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Doctor insights on: Impaired Judgment

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Why does stress impair judgment?

Why does stress impair judgment?

Actually, it depends: The yerkes-dodson curve (google it) says performance peaks with moderate stress — not too much or too little. But the best amount depends on the task. Judging simple, over-learned tasks can be done under relatively more stress; complex, novel tasks need much less. The "why" involves the effect of stress hormones & the sympathetic nervous system on cognition: emergencies call for fast action. ...Read more

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Why does pot impair judgement?

Why does pot impair judgement?

See below : Through a variety of mechanisms especially gaba dis-inhibition, out reduces prefrontal function and increases appetite. ...Read more

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How does alcohol impair drivers judgement?

How does alcohol impair drivers judgement?

Alcohol disinhibits: Which means it causes us to do things we normally wouldn't do. So speeding becomes natural, even through lights. Trying to pass unsafely can cause head on collisions and alcohol causes a loss of ability to acurately judge distances. Alcohol is also sedating and can cause you to nodd off at the wheel. ...Read more

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Danger of impaired judgement?

Danger of impaired judgement?

Lots of trouble: The question of course begs judgment for what. Bad judgment in relationships can result in conflicts, victimization, and personal danger, bad judgment in safety related decisions can result in personal harm or put others at risk, bad judgment in finaincial matters can cause financial problems, bad judgment in drinking and driving...Etc. Etc. ...Read more

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Are there sleep meds that induce sleep but don't impair judgement - if I have to get up4kidmergency?

Are there sleep meds that induce sleep but don't impair judgement - if I have to get up4kidmergency?

Nothing great: There are no great choices with sleep meds as far as avoiding sleepiness the next day. Closest is probably a newer drug called rozerem (ramelteon). It works by imitating natural melatonin, a hormone which convinces your brain it's time to sleep. It does not do much to maintain sleep, so if you wake up, you are less groggy, but you might not sleep long. It is new and expensive and insurance coverage is poor. ...Read more

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Can depression impair my judgement to the point where I could be convinced of doing things I wouldn't normally do?

Can depression impair my judgement to the point where I could be convinced of doing things I wouldn't normally do?

Severe depression.: In rare circumstances, depression can reach a psychotic level at which your insight and judgment are impaired and your ability to make decisions would be thereby compromised. If this is the case with you, then you need immediate psychological help, perhaps even in a hospital setting. ...Read more

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Could severe OCD along with keppra (levetiracetam) make you hallucinate things, impair judgement, and make depression worse?

Could severe OCD along with keppra (levetiracetam) make you hallucinate things, impair judgement, and make depression worse?

Yes it can: Keppra (levetiracetam) itself can cause hallucinations and depression, as well as increased aggression, paranoia, irritability, and panic attacks. Severe ocd would not improve any of these things, and may worsen them. A significant portion of people with ocd also experience depression, even without being on keppra (levetiracetam). ...Read more