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Is prescribing psychiatric medicine to children is good or bad thing?

Is prescribing psychiatric medicine to children is good or bad thing?

Depends: It really depends on the situation. Medications can be dramatically helpful for many conditions, when carefully prescribed by a trained child psychiatrist. On the other hand, there seems to be a trend towards over-prescribing of medications such as antipsychotics, stimulants, and antidepressants, sometimes off-label, and potentially with severe and unwarranted side effects.

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I'm taking psychiatric medicines, how long before they start helping?

I'm taking psychiatric medicines, how long before they start helping?

Depends: It depends on the medication and condition. Some medications work quickly. Others may take days, or even weeks to work (for example antidepressants can take up to a month to start to show an effect).

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My girlfriend tells me she can't have kids because of taking too many psychiatric medicines for mental reasons. Psychiatric reasons. Is this true?

My girlfriend tells me she can't have kids because of taking too many psychiatric medicines for mental reasons. Psychiatric reasons. Is this true?

Hard to say: Some of the psychiatric medications are known to trigger birth defects in a percentage of exposed fetuses. There are also many psychiatric medications that have little effect on the fetus. If she could switch to a med with less problems childbearing might be less worrisome. However, it sounds like she is not aware of this possibility or not interested in the idea.

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Can I be wrongly prescribed psychiatric medicine? How to get out of this trap? I've been through too many and fear I will never be the same again.

Can I be wrongly prescribed psychiatric medicine? How to get out of this trap? I've been through too many and fear I will never be the same again.

Too little info: Without knowing what kinds of problems you're having and what medications you've taken, it's impossible to answer your question specifically. Broadly, not everyone even with severe psychiatric problems needs medications--and those who do don't always benefit. If you're feeling trapped, consider getting a second opinion, maybe from a psychologist, about the nature of your problem.

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Does psychiatric medicine withdrawal leave your neurology all messed up until you take three medicine again or something to replace it. Will it recove?

Does psychiatric medicine withdrawal leave your neurology all messed up until you take three medicine again or something to replace it. Will it recove?

Yes, you will: Recover if u decrease very slowly the medications one by one, together with the doc who prescribed the meds. If u have stopped all ur meds cold turkey on ur own, ur brain & body have readjust 2 quickly & withdrawal sx can be pretty awful to endure. Pls: go back 2 see ur doc, establish an entrusted relationship. If u feel s/he is not the best 4 u, find somebody else, u have 2 proceed w/ a dr. Best.

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Hi docs, would psychiatric medicines reduce the ability to study and reduce the memory?

Hi docs, would psychiatric medicines reduce the ability to study and reduce the memory?

Psychiatric meds: May improve ability to study and memorize by improving a psychiatric condition which impacts cognition/ memory. On the other hand, some may have side effects which negatively impact cognition.

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How to know if I need take psychiatric medicines or consult doctors for this type of anger?

How to know if I need take psychiatric medicines or consult doctors for this type of anger?

What type of anger?: I would need more details to answer this. If the anger is causing problems in relationships or work, it would be worth getting a professional consultation.

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How do I know if I need take psychiatric medicines or consult doctors for this type of anger?

How do I know if I need take psychiatric medicines or consult doctors for this type of anger?

Anger: Not sure what type of anger presentation you are speaking of. However, given the limited info provided I would recommend an eval by a mental health professional to fully assess and make recommendations

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Do psychiatric medicines cause weight gain?

Wt.: Some do, some are weight neutral, & some cause some decrease in appetite.

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My adams apple was a good size growing up but ever since I took psychiatric medicine it seemed to have shrunk. Does this affect voice?

My adams apple was a good size growing up but ever since I took psychiatric medicine it seemed to have shrunk. Does this affect voice?

Larynx: Adams apple is the notch in the thyroid cartilage. The larynx is well below that. No medication (Klonopin) will make the Thyroid cartilage shrink. If you are experiencing voice changes, you need a flexible laryngoscopy by ENT to rule out a primary laryngeal pathology.

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I'm 35 now, and with a full erection around 5.5. I used to be around 7. Could all the pain medicine and psychiatric medicine shrunk it. No steroids.

I'm 35 now, and with a full erection around 5.5. I used to be around 7. Could all the pain medicine and psychiatric medicine shrunk it. No steroids.

No penile shrinkage: The penis does not shrink per se. But you may have decreased erectile engorgement when taking certain medications or under stress. Talk to your doctor about reducing prescription side effects or a therapist about stress management. You may be a candidate for ED drugs such as Viagra (sildenafil) or Cialis.

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Can psychiatric medicines interfere with short term memory if taking them and switchiing. I was not diagnosis add but schizophrenia and feel like memory off?

Can psychiatric medicines interfere with short term memory if taking them and switchiing. I was not diagnosis add but schizophrenia and feel like memory off?

Yes: Many psychiatric medications can cause problems with short term memory. This can be worse when medications are being changed or adjusted. Sometimes the memory problems resolve once your body becomes used to them. If memory problems do not resolve, then medications may need to be changed or adjusted by your psychiatrist.

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Is therea way I can find the root cause of all my ailments rather than treat symptoms? I want to blame psychiatric medicine and a tooth bonding proced

Is therea way I can find the root cause of all my ailments rather than treat symptoms? I want to blame psychiatric medicine and a tooth bonding proced

Very difficult: Unfortunately, the odds are that there is no one root cause for multiple physical/mental ailments. It would be awesome to be able to pin it on one thing, but most likely, it is an unfortunate combination of several ailments, along with the side effects of medications for those ailments. In rare instances you can have an allergy to a dental material, so testing for that may be in order.

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If a psychiatric medicine makes you go crazy does it mean it's not right for you? Like having anger, akathisia, paranoia, inability of focus, and more

If a psychiatric medicine makes you go crazy does it mean it's not right for you? Like having anger, akathisia, paranoia, inability of focus, and more

Well: Sounds like you are having a reaction from the medication and not tolerating the medicine. So see doctor and ask for a different medication

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Can anything dental, clenching or psychiatric medicines cause, lead to sleep apnea?

Can anything dental, clenching or psychiatric medicines cause, lead to sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea, osa is caused by upper airway resistance, if any of the above contribute to uar then they can cause sleep apnea.

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If I go to a psychiatric could he give medicine for social anxiety if my normal blood pressure is naturally low (9/6)?

If I go to a psychiatric could he give medicine for social anxiety if my normal blood pressure is naturally low (9/6)?

Social anxiety: Can be treated with psychotropic medications. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a good solution. A blood pressure of 9/6 would not be compatible with life.

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Why some people think psychiatry isn't real branch of medicine?

Why some people think psychiatry isn't real branch of medicine?

Defensiveness: I agree with dr. Omrani about ignorance being a big reason. Some people have remarkable abilities in this area. Another is defensiveness, because they are frightened of "those" people with psychiatric problems. It's easier to dismiss an issue than to delve into and understand it. People often do dismiss psychiatry -- until they or their family members need help. Then, the light may dawn.

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