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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
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
I have a very hard time ejaculating, some times I cant do it at all, it's because of my psychiatric medicine I take, is there anything I can take to help me, I prefer natural, I can't lower my meds?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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 ...Read more
On psychiatric medicine with confusion, depression and foggy mind, not interest on anything with zero sex drive. Help?
Which medication are you on?
Talk to your md as the goal is for you to be more happy. ...Read more
Does health tap offer psychiatric care? Basically medicine maintenance and blood work. I feel trapped with my psych RN. No one else taking new pt.
Psychiatric Care: At this time we are not. We are not prescribing psychiatric medications on HealthTap Prime. ...Read more
If I go to a psychiatric could he give medicine for social anxiety if my normal blood pressure is naturally low(9/6)?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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