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Do Antipsychotics Increase Negative Symptoms In Schizophrenia
A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more
Do antipsychotics increase the negative symptoms of schizophrenia (like apathy and social withdrawal)?
No: They don't increase negative symptoms. Unfortunately, they often don't do enough to decrease them either. The negative symptoms are part of the illness itself, not a medication side effect. After the antipsychotics control the positive symptoms, which they do a better job of treating, the negative symptoms are more easily noticed, but they are an inherent and impairing part of the illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Sometimes, antipsychotics, especially the older ones, can cause parkinson's - like side effect. This causes the person to have a "flat" or emotionless appearance to the face. The antipsychotics all also cause sleepiness and a low energy. This may imitate the lack of drive that is also a common negative symptom. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will antipsychotics for schizophrenia do anything for me if i experience more negative symptoms than positive symptoms?
Can antipsychotics (olanzapine) cause permanent anhedonia and loss of motivation? Can they aggravate negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia?
Possibly: When prescribed improperly -- and usually this is a dosage issue, or when prescribed without attention to alternative medicines -- they can result in such symptoms. But the symptoms are not permanent, and resolve when prescribed properly or when the medicine is discontinued. ...Read more
Can the new bloodtest for schizophrenia only work if I am off antipsychotic drugs when I do the test?
On hold: The test verapsych looks for biomarkers of the illness and would not be affected by taking antipsychotic medication however use of the test has been suspended pending more research to support its usefulness. ...Read more
Schizophrenia without antipsychotics. Alternative approach to psychosis? Gaba? B3? 5htp? Omega3? Dosage?
Alternatives: No responsible physician can make recommendations like you're requesting on the internet, without seeing you and evaluating your situation. Schizophrenia is a serious illness, and you deserve effective treatment with a good doctor. There are psychiatrists who know about nutrition, and who integrate different types of treatment. See http://www.Inimh.Org/ and http://www.Holisticboard.Org/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does withdrawal from antipsychotics cause schizophrenia? I started to hear many voices several months after stopping psych meds.
Why am I cold all the time when others are warm. I was diagnosed hypothyroidism and also given antipsychotics for schizophrenia?
These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more