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Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Sort of: Aa believes in a "higher power, " but they are not per se a religious organization nor does one have to be religious to benefit from the program. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living?  Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Yes: Most all very serious, long standing or non-curable, genetic, even uncommon conditions have support groups and links for help. Are we not blessed and cursed with the age of the internet and technology ? Start with aspergersyndrome.Org. ...Read more

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Do blind rehabilitation centers help each coping skills?

Do blind rehabilitation centers help each  coping skills?

Sometimes: Low vision rehab is variable from place to place. It is clear that a person must be okay with their vision before any meaningful progress can be made with the rehab process. ...Read more

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Can a mental health occupational therapist open their own practice and do psychotherapy sessions?

Can a mental health occupational therapist open their own practice and do psychotherapy sessions?

An Occupational: therapist can sessions - but not psychotherapy. Who is doing this? Unless they have a mental health license like Licensed social worker, Marriage family counselor, licensed psychologist, Licensed mental health counselor then No. ...Read more

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Is someone with a PhD in professional counseling vs PhD in psychology still considered a psychologist?

Is someone with a PhD in professional counseling vs PhD in psychology still considered a psychologist?

Yes but not exactly: A Ph.D in Counseling Psychology would be considered a psychologist. Different states have different regulations around the title of psychologist so check with a state licensing board to be sure. For example, Vermont is now the only state where a person with a Master's Degree in Psychology can be called a Psychologist, provided that they indicate Psychologist-Master. ...Read more

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Are schizophrenia and psychic mediumship integrated?

Are schizophrenia and psychic mediumship integrated?

No.: Schizophrenia is an actual disorder of the brain in which there are abnormalities in levels of neurotransmitters in different circuits of the brain. People with schizophrenia do not channel spirits or become possessed by entities although they may believe so as part of a delusional system. Psychic mediumship is a practice some people believe in but it is not integrated with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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What are the personal boundaries for therapist in a counselling relationship?

What are the personal boundaries for therapist in a counselling relationship?

Help the patient: The major concept is to keep the focus on the patient and avoid exploitation. Exploitation can include misuse of knowledge gained, abuse of power, sexual behavior. In exchange for the time of the therapy the therapist receives a fee as sole compensation. There should be no expectations of favoratism or gift or additional benefit. ...Read more

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Looking for psychologist that deals in anxiety, health anxiety, in southern california. Recommendations?

Looking for psychologist that deals in anxiety, health anxiety, in southern california. Recommendations?

See below: Link to a california state psychological association. The website has "find a psychologist" tab. Good luck! http://www.Cpapsych.Org/. ...Read more

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Looking for psychologist that deals in anxiety, health anxiety, in southern california. Recommendations?

Looking for psychologist that deals in anxiety, health anxiety, in southern california. Recommendations?

See below: Link to a california state psychological association. The website has "find a psychologist" tab. Good luck! http://www.Cpapsych.Org/. ...Read more

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Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Unsure: While not really a depressant, marijuana may not help a person to feel motivated, which is often missing in depression! it might temporarily mask emotional pain, but in excess can lead to problems. Some research suggests it can potentiate mental symptoms--and results were not simply due to ill people self-medicating. And it can lead to jail. That's depressing / scary. Psychiatrists, gps? ...Read more

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Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Can psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalytical psychotherapy permanently change the personality of a person?

Yes, hard to prove: It is certainly the aim of these psychotherapies to change fundamental personality traits (for the better of course). Countless case reports attest to success in doing so. But strong scientific proof would require careful, repeated personality assessment for large numbers of patients over many years — "permanently" is a long time — something that is very hard and expensive to study. ...Read more

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How are clinical psychology and mental health counseling different?

How are clinical psychology and mental health counseling different?

They are different: All sorts of professionals (social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists) can do mental health counseling, but only a licensed psychologist can do therapy and call it psychology. In order to become a licensed psychologist, one must get a doctorate in psychology and meet a number of other state requirements that other mental health professionals do not have. ...Read more

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Does depression hinder teen's abiility to focus in school?

Does depression hinder teen's abiility to focus in school?

Yes: Depression involves a preoccupation with negative thoughts about oneself and their surroundings, feelings of inadequacy, indecisiveness, decreased motivation and interest in normal activities, and lack of energy. All of these could effect the ability to focus in school. ...Read more

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Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

How about patchwork: Quilt approach? Cbt is often practiced by any of the above providers. Cognitive behavioral therapy can yield excellent results. Psychiatrist can be invaluable when psychotropic medications are indicated. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the differences between philosophical counselling, humanistic psychology, and existential psychotherapy?

What are the differences between philosophical counselling, humanistic psychology, and existential psychotherapy?

This is too broad of: a question for 400 characters. Each of the 3 types of counseling mentioned are based on the therapist's orientation to therapy. all three relate to their philosophy of how and why psychotherapy works. ...Read more

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Any good dissociative disorder programs/ hospitals?

Any good dissociative disorder programs/ hospitals?

Contact Univ hosp: McLean Hospital a Harvard Medical School Affiliate is a good start. They may know of other programs in your city. ...Read more

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What do occupational therapists in mental health do? They get involved with counseling or educating patients?

What do occupational therapists in mental health do? They get involved with counseling or educating patients?

Teach living skills: Occupational therapists assist patients to improve their ability to function in life by focusing on improvement of activities and instrumental activities of daily living. They assess motor and cognitive abilities and assist people w/ disabilities in grooming, bathing, dressing themselves, & functioning in a work place. They counsel, help clients problem solve & teach the use of adaptive equipment. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more