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Doctor insights on: Am I A Sociopath If In Court System As Teen

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Am I a sociopath if in court system as teen?

Am I a sociopath if in court system as teen?

Sociopath?: The diagnosis of sociopathy refers to the whole way you live, chiefly manifest by complete lack of respect or ability to understand and emphathize with another person. A single incident in court does not imply this diagnosis. Sociopaths, because they don't respect the rights and property of others, do end up in court or juvenile hall a lot, but so do a lot of other teens who just make bad choices. ...Read more

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Sociopath (Definition)

A sociopath is someone who exemplifies antisocial personality disorder. Sociopaths are glib and superficially charming; they are masters of influence and deception. They have no guilt or remorse about exploiting or manipulating other people; winning is the most important thing. They can use words poetically and almost hypnotically. When veracity is challenged, ...Read more


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Hi, I'm a 20 year old student and I've found myself not being able to focus in class. I'm very inattentive. When I was younger I attended a school for learning disabilities, but I never took any medication for it. As of late, I've been struggling in class

Hi, I'm a 20 year old student and I've found myself not being able to focus in class. I'm very inattentive. When I was younger I attended a school for learning disabilities, but I never took any medication for it. As of late, I've been struggling in class

Can be treated: There are many causes of problems focusing and concentrating, and learning disorders are often not fully assessed initially. Yes, medication and other approaches are readily available and would contact student health service and get referred for intervention. You will find improvement in modern approaches to your issues. ...Read more

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How am I vulnerable as a disabled person in my home?

How am I vulnerable as a disabled person in my home?

Vulnerable to ??: What? Falls? Injury? Infectious disease? Crime? Probably yes, but with precautions and appropriate assistance there is no reason that you can't be safe healthy and happy on your home. ...Read more

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Homeless. Jobless+No Support. Have compounded PTSD. Abused as a child. Dating a Sociopath is what got me here. How can I heal? Who can I call? Where?

Homeless. Jobless+No Support. Have compounded PTSD. Abused as a child. Dating a Sociopath is what got me here. How can I heal? Who can I call? Where?

Possible solution: Samantha, I trust you are no longer dating the sociopath! I am a psychologist in San Diego and have suggestions that might be of real help to you. The preferred treatment for PTSD is Subliminal Therapy (visit www.stii.us) with hypnotic methods in second place (www.asch.net for a referral). If you will tell me what city you live in, I will give you more informa ...Read more

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When you've been a recovering addict in a methadone clinic for a year and you get laid off, so can't afford it anymore. What are your options? I am a double time student going for my masters in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics, so i can

Pause: Discuss your financial difficulties, full time student status, &your commitment to recovery with the clinic. Some have private donors who may sponsor you. Some have a sliding scale. Some workout a payment plan. Some manufacturers provide free supply of medications to those with financial hardship. Or pause your life now to treat your problem for good as it won't get any easier in the future. ...Read more

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Schizoaffective - can you explain what that means exactly? I've been living my life as bipolar patient for so long I feel as if my life was a lie.

Schizoaffective - can you explain what that means exactly? I've been living my life as bipolar patient for so long I feel as if my life was a lie.

Hard to determine: It is difficult to determine if a patient is suffering from schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder, especially at a young age. Basically in SA disorder the patient has psychotic symptoms (paranoia, hallucinations) SEPARATE from their mood episodes (manic or depressive), while in bipolar with psychosis the patient has the psychotic symptoms ONLY when in a mood episode (manic or depressive). ...Read more

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Does the hpv virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? Just made an appt after getting a letter, I am a WRECK!!! :,( also just had baby 12-30-14.. Is she at risk as well???

Does the hpv virus remain in your body for a life, whether it's dormant or active? Just made an appt after getting a letter, I am a WRECK!!! :,( also just had baby 12-30-14.. Is she at risk as well???

Depends: If you are discussing visible the active phase, like genital warts, these often eventually go away or respond to treatments.However, the virus is from a family of viruses well known for going dormant in the host body with the potential for recurrence.You tend to have it forever, but it may never return to an active state.Infants can develop genital warts if mom was actively shedding at delivery. ...Read more

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I was sexually abused as a child and as an adult and still have severe flashbacks is this normal?

I was sexually abused as a child and as an adult and still have severe flashbacks is this normal?

Maybe PTSD: I am sorry to hear of your trauma. While it is possible to think of flashbacks after trauma as one of the consequences that can be expected, i wouldn't consider them 'normal'. Just as concussion symptoms after a car accident may be expected, but are not normal. You may have post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more about it visit istss.Org and consider getting a psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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If you were sexually abused as a child, what will happen when I become an adult?

If you were sexually abused as a child, what will happen when I become an adult?

Many Possibilities: There are many different possible outcomes to sexual abuse. It is not automatic that these children will have problems as adults, but there is a higher risk of emotional and behavioral difficulties. ...Read more

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Adult child in trouble with addiction in california a friend's son (33 years old) went out to ca to a specific type of client for an addiction issue. It appeared that he was going 'great' but apparently it was a lie. He is on the street and back using.

Adult child in trouble with addiction in california a friend's son (33 years old) went out to ca to a specific type of client for an addiction issue.
It appeared that he was going 'great' but apparently it was a lie.  He is on the street and back using.

A disease of lies: Addicts lie, it's a fact. But this is not b/c they are bad people but b/c every positive motivation they have is hijacked by the need to use. Deciding to stop is good but not enough. The 3 things that move us are thoughts, feelings & biology. We think the mind is the captain but the emotions or the body can easily overrule a mental decision. When the 2 gang up vs. The mind it's like possession. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do about an addiction to amphetamine I have a very busy life style with children also a full time job I am desperate?

Is there  anything i can do about an addiction  to amphetamine I have a very busy life style with children also a full time job I am desperate?

Malignant cancer : Addiction is a disease that eats your life away as well as the lives of your loved ones, including your children. If you were diagnosed with a potentially rapidly spreading cancer would you not stop working as to fight for a cure? Unfortunately the poison clouds the mind of it's prey, preventing it from conceptualizing the problem as an urgent medical issue. ...Read more

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I am 29, Female, 76Kgs weight and 5'3" height, I have had emotional breakups and is diagnosed with depression,will it be a life long problem?

I am 29, Female, 76Kgs weight and 5'3" height, I have had emotional breakups and is diagnosed with depression,will it be a life long problem?

Not always: Start w a medical eval. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy can help. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep/night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book' by Dr. David Burns. ...Read more

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Want to apply to medical school and eventually become a spine surgeon I have a past felony drug conviction for manufacturing and delivering cocaine and criminal conspiracy should I not even waste my time or is worth my time to pursue this career as a surg

While : While a clean record is not an absolute requirement to become a surgeon, it certainly helps. There are several obstacles to becoming a surgeon with a felony conviction. First, you would have to convince a medical school admissions committee that you have the character and traits they are looking for in an applicant. At the end of medical school, you would need to convince a orthopaedic or neurosurgery residency program that you have the character and traits they are looking for. As both orthopaedic and neurosurgery training programs are extremely competitive, this history does put you at a disadvantage. For both admissions processes, it is typical to ask about any prior convictions. Even if you were to navigate medical school and residency successfully, you would still need to become licensed by the state you want to practice in, and obtain certification by the drug enforcement agency (dea), and possibly by the state controlled substances board. The dea and states may have specific restrictions preventing licensure with a prior felony drug-related conviction. Before proceeding, i would recommend that you check with the dea and with whichever state you want to possibly practice in about their laws regarding licensure in your circumstances. ...Read more

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Is it possible to raise one's global functioning assessment score? I was raised in an old italian clan where as the eldest son, i witnessed my first murder only to learn that i would witness more. I was severely sexually abused by my body guard while my p

Is it possible to raise one's global functioning assessment score? I was raised in an old italian clan where as the eldest son, i witnessed my first murder only to learn that i would witness more. I was severely sexually abused by my body guard while my p

Dr : Dr ferraz provided good information. Your global functioning assessment score or gaf is simply a numerical score which estimates how well you are functioning socially, psychologically and occupationally. Our gaf scores fluctuate. For instance, if my pet dies and I am really feeling sad, my gaf may drop. When I am feeling better and functioning at a better level, my gaf score may be higher. It sounds like you have faced a lot of trauma in your life. What is more important than gaf scores, is getting help so that you can feel safe, happy and productive. Good luck. ...Read more

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A friend who does not have a seizure disorder had a long seizure (family claims it was over an hour long) is this posable? Drinking is invalved.

A friend who does not have a seizure disorder had a long seizure (family claims it was over an hour long) is this posable? Drinking is invalved.

Seizures and alcohol: It's unlikely that the actual seizure lasted an hour. Typically, seizures last about a minute but the patient could be disoriented for a longer period of time thereafter. Alcohol can trigger seizures in people who are predisposed to it. Also, it is possible he may have fallen and hit his head as well. Either way, he should see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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What good is a school desk as protection during a storm? Am I safer in hallway?

Talk to your teacher: Your school probably has a plan in place. Suggest the hallway as an alternative. It sounds like a good idea. They'll tell you why they can't use it if they can't. ...Read more

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I was reading at a college level in fifth grade. I have Aspergers and ADHD. I was tested as having an IQ of 90 as a child. Is this possible, or MD?

I was reading at a college level in fifth grade. I have Aspergers and ADHD. I was tested as having an IQ of 90 as a child. Is this possible, or MD?

Reading & IQ: It is best for you to get tested by a clinical psychologist who specializes in learning disorders and Aspergers. Group IQ tests such as given in schools are ok but not nearly as accurate and detailed as a one-to-one w/a pro. Same goes for achievement tests. Whatever the numbers say, just work on being the best person you can be, like the rest of us. Peace and good health. ...Read more