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Doctor insights on: Persistent Vegetative State

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Does homelessness cause mental illness or is mental illness heightened by homelessness?

Does homelessness cause mental illness or is mental illness heightened by homelessness?

Homelesness: This is the shift or drift theory, meaning those who has severe mental illness are a t increased of losing your home and becoming homelessness or homekess predisposes or aggravate mental illness ? ...Read more

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How are altered or heightened states of consciousness and psychosis different?

How are altered or heightened states of consciousness and psychosis different?

Psychosis...: ...is a term used when people have a break from reality -- they may have delusions (beliefs that are clearly false) or hallucinations (usually auditory voices) or be very paranoid. Psychotic conditions include schizophrenia, bipolar/depression with psychosis or drug-induced psychosis. I am not sure what you mean by "...heightened states of consciousness". ...Read more

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Medical cause for someone in a dream-like extreme dissociative state but no loss of conscious, slowed brain, no sense of time, confabulations, amnesia?

Medical cause for someone in a dream-like extreme dissociative state but no loss of conscious, slowed brain, no sense of time, confabulations, amnesia?

Neurologic/Psycholog: It is necessary to determine the root of your symptoms. A visit to a neurologist is a good place to start. After that a clinical psychologist could be the correct professional. Brain malfunction or psychological trauma may be the cause(s). Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Uncommonly yes: About 10% of people who suffer from schizophrenia have engaged in violent activity. As reference this number is 25% for people with alcohol use disorders. ...Read more

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What are the cognitive associates of Depression? Does someone in a depressed state have a lower IQ than normal state? Is brain fog an MDD symptom?

What are the cognitive associates of Depression? Does someone in a depressed state have a lower IQ than normal state? Is brain fog an MDD symptom?

Brain fog is: associated w/depression, as is lack of energy and concentration. IQ does not lower, but our ability to us our intelligence does temporarily. Please get treatment, not only medicine. See Feeling Good, a book by David Burns. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does epilepsy cause vegetive state synptoms

Does epilepsy cause vegetive state synptoms

Come again?: Not really sure what you mean. Please repost and explain what you mean by "vegetive state synptoms." I would also highly recommend that you type out your question in Microsoft Word and run your spell-checker on it before you copy and paste it into the HealthTap question box. Correctly spelling the words in your post might render them understandable and actually answerable. ...Read more

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Patuitary tumours .... Mental illness irational thinking aggression are these normal symptoms?

Patuitary tumours .... Mental illness irational thinking aggression are these normal symptoms?

No, not normal: No, it's not normal to have a mental illness, irrational thinking, or aggression. Pituitary tumors can cause endocrine & other changes, and these can affect how you view & respond to others. Please see your physician as soon as possible about the symptoms you're having. ...Read more

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Rapid changing mood shifts associated with feeling empty,angry,suicidal,or feeling nothing is real.Also paranoia, identity confusion, changing views?

Rapid changing mood shifts associated with feeling empty,angry,suicidal,or feeling nothing is real.Also paranoia, identity confusion, changing views?

Get help now.: It sounds like you are having some very troubling symptoms. I am most concerned about suicidal thinking. Remember, things can and do get better, but ONLY if you are breathing. Go see your doctor, or go to the nearest emergency room for an evaluation. You need to get this sorted out quickly, so things get better for you. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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Frequent urination and altered mental status are signs of what conditions?

Frequent urination and altered mental status are signs of what conditions?

Many things: See your md as soon as possible and have further evaluation. It can be from many condition- but it could be serious. Altered mental status can happen as the result of dehydration that can be caused by increase urination; however it also could be caused by low serum sodium, diabetes, high serum calcium, infection etc also have to be ruled out. You should not delay any more-see your md. ...Read more

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In hospital for severe cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, migraines, extreme dissociation+more. Mri and EEG cleared. Hopeless and need answers?

In hospital for severe cognitive impairment, exacerbated bipolar, migraines, extreme dissociation+more. Mri and EEG cleared. Hopeless and need answers?

Work w/ your team: The team of providers in the hospital are the very best place to start. They have the best chance of knowing about your condition. They can try treatments and evaluate results. Talk to them. Ask them questions and tell them the detailed truth. It is never hopeless - it may be a great challenge and the results may not be what you'd expected, but never, ever are things 'hopeless'. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the signs of altered mental status 2 shock?

What are the signs of altered mental status 2 shock?

Confusion/Lethargy: Several types of shock: cardiogenic, septic, hypovolemic etc. Patients with any of these will be treated in the ICU and are treated diffirently depending on the type. These patients have decreased awareness may hallucinate, aggitated and pulling lines out etc. They can be on and off to with signs such as deliuium, decreased cognition. Many different symptoms depending on the nature of the shock. ...Read more

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Are you admitted to a psychiatric hospital with symptoms of severe mania?

Are you admitted to a psychiatric hospital with symptoms of severe mania?

Possibly: Of mania is severe enough, it can put the person at real risk of behaving in ways that are dangerous to the person or to others. When that happens, hospitalization may be advisable while treatment is started. Other times, families can create a safe environment at home that provides such protection. ...Read more

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If person has greif ie;after trauma is often dignosed with major depression, when greif is inevitable but depression is mental disorder, please explain?

If person has  greif  ie;after trauma is often  dignosed with major depression, when greif is inevitable but depression is mental disorder, please explain?

Grief after death : Brain biology differences cause depression and so does environmental stressors/ life factors (death, divorce, job change, legal problems, family disputes). A feeling is called a disorder when it impairs your functioning and affects you daily, your work and relationships. Help thru medicine or psychotherapy helps both kinds. Grief after death is normal, not an ongoing disorder. ...Read more

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I am experiencing delusions, lightheadedness (worsened by: anxiety) , irrational fear or phobia, appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite) , di...

I am experiencing  delusions, lightheadedness (worsened by: anxiety) , irrational fear or phobia, appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite) , di...

Evaluation Needed: First you would need to be evaluated to rule out any medical and/or substance use causes for these symptoms, followed by a mental health evaluation. There are a number of possible reasons for these symptoms, and more information is definitely needed. If you find these symptoms to be frightening, disturbing, and causing significant distress, please go to the nearest ER or call 911 for assistance. ...Read more

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What mental disorder is characterized by lack of emotion or inappropriate emotional response?

What mental disorder is characterized by lack of emotion or inappropriate emotional response?

Several d/o: Personality disorders/ depression / psychotic disorders / drug and etoh disorders all have a potential component of flattened or inappropriate emotional response. ...Read more

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What causes rapid personality changes in a person?

What causes rapid personality changes in a person?

You may mean moods: A sub-type of bipolar is rapid-shifting emotions and i think this may be what you mean. Personality shifts - a dissociative disorder - was known as multiple personality and is very rare and not really known to be rapid back and forth. The rapid-shift bipolar is a difficult and painful condition and really should be getting serious treatment. ...Read more

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Can a person have a persistent change in mental status due to punctate lacunar infact?

Can a person have a persistent change in mental status due to punctate lacunar infact?

Quite possibly: If you think that you are having mental changes then I think it is imperative that you consult with a neurologist at your first opportunity. One infarct may be the harbinger of another to follow, ...Read more

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What does altered mental status mean?

What does altered mental status mean?

AMS: It means that you have an alteration of consciousness and waxing and waning between being clear and confused. ...Read more