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Why an adult starts to self injury? Is it a symptom of some mental illness? "

Why an adult starts to self injury? Is it a symptom of some 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 more

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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more


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Is it possible to commit an adult to rehab for mental illness & drug addiction when they wont?

Is it possible to commit an adult to rehab for mental illness & drug addiction when they wont?

Involuntary commit: All states have provisions for involuntary commitments of patients who are a danger to themselves, eg suicide, or to others. If this is the case call 911. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Could people with mental illness fight their condition/s?

Could people with mental illness fight their condition/s?

"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

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Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime (s) they commit?

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

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What causes mental illness?

What causes mental illness?

Etiology: Easiest way is to think of causes as Biopsychosocial. The biological is genetics. The psychological is self concept such as self-esteem. The social is environment such as stress or traumas. ...Read more

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Can mental illness last forever?

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

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What are signs of mental illness?

What are signs of mental illness?

Which one: Mental illness refers to abnormal mood and/or thought content and process and/or behavior. There are many types of mental illness. Most common are anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, but also dementia, developmental disorders such as autism. ...Read more

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Determine if I have a mental illness?

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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What to do if I have a mental illness?

Seek treatment: Seek treatment from a medical professional. There are a wide range of mental illness and seeing your pcp or local psychiatrist would be the first step towards recovery. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a mental illness?

Look Beh, feelings,: Mental health conditions are judged not to be due to a physical disorder and are diagnosed and treated based on signs and symptoms, as well as on how much the condition affects your daily life.
Behavior and feelings mental health conditions and are diagnosed and treated based on signs and symptoms. Mental health conditions are judged not to be due to a physical disorder and are diagnosed and tre. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have mental illness?

Be more specific...: "mental illness" is a very vague label. It can be as minor as having a phobia of fish to severe psychosis (a disconnect from reality). None of us are totally "normal". The question is do your symptoms significantly interfere with your life? Please be more specific. If unsure, consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What are common signs of mental illness?

Symptoms: Usually if an emotional or behavioral issue causes significant distress or affects personal, social, work lilfe, it can be a symptom of mental illness provided medical and other causes are ruled out. ...Read more

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What mental illness fits these symptoms?

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Mental illness: You forgot to mention the symptoms.

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Can you tell me what is a mental illness?

Yes: A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. It often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses: depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive, panic, PTSD. They are medical conditions that interfere with every day life. ...Read more

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How could I be at risk of mental illness?

Genetics & Experienc: A person can be born with a propensity to have various types of mental illness. Life experiences can bring about various symptoms of mental illness. Sometimes there is a combination of both situations. When you are worried about this question, it is probably a good idea to talk with a mental health professional ...Read more

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Can lameness be equated to mental illness?

Can lameness be equated to mental illness?

No: I'm not sure how you're using the word "lameness, " but I understand this to mean inability to walk. This is not correlated with mental illness at all. ...Read more

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Can you test me for mental illness online?

No: A face-to-face meeting with a mental health professional would be necessary (although there is some movement to skype-like "telemedicine" in rural areas). ...Read more

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What are several factors for mental illness?

Many factors: There are positive protective factors which will ameliorate or blunt symptoms, like supportive social supports like family and friends, exercising, sleeping 7-8 a night, and keeping a regular schedule. Negative factors include a family history of mental illness, substance abuse, history of physical, verbal, and/or sexual abuse. It helps to discuss with a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a mental illness?

Not enough info.: I don't know. Why do you think so? You should see your doctor to discuss any and all issues that you experience which lead you to think that you could have a mental illness. ...Read more

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What are the signs of serious mental illness?

Impairment: There are so many types of psychiatric disorders, it's hard to offer a single set of descriptors of what's "serious." they have in common behaviors, thoughts, & feelings that recurrently interfere with your ability to go about your life. The more they interfere, the more serious they are, whether fears, depression, mania, psychosis, ocd, adhd, anxiety. You don't need to go it alone; seek help. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have a mental illness?

See Pscyh. Get answer: A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands & routines.
There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Common disorders: depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia & anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, or personality. Go see a psych.. ...Read more

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Help please! Is bdsm a sign of mental illness?

No: It would be considered a fetish. Not a disorder. Sexual disorders may be associated like sexual addiction, especially where the sexual behavior affects performance and functioning in other areas outside of relationships. But there are practicioners of bdsm that engage in those behaviors safely and compartmentalize the sexual behaviors to the appropriate setting. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a mental illness?

How can you tell if you have a mental illness?

Evaluation needed: And number of symptoms may indicate a mental illness, but can also be symptoms of a physical illness such as diabetes. Problems with emotions, focus, sleep, impulsivity, eating habits, anxiety, depression, relationships, or not being in touch with reality can be indicators of a medical or mental illness or stress. Evaluations by a psychologist or md should give you clear answers. ...Read more

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What is the cause of mental illness in general?

What is the cause of mental illness in general?

Brain dysfunction: As with most conditions, multiple genes interact resulting in some degree of vulnerability or resistance, interacting with environmental stress which can have different effects based upon when in life or how many/often they occur. ...Read more

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The unique needs of people with mental illness?

Please repost: Sorry, but your post isn't even a complete sentence. There really isn't any question that can be answered. What ABOUT "the unique needs of people with mental illness"? Please clarify, bearing in mind that many of those needs are social, not medical, issues, & that we're doctors, not political scientists; so if those are the "needs" you refer to, this may not be an appropriate venue. ...Read more

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How to diagnose a loved one of a mental illness?

Mental health eval.: Trying to make an accurate psychiatric diagnosis on a loved one is frought with obstacles. Psychiatrists go through 8 years of training after college to learn to do this - so it requires expertise. Being emotionally close to the person automatically impacts how we see them. If you are concerned that someone you care about has a mental disorder, consider encouraging a professional evaluation. ...Read more

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How many who have a serious mental illness work?

Most Do: The best estimates of the effect of psychiatric disorders on employment come from the national comorbidity survey. This survey suggests that in men with a psychiatric disorder are about a 10 - 15% less likely to be working than those without a disorder. The effect in women is a bit less. So the answer is most do work. ...Read more

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How to determine that you have a mental illness?

Excellent question!: Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish typical or "normal" psychological reactions to situations in life... From "mental illness". But, emotional or behavioral disturbance that impairs your performance or results in your feeling badly, for a prolonged period of time, and has not responded to your efforts to correct it, should be evaluated by a well-trained professional that can help you ...Read more

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How can you file disability on a mental illness?

It's the same...: Disability status, is based on the evaluation by a medical specialist that your illness does not allow you to work in any economically viable capacity. Disability from a psychiatric diagnosis is usually subjected to more critical review than from other medical diagnosis as it is commonly believed that they are more often abused. Explore this option with a social worker & research gov ssd online. ...Read more

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Is repetitive behavior a sign of mental illness?

It may be,: Depending on the age of the person and what the behavior is. ...Read more

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Who are some famous people with a mental illness?

Plenty: Mary todd lincoln, john NASH (schizophrenia), rosemary clooney (said to be bipolar), beethoven (alcoholism, depression), schuamann, neitzsche (neurosyphilis), wittgenstein (asperger's?), newton (often psychotic, mercury poisoning?), many others. ...Read more

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What are some signs of mental illness in a child?

What are some signs of mental illness in a child?

Erratic behavior: Mental illness is an extremely broad term. Any obvious and persistent abnormal behavior might be questioned. ...Read more

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What is considered as a "serious" mental illness?

Serious mental illne: Serious mental illness is when the patient has significant distress, not being able to care for themselves and are danger to themselves or others. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of neglecting mental illness?

It can get worse: Whether primarily psychological or biochemical, mental disorders tend to ripple out over time and affect more and more domains of our lives. With so many new and effective treatments available-both psychological and medical, mental health practitioners have a renewed sense of hope and excitement about what we can do to better our patients lives. Someone need not be afraid to seek help. ...Read more

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Are homelessness and mental illness tied together?

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Are homelessness and mental illness tied together?

Homeless: Agree. Also economy & cost of healthcare. ...Read more

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Is there a higher risk of having a mental illness?

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Mental illness risk: In ones predisposed, not everyone.

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How do I know if have some sort of mental illness?

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Mental illness: Depends on what symptoms u r having & how they affect your daily functioning, & if so, consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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How can I help someone deal with a mental illness?

For example,: Providing practical support, giving hope, reminding appointments and meds without forgetting everything else life can offer. Being there for them, not necessarily expecting to hear a symptom or a problem to be ready to offer your time and company. Understanding the limitations and being open to help the person dream and set goals. For example. ...Read more