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Doctor tell me do patients sometimes react opposite to prescribed medications. Because answering questions about your health is an important part of your doctor's services. The Minnesota State Medical Association presents doctor tell me here to ask the doctor your questions. Is Janice Hughes dead. Today your health questions will be answered by Dr. Robert W. RIF a family physician from White Bear Lake Dr. rife. What do you suspect is wrong with a patient whose reaction is opposite to what it should be for a prescribed medication. This is usually the. Highly. Nervous or the highly tense individual who has somewhat of an erratic nervous system and it does pose a problem. Fortunately not very common or a general one to the physician who is taking care of such a patient
we often hear for instance this patient come back to us on a follow up visit and see a doctor that medicine did me no good as a matter of fact it reacted the opposite way. For instance a sleeping tablet kept me awake all night. Well we know of course that the medication was a well documented sedative or a type of sedative. And that the reaction here must be explained by something else and it usually is that such an individual is nervous or tense or that his emotional setup is such that with his mind going thousand miles a minute thinking and worrying usually that this is the thing that kept the drug or the medication from working properly as it should have. This can work not only for sedatives but it can work in other ways. For the
reverse reaction to a mild stimulant for instance some people who are suffer from what you may have heard of the term narcolepsy. That is they have a tendency to fall asleep all day sometimes at the most inopportune moments. These individuals if we have the correct diagnosis will be helped by a mild stimulant. But there are others who whose condition approximates this or seems to be similar to this who will tell us that such a so-called stimulant actually made them more sleepy. We know then that this individual is reacting in a very nervous and erratic fashion and we look them to the emotional set up for a possible explanation of this. How long does this nervous condition last. Is it something that a person may pass in and many times during his life. For some people this way.
Naturally all of course is usually affected by all sorts of circumstances depending upon the. Time of life and the amount of tensions that are that go with that time of life. For instance the young housewife the homemaker the mother with little children at home who are taxing her nervous system beyond its ability to withstand. This is one that might be most likely to fit into this category. Then the young woman approaching menopause the man in a very highly competitive job situation. All of these conditions may change and so might the patient's reaction change. Did children ever experience this condition. Well if we're talking now strictly about the emotional side of it I'd say yes but we're very hesitant to.
Doctor tell me
Psychosomatic illnesses
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University of Minnesota
KUOM (Radio station : Minneapolis, Minn.)
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Program number 353 focuses again on psychosomatic illnesses.
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Weekly interviews with a Minneapolis-St. Paul area doctor about a current medical issue.
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Interviewee: Reiff, Robert W.
Interviewer: Husted, Janice
Producing Organization: University of Minnesota
Producing Organization: KUOM (Radio station : Minneapolis, Minn.)
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Identifier: 61-35e-353 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:04:52
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