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Chemical Imbalance 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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