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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Depressed Reflexes (Overview)

Depressed reflexes are clinical findings in which the normal reflexes (such as tapping below the knee resulting in the leg kicking out) occur more slowly and to a lesser degree than normal.


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Can too much alcohol cause depressed reflexes?

Can too much alcohol cause depressed reflexes?

Yes!: Research have shown that acute alcohol intoxication results in diminished cognitive and psychomotor abilities. More importantly, this results in an increased number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths due to impaired performance of motor tasks such as tracking, and reaction time. Additionally, alcohol use tends to inhibit responses in go/no-go tasks, thereby complicating easier tasks. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Depressed Reflexes (Overview)

Depressed reflexes are clinical findings in which the normal reflexes (such as tapping below the knee resulting in the leg kicking out) occur more slowly and to a lesser degree than normal.


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What does depressed reflexes look like?

What does depressed reflexes look like?

Muted: I believe you are asking what "depressed" relexes look like.Depressed reflexes are muted/reduced reflexes.For example, if testing your knee reflexs, your patellar tendon is tapped and lower leg swings as if "kicking" = knee jerk.With decreased reflexes (eg occurs with hypothyroidism, peripheral neuopathy & other conditions ), the knee jerk and other reflexes would be smaller or absent.See your doc. ...Read more

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What does depressed reflexes look like?

Muted: I believe you are asking what "depressed" relexes look like.Depressed reflexes are muted/reduced reflexes.For example, if testing your knee reflexs, your patellar tendon is tapped and lower leg swings as if "kicking" = knee jerk.With decreased reflexes (eg occurs with hypothyroidism, peripheral neuopathy & other conditions ), the knee jerk and other reflexes would be smaller or absent.See your doc. ...Read more

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Can too much alcohol cause depressed reflexes?

Yes!: Research have shown that acute alcohol intoxication results in diminished cognitive and psychomotor abilities. More importantly, this results in an increased number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths due to impaired performance of motor tasks such as tracking, and reaction time. Additionally, alcohol use tends to inhibit responses in go/no-go tasks, thereby complicating easier tasks. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy - can I request Propofol/Fentanyl combo to prevent resp depress. frm titrating Prop. and ask to titrate the Fent. instead for pain reflex?

Colonoscopy - can I request Propofol/Fentanyl combo to prevent resp depress. frm titrating Prop. and ask to titrate the Fent. instead for pain reflex?

You can ask: But it's the anesthesiologists job to administer the drug combination that they think is in your best interests based on the circumstances and your medical history. And guess what? What you are asking causes respiratory depression too. ...Read more

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What are the differences between depression, bi-polar, and s.A.D?

What are the differences between depression, bi-polar, and s.A.D?

Bipolar: Bipolar depression is a type of bipolar disorder when pt. Is in phase of depression. Bipolar................Phases of depression alternating with manic/hypomanic phases. Depression..........No manic/hypomanic phases. Sad.................Seasonal changes in moods. ...Read more

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Possible to be depressed, asocial, apathetic, moody, for life, as a personnality trait ? How to feel better then if it´s not a disorder but as hard ?

Possible to be depressed, asocial, apathetic, moody, for life, as a personnality trait ? How to feel better then if it´s not a disorder but as hard ?

Dysthymia: Dysthymic disorder (dysthymia) is a state of chronic, low-grade depression that can last 2 years or longer. Yes, it can be very debilitating. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001916/ medications may not work as well for this form of depression, but these people may respond better to talk therapy. This can help enlarge world-view and open to more positive experience. ...Read more

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I've been clinically depressed since i was 43. I am now 75. I've taken every antidepressant on the market i think. I never get used to it. It' s like existing, not living. I never get used to it.

I've been clinically depressed since i was 43. I am now 75. I've taken every antidepressant on the market i think.  I
never get used to it. It' s like existing, not living. I never get used to it.

Other options: I'm sorry to hear that you've had such difficulty. Your doctors must be wanting to find solutions also. Additional options may be adding methyl-folate to augment your medicines; also transcranial magnetic stimulation might help; ECT as outpatient benefits some as well. Sometimes classical homeopathy with an experienced homeopath may help too. ...Read more

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Thoughts on same (s-adenosy-l-methionine). In the use for very mild depression?

Thoughts on same (s-adenosy-l-methionine). In the use for very mild depression?

Weak: Weak results in scarce/weak studies. One of those substances that may deserve a better chance to prove effective given the commercial presence and the tales. Anyway this far, not provenly more effective than (measurable) psychotherapy, for mild depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more