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Dr. Corey Clay
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Flat Affect (Overview)

Flat Affect is a term used for the absence or apparent absence of emotional response to any situation or event.


Dr. Corey Clay
17 doctors shared insights

Flat Affect (Overview)

Flat Affect is a term used for the absence or apparent absence of emotional response to any situation or event.


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What does it mean to have flat affect?

What does it mean to have flat affect?

Flat affect: A flat affect is often used to describe the lack of emotion in a situation that would be expected to elicit emotion. Often, this term is used to describe the emotional state of a person with depression or other mental health issues. ...Read more

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Do drugsl cause a flat affect?

Do drugsl cause a flat affect?

Some: Not all drugs causs a flat affect, although some psychotropocs can. Dependent partially dose, the atypical antipsychotis are capable of this; although twhe older generation antipsychotics are more apt to produce this side effect. Antianxieyu meds, particularly the benzodiazepones, can cause this at high doses. ...Read more

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What is the best medical treatment for flat affect which may be due to depression and long standing schizophrenia.?

What is the best medical treatment
for flat affect which may be due to
depression and long standing 
schizophrenia.?

Individual treatment: You first deserve a good evaluation of your condition to be as sure as possible of diagnosis. If schizophrenia is the primary cause of the flat affect (which it can be), an important part of treatment will be antipsychotic medications. If you are more schizoaffective, then other medications might be needed in addition. Supportive therapy is helpful too. Your psychiatrist can suggest options. ...Read more

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When someone is diagnosed with "flat affect, " are there any treatments other than psychotherapy?

Flat Affect: "flat affect" is not something you diagnose someone with, but it's an observation that might go in one's mental status exam. Treatment depends on why the affect is "flat." it can be from depression, schizophrenia, medication side effects, and other possibilities. The most helpful treatment stems from understanding the problem first. Psychiatric evaluation should help discern this. ...Read more

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Can disulone really affect the behavior of a person? My uncle has been taking that drug and now he has a flat affect. He is sometimes incoherent.

Can disulone really affect the behavior of a person? My uncle has been taking that drug and now he has a flat affect. He is sometimes incoherent.

Of course: When you take a medication, there can be effects in every system of your body -- including your central nervous system which organizes behavior. Infections like malaria can affect behavior, affect, and ability to concentrate too. Please tell your uncle's physician about your observations. The medication may need adjusting or changing, or something else may need attending to. ...Read more

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How do I get my personality back? Flat affect and anhedonia for 2 years

How do I get my personality back? Flat affect and anhedonia for 2 years

Express yourself!: Our personalities become known by our actions. If you have flat affect (a severe reduction of emotional expressiveness) and anhedonia (loss of the capacity to experience pleasure), you may have a depressive disorder requiring treatment by a professional. Make an appointment ASAP. In the meantime, lead with your behavior. That is, behave as if you are enjoying what you're doing. This might spread. ...Read more

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My boyfriend says he has a flat affect. I don't notice. So should this be cause for worry?

Perhaps: If your boyfriend thinks it is a problem, it may well be. Or it may just be normal for him. It would be good to have him evaluated for depression or other mood disorders by his primary care provider. A good preventive resource that outlines general screening tests, including a screen for depression, is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more