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Having anxiety after an accident. Taking inhaler for asthma. Any treatment?

I just bumped into this sight, My daughter was in a horrible motorcycle accident last March. She suffered a severe traumatic brain injury . She is living at home with her 8 yr old son, but has alot of trouble with depression ,anxiety, and just dealing with everyday issues. They have her on prozac & zyprexa , just switched the zyprexa to geodon . She also has asthma, was a smoker. has not had anything since the accident, but wants to smoke really bad, but her lungs are not good, takes inhalers. Is there somewhere on her for her to chat with others like her?
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is not uncommon to have psychiatric disturbances following a traumatic brain injury. Often medication are required to treat such psychiatric disturbances. She is currently on a combination of an anti-depressant (Prozac) and an anti-psychotic (Geodon) medication. I'm not sure why there has been a change fro Zyprexa (also an anti-psychotic) to Geodon. However, it is advisable to continue the medication as prescribed.

Smoking can not only worsen her asthma but it can also result in other lung and systemic diseases. If she has difficulty in staying quit, it would be worthwhile to consult a pschiatrist for professional help regarding the same. Motivational Enhancement Therapy and if necessary, certain medication can be helpful in preventing her from relapsing to smoking.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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