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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Depressed Reflexes (Overview)

Depressed reflexes are hypoactive reflexes.


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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

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Depressed Reflexes (Overview)

Depressed reflexes are hypoactive reflexes.


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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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I am experiencing severe back pain, low back pain, reduced spinal flexibility, curved spine, reduced reflexes, popping or snapping sound from shou...

I am experiencing severe back pain, low back pain, reduced spinal flexibility, curved spine, reduced reflexes, popping or snapping sound from shou...

Back pain: This is a common symptom in teens who are active.
Assuming no specific trauma, you can take a trial of
Advil po q 6 hrs and Aleve q 12 hrs until pain subsides.
Also, patches on the back OTC for pain are helpful.
Heating pads can also help. Reduce activities that might
aggravate while you are healing. The pops/snaps are
muscularskeletal from laxity of the tensions/muscles. See MD if pain persist ...Read more

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

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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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I took sertraline for 1.5 years. Haven’t taken it for awhile but I’m depressed and it’s worse. The discard date was 12/05/2016. Can I still take it?

I took sertraline for 1.5 years. Haven’t taken it for awhile but I’m depressed and it’s worse. The discard date was 12/05/2016. Can I still take it?

Yes: An article came back recently testing bioavailability of some medications dating back up to 50 years and found many of them still active.

The manufacture of meds thru the FDA process puts a time limit of guarantee by the producer but that does not mean it will not be effective at a later date.

effectiveness of treatment is quite possible but consult w a professional ...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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Does a alcoholic suffering from depression and an alcoholic was in rehab later in life (40's) have a chemical imbalance and need meds?

Does a alcoholic suffering from depression and an alcoholic was in rehab later in life (40's) have a chemical imbalance and need meds?

Dual diagnosis: It sounds like you need to be treated by a psychiatrist and/or program comfortable with handling people with dual diagnoses: alcoholism and mood/personality disorder. From your list of medicines and conditions, you have a complicated mood and/or personality problem which drinking alcohol will destabilize further. Medications may be helpful and even life-saving for some of your symptoms, . ...Read more

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I have a friend of mine who is depressed and he s not ready to come for any treatment. What am I supposed to do to make him agree for this?

I have a friend of mine who is depressed and he s not ready to come for any treatment. What am I supposed to do to make him agree for this?

Depends on his diagn: May be he has poor insight and judgement and is not unusual for people like that to be brought for mental health evaluation by their significant others. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have crippling anxiety and mild depression for the last four years it’s getting worse and I need to know I can get help from this site.?

I have crippling anxiety and mild depression for the last four years it’s getting worse and I need to know I can get help from this site.?

Ask medical question: If you do not request premium, paid services, then this Basic HealthTap public forum is free. Post your question in English, with good grammar and spelling, and one or more of the thousands of volunteer doctors can answer it. They might skip repetitive questions, or ones that have too many abbreviations, or are hard to understand. (HealthTap's premium services are private consultations for a fee.) ...Read more

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I'm suffering from depression and feel that my meds aren't helping. My mom, almost 80 is looking after my 2 children. I''m s ared. No onein canada?

I'm suffering from depression and feel that my meds aren't helping. My mom, almost 80 is looking after my 2 children. I''m s ared. No onein canada?

Treatment.: This can be frightening. You may need a combination of medications and talking therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very beneficial. Please let the prescribing physician know the extent of your depression - so that your medications can be optomized. There is hope. ...Read more

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Lost much muscle from having p.O.T.S and depression made me decondition what's the best way to recondition my body? I feel im trying too hard/too quick

Lost much muscle from having p.O.T.S and depression made me decondition what's the best way to recondition my body? I feel im trying too hard/too quick

Fitness: Begin slowly, 20 minutes of walking, mild aerobic activity three times a week. Increase your time to 30 minutes in two weeks, then 30 minutes and when you feel able to 4 aerobic workouts a week for 40 minutes. In the first month start a weight resistance routine as well, upper body exercises for at least 30 minutes twice a week. Focus your diet on plant based protein and be patient with yourself. ...Read more

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Son (6 yrs) started Claritin 3 months ago. Since, he’s now angry hyper and depressed. He’s been off it for 3 days. When will it be cleared from his system? Will his behavior return back to normal?

Son (6 yrs) started Claritin 3 months ago. Since, he’s now angry hyper and depressed. He’s been off it for 3 days. When will it be cleared from his system? Will his behavior return back to normal?

If is the claritin: That caused the symptoms to begin with, he would return to his normal self. It would take up to a week to be cleared of his system, if symptoms persist kindly have his doctor re-evaluate, chronic upper respiratory infection / middle ER infection can lead to similar symptoms, ENT evaluation may be needed, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Was recently in the mental hospital-51/50 (d.T.S.)was there for a week & diagnosed w/major depression. How accurate could this be if I was there 1 wk?

Was recently in the mental hospital-51/50 (d.T.S.)was there for a week & diagnosed w/major depression. How accurate could this be if I was there 1 wk?

Time: Depression is diagnosed by identifying signs and symptoms of the condition. This information is obtained prospectively (ie from admit day to discharge day) but also retrospectively (ie a patients history of illness prior to admission). Depending on the information gathered the diagnosis can be accurate. ...Read more

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What can I do for depression?

What can I do for depression?

Many things: I agree with dr. Saponaro about using psychotherapy with medications, rather than meds alone. Some studies have also shown consistent exercise to be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression. Nutritionally, you can also make sure to have enough vitamin d and omega-3 fats. If not eating wild alaskan salmon at least 2x/week, be sure to take good quality fish oil w/1000mg epa/day. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression?

How do I know if I have depression?

Common: Symptoms of depression are sadness, fatigue, low drive, isolation, avoidance of others, poor appetite, poor sleep, irritability etc. If you have any or most of these symptoms see a doctor for a full diagnosis and begin some treatment plan. ...Read more

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Have really bad depression, please help?

Have really bad depression, please help?

Please seek medical: Evaluation and treatment. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. Lack of interest in life, fatigue, crying, are signs. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some biological leads to of depression?

Biological causes: Biological causes of depression include differences in brain chemistry, inherited traits, hormonal changes and illnesses (i.e. Hypothyroidism) which adversely affect the level of one's hormones or brain chemistry. ...Read more

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How can depression work?

How can depression work?

Persistent despair: Can begin a downward spiral. As energy & motivation decrease, people often withdraw, isolate themselves & feel helpless & hopeless. They may become self-critical & self-blaming. Behaviors, thinking & emotions intensify each other. Chronic, moderate depression is dysthymia. Research & clinical experience show that cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) is the most effective treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause depression?

What can cause depression?

A mix: Psychiatric illnesses occur when a combination of risk factors collide. The most common factors include your genes, your family upbringing and culture, and your thoughts. ...Read more

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How can I treat depression?

How can I treat depression?

Exercise: Depression can be very serious and sometimes caused by medical illness. See your family doc to get checked out. In addition to prescription medication for depression daily vigorous exercise can help as well as seeing a councilor, reading books about depression, and taking better care of yourself. ...Read more

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