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Please tell me what causes emotional numbness?

Please tell me what causes emotional numbness?

Often emotional: Numbness starts following a loss or trauma, processing this experience in therapy should help overcome the numbness. If this has been a lifelong numbness it may take longer in therapy to discover the reasons for it. Either way find a good therapist and start learning how to express your feelings. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Emotional Numbness (Definition)

Often words "flat" or "blunted" used to describe emotions that are limited or "shallow." Numbness is much as it is commonly thought to be which is lack of feeling or reactivity to the world. Often such lack of emotion can be called anhedonia and is ...Read more


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Could porn damage the brain and cause emotional numbness?

Could porn damage the brain and cause emotional numbness?

Why do you ask?: There a fair amount of refereed medical literature on the response to erotica, including levels of neurotransmitters, but nothing whatever to suggest that the brain itself is damaged. Almost all men look at images, and most lose interest soon as it's a dead-end -- the perfect bodies and fantasy situations aren't the real, true love that is what we know we really want. ...Read more

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How do I stop emotional numbness caused by ssri used? I have only been on one for 7 weeks and am currently tapering off 25 mgs of zoloft (sertraline).

How do I stop emotional numbness caused by ssri used? I have only been on one for 7 weeks and am currently tapering off 25 mgs of zoloft (sertraline).

Emotional numbness?: Some people feel detached from their emotions when on ssri's, but not all do. Emotional numbness can also come with depression, ptsd, dissociative disorders, drug use, and even some psychoses, etc. Please talk with your doctor about what you're experiencing. If it's related to zoloft (sertraline) and not to your primary condition, it will dissipate when zoloft (sertraline) is stopped. You'll be back at square 1, tho'. ...Read more

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My dr gave me namenda (memantine) to lower glutamate levels, he said there were studies that show it can help for OCD, since glutamate causes excitement , can this med cause me emotional numbness,plz explain, ty?

My dr gave me namenda (memantine) to lower glutamate levels, he said there were studies that show it can help for OCD, since glutamate causes excitement , can this med cause me emotional numbness,plz explain, ty?

OFF LABEL USE: There is some anecdotal data on off label use for namenda (memantine) for treatment resistant ocd. Discuss with your doctor your concerns. Especially if you have failed multiple Meds. If you are not satisfied ,seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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How should I cure my emotional numbness?

How should I cure my emotional numbness?

Usually PTSD: I would recommend that you see a psychotherapist that specializes in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and begin work on the underlying thoughts that reinforce the lack of emotion. Best wishes. Please have a happy healthy and safe holiday season. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how to cure emotional numbness?

I'm wondering how to cure emotional numbness?

It depends: Emotional numbness can result from many potential causes including medication or drug use, psychotic disorders, depression, dissociation, ptsd, etc. An evaluation is needed to determine the problem before recommending ways to cure it. You could consult a psychologist or psychiatrist to get started. ...Read more

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Emotional numbness feeling nothing, what to do?

Emotional numbness feeling nothing, what to do?

You sound depressed: If that is the case, motivation to do anything may be low. Please push yourself to get a medical exam and go to a mental health professional. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I cure my emotional numbness?

I was just wondering how can I cure my emotional numbness?

Emotions: Some aspect of your life has probably caused you to numb your emotions, often this happens when we are scared to feel after a hurtful situation. Confide in a friend who can help you uncover the source of your emotional deadness. Best. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Emotional numbness?

What is the definition or description of: Emotional numbness?

Emotional numbness: Often words "flat" or "blunted" used to describe emotions that are limited or "shallow." Numbness is much as it is commonly thought to be which is lack of feeling or reactivity to the world. Often such lack of emotion can be called anhedonia and is a symptom of depression. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it mean when emotional numbness begins to become physical?

Can you tell me what it mean when emotional numbness begins to become physical?

Often emotional: Numbness starts following a loss or trauma, processing this experience in therapy should help overcome the numbness. Left untreated the numbness may spread leading to an inability to cope with or feel things you would enjoy like happiness or joy leading to depression and reduced energy thereby entering into the physical domain. ...Read more

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How does someone get over emotional numbness?

When did it start?: If it started following a loss or trauma, processing this experience in therapy should help overcome the numbness. If this has been a lifelong numbness it may take longer in therapy to discover the reasons for it. Either way find a good therapist and start learning how to express your feelings. ...Read more

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How do you cure emotional numbness in elderly perosn?

How do you cure emotional numbness in elderly perosn?

???: I'm not sure you do. It depends on what's causing the "numbness" -- or if it's truly numbness at all. Depression, stroke, and dementia, etc are all possible reasons for "numbness", and they have different treatments. Please consult your doctor for an evaluation and suggestions. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced emotional numbness after stopping smoking?

Has anyone experienced emotional numbness after stopping smoking?

You?: I can guess you would not ask if you or somene you know has indeed experianced this feeling. Qutting smoking is not easy. See a doctor to dicuss these symptoms, medication may be helpful, or therapy.Drugs including nicotine regulate mood, this is why people use them, thus stopping them will cause mood changes. With time, and assistance if needed, mood can stabilize. ...Read more

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I am emotionally numb. How come people can get emotional numbness?

I am emotionally numb. How come people can get emotional numbness?

Depressing really: The major acquired cause is depression. A common acquired cause is post-traumatic stress disorder. Other causes include autism and sociopathy, very different conditions. Actually autistic people may feel emotion but be unable to demonstrate it. ...Read more

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Regularly and I eat (somewhat) healthy foods, but melancholy. How can I cure this emotional numbness?

Regularly and I eat (somewhat) healthy foods, but melancholy. How can I cure this emotional numbness?

1st, find out: Mood disorders can occur despite a healthy diet. I will recommend you get evaluated by your pcp to determine exactly what is going on with you and to see if a psychiatric assessment will be needed. You may also directly seek a psychiatric opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between emotional numbness and antidepressants?

Is there a connection between emotional numbness and antidepressants?

Anti-Depressants: Some patients do complain of a dulling of emotion, check with your prescribing doctor to obtain help in addressing whether or not this symptom is caused by your current medication. ...Read more

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Could my emotional numbness be derived from my father who physically and verbally abused us?

Emotional numbness: We respond to what happens to us in very individual ways. Even in abuse situations (which are painful for anyone), we each experience and process these uniquely. So the outcome (including possible emotional numbness is our own result, apart from the event. Best to understand and process one's own responses to such things, because we'll remain victims otherwise. Healing is truly possible. ...Read more

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How to cure emotional numbness? Hypothyroid on levothyroxin.

How to cure emotional numbness? Hypothyroid on levothyroxin.

Poor control: Although your doc may tell you, your numbers are fine, it is possible that you are not under optimal control. Anhedonia (numb emotionally) may be coming form insufficient hormone or hormone action. Your TSH should be between 1-2, your ft4 normal and total T3 (liothyronine) normal showing optimal conversion. Generics have erratic content as well as absorption. Follow instructions exactly. ...Read more

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I got mild traumatic brain injury 8months ago.i got ptsd 5months ago.i have emotional numbness.will it go away without treatment?im 19yr old

I got mild traumatic brain injury 8months ago.i got ptsd 5months ago.i have emotional numbness.will it go away without treatment?im 19yr old

Polytrauma: Strongly recommend evaluation by polytrauma team. For TBI and PTSD, treatment should be symptom focused and evidenced based. Some of the same treatments that work well for PTSD can be used in individuals with mild TBI, and treatment should be individually tailored. Treatment is more complex and requires coordination and collaboration among various specialties. Please start the process! Take care. ...Read more

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How does parnate (tranylcypromine) cause emotional blunting/numbness?

Antidepressants : patients being treated with antidepressants in general may complain of blunting of feelings. usually the physician decreases the dosage a little and most of the time it improves.
some blunting of feelings is not medication induced and can be a sign of depression. this may require an increase rather than a decrease of medications.
good luck and feel better ...Read more

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What could body numbness, passing out, head hurting, shaking, hard of hearing and very emotional be caused by? it started after meds for poison ivy

What could body numbness, passing out, head hurting, shaking, hard of hearing and very emotional be caused by? it started after meds for poison ivy

Med side effects: Steroid pills are often prescribed for allergic reactions such as poison ivy, since they can quiet the itching and the rash fairly effectively. Some people, however, have very intrusive side effects from such pills, as if they have too much adrenaline in their body. Such people are better off avoiding oral steroids, since poison ivy symptoms can be managed with other options. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in upper right chest started yesterday accompanied by numbness/tingling in upper right back. Possible cause(s)?

Sharp pain in upper right chest started yesterday accompanied by numbness/tingling in upper right back. Possible cause(s)?

Chest symptoms: I would suggest following up with urgent care or regular PCP soon as you need your heart and lungs to be checked
numbness and tingling in the upper extremity could be from heart disease , nerve pinching etc . ...Read more

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What causes sudden numbness?

Numbness: Numbness describes tingling or a loss o sensation. The usual culprits are a lack of blood supply or damage to nerves. Numbness can also result from local tissue injury from trauma, infection or inflammation. Without more specifics, this is difficult to answer and you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes facial numbness?

What causes facial numbness?

Nerve dysfunction: Somehow the nerve impulses are affected by inflammation or swelling of chemical effects. ...Read more

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What causes facial numbness?

Many causes: The face is inervated by the trigeminal nerve. Numbness can be due to problem with this nerve such as injury, infection, multiple sclerosis, tumor or compression of the nerve. The nerve starts at the pons in the brain stem and courses through the skull base to the face. Problems along the nerve can cause numbness. See your dr. And get an exam and possibly an mri. ...Read more

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What causes numbness in toes?

What causes numbness in toes?

Many things: For a healthy person, probably the most common cause is a neuroma especially if it just two toes that are numb. Other causes are neuropathy for example that whih is associated with diabetes. Tight shoes such as cycling shoes or high heels are another cause. I recommend seeing a podiatrist so you can have a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read more

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What causes numbness in the feet?

A number of things: They can include tight fitting stockings and/or shoes, overuse, neuropathy from diabetes or other medical reasons, a local nerve issue such as a neuroma or tarsal tunnel syndrome, radiculopathy- nerve issues in the low back or leg (such as sciatica) that refer pain down.

I would suggest that if it persists more than a couple of days and/or gets worse, to seek a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What causes one side face numbness?

What causes one side face numbness?

Numbness: There are 23 conditions associated with drooping of one side of face, numbness or tingling and swelling.
http://symptomchecker.webmd.com/multiple-symptoms?symptoms=drooping-of-one-side-of-face%7cnumbness-or-tingling%7cswelling&symptomids=299%7c164%7c5&locations=5%7c5%7c5. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

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