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Dementia And Ocd
Brain disorders both: one does not cause the other but they can co-exist, or if you have one you could have symptoms that resemble the other. For instance, patient with end stage dementia could have psychosis, but it is not schizophrenia. Likewise, a person with schizophrenia could have trouble remembering things, resembling dementia. ...Read more
Yes: All of the phenomena you list can be found in the DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association as recognized diagnoses. ...Read more
Very different: Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and often disabling brain disorder with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. Depending on treatment, people may or may not be able to hold jobs or relate well to others. Ocd is an anxiety disorder, and is not psychotic. It's characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive, ritualized behaviors. Both can be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alzheimer, Dementia: Mental status examination including memory impairment, disorientation to time , place, and person, decline in intellectual functioning and impairment of attention and concentration helps in diagnosis of alzheimer, and dementia. At times blood tests and ct scan of brain help in the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Insight: People with obsessions realize that their thoughts are unreasonable and unrealistic and have insight into their thoughts. By definition, a delusion is a false belief but a person thinks it is true. Ocd is considered an anxiety d/o whereas delusions are a problem with one's thoughts. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes it can be: Faverin = fluvoxamine, an antidepressant which also has significant anti-anxiety attributes. Like most ssri's, it may cause GI side effects such as nausea and diarrhea. These may dissipate in the first weeks of use. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20238342 and http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/18568110. ...Read more
Subtle question: In mania, people subjectively feel their performance is superior when actually it is not--it becomes degraded by distractability and flighty thinking. Yet underlying cognitive capacity remains intact. Mild mania (hypomania) provide boosts of energy that multiply the effect of intelligence even though, once again, the underlying capacity remains unchanged. Untreated bipolar reduces net performance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No - very different: Anxiety includes emotions of dread, apprehension ; worry, and physical symptoms such as pounding heart, sweating, tremors/twitches, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, muscle tension, and headaches. Dementia is completely different -- it's a loss of brain function affecting memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. A person with dementia may certainly feel anxious, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What're some good group therapy activities for low-functioning adults (schizophrenia, stroke, bipolar)?
Group therapy: Your local mental health center (csb) is best resource. ...Read more
Can OCD and major depression disorder treated with Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam, cause halucinations?
NOT USUALLY: Hallucinations are typically an indication of a psychotic process or maybe less serious if it happens upon falling asleep or waking up. OCD does not involve hallucinations as a symptom. Antidepressants do not typically cause hallucinations either. If the is some connection then the diagnosis may need to be reconsider like possibly bipolar disorder. Speak with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Escitalopram: Escitalopram is an oral drug that is used for treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder. It may be helpful to you if combined with intensive care from a mental health care professional, but may not be fully effective if taken just as a substitute for complete care. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impact on function: Until one finds a way to relieve or reduce the symptoms of mental/emotional/behavioral disorders they do indeed have an impact on functioning in many areas of life. Often that is a necessary part of the dx. It's not likely that the innate intellectual capacity would be diminished, but the performance level definitely could. Find effective tx - a combo of cbt talk therapy and meds may be best. ...Read more
Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?
It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Escitalopram: Escitalopram is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression or anxiety. Escitalopram is used to treat Major depressive disorder and Anxiety. It is not a medication to treat Paranoia or specific medication for OCD. See Psychiatrist for establishing your Diagnosis, then discuss Medications and Therapy ...Read more