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Is Latuda (lurasidone) a mood stabalizer? I was prescribed Latuda (lurasidone) to help with mood lability?
It can be -:
Latuda is an atypical antipsychotic medication.
Latuda has FDA indications for use with Schizophrenia & for depressive episodes with Bipolar I Disorder. It can be used as monotherapy or as adjunct with lithium or depakote. It can help with mood stabilization. REF: http://www. Latuda. Com/LatudaPrescribingInformation. Pdf ...Read more
Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more
Can you explain the difference between recurrent major depression with mood lability and bipolar disorder?
Different problems: With major depression you have serious depressive symptoms like sadness and hopelessness. It can be constant or come and go. Mood lability is when you mood fluctuates frequently, feeling okay one minute then sad or angry the next. With bipolar disorder you can have depression but you also have mania or hypomania, conditions with increased arousal. See doctor if you have either. ...Read more
Can be: If you are having psychiatric side effects from an increase in dose, you should discuss this with your doctor urgently. ...Read more
I've allegedly got an autonomic disorder - however my BP lability makes me think I may have baroreflex failure. What is the difference b/t the 2?
Bizarre: There's an old saying in medicine that "common things happen commonly." the corrollary to that wisdom is that "rare things happen rarely." barorecptor failure is so rare that you can forget about it. Look for a different explanation. ...Read more
No calculation: There is no formula. Start a spread sheet (Excel, if you're comfortable with it) and start tracking your systolic and diastolic BP. Take it in to your doctor and examine it with him/her in detail. The more data points you have, the better you'll be able to determine the lability. ...Read more
Unstable emotions: It means that a person will get easily emotional about things that may not normally affect us. There are several stages of severity. In mild cases, it can just look like moodiness. In severe cases, patients may experience intense feelings of happiness or sadness over trivial issues or even without a clear provoking factor. They may go from one to the other very quickly. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I'm dx'd w/autonomic disorder, but docs aren't sure type due to my BP lability. My diastolic has been b/t 110-120, while systolic~130. Why is d# so hi?
Artifact: It isn't physiologic to have a 10-20 mm pulse pressure (the difference between systolic and diastolic pressure). I doubt those pressures are accurate. I suspect your cuff is mis-sized or the device being used is inaccurate, probably the former. A common cause of this is a large arm - is your arm large? ...Read more
Each color has own: Colors can have strong effects on mood, and while there are general things that hold true, like red being stimulating and blue being calming, different people may react differently to the same color based on their learned associations with them. See http://www. Huffingtonpost. Com/2011/11/27/how-color-affects-our-moo_n_1114790.Html for more on this. ...Read more
Help them get help: Keep the communication channels open and suggest taking the moody person to a counselor, social worker, therapist, psychologist, or Doctor for help. Make sure the moods are not secondary to a medical condition like Hypothyroidism for example. If the moods are secondary to Bipolar disorder there are treatment options. Help the moody become stable and happy. ...Read more
Mood stabilizer: Mood stabilizing medications are often needed for bipolar or schizoaffective disorder, conditions where mood lability causes big problems. Medicines like lithium, plus anticonvulsants such as depakote, lamictal, and topomax are in this category and can help greatly. The idea is not to eliminate all mood changes, but to prevent mania and depression -- very painful and personally disruptive states. ...Read more
We all have bad: Moods from time to time. If it happens every once in a while, that's normal. If it occurs frequently, you may want to consider speaking with a therapist to determine why you are feeling down. Talking about our negative feelings doesn't increase them, it actually relieves the tension and makes room for more positive moods. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: You're a man, and every young man would like to be able to turn his libido on and off at will. It doesn't work like that, Tom. Despite all your logic, reason, and perhaps "spiritual upbringing", there will be times you will need to have an ejaculation by any means. Do what you need to, and maybe think about the person you'll hopefully marry while you're doing it. Try to find real love. Cheers. ...Read more
Maybe.: There has been some studies of the use of sam-e for depression. They postulate that it increases the amount of serotonin and dopamine. Some patients have used this for osteoarthritis and depression and the anecdotal reports are mostly positive. I still have questions whether because of the relief of pain, the depression improved or vice-versa or both. ...Read more
The autonomic system: Blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate are influenced by your emotions--i.e. Being nervous/anxious can increase heart rate/blood pressure, and breathing etc. High anxiety state constricts blood vessels hence reducing blood flow, thus reduces erection quality. Nocturnal erections are often of good quality because your mind is relaxed, enlarging blood vessels and hence flow/erection. So, relax. ...Read more
Good morning: Good morning sir. No medical advice or treatment can be offered without parental consent according to current state laws in place governing telemedicine consultations. We ask that a parent or guardian open an account as your proxy and that way any question can be asked and responded to on your behalf. Have a great day wherever you're at. It's snowing like crazy and bone chilling cold here! ...Read more
Probably: Although the studies with different nutrients are inconclusive, it is always preferable to keep a well balanced diet, with supplements if you don't eat certain foods like meat and fish or vegetables. I often recommend making sure that b12, folate, (folic acid) thiamin and omega 3 fatty acid supplements are considered, esp in hard to treat mood disorders. ...Read more
Consult: Consult with your primary care provider to rule out any medical conditions. If nothing shows up, considering meeting with a psychologist and/or psychiatrist. Try to monitor these symptoms, so you can provide a history to your providers. ...Read more
Dramatic life?: I suppose there are times in some lives when circumstances are so volatile that you can have dramatic mood changes for good reasons. But, if that is not the case, it is a mood disorder - sounds like cyclothylmic at least, and perhaps bipolar disorder. If you are not living in an extreme situation, talk with a therapist to understand what's happening. ...Read more
Too vague: "such a bad mood" is far too vague for anyone here to offer meaningful advice or information. "bad" could mean almost anything-- sad, angry, anxious, irritable, fearful, hopeless, etc. Etc. Before offering suggestions, a competent mental health professional would want to know (at a minimum) what you mean by "bad mood, " how often it occurs, when, and why. ...Read more
There is no set: Periodicity for the cycling in cyclothymia. It can be rapid, ultrarapid, or ultra-ultrarapid. This means that it can be within the course of a month, the course of a week, or the course of a day. Most commonly the episodes do not cycle very rapidly, but on occasion, especially if there is an antidepressant on board, I have seen it cycle daily. Best wishes. ...Read more
Psychiatric history: The usual way to diagnose mood disorders is with a good history and if there is some confusion, scales can be used to help with the diagnosis, but the bulk of ths diagnosis is made via history, that includes, family history, medical history, drug use history etc. ...Read more