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why is homosexuality no longer considered a mental disorder?

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 22 years experience
A meeting of the: psychiatric community makes a determination of what conditions are considered a mental disorder. these are published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. These change every several years.

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Are STDs for common with homosexuality?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Common regardless: Sexually transmitted diseases are common in any individual who is not in a strictly monogomus relationship, has had more than one sexual partner, and has unprotected sexual contact regardless of sexual orientation.
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Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Depends: Polycythemia(pc) is a term used for multiple conditions. A transient benign problem in infants; inherited increases in red cell production(treated with blood removal) or a cancer like problem. Increased RBC mass can plug the pipes & injure brain or other areas, making instability more likely. The stress of a chronic disease can create mental problems, the more serious the disease the more likely.
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Does anyone know if its possible to be prescribed antabuse (disulfiram) if there is a past history of mental illness?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
It is possible: One would want to know the type of mental illness prior to using antabuse (disulfiram). Reliability in taking the medication and being able to understand the nature of taking the medication and being responsible all play into prescribing the medication. Your pcp, substance abuse specialist or other qualified health care provider should be consulted prior to using this medication.
A 52-year-old member asked:

I just had a full spin of mood. Do I have some kind of a mental disorder?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
I need translation.: Do you mean a radical 180 degree shift in a mood? People who are bipolar have such shifts. Sometimes severe depressions can have that "full spin of mood". If it occurred after some horrific or wonderful event it's understandable. If you mean a mood where you do a complete 360 degree spin then it could be what happens in a rapidly cycling bipolar individual. You might want to talk to a counselor.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

I start shaking when i'm nervous. Is this a sign of mental illness?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Mindfulness: It is not unusual for someone to have some hand shaking with anxiety and stress levels rising. I would recommend books on mindfulness to help in you dealing with your stress.

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