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What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

Dysthymia: And if it's really grim, depression. Before your self-diagnose mental illness, there are some entities to rule out, including medication effect, hypothyroidism, and porphyria. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's a mental issue or slowness that can cause a speech impediment, such as not being able to form words?

More info needed: That is a very general question. It depends on many factors, including the age and overall health of the patient, the nature of the symptoms, medications being taken, and many others. However, it is safe to say that the development of such a symptom where it previously did not exist warrants an evaluation with a primary care physician. ...Read more

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Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Could be either/both: There is a lot of overlap between the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction and depression/anxiety. Many psychiatrists and primary care doctors will check thyroid blood tests before considering treating the mood issue. If thyroid is dysfunctional then treating the thyroid condition might improve or alleviate the depression/anxiety. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...Read more

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Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Yes it can: These are definitely possible side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram). A more complete list can be found at the following website: http://www.rxlist.com/lexapro-side-effects-drug-center.htm Now, riddle me this....I'm curious as to why you chose tag words of "below average IQ." ...Read more

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Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Either!: Skill and speed at reading certainly depends on practice! Every improves with practice, even with learning disorders. However if you have a learning disorder, see a specialist to find out what kind, then you can be given effective methods to make learning easier. When trying to read faster, pick a subject that you like! It is often easier to get more enjoyment from non-fiction/jokes first ...Read more

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Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Not likely: Many people with no food allergy will produce antibody that reacts to the food allergy panel. Thus, these tests need to be interpreted by experts who treat food allergy daily. Skin testing is often more accurate, but ones history of symptoms that follow an ingestion is critical as well. Yes, dizziness/fogginess can occur with allergy, but is transient immediately following intake. Be well! ...Read more

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Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" shes not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" shes not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Get another opinion: Abilify (aripiprazole) is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as well as an adjunct to antidepressant meds. It is not a drug to treat fatigue per se unless the doctor is fairly certain that the fatigue is due to major uncontrolled depression. ...Read more