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A 49-year-old member asked:

what can you do to test a person with a mental disorder?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dx: Diagnostic interview and observation of behavior. Psychological testing and collateral information may also help.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Interview: The diagnosis usually is determine by a detailed interview and examination by the doctor. The tests available to determine mental disorders are limited.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Where can I find the support system for my mental illness?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Support system: Family, friends, your local mental health center would know resources to refer u for individual and group counseling. Good luck.
A 52-year-old member asked:

Can there be a mental disorder where the afflicted believes they're younger than they actually are?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Not specifically: There are situations where people act much younger than their age, most often related to developmental disorders or significantly reduced intellectual capacity. Dissociative disorders on occasion regress into childlike behavior and speech. None of the above involve the individual actually believing they are younger than they are. Others may simply pretend they are younger and know it's not so.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Possible mental illness? Neighbor seems frazzled, disorganized. What can one do?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
See doc: Whether it's a mental illness or psychiatric symptoms of a physical one, is hard to tell unless tapped more into the history of the problem. You would want to suggest to him to see his doctor. If you feel or hear him say something that puts him or his family or other people in danger, you are obligated to report that by calling 9-1-1.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Do I have a mental disorder or a colorful personality if joking all the time?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
The Joker: I'm not sure about this, as there's a lot you're not saying here. Joking can be engaging and fun, and people enjoy laughing. But if the person is never, ever able to have a serious conversation, the joking may be serving a more defensive purpose. There's a big difference between being light-hearted, and feeling compelled to crack jokes constantly even when serious or sad things are going on.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Does occasionally seeing things that don't exist mean I have a mental disorder?

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Dr. Galina Mindlin
Psychiatry 38 years experience
It depends: Since what has happening to you as 'seeing things that don't exist' may be experienced by you in many different ways, it is important that you share that experience with the professional as psychiatrist or psychologist first. That would be helpful in terms of understanding if that is something you shall worry about or not. Also that would give you a chance to get help in case you need it.

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