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Hello Dr. I am taking sulpitac tab regularly. My question is. Is taking sulpitac tab lead to brain damage or not please help.

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 92% (1958 ratings)
MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Bhupinder, Sulpitac will not lead to brain damage. It helps you to keep away from some disturbing symptoms.
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Paranoia - All You Need To Know About It!

Dr. Nisha Khanna 88% (51 ratings)
Ph. D - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Paranoia - All You Need To Know About It!

Paranoia is a state characterized by a chronic sense of anxiety and mistrust. Some forms of paranoia affect only one particular aspect of a person’s life, whereas, other might be generalized and may interfere with decision-making and relationships. It is due to deep-rooted insecurity, or feelings of doubt about the partner’s commitment and faithfulness in the relationship.

Individuals with paranoia are generally found to be mistrusting others, feel on the verge of harm, very much reluctant to confide in others, bearing grudges, or even find demeaning or threatening subtext in even the most innocent comments or events. They are socially isolated, have difficulty in forgiving, argumentative and possess a defensive attitude in response to imagined criticism.

Even though Paranoia in a relationship is very common and can happen to anyone, it doesn’t mean that one should put up with it. It is essential to understand the reasons for its manifestation because a relationship cannot withstand the negativity that comes with these feelings and will often come to an end, causing much pain to the individuals involved.

One of the major reasons for being paranoid is the inability to let go off a past relationship. Thus, having a bad experience, such as being deceived or taken advantage of, could lead to the paranoid thought of history repeating itself. It causes the individual to be alert at all times and unable to relax, as certain similar incidents may trigger again reminding of the past event and its consequences, especially when you are thinking about them. It is also important to note that at times anxiety and paranoia get suppressed when you have gone through a breakup, but they can rear back in the head when you have patched up or started afresh.

At times past experiences shape us in a way that we believe the world is a bad place and therefore good things don’t last. It is a type of a self-fulfilling prophecy where you feel everything is going good, but at the same time, you are on the alert of negative things that are bound to happen. This perception can itself arouse suspicion with the partner’s whereabouts, mistrust and even jealousy by comparing yourself with your spouse’s friends.

We are aware that depression and anxiety have a toll on our minds as well as emotional functioning, such that it affects our reasoning and judgments on what is real and what is perceived. At this time, we are more likely to rush up with paranoid thoughts and feelings, where our imagination runs wild and creates creative, vivid imaginations, which cause the envisioned scenarios to feel real. Often such thoughts are related to events and relationship in a person’s life, thereby increasing isolation and difficulty with getting help.

Having a history of schizophreniadelusional disorder, early childhood trauma, also result in paranoid thoughts and feelings such that the individual behaves in a hostile or stubborn manner, excessively uses sarcasm, elicits hostile responses from others. These reactions tend to confirm their manifested suspicions and result in the same consequences to which they were afraid would occur.

Various other reasons such as looking for perfectionfear of loss, assuming what the other is thinking or seeking of constant reassurance of their well being, being possessive about the partner, easily jealous, being overprotective, or even having repressed, denied and projected feelings also result in paranoid thoughts and feelings, that can have a drastic impact on the relationship.

When a person is unable to deal with such negative and paranoid thoughts then there is a need to approach professional psychologist or counsellor. A psychologist will help a person to understand the reason behind it and also how to overcome such thoughts. In extreme cases, a person may require medication and for that person need to go to a psychiatrist too.

I was trying to get off paroxetine after 4.5 years of use. After facing some withdrawal symptoms, my psychiatrist gave me Placida, one tablet to be broken in half for 10 days and report back. I did some self checking and it seems that the combination of the medicine is banned in India. Also, it seems that this is used for Schizophrenia. I am really scared if my condition has detoriated to psychosis. Should I take the medicine? Is the medicine used for treatment of depression or ocd? Thank you.

Dr. Jagadeesan M.S. 95% (11344 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
No, it is used for anxiety and the combination is a good one for anxiety and your psychiatrist has rightly prescribed. It gets frequently banned and ban lifted, due to reasons of combining and not dangers. It is a very good. All the best.
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Psychiatric Disorder - 5 Silent Signs Of It!

Dr. (Major) Sriniwas Gupta 91% (609 ratings)
MD- Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Aurangabad
Psychiatric Disorder - 5 Silent Signs Of It!

Psychiatric disorders like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia do not appear all of a sudden. There are small changes that happen to an individual over a long period of time until the disease fully develops. These signs and symptoms might be too subtle in the early stage for other people to notice until they become obvious. But an early detection of any irregularity proves to be more beneficial for the patient in the long run.

It is important to know the telltale symptoms of mental disorder to distinguish between what is regular and what is not.

1. Withdrawal

Everyone needs some quiet time to cool off and relax but if a person continuously withdraws him/herself from social occasions and avoids meeting or speaking to friends, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Losing interest in life, work and people are symptoms of depression and psychotic disorder.

2. Thinking problems

Having trouble concentrating, remembering, understanding and explaining oneself in a coherent manner are some common signs of mental disorder.

3. Anxiety

Excessive stress and anxious behavior for a prolonged period are not normal. Frequent heart palpitations, headache, shortness of breath, racing mind and restlessness are cries of help that need to be heard.

4. Emotional outbursts

Sudden dramatic outbursts for no apparent reason, frequent mood swings and feeling distressed are potent signs of mental illnesses. These kinds of behavior are seen as part of a person's nature and so they are often unnoticed.

5. Changes in appetite and sleeping patterns

Oversleeping may be a sign of depression and insomnia could be a sign of anxiety. Changes in appetite and not caring about oneself or the world are indicators of a mental problem.

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What does tablets, qutipin,Risdone ,Zapiz do to schizophrenia patients rather than give a sleep like drugs. Used it for 1 year Not using for years. Felt no difference.

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 92% (1958 ratings)
MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, What are the symptoms of schizophrenia you had, hallucinations, delusions or bizarre behaviour or negative symptoms? With adequate dose of risdone, they come under control. I don't know how much of risdone you have taken to find no difference. Usually it is 6-8 mg/day in divided doses. It does not give much sleep. But other side effects may be there. So doctors start with low dose and gradually increase it, if you tolerate it. Qutipin is little sedating and also it controls the symptoms at 600 - 800 mg/day. Again doctors start with low dose so that you don't oversleep. Zapiz is not a drug for schizophrenia. It is an add-on for sleep. If you don't want a sleeping tablet, you can stop zapiz.
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Sir I am suffering from schizophrenia doctor prescribed me trinicalm forte along with laser 6 mg, Resneex and sempneex 200 mg (amisulpride tablet. I am not getting any more benefits from especially trinicalm forte please advice me the substitute of this tablet (trinicalm forte)

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 92% (1958 ratings)
MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, Trinicalm forte belongs to older first generation antipsychotic. You can replace it with newer second generation antipsychotic like Amisulpride. But the dosage of amisulpride needs to be fixed, depending on your improvement and side effects. Discuss with your psychiatrist about it. May be, she/he is in the process of shifting you from trinicalm forte to amisulpride.
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Risdone liquid was given to my husband for at least 10 years by his parents. Now when he got to know he stopped taking it. Could you please tell me side effect of that as these days he is not behaving normally but not accepting it. Mood swings murmuring self laughing is major symptoms.

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 92% (1958 ratings)
MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, Risdone was controlling your husband's symptoms of mood swings, murmuring and self laughing. Now risdone is not given, he is having all these symptoms. Please consult a psychiatrist who can prescribe tablets or long acting injectables for your husband. You can ask for side effects of risdone liquid, if it prescribed.
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Hi, I would like to know to bout Schizophrenia. Please is baare mein kuch bataye?

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 92% (29080 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
The exact cause of schizophrenia isn't known, but a combination of genetics, environment and altered brain chemistry and structure may play a role. Schizophrenia is characterised by thoughts or experiences that seem out of touch with reality, disorganised speech or behaviour and decreased participation in daily activities. Difficulty with concentration and memory may also be present. Treatment is usually lifelong and often involves a combination of medications, psychotherapy and coordinated speciality care services. Symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions usually start between ages 16 and 30. Men tend to experience symptoms a little earlier than women. Most of the time, people do not get schizophrenia after age 45. Schizophrenia rarely occurs in children, but awareness of childhood-onset schizophrenia is increasing.
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My daughter is suffering with schizophrenia since 4 years. Treatment is continue under the advice of phycatist. Can I discontinue treatment?

Dr. Era Sharma Dutta 89% (147 ratings)
MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DNB (Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Kolkata
Hello. Imagine if you are driving a ferrari at 100 kmps. Its going by smoothly. Would you suddenly brake for no good reason? Ideally not. Similarly if the pros of the treatment are outweighing the negatives, I urge you to not take such a drastic step. If you are in doubt please take another opinion but DONOT discontinue any medication on your own.
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Actually my brother is suffering from schizophrenia from. Previous 5 years his age is 28 you use to get violent having hallucinations. Usually have doubt on everyone. He is on medication and is better than before .bt still he use to talk on phone sometimes talk unnecessary stuff. But still thank god has recovery like 80%at present he is taking alkepin 200 mg in the morning and in the evening. Want to know further treatment details how to will come out of all this.

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 92% (1958 ratings)
MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, Nice to know that your brother recovered 80%. He has to continue Alkepin for life. He has to periodically go for check ups with the psychiatrist for side effect like weight gain, blood counts, diabetes, lipids, etc. Apart from the tablets, he has to slowly start building skills of socialisation, interpersonal communication, work habits, personal grooming, etc. If he is already working, try and talk to his supervisor about his disorder so that they get counselled about his disabilities. Before planning his marriage, discuss with the psychiatrist. He may not come out of it - but he will have better quality of life with these treatment.
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