental ; genetic causes. Prenatal insults such as maternal infections or being born during winter months can increase the risk of a person being diagnosed. Schizophrenia is thought to be caused by abnormal connections in the brain. Increased Dopamine in mesolimbic regions may cause hallucinations. Abnormal glutamate ; serotonin levels may also be involved. ...Read more

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Feel there is a chemical imbalance. Every time i wake up i feel like i was close to death or suicidal. I don't want to feel that. Combination of thing?

Depression: There is a very serious concern that you have major depression. Please do not try to fight it yourself. You are right that you have chemical imbalance. You need to see your pcp urgently or a psychiatrist. Depression can be easily treated with inexpensive and safe medications. ...Read more

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Why are people gay? Is there a chemical imbalance?

Why are people gay? Is there a chemical imbalance?

No: According to the american psychiatric association there is nothing wrong with gay people. Is just a preference. Some people doesn't like fish, others doesn't like the purple color. Their sexual preference goes to people of the same sex. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hormonal imbalance in woman?

What are the symptoms of hormonal imbalance in woman?

Many possible ones: There are many possible symptoms, depending on which hormone is imbalanced: irregular menstrual periods, infrequent periods or no periods, acne, unwanted hair growth, hair loss, infertility or subfertility, weight gain, tiredness, weight loss, nervousness, sweating, nipple discharge, leaking milk, darkening of the skin ... See a physician if you have symptoms you're concerned about. ...Read more

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Symptoms hormone imbalance?

Symptoms hormone imbalance?

Which ones?: Varies widely depending on which hormones are invovled. What are you experiencing? ...Read more

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What are the warning symptoms of hormone imbalance?

What are the warning symptoms of hormone imbalance?

There are many: Some may include irregular menstrual cycles, acne, unwanted male-type hair growth, difficulty losing weight, obesity, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, fatigue... The list goes on and on. If you think you have an imbalance, see a board certified reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in testing/treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have depression or chemical imbalance?

What to do if I have depression or chemical imbalance?

Your Dr can assess: For mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical. ...Read more

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treatment for chemical imbalance in brain?

 treatment for chemical imbalance in brain?

More specific?: Chemical imbalance implies inherited or acquired mood or thought disorder.on most cases. Perhaps you should ask the person who used this term what they think might be going on. There are many different disease states that can be labeled as such. Most are fairly early to manage these days. Good luck sorting this out. ...Read more

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Can Nexium (esomeprazole) be used for chemical imbalance ?

Can Nexium (esomeprazole) be used for chemical imbalance ?

No: Too complex topic for such a simple solution as nexium (esomeprazole). Essentia brand bottled water can be beneficial due to ph 9.5. ...Read more

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What are some key symptoms to electrolyte imbalance and what causes electrolyte imbalance?

What are some key symptoms to electrolyte imbalance and what causes electrolyte imbalance?

Many:: Irregular heartbeat. Weakness. Bone disorders. Twitching. Blood pressure changes. Confusion. Seizures. Numbness. these are just a few causes: dehydration, medications, poor diet, kidney disease to name a few ...Read more

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How can my urine tell my doctors if I have a chemical imbalance & would any other disease pop up? Help please

How can my urine tell my doctors if I have a chemical imbalance & would any other disease pop up? Help please

Possibly: For the money a UA is perhaps the most powerful test in medicine. A dipstick can potentially detect diabetes, kidney damage, bleeding or infection and offer clues to hydration. As far as "chemical imbalance" more detailed urine tests can be done for presence of drugs, toxic substances or hormones which may be in excess causing disease (eg Cushings, or "pheo"). Hope this helps. ...Read more