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Medicine For Psychiatric Hospitalization
Can a person with an extensive history of psychiatric hospitalization ever become a licensed counselor if she gets her bachelor's in the field?
Some of the best counselors I have personally known are people who have dealt with their "own demons"
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Individual experienc: Because each person is unique, being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility would be a little different for each one. But generally the person would be in a protected space where a good evaluation of his/her difficulties could happen, and where an effective treatment plan could be developed. A team of psychiatrists, nurses, psychotherapists, social workers, aides, etc would care for the person. ...Read more
Please tell me what are some psychiatric conditions that can be found in teens and lead to hospitalization?
What will it be like to be hospitalized at a psychiatry ward? (I was told to be hospitalized for self harm and being suicidal)
Depends on location: Psychiatric hospitalization varies depending on where you are hospitalized but typically these are locked units with restrictions on what kind of clothes you can have (no shoe laces, belts, etc). They also limit items you can hurt yourself with. You typically have patients to interact with, as well as nurses, social workers, therapists etc. You can have various different groups, be offered meds. ...Read more
Panic attacks 6 yrs. Been hospitalized, therapy, psychiatry, nothing works. Took myself off of citalopram, coping won't work. Am I cursed? Can anything be done
Am I better off hiding the real extent of my psychiatric problems from psychiatrists? I've had major depression for much of my life, including a few hospitalizations. After a suicide attempt five years ago, my then-psychiatrist asked me to seek psychiatri
Full disclosure of your history is key to successful treatment. Be completely honest with your doctor about your past, your issues with previous doctors, and what you think went wrong. Hopefully the doctor will be able to sort through all the issues and come up with an appropriate treatment plan; if not then ask for a direct referral to someone who can help you.
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No way: Taking medications for a mental or nervous condition does not make you a Zombie or a tool of the devil. They can help you get well and live a fuller life. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Enduring Patterns: A personality disorder is a mental health condition in which an individual exhibits enduring behaviors and experiences associated with significant stress or disability deviating from social expectations especially in relating to others. Personality disorders are inflexible and pervasive across many situations. Ttreament is usually some form of psychotherapy combined with medication management. ...Read more
Does Psychiatry medicines increase androjen? When I was 16 a had a very feminin body but now I have very thick torso and wide shoulders
Medication effects: Risperdal and Invega are two psychiatric medications that are known for having hormonal effects, but it can't really be said that all psychiatric medications will have such effects. There are many things that can affect hormones and physical changes, and usually lab tests done by a primary care doctor or endocrinologist can help sort it out. ...Read more
My girlfriend tells me she can't have kids because of taking too many psychiatric medicines for mental reasons. Psychiatric reasons. Is this true?
Hard to say: Some of the psychiatric medications are known to trigger birth defects in a percentage of exposed fetuses. There are also many psychiatric medications that have little effect on the fetus. If she could switch to a med with less problems childbearing might be less worrisome. However, it sounds like she is not aware of this possibility or not interested in the idea. ...Read more
I have a very hard time ejaculating, some times I cant do it at all, its because of my psychiatric medicine I take, is there anything I can take to help me, I prefer natural, I cant lower my meds?
Chemical lobotomy?: Most doctors prescribe medications in order to help people with painful symptoms and illnesses -- not to render them stuporous or otherwise impaired. I agree with dr. Fowler's comments. Psychiatric medications do have side effects, yet there can be reasonable balancing of desirable effects vs problematic ones. Above all, a working patient-doctor partnership is needed. ...Read more
Several classes: The two major stimulant classes are amphetamine and methylphenidatep, each of which has several different delivery forms. Methyamphetamine once was used but rarely is now. Caffeine is a weak stimulant. Modafanil has properties much like stimulants but is longer acting. Bupropion is an antidepressant that works on the same system as stimulants. ...Read more
Defensiveness: I agree with dr. Omrani about ignorance being a big reason. Some people have remarkable abilities in this area. Another is defensiveness, because they are frightened of "those" people with psychiatric problems. It's easier to dismiss an issue than to delve into and understand it. People often do dismiss psychiatry -- until they or their family members need help. Then, the light may dawn. ...Read more
Depends: It really depends on the situation. Medications can be dramatically helpful for many conditions, when carefully prescribed by a trained child psychiatrist. On the other hand, there seems to be a trend towards over-prescribing of medications such as antipsychotics, stimulants, and antidepressants, sometimes off-label, and potentially with severe and unwarranted side effects. ...Read more
Hard to Answer...: Very difficult question to answer briefly. There are many different medicines that are used in psychiatry, and these are grouped into several categories. The most well known are the antidepressants. Other groups are the antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizing meds, stimulants, and antianxiety meds. Some meds fall into more than one category. ...Read more
Could I use a free online psychiatric chat to get a medicine for a social event I have that is anxious for me?
Try CONCIERGE: This is HealthTap BASIC, where you post simple questions and get free, brief, informational answers from U.S. doctors; not medical care and not conversations with doctors. Try our premium CONCIERGE service where you can have private virtual consultations with doctors. For psychiatry, it is UNLIKELY for a patient to get medication unless there is an ongoing relationship between patient and doctor. ...Read more
Do psychiatric drugs have metabolites that stay on your body. Do they have an affect after all the half life is over?
Some do, some don't: Many different medications are used in psychiatry. Some have "active metabolites" and some don't. Generally speaking, newer meds are less likely to have active metabolites. Another issue: the effect of some meds persists even after the med is gone. For example, antidepressants take a couple weeks to start working — and also a couple weeks to stop, even after they are no longer taken. ...Read more
What is the difference between psychopharmacology and psychiatry? Would a psychopharmacologist help more in finding the correct medicine?
Definitions: A psychopharmacologist is typically a psychiatrist who identifies as having studied psychiatric medications in significant depth and has a very technical approach to medication management. If someone is looking for purely medication management and possibly has had difficulties finding a helpful medication in the past, then a psychopharmacologist is a good option to try. ...Read more
Why do I feel pissed off whenever I exercise? Its supposed to make relaxed like it did in the past before I took and stopped any psychiatric drug.
Interesting: This might depend on what type of exercise you're doing, or whether you might be using any performance-enhancing substances. Another question might be whether the issue for which your doctor prescribed medications is coming back? It could be helpful to talk with your psychiatrist about this and get to the bottom of it. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Can I be wrongly prescribed psychiatric medicine? How to get out of this trap? I've been through too many and fear I will never be the same again.
Too little info: Without knowing what kinds of problems you're having and what medications you've taken, it's impossible to answer your question specifically. Broadly, not everyone even with severe psychiatric problems needs medications--and those who do don't always benefit. If you're feeling trapped, consider getting a second opinion, maybe from a psychologist, about the nature of your problem. ...Read more
If one took many psychiatric drugs that interfered with sleep can one eventually return to normal sleep patterns immediatelyafter all drugs are gone?
Immediately?: It's very hard to answer your question, because I don't know what drugs we're talking about, how long you've taken them, or what conditions you're dealing with. All these issues are important and could affect sleep quality. Also some medications are unsafe to stop suddenly, and must be tapered. I see Clonazepam on your medication list, and this one should definitely not be stopped suddenly. ...Read more
Is there a reason why people have so many complaints about psychiatric medication on online forums and websites. Are these drugs designed to heal you?
Treat symptoms but: Psych meds are not designed to "heal" but this is because we don't know how to heal most mental illness with drugs. They are designed to reduce symptoms but can have many & serious side effects. Of course most of those taking these meds are anxious/ depressed/paranoid & when they find a drug does not cure them & causes significant side effects they are prone to complain. See my comment:. ...Read more
Does psychiatric medicine withdrawal leave your neurology all messed up until you take three medicine again or something to replace it. Will it recove?
Yes, you will: Recover if u decrease very slowly the medications one by one, together with the doc who prescribed the meds. If u have stopped all ur meds cold turkey on ur own, ur brain & body have readjust 2 quickly & withdrawal sx can be pretty awful to endure. Pls: go back 2 see ur doc, establish an entrusted relationship. If u feel s/he is not the best 4 u, find somebody else, u have 2 proceed w/ a dr. Best. ...Read more