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Dr. Harinder Gill
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Autonomic Nervous System (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system. It is ‘autonomic’ because it does not require voluntary thought to function. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic system manages “fight or flight” responses and the parasympathetic system acts as a counterpart that manages ...Read more


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What mental disorder is characterized by lack of emotion or inappropriate emotional response?

What mental disorder is characterized by lack of emotion or inappropriate emotional response?

Several d/o: Personality disorders/ depression / psychotic disorders / drug and etoh disorders all have a potential component of flattened or inappropriate emotional response. ...Read more

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Tactile sensitivity since birth, increasing with age; strong startle response to tactile stimuli; gradual loss of bladder control. Are these related?

Tactile sensitivity since birth, increasing with age; strong startle response to tactile stimuli; gradual loss of bladder control. Are these related?

Cannot diagnose: You need to be seen by a neurologist and be evaluated in detail. This is grossly abnormal and must be addressed by an expert with full access to prior medical records, history, physical exam and probably some testing. Please go soon because neurological damages respond best when addressed early. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Symptoms: heart sinking, nrrvousness anxiety loss of gocus panic attacks depression restless leg syndrome psychosomatic pain anger. Meds advice.

Symptoms: heart sinking, nrrvousness anxiety loss of gocus panic attacks depression restless leg syndrome psychosomatic pain anger. Meds advice.

See a psychiatrist: This is a complex problem, and you need a good evaluation before any medications are prescribed. Please see an experienced psychiatrist for this evaluation, and allow him or her to make treatment suggestions for you. ...Read more

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I'm feeling paranoid, agitated, confused and nervous, emotional, lacking confidence, questioning my cognitive abilities which are affecting my life?

I'm feeling paranoid, agitated, confused and nervous, emotional, lacking confidence, questioning my cognitive abilities which are affecting my life?

Not a good to place: To be. I am sorry that you are going through this. Have you ever had a psychiatric evaluation? This would be a good place to start. This will allow assessment for any medical causes. Definitive diagnosis is also necessary.Once diagnosed - an individualized treatment plan can be developed. There is hope. Please get help. ...Read more

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What are some physiological (non-psychological) causes of exaggerated spinal reflexes (i.E. Exaggerated jerking/flinching in response to light touch)?

What are some physiological (non-psychological) causes of exaggerated spinal reflexes (i.E. Exaggerated jerking/flinching in response to light touch)?

Startle vs DTR's: Your description of exaggerated jerking with light touch sounds like someone with very brisk "startle" reflex, as in post traumatic stress disorder. This is a physiological response to hypervigilance, as ptsd encompasses the whole person and his/her body. Hyperactive deep tendon reflexes (dtr's) can result from conditions like cerebral palsy, strokes, inflammatory diseases, and brain injury. ...Read more

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What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion and severe panic symptoms of?

What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion and severe panic symptoms of?

Panic: Several possibilities, from anxiety disorder to agitated depression to organic mood disorder caused by something physiological or medications. Needs assessment by your pcp first. ...Read more

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Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Unsure: While not really a depressant, marijuana may not help a person to feel motivated, which is often missing in depression! it might temporarily mask emotional pain, but in excess can lead to problems. Some research suggests it can potentiate mental symptoms--and results were not simply due to ill people self-medicating. And it can lead to jail. That's depressing / scary. Psychiatrists, gps? ...Read more

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What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion symptoms of?

What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion symptoms of?

Get Checked: Are those new symptoms or something you've experienced before?These sx could be a sign of many things, physical as well as psychological. I would recommend speaking to your primary care doctor to rule out anything physical going on and take things from there. Additionally, find a mental health professional who can help you with learning to cope with the sx you describe. ...Read more

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Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Sometimes.: Anxious ruminations & agitated depression can certainly present with racing thoughts. I can't think of any reason why ocd might not somtimes present similarly. ...Read more

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Can an extreme fight or flight response cause mental impairment?

Can an extreme fight or flight response cause mental impairment?

Possibly: Extreme fight or flight response equals extreme reaction to stress, which triggers the release of a harmful cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones, like cortisol, affecting negatively all body functions & organs, especially the brain. Acute stress disorder and post traumatic stress disorder are well established mental impairments directly related to exposure to high stress situation. ...Read more

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Can anger trigger an anxiery attack/panic attack?

Can anger trigger an anxiery attack/panic attack?

Yes it could. Risks : ; triggers: some things which can ^ risk of panic attacks include: previous abuse/ trauma as well as genetic predisposition. Traumatic brain injury, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, mitral valve prolapse, recurrent hyperventilation, extreme physical activity, drug abuse ; stimulants may ^ risk. Acute stressors or chronic stress, illness, claustrophobia ; major life changes can also play a part. ...Read more

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Describe the features of an autonomic nervous system disorder.?

Describe the features of an autonomic nervous system disorder.?

A broad topic: The autonomic nervous system controlls body functions that occur automatically. This includes heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and sweating among others. Autonomic disorder can be many and varied. An example would be failure of the blood pressure to increase when stading from a lying position causing dizziness or fainting. Another may be a fast resting heart rate. Talk to your doctor for more. ...Read more

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Is sugar cravings related to depression, anxiety disorders? why

Is sugar cravings related to depression, anxiety disorders? why

Sugar creates spikes: in insulin which impacts mood and health. High fructose corn syrup is a type of sugar that is in many products. Please read labels to avoid it. High rates of diabetes, even among children today. Here's a link to one book, but there are many.http://www.amazon.com/Sugar-Blues-William-Dufty/dp/0446343129 Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

I am experiencing  impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more

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Patuitary tumours .... Mental illness irational thinking aggression are these normal symptoms?

Patuitary tumours .... Mental illness irational thinking aggression are these normal symptoms?

No, not normal: No, it's not normal to have a mental illness, irrational thinking, or aggression. Pituitary tumors can cause endocrine & other changes, and these can affect how you view & respond to others. Please see your physician as soon as possible about the symptoms you're having. ...Read more

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Help please! could depression, anxiety and somatisation be understood as appeasement displays?

Help please! could depression, anxiety and somatisation be understood as appeasement displays?

Possible: Everyone's situation is unique although you are thinking about what psychoanalysts would find interesting in that you are considering the second order effects of psychiatric symptoms in the context of relationships. These phenomena are fundamental and some postulate they are at times unconscious. Through intensive individual psychotherapy they could be deciphered. Talk to a therapist or md! ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Autonomic (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system (ans or visceral nervous system or involuntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions, such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more