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what could increase mental health issues?

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Dr. Peter Jackson
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Life change: Changes in life circumstances often has a significant impact on one's mental health. We feel less in control and these feelings can lead to increased anxiety , worry and depression. Life changing events like a divorce, children moving into adulthood, relocation, financial changes, work changes all can really increase mental health issues and professional support is often important at these times.

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I think my mental issues are more environmental than anything. If I move, will I be less depressed?

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My IQ is significantly lower than before. Is there something wrong with my mental health?

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What happens during a mental health assessment?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
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A good interview : A mental health assessment involves an interview by a mental health expert to help identify your problem. It usually starts with open ended questions and then more specific questions are asked to narrow possible reasons for your problem. Sometimes questionnaires are used to identify problems like depression or adhd. Remember the assessment is to help you so don't be afraid to ask questions.
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How can I wean off mental health medications?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
"wean" is right: Most medications have some effects when they are discontinued, especially if they are done suddenly. Benzodiazepines, seizure medications (used in psychiatry as mood stabilizers), certain blood pressure medications (used in children who have adhd and behavioral and sleep issues, and some adults with anxiety and panic), and some antidepressants, all nead careful withdrawal. Your dr. Can guide you.

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