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Activities For Adults With Mental Illness
Clarification: It does not stand alone as a disorder. It is symptomatic among depressed patients, with Borderline personality disordered people, an attention seeking effort, or part of a social culture in high school. It definitely is always a communication tool. Seek help fro a qualified agency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Who has the main responsibility to tell an adult daughter to see a psychiatrist for bipolar or other mental disorder? A mother or adult sister?
Anyone: It can often be hard to talk with others about mental health issues because it can be a sensitive topic. But, anyone close to an individual that has concerns about their well being should find a way to talk about it with them, particularly if there is a concern about their safety or well being. ...Read more
"Pop" misconception: One of the cruelest things that you can do is tell someone with real mental illness to "snap out of it." things that are easy for most of us are very difficult for people who have brain anatomy or chemistry disturbances or whose life experience has forced them to learn behaviors and attitudes unlike yours. You have little insight when you dream; don't expect others to self-cure. Urge compliance. ...Read more
Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?
It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from wrong due to a mental illness, then they are "not guilty by reason of insanity" (or similar language depending on the state). Most mental illness is not severe enough to meet this standard, and the "insanity defense" is actually used fairly rarely. ...Read more
Duration: Usually if your mental illness it depends if it short onset or chronic. Also does it relapse after starting meds. If you had adequate treatment responded and were in remission for significant period of ime and then you had relapsed, then it is safest to take the medication lifelong and monitor side effect. ...Read more
Please clarify: If you are wanting to know whether you have a mental illness, it is first recommended that you go to your doctor to explore what specific symptoms you are experiencing. Your doctor then can decide how to proceed with regards to examination and further testing. Depending on findings, a referral to a mental health professional for treatment may be warranted. Hope this is helpful. All the best. ...Read more
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