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Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

Can low dopamine in the brain cause irritability, memory issues, emotionless...? Remedy?

IT'S COMPLICATED: The mechanism of action of brain dopamine is not full understood. Low levels are associated with Parkinson's disease and probably ADHD and restless legs syndrome. Your symptoms may reflect depression and there are medications that can increase both brain dopamine and serotonin levels. Pounding heartbeat and tachycardia may be symptoms of panic disorder. You should get a psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Flat Affect (Definition)

Flat affect is a clinical finding in which a person ...Read more


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My boyfriend says he has a flat affect. I don't notice. So should this be cause for worry?

My boyfriend says he has a flat affect. I don't notice. So should this be cause for worry?

Perhaps: If your boyfriend thinks it is a problem, it may well be. Or it may just be normal for him. It would be good to have him evaluated for depression or other mood disorders by his primary care provider. A good preventive resource that outlines general screening tests, including a screen for depression, is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Any meds for flat affect?

Any meds for flat affect?

yes: Flat affect as a symptom of (whatever type of) psychosis, can be treated with antipsychotics effectively. Now, other types of problems can be confused with the flat affect of psychosis, such as parkinsonian lack of facial expression, etc. Psychiatrists and neurologists usually differentiate those easily. Consult your dr. ...Read more

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Do drugsl cause a flat affect?

Do drugsl cause a flat affect?

Some: Not all drugs causs a flat affect, although some psychotropocs can. Dependent partially dose, the atypical antipsychotis are capable of this; although twhe older generation antipsychotics are more apt to produce this side effect. Antianxieyu meds, particularly the benzodiazepones, can cause this at high doses. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have flat affect?

Flat affect: A flat affect is often used to describe the lack of emotion in a situation that would be expected to elicit emotion. Often, this term is used to describe the emotional state of a person with depression or other mental health issues. ...Read more

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How are shallow affect and flat affect different?

How are shallow affect and flat affect different?

Degree of expression: My understanding: blunted or "shallow affect" describes paucity of emotional expression in response to stimuli that normally provoke typical facial expressions, though still some expression. "flat affect" suggests no facial expression. Causes of these affects include depression, schizophrenia, brain injury, ptsd, sociopathy, and certain medicines. Get help. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/blunted_. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shallow and flat affect?

Quality and degree: Shallow affect refers to people who do not show much range in emotion; they rarely if ever feel intense moods, either highs or lows. Flat affect refers to a near-complete absense of affect: the person simply does not show an emotional response even under pretty extreme conditions such as the loss of a loved one. ...Read more

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How do a flat affect and the thousand yard stare differ?

How do a flat affect and the thousand yard stare differ?

Flat less exhausted : My understanding is that "flat affect" is a description used for people who are very depressed or who have medication-induced lack of facial expression, while "1000 yard stare" has been used to describe a battle-weary soldier or perhaps someone with posttraumatic stress who is in a state of dissociation. Both require immediate professional evaluation. ...Read more

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What does "slow to respond to questions, flat affect" mean?

Flat affect: At your age I would say this is normal esp if you have your cell phone on when talking to the Dr. Slow to respond means you do not answer questions quickly. Flat affect means you don't seem to care what is going on during the interview. Best to ask your Dr what it means in medical speak for you. ...Read more

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Can disulone really affect the behavior of a person? My uncle has been taking that drug and now he has a flat affect. He is sometimes incoherent.

Can disulone really affect the behavior of a person? My uncle has been taking that drug and now he has a flat affect. He is sometimes incoherent.

Of course: When you take a medication, there can be effects in every system of your body -- including your central nervous system which organizes behavior. Infections like malaria can affect behavior, affect, and ability to concentrate too. Please tell your uncle's physician about your observations. The medication may need adjusting or changing, or something else may need attending to. ...Read more