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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry (Definition)

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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?

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

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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?

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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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

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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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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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How long should anti-psychiatric drugs like haldol (haloperidol) be used?

How long should anti-psychiatric drugs like haldol (haloperidol) be used?

Antipsychotic?: I think you probably mean "antipsychotic drugs". These medicines can potentially be used for several years. This depends on whether the medicine is still needed and whether it is being well tolerated. ...Read more

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How is possible that general practitioners are allowed to prescribe psychiatric drugs?

How is possible that general practitioners are allowed to prescribe psychiatric drugs?

MDs can rx all meds: Us physicians may legally prescribe almost any med without regard to specialty. In theory I could rx chemotherapy even though I've never practiced oncology. I could even perform surgery if a hospital were foolish enough to allow it. Primary care docs are in a much better position, & usually rx antidepressants & anti-anxiety meds well. For anything more complex, see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Which is the most effective way to regulate my sleep beside from psychiatric drugs, after my night shifts?

Which is the most effective way to regulate my sleep beside from psychiatric drugs, after my night shifts?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Could I get the feeling of being anally penetrated while taking geodon (ziprasidone) or other psychiatric drugs?

Could I get the feeling of being anally penetrated while taking geodon (ziprasidone) or other psychiatric drugs?

Probably symptom: This sounds more likely to be a symptom of psychosis that the Geodon (ziprasidone) is intended to treat. ...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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Do psychiatric drugs affect speech? I can't find the words stuttering and developing a lisp. All after years in psych meds. Didn't have these before

Do psychiatric drugs affect speech? I can't find the words stuttering and developing a lisp. All after years in psych meds. Didn't have these before

Psychoactive medicat: Medications used for control & treatment of mental illnesses vary and as such their side effect profile will vary. Difficulty retrieving words and stuttering refer to the nervous system. If these symptoms started after using psychoactive medications, it is better to return to the prescribing physician or consult a psychiatrist or neurologist in HealthTap for guidance & mgt. ...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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Why thyroid medicines supplied along with psychiatric drugs?

Why thyroid medicines supplied along with psychiatric drugs?

Augment: Some psychiatrists augment thyroid for a patient who is depressed with low/ low nl thyroid function. ...Read more

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Can/do psychiatric drugs make you feel tired all the time (ex:lyrica and alprazolam)?

Can/do psychiatric drugs make you feel tired all the time (ex:lyrica and alprazolam)?

Lyrica (pregabalin) Xanax fatigue: Up to 28% of people on Lyrica (pregabalin) experience sleepiness. Adding in other psychotropics on top of that of course the situation is only going to be worse. Talk to your treating providers and have them consult with each other and come up with a better solution to your dilemma. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. ...Read more

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Can psychiatric drugs make you, ore susceptible to getting black spots on face. Felt got more spots after taking various drugs. Effectsgoawaydisontinu?

Can psychiatric drugs make you, ore susceptible to getting black spots on face. Felt got more spots after taking various drugs. Effectsgoawaydisontinu?

Not that I can find: I have looked but have not been able to find any evidence of that occurring. If you could narrow it down to the drug involved it would certainly be more helpful. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do you psychiatrists actually know for sure how psychiatric drugs effect brain chemicals? Or is it just speculation?

Do you psychiatrists actually know for sure how psychiatric drugs effect brain chemicals? Or is it just speculation?

Observation & Theory: Drugs prescribed by physicians go through some clinical trials prior to fda approval, but it's also true that the for some drugs the exact mechanisms of action & how they specifically interact in the brain are unknown. It's also true that the theory of chemical imbalance causing some psychiatric disorders, such as decreased serotonin causing anxiety and depression is just that, theory. ...Read more

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Lately psychiatric drugs are causing me akthasia. When I didn't have this problem before. Why? Do stimulants ADHD pills cause akthasia?

Not usually: Usually akathisisa is caused by imbalance between acetlcholine and dopamine- causing very unpleasant muscle feeling of akathisia with need to move. Most common culprit are antipsychotic drugs such as abilify (aripiprazole). Usually a beta-blocker can help rapidly. Adhd meds do not cause akathisia but can cause agitation and mania. ...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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If I never had TMJ before, what could cause it to happen? I believe it could be stress, psychiatric drugs, a front tooth bonding procedure, everything

If I never had TMJ before, what could cause it to happen? I believe it could be stress, psychiatric drugs, a front tooth bonding procedure, everything

Depends: Several factors (some which you have mentioned) including genetics, may lead to temporimandibular disorders. Bonding of your tooth wouldn't cause it though.. Talk to your general dentist and get an evaluation. You can also consult an orofacial pain specialist (www. Aaop. Org). ...Read more

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After I stopped geodon zyprexa & many other sedating psychiatric drugs I can no longer sleep more than 4 hours per night. How can I sleep more? Will I

After I stopped geodon zyprexa & many other sedating psychiatric drugs I can no longer sleep more than 4 hours per night. How can I sleep more? Will I

Sleep Hygiene is Key: 1.Keep regular bed & wakening time (even weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Use regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath / shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfy mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom only for sleep & sex. Put work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs prior to bed. ...Read more

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Chronic pain syndrome. How to treat oversensitive nerves that cause pain in musculoskeletal system? Use psychiatric drugs?

Chronic pain syndrome. How to treat oversensitive nerves that cause pain in musculoskeletal system? Use psychiatric drugs?

Intelligent: Your question is exceptionallly intelligent. You know that chronic pain involves oversensitized nerves. It also tends to involve emotional factors, which then further worsen the pain and its impairments. Those factors can be treated with "psychiatric drugs, " -- certain ones -- but it takes an informed clinician to handle the pain, the drug iteractions, etc. This can actually reduce the pain. ...Read more

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Do any psychiatric drugs result in a loss of intelligence? I took phenibut and experienced something like I forgot how to do math and poor memory

Do any psychiatric drugs result in a loss of intelligence? I took phenibut and experienced something like I forgot how to do math and poor memory

Short answer no: In rare cases psychotropic medications can adversely effect your thinking/memory (your ability to use your IQ, not your IQ) If so, discontinuation of such a medication should ameliorate the situation. Please talk to your prescribing doctor before doing anything because there are a lot of things that could be effecting your memory, and any med change needs to be done with Dr oversight ...Read more

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Do any psychiatric drugs or their withdrawals lead to arrythmias or to the development of sleep apnea or is this neuromuscular or a different issue?

Simplify PLEASE!!: You have crammed several different questions together! Some psychoactive drugs could/can prolong the qt interval & thus might contribute to an arrhythmia. Cocaine use resulting in arrhythmia is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people- even athletes (len bias) some drugs suppress respiratory drive, leading to apnea, such as the dangerous combo of opiate pain drugs with tranquilizers. ...Read more

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Do mental illness exist? Saw various documentaries that psychiatry and psychiatric drugs are all fraud? Planned to visit psychiatrist but now confused

Do mental illness exist? Saw various documentaries that psychiatry and psychiatric drugs are all fraud? Planned to visit psychiatrist but now confused

Yes: Mental illness certainly exists. People suffer every day. There are helpful forms of treatment and thank goodness. Shame on anyone who leads you in the direction of not reaching out for help if you need help. It is important to find the right treater for your needs. Your primary care doctor might be able to help with that. Take care of yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatric Drug (Definition)

Psychiatric agents are drugs used for mental ...Read more