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My mind is always so slow in the morning. How can I make myself alert and awake?

My mind is always so slow in the morning. How can I make myself alert and awake?

Depends on reason: Many find caffeine helps, but morning exercise is healthier. It is important to find a correctable reason for morning fatigue, such as not enough sleep or poor quality of sleep. If you wake up from a deep stage of sleep, the mind can be slow for hours. Avoiding caffeine after noon, avoiding evening alcohol, avoiding naps in the day, & sleeping in a quiet, dark room, are some ways to improve sleep. ...Read more

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Does depression affect mind alertness and thinking power?

Does depression affect mind alertness and thinking power?

Depression: interferes w.our ability to focus and concentrate. It also can produce memory problems. A mental health professional can help. Please don't use medication only but learn strategies for self-help. "Feeling Good" by David Burns is a good book about cognitive behavioral therapy. Peace and good health. ...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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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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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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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

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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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