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Am I Mentally Ill Test
Mental Illness: Some conditions, like schizophrenia, a psychotic disorder, may be more easily detected due to hallucinations, delusional thought content or paranoia. Mood disorders (depression, bipolar) and anxiety disorders (panic attacks, phobia) require more in depth evaluation. Medical conditions may present first as a mental illness. If a loved one concerns you, ask the family md for an evaluation. ...Read more
Observation: Testing for mr is a matter of formal or informal observation of how a child is functioning compared to other children the same age. Approaches vary by age and circumstance. For young children, doctors may ask a series of questions about milestones that the child should be making at each check-up. There also are highly standardized formal tests that look at the child's ability directly. ...Read more
Get an evaluation: You could get an evaluation. Many people start by discussing their concerns with their family physician. This is fine. An alternative is to make an appointment with a mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist/psychologist). If you have a mental disorder why not get treatment right away to feel and function better? ...Read more
Only in bad old days: ... ; by those who remain uninformed. Someone who does not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth is not considered mentally ill. All major professional health organizations -incl the american medical assn, american psychological assn ; american psychiatric assn- affirm a person's right 2 identify their gender as feels true 4 them. Facebook now has over 50 ways: http://slate. Me/1bs1n3f. ...Read more
Dx: Diagnostic interview and observation of behavior. Psychological testing and collateral information may also help. ...Read more
NAMI Program: National alliance for the mentally ill (nami) provide support groups, education and training. It is through the nami program that people often find other resources and advice for caring for someone with a psychiatric illness. There are nami programs set up all over the United States. More information can be found on the official nami website at: http://www. Nami. Org/. ...Read more
It depends: This depends on the mental illness of the person involved -- but generally a compassionate, non-judgmental attitude and willingness to assist are needed for sure. If you're asking about education programs, you can inquire at nursing schools, etc, about requirements. Mental health america has some helpful information for families of mentally ill people: http://www. Mentalhealthamerica. Net/. ...Read more
Get evaluated: You could see a phd level psychologist for a psychological evaluation or a psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation. You could also see a social worker working at a mental health center that has familiarity with the diagnosis of mental illness. If you are struggling with psychotic thoughts or thoughts of suicide or homicide then you can be evaluated in the emergency department. Stay safe! ...Read more
Even without: Mental illness, we can't see ourselves! Work with your psychiatrist to understand as much as you can. ...Read more
See below: The difference between the nursing home and residential care is based on the level of functioning. In the residential setting, this person able to feed, to toilet, to transfer, to ambulate, to void and to defecate independently. Also good behavioral control is important. If the person develops major changes in functional and behavioral status, the nursing home placement is the best way to go. ...Read more
Ther areseveral of: Them around you have to check out and see for yourself. ...Read more
Too Broad a Question: It depends on the level of functioning, . And the mental illness. ...Read more
Yes: Usually, if you're entering an in-patient ward, you will have a physical, including a blood test. For partial hospitalization programs (php) or intensive outpatient programs (iop), you might be asked for a physical from your primary care doctor. There's no need for a completed physical or blood test if you start individual outpatient psychotherapy. ...Read more
Yes: Not everyone who experiences extreme abuse develops a mental illness. Seeking help from a psychologist greatly decreases one's risk of developing a mental disorder after experiencing trauma. There are many therapies to aid survivors of extreme abuse. ...Read more
How is being a caregiver for the mentally ill be different than helping someone with another condition?
Quite different: Mentally ill people may be very challenging to work with in that they exhibit symptoms that may be hard to handle, such uncontrollable emotions, unusual behaviors - anger (excessive), panic attacks, violent behaviors, hallucinations, delusions etc. A caregiver for such patients must be ready to intervene on an emergent basis to refer such patients for acute care. There may some safety risk involv. ...Read more
I have people telling me that a transgender person is mentally ill. How do I convince them that it's not?
Good luck!: Trying to persuade anyone to come to your point of view is always a struggle - particularly in dealing with gender variance. Of course it is true that there are transgender people who have mental illness, but being trans does NOT mean a person is mentally ill. If you are the person in question, live your life as well as possible, and seek help from people who are here to help. WPATH. Org. ...Read more
I was checked for mental retardation and all the tests came back negative but I still am in special ed. Why?
Good question: Any learning disability, behavioral problem or other special needs might qualify someone for special ed even if their IQ is normal. ...Read more
Can you please tell me why it'sthat mentally ill people cannot disclose their disability to supervisors at work?
They can: They often do not for the same risks that exist in the community. Stigma, harsh judgments, discrimination takes place and often subtly so many workers with mh issues find themselves out of good jobs without really knowing how it happened. So, persons can disclose their disability, but often choose not to. ...Read more
Asbestos - are there case where a person got sick or suffered ill effects shortly after exposure? I think im sick but all test neg.
Not usually: Asbestos is group of minerals with thin microscopic fibers. Asbestosis, inflammatory condition of lungs, that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and eventually scarring of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe. In general asbestos is not considered to be acutely toxic. ...Read more
I want to gain weight. I am now 59 kg and 5.6"and 23 years old. I was ill an year ago, I was suffering from some mental problem, I need a perfect diet.
Weight and health: Glad you are looking to healthy diet and not eating unhealthy to gain weight. As the mind and body heals you will reach ideal body weight. Walk daily, keep hydrated and eat plenty of whole foods mostly fruits and vegetables and seeds and nuts. Meats get the pasture raised. Eat fresh and if possible avoid refined sugars and processed foods. Good quality fats from seeds nuts avocado will help. ...Read more
Is it true that a phycopath is not mentally ill, nor physically ill or emotionally ill, but in fact it's that they've chosen to be the way they are?
Not true: The term psychopath or sociopath are used in different ways and are not diagnostic terms. They are often used to describe people who others believe behaved negatively, manipulatively, or harmfully without remorse. People tend to fall on a wide spectrum regarding any label or personality trait, including the ones you are referring to. As used originally, a psychopath was mentally ill. ...Read more
After a long duration of weight training like 4-5 years, if someone stops exercising, what are the ill effects, if any - mental, physical, etc.? Thnx
Stopping exercise: Relaxation of an intensive exercise program results in deconditioning with a drop off in muscle strength, overall fitness and a gain in weight. Deconditioning May occur as early as a week after stopping the exercise. Some people develop a type of psychological withdrawal reaction as well. Serious deterioration of general health does not generally occur. ...Read more
I think I am mentally ill, but can't get help because if I do get diagnosed with anything i'll be kicked out of my fathers home. Would it be worth it?
Challenging situatio: The case I am sure must be very complex for you to ask such a question. The best answer I can come up with is that I believe it is always worth reaching out to a healthcare professional whenever an illness bothers a person. Sounds like this fits that description for you. I believe it is nearly always more beneficial to be treated for an illness than suffer the consequences of it's diagnosis. Best! ...Read more
Depends: The staff dealing with the parent will generally include social workers & mental health nurses that are well aware of the needs of the extended family. Children of an impaired parent will be placed when possible with family members or may need temporary foster care. In my state the facility works with family services to identify & provide these services when needed. ...Read more