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Is my addiction worsening my depression or vice versa?

Is my addiction worsening my depression or vice versa?

Works both ways: Depression may cause people to be drug or alcohol seeking, and drugs and alcohol are known to cause depression, even though in the short term they may feel as if they make you feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is flat affect a symptom of psychosis or paranoid schizophrenia or depression anxiety? i got my medical records back and they noticed that in me

Is flat affect a symptom of psychosis or paranoid schizophrenia or depression anxiety? i got my medical records back and they noticed that in me

Flat affect: means without expression or outward emotion as a doctor or interviewer saw you at a specific point in time only. Affect is one of many symptoms that goes into a psych evaluation plus medical, family, behavioral history. If you find this information in your medical record, disturbing, talk to your doctor or mental health professional if you are in treatment to put this in perspective. ...Read more

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Is bupropion right for my condition, hyper anxioty disorder and severe depression with harm to self?

Is bupropion right for my condition, hyper anxioty disorder and severe depression with harm to self?

Maybe: Buproprion is a very good antidpressant that has the advantage of not causing sexual side effects. It can treat anxiety that often comes with depression, but it is not as good at treating pure anxiety disorders like ocd and generalized anxiety disorder. We tend to use the serotonin-enhancing agents for these conditions. ...Read more

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I had a cva in the front part of my brain. It causes mood swings. Could it of caused bipolar disorder in me. I currently suffer depression. ?

I had a cva in the front part of my brain.  It causes mood swings.  Could it of caused bipolar disorder in me.  I currently suffer depression. ?

Complex issue: Why a cva at your age? This sounds rather complex and difficult. Frontal lobe disorders are very complex and will affect mood and behavior and attention. You need a thorough medical evaluation and referral for specialist evaluation as deemed appropriate by your primary physician. There may be a complicated neurological cause for your condition. ...Read more

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Currently suffering from depression and the anxiety that goes with it. Ii i cure my depression will the anxiety go away as well?

Currently suffering from depression and the anxiety that goes with it. Ii i cure my depression will the anxiety go away as well?

Depression, Anxiety: First of all rule out medical or substance abuse issues, rule of bipolar depression if it is true clinical depression and anxiety, most of depression meds help anxiety also. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Hi, is it safe to use noopept together with l-theanine and citalopram. I'm a woman of 42 suffering from depression and anxiety issues. ?

Hi, is it safe to use noopept together with l-theanine and citalopram. I'm a woman of 42 suffering from depression and anxiety issues. ?

As far as is known: There are no known interactions between noopept & other drugs/supplements but more research is needed.It should be fine with L-theanine and is probably safe with citalopram as it is not known to directly affect serotonin levels. If you try it proceed with caution and start with low doses, but it has potential to be beneficial. See https://nicksdatabase.wordpress.com/the-memory-enhancer-noopept/ ...Read more

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M south Indian.My psychiatrist told if OCD is left untreated it can lead to other severe mental illness like depression, schizophrenia correct?

M south Indian.My psychiatrist told if OCD is left untreated it can lead to other severe mental illness like depression, schizophrenia correct?

OCD: may be genetically liked to other inherited psychiatric disorders but it does not cause another genetically driven condition. If you are hamstrung by obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors you may develop situational depression and self esteem issues. Avoidant behaviors may result in behaviors that are considered odd or even maladaptive. ...Read more

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What can cause difficulity speech and mixing words together and i alway say right instead of left amd vice versa every time i'm directing someone?

What can cause difficulity speech and mixing words together and i alway say right instead of left amd vice versa every time i'm directing someone?

See a doc!: Difficulties with speech can be part of a speech or language disorder, caused by some neurological or medical problem. To find out what exactly is the cause of such difficulties, you need to go through a comprehensive evaluation. A neurologist and a neuropsychologist can perform such an evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm in anxiety disorder .. Smtimes i feel like cold sensation in my skin w/o any reason .. Is this cause by my anxiety ? Or effect of mirtazapine?

I'm in anxiety disorder .. Smtimes i feel like cold sensation in my skin w/o any reason .. Is this cause by my anxiety ? Or effect of mirtazapine?

Maybe maybe not: mirtazapine aka Remeron increases norepinephrine and serotonin to drive off depression plus it can cause drowsiness/ appetite gain effects due to antihistamine effects. It's the norepinephrine effect that could cause coldness due constriction of small blood vessels at the periphery eg skin and hence the sensation of cold. But the very same way is how anxiety can do this too. Talk to your doc further eg if it's Remeron, it would be dependent on the dose level and any sensitivity to the medication u may have. ...Read more

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I'm a 23 y/o with fibromyalgia and sciatica. Whenever I'm on my period, my pain increases ten fold. Is there a relation between them?

I'm a 23 y/o with fibromyalgia and sciatica. Whenever I'm on my period, my pain increases ten fold. Is there a relation between them?

Yes: 23 yo female with fibromyalgia (FM) & worsened FM pain & sciatica at time of menses; when Relaxin hormone is secreted. Relaxin-loosened pelvic ligaments incite sacroiliac joint subluxation, which evokes sciatica. Ligament laxity arouses compensatory painful regional muscle spasms (splinting pelvic joints). My theory for a problem with unknown causation. ...Read more

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I'm just seeking opinions! my doctor started me on Zoloft (sertraline) oft depression while i'm on lithium for bipolar? Can that be a good combo?

I'm just seeking opinions!  my doctor started me on Zoloft (sertraline) oft depression while i'm on lithium for bipolar?  Can that be a good combo?

I wonder if the: Zoloft (sertraline) is being used for anxiety as i see that listed under conditions. That might make more sense then adding in zoloft (sertraline) for depression. There is often concern that antidepressants could raise risk for mania/ hypomania. ...Read more

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Can pain in your neck that is sudden and my head feels foggy n heavy be a physical symptom of someone who has sever panic disorder jus got off zoloft ?

Can pain in your neck that is sudden and my head feels foggy n heavy be a physical symptom of someone who has sever panic disorder jus got off zoloft ?

Yes it could be: Withdrawal symptoms can occur coming off of psychiatric medications including zoloft (sertraline). Symptoms can include pain mimicing a pinched nerve shocking type pain. Zoloft (sertraline) is a good long term treatment for anxiety disorders. Stopping it, especially suddenly, can not only have withdrawal effects but uncover the panic disorder it was suppressing. Best test of this is to restart zoloft (sertraline) and see what happens. ...Read more

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Irritable, and i rarely want human interaction. Is that the medicine (lamictal) or my bipolar symptoms?

Irritable, and i rarely want human interaction. Is that the medicine (lamictal) or my bipolar symptoms?

Most likely your BPD: However, if these symptoms came about with being started on lamictal, you may want to talk to your prescribing doctor about them. Bipolar disorder can present sometimes with severe mood irritability which can affect interpersonal relationships. ...Read more

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Is vigilance disorder benign? My gp wont acknowledge it being the cause for my drowsiness foggy feeling but instead sees mental problems as culprit.

Is vigilance disorder benign? My gp wont acknowledge it being the cause for my drowsiness foggy feeling but instead sees mental problems as culprit.

It is rare & genetic: Since psych disorders are so common and it so rare, the gp may be right. But if your childhood hx and family hx incl these issues - it is a small possibility. Treatment may not differ - so it may not matter. Don't worry - if you trust the gp otherwise, trust them here too. If not, find a Dr you do. Best! ...Read more

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I have anxiety depression. Asked my dr if anger is part of anxiety and now he thinks i could be bipolar. Meth is a big player in the role?

I agree with other : Physician if u want help with u symptoms , u need to come clean with u psychiatrist and refrain from all illicit substance use. ...Read more

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My friend thinks I have fibromyalgia. What are symptoms? I have depression/anxiety cognitive function disorder. Chronic neck, back (esp. Lower), & rt. Hip/pelvic pain from falls/accidents.

My friend thinks I have fibromyalgia. What are symptoms? I have depression/anxiety cognitive function disorder. Chronic neck, back (esp. Lower), & rt. Hip/pelvic pain from falls/accidents.

Chronic pain: Fibromyalgia is a name looking for a disease. The better concept is chronic pain disorder. This has become an epidemic in our current society. Chronic pain may be in the head, back, neck, belly, hips, knees, or all over. Very common to be associated with depression and anxiety. Often the condition worsens on medications and after surgery. Counseling and acceptance are more effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more