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Doctor insights on: Activities For Mental Health Patients

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What is the goal of mental health facilities for their patients?

Keep 'em functioning: Mental health clinics, public or private, offer counseling and medication when appropriate. Some mental health problems are 'curable'; others are 'manageable'. In either case, the goal of the clinic is to keep patients functioning and achieving their realistic goals. Oh yes, and a good mental health professional has a goal of getting a patient healthy enough to not have to come back. ...Read more

Mental Health (Definition)

Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...Read more


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How can mental health issues be diagnosed if the patient is unwilling to acknowledge any problems?

How can mental health issues be diagnosed if the patient is unwilling to acknowledge any problems?

Examination: Just by talking and examining a patient we can often diagnose mental health problems even without them admitting they have a problem. The key is getting them in to see the doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any relation of architectural structures to the well-being of patients in mental health facility?

Is there any relation of architectural structures to the well-being of patients in mental health facility?

Evidence Suggests: The concept of 'healing architecture' has been developing over the last two decades and a large amount of research has been carried out into the impact of architectural design on the success of healthcare environments. Evidence that architects can significantly alter patients' experience and quality of life has led to changes in designing healthcare spaces. From rsa royal society of arts. ...Read more

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What kinds of mental health services can doctors offer to patients?

The usuall two are: Psychotherapy and/or medication. Hospitals, clinics or treatment centers offer inpatient or outpatient versions of these two, as do doctor's offices, or nowadays, virtual consults. ...Read more

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What do you think a mental health professional would do if a patient of theirs was in love with them?

What do you think a mental health professional would do if a patient of theirs was in love with them?

"would" vs "should": Mental health professionals are people and "might" do many things: ignore it, exploit it, explore it, take pride in it, etc. What they "should" do is sensitively respect the patient's feelings while maintaining professional boundaries and clinical curiosity. Such feelings are very often due to transference; understanding the nature of the attraction can help a patient learn about themselves. ...Read more

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Hello docs! Can you tell me what developments occurred with mental health institutions that helped mental health patients?

Over the years: There have been many advances. In the dark ages, people were warehoused in subhuman conditions. Today the trend is 2help people live in the least restrictive setting possible w' attempts 2 help them become contributing members of society. Psychotropic medications help make this possible. Unfortunately, many people go off their medications leading to a revolving door in & out of hospitals. ...Read more

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Do doctors ask patients about their past and present and hereditary mental health before prescribing Isotretinoin?

Do doctors ask patients about their past and present and hereditary mental health before prescribing Isotretinoin?

They should be.: Doctors should be asking about all present and past medical history, including mental health issues, of the patient and their family, before prescribing any medications. This would especially be the case for Isotretinoin, which can cause depression.and suicidality, as well as other side effects. Doctors prescribing this will weigh the benefits vs risks before doing so. ...Read more

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In mental health unit, to get my meds controlled, and pysch counseling, — as in patient, how long should I stay here, am getting rest that I so need?

In mental health unit, to get my meds controlled, and pysch counseling, — as in patient, how long should I stay here, am getting rest that I so need?

Ask staff's opinion: The in-patient staff who comprise your team are the best people to discuss the optimal duration of your stay. Practical matters will play a role — but, that's a truth in today's world if you are not independently wealthy. They'll discuss your service and follow-up recommendations w/ you. Make sure you understand them and get that needed rest. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can a mental health counselor provide ongoing counseling to a patient without a diagnostic assessment?

Can a mental health counselor provide ongoing counseling to a patient without a diagnostic assessment?

Depends: If treatment of psychopathology is the goal, there must be a diagnosis. If a person only wants feedback about their thoughts and feeling then yes. ...Read more

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Can taurine improve the mental health of a bipolar patient?

Can taurine improve the mental health of a bipolar patient?

Unknown: Taurine has been studied at mclean hospital, but the results have not been published. http://tinyurl.com/kv9dww3 I'm sorry, but beyond anecdotal reports and a couple of rodent studies, I have no information with which to reliably answer your question. ...Read more

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The mental health patient profile: does it change primary care physicians' practice patterns?

The mental health patient profile: does it change primary care physicians' practice patterns?

A little unclear ??: Are you maybe asking whether primary care doctors treat people with mental health diagnoses differently from other patients? I'm not sure this is what you mean -- but if so, all patients should receive the same level of care. However, mental health issues do impact overall health and how able people are to participate in their care. Mental health needs consideration in the whole picture. ...Read more

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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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Can mental health clinician cut off patient because parents don't want to transfer their therapy to the same agency? They gave my child a 60day notice

Can mental health clinician cut off patient because parents don't want to transfer their therapy to the same agency? They gave my child a 60day notice

Patient termination: Physicians are not required to continue to care for a patient for any reason as long as they give adequate written notice of their intent to terminate the physician-patient relationship (usually 30 days notice is sufficient). Physicians are still responsible for emergency care for terminated patients during this time frame, unless they have established with another medical provider. ...Read more

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I haven't been on seroquel & lexapro in a while. I have bad bipolar depression I'm not eating. I called mental health no one is accepting new patients.

I haven't been on seroquel & lexapro in a while. I have bad bipolar depression I'm not eating. I called mental health no one is accepting new patients.

Try Primary Care: We are sorry we can not help you. Try calling all the other clinics. You need to make an appointment with a Psychiatry.Meanwhile, consult your Primary Care Physician and see id he/she can help you ...Read more

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What mental doctors excepting. New patients from. Health tap. In chicago. Ill? That way I can ask threw here as well

Accepting: If you are looking for doctors accepting medicare or medicaid, it is getting harder to find them. I think psychologists are far more accessible to medicare only. Medicaid does not reimburse psychologists in il. ...Read more

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How effective health tap is? What are the risk of using it for a patient?

How effective health tap is? What are the risk of using it for a patient?

HealthTap's website: HealthTap is an interactive health information website. Members come from all walks of life with all sorts of questions. They are free to post questions, learn about health, read every public answer, and make our world a better place. Members' private information stays private, as protected by law. HealthTap is only informational so there is no medical risk to users. (HealthTap PRIME is different) ...Read more

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If I were new to your practice as a patient age 56, what tests would you order in general to see what my over all health status was?

If I were new to your practice as a patient age 56, what tests would you order in general to see what my over all health status was?

A couple: If you are healthy, non obese or smoker, a simple cbc, liver and kidney chemistries, cholesterol profile and a psa(prostate cancer test). Please realize there are many factors that can influence labs or tests ordered. ...Read more

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My bf is kind, sweet and patient. I just don't feel like I deserve him. I hve some health issues & feel like no one should want me because of that.

My bf is kind, sweet and patient. I just don't feel like I deserve him. I hve some health issues & feel like no one should want me because of that.

You believe this?: Do you really believe this? Then you must also believe that your boyfriend has really bad taste in being with you. Or do think your own opinions might be short-sighted, and possibly indicate a problem? If you can imagine the latter, consulting with a psychologist might be helpful. Depression can make you think and feel things that are extremely damaging to both you and your relationships. ...Read more

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Health insurance for lupus patients?

Health insurance for lupus patients?

SLE and insurance: Check with your states health department. Many states make arrangements to cover people who don't qualify with private insurers, usually through some kind of high risk health ins. Pool. It's expensive but probably not as expensive as a catastrophic illness without any coverage at all. ...Read more

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Does regulating the health professions help patients or these disciplines?

Does regulating the health professions help patients or these disciplines?

Depends: As a patient you might want your doc to have gone to medical school. You might want the drug addicted ones to be removed before their impairment causes you harm. You might want the ones treating you for cancer you don't have to be caught and go to jail. There are many complex issues in this process the public never sees, but the health related boards make the effort to remove the bad actors. ...Read more

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What can I do to improve the health of dialysis patient?

What can I do to improve the health of dialysis patient?

See below: In general regular dialysis. Watch fluid intake. Follow dietician's instructions. Take medications on time. Your dialysis center has a dedicated team of doctor, dietician, social worker, dialysis staff- please follow their instructions. They spend a lot of time, sometimes without your knowledge planning optimal health for you. Please get on transplant list. ...Read more

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When does a patient lose the right to make own health care desicions?

Capacity: When a patient can't understand the illness or the indended treatment, what the outcome of the treatment would mean, or be able to deliberate to be able to make a meaniful choice based on the information given him/her. ...Read more

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Should america's health care system switch to keeping patient records online?

Should america's health care system switch to keeping patient records online?

Sticky issue: This is a huge question. On one hand, online records can be transmitted quickly when medically needed. This could save a life. On the other hand, this quick transmission can also allow breaches of privacy that are potentially painful, embarrassing, and invasive. Balancing these things is precarious! Electronic records seems to be where we're going, so we need safeguards to do it well. ...Read more

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What are some reasons to not take patient health information outside the office?

What are some reasons to not take patient health information outside the office?

Confidentiality.: Mainly because it would be a potential compromise of HIPAA confidentiality laws. A patient’s demographic, medical or financial information can be compromised. ...Read more

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Do doctors think their patients should feel more ownership over their own health?

Do doctors think their patients should feel more ownership over their own health?

Advocate: You are the best advocate of your own health: lifestyle and exercise are contributing factors to your future health. ...Read more