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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. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry (Definition)

Psychiatry is the field of medicine that deals with the study and ...Read more


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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). ...Read more

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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 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 fewer problems childbearing might be less worrisome. However, it sounds like she is not aware of this possibility or not interested in the idea. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Do psychiatric medicines cause weight gain?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 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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What should be done to my drug seeking behaviour beside psychiatric help?

AA or NA: You may benefit from involvement with alcoholics anonymous or narcotic anonymous. Also, if you are familiar with celebrate recovery that also has been well-received by several individuals I have worked with that have contended with substance abuse. Stay safe! ...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?

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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What is a personality disorder and can it be treated by drugs / psychiatry?

What is a personality disorder and can it be treated by drugs / psychiatry?

Enduring Patterns: A personality disorder is a mental health condition in which an individual exhibits enduring behaviors and experiences associated with significant stress or disability deviating from social expectations especially in relating to others. Personality disorders are inflexible and pervasive across many situations. Ttreament is usually some form of psychotherapy combined with medication management. ...Read more

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Does Psychiatry medicines increase androjen? When I was 16 a had a very feminin body but now i have very thick torso and wide shoulders

Does Psychiatry medicines increase androjen? When I was 16 a had a very feminin body but now i have very thick torso and wide shoulders

Medication effects: Risperdal and Invega are two psychiatric medications that are known for having hormonal effects, but it can't really be said that all psychiatric medications will have such effects. There are many things that can affect hormones and physical changes, and usually lab tests done by a primary care doctor or endocrinologist can help sort it out. ...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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Could I use a free online psychiatric chat to get a medicine for a social event I have that is anxious for me?

Could I use a free online psychiatric chat to get a medicine for a social event I have that is anxious for me?

Try CONCIERGE: This is HealthTap BASIC, where you post simple questions and get free, brief, informational answers from U.S. doctors; not medical care and not conversations with doctors. Try our premium CONCIERGE service where you can have private virtual consultations with doctors. For psychiatry, it is UNLIKELY for a patient to get medication unless there is an ongoing relationship between patient and doctor. ...Read more