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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.

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Does every psychiatric drug mimic a neurotransmitter?

Does every psychiatric drug mimic a neurotransmitter?

Not exactly: Psychiatric drugs work in a number of ways. Most affect brain systems that increase or decrease a particular neuroregulator, e.g., blocking a receptor or slowing reuptake back into the releasing neuron. Others are mimics (agonists) that work by fooling the brain into thinking a system is more active than it is. ...Read more

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Brain feels damaged from psychiatric drug, what to do?

Brain feels damaged from psychiatric drug, what to do?

Talk with your doc: It sounds like you are having side effects from your medication and are not tolerating the current dose or medication. Although you feel "damaged", this is extraordinarily unlikely to occur from monitored psychiatric medication treatment. Please call your doctor, discuss what you are experiencing, and evaluate medication change (s). ...Read more

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Is the brain perfectly balanced before psychiatric drug treatment? Are we unbalanced because of none chemical reasons? No chemical imbalance theory?

Is the brain perfectly balanced before psychiatric drug treatment? Are we unbalanced because of none chemical reasons? No chemical imbalance theory?

The theory: Is an imbalance in neurotransmitter mono amines norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, and probably others currently being researched. All of this imbalance causes the. Illness. Although some persistent imbalances can occur as a result of treatment, eg tardive dyskinesia, that is generally not thought to be the case with drugs that do not block Dopamine receptors. ...Read more

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What is the psychiatric drug with the least....Side effects. I am very sensitive to drugs. I have anxiety depression, fibro, and other chronic pain?

What is the psychiatric drug with the least....Side effects. I am very sensitive to drugs. I have anxiety depression, fibro, and other chronic pain?

No single one: All psychiatric meds have side effects. Ssris are the treatment of choice for anxiety/depression not bc they work better than older antidepressants, but bc they have fewer side effects. For someone who is particularly sensitive to meds, it is typically helpful to start the med at 1/4-1/2 of the normal starting dose. This allows the body to adjust. This should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a prescribing psychologist prescribe cogentin along with Haldol (haloperidol) since it is not cogentin is not specifically a "psychiatric drug"?

Can a prescribing psychologist prescribe cogentin along with Haldol (haloperidol) since it is not cogentin is not specifically a "psychiatric drug"?

No: Psychologists are not MD's and do not prescribe medications (hopefully, that has not and will not change). To receive a prescription for medication, one would see an MD or DO, meaning an allopathic or osteopathic doctor, such as a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Thought I was going to die during Bikram yoga. Cant breathe, nausea. I think from psychiatric drug withdrawal over 7 weeks effects. Geodon, (ziprasidone) celexa, et

Thought I was going to die during Bikram yoga. Cant breathe, nausea. I think from psychiatric drug withdrawal over 7 weeks effects. Geodon, (ziprasidone) celexa, et

Call your MD: Bikram is very intense on the body with great dehydration and exersion. Discuss the potential safety risks of combining that form of exercise with your medications. Your reaction might have been just to the Bikram yoga itself, if you had not been doing it consistently. Many people do not tolerate Bikram and get ill. Consider another form of yoga/exercise. ...Read more

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Can my jaw, gum, face soreness be from psychiatric drug use or are they solely from a tooth bonding that looks fine but made mouth feel unadjustedstil?

Can my jaw, gum, face soreness be from psychiatric drug use or are they solely from a tooth bonding that looks fine but made mouth feel unadjustedstil?

Dentist+MD = Answer: Only through consultations with your primary care physician and your dentist will you determine the actual cause of your symptoms. There are psychiatric medications that can cause grinding of the teeth, increase pressure on the jaw during sleep, and extreme dry mouth. These conditions can cause physical discomfort and should be addressed. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Why are psychiatric drugs prescribed if peoplee are afraid of chemical lobotomy?

Why are psychiatric drugs prescribed if peoplee are afraid of chemical lobotomy?

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

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Do psychiatric drugs have metabolites that stay on your body. Do they have an affect after all the half life is over?

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

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If one took many psychiatric drugs that interfered with sleep can one eventually return to normal sleep patterns immediatelyafter all drugs are gone?

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

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Which are some of the psychiatric drugs that have amphetamine-like effects?

Which are some of the psychiatric drugs that have amphetamine-like effects?

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

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What are the different drugs that can be used for psychiatric problems?

What are the different drugs that can be used for psychiatric problems?

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

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Why are psychiatric drugs bad for you?

Why are psychiatric drugs bad for you?

They arent.: They aren't as long as they are used as directed ...Read more

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Does psychiatric meds causes false drug test?

Does psychiatric meds causes false drug test?

No: Those don't falsify drug test, but yes they r control substances already included in the drug test list. ...Read more

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Can the occult take over you once you take psychiatric drugs?

Can the occult take over you once you take psychiatric drugs?

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

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Please describe the top five most commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs?

2010 data: 2010 data show that by number of scripts written in us, the only psych drugs in the top 25 are Alprazolam (@#10), zolpidem #12, citalopram #17& sertraline #19. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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