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Is stuttering sound like a behavioral problem or a mental health issue?

Is stuttering sound like a behavioral problem or a mental health issue?

A problem?: All can be a mental health issue when the stuttering affects self-esteem, communication, and relationships with others. Stuttering can be treated, and a diagnosis needs to be made since the symptoms are multi-determined. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Is it a good idea to have a heart ultrasound while having a panic or anxiety disorder?

Is it a good idea to have a heart ultrasound while having a panic or anxiety disorder?

Ultrasound: Ad long as panic under control with treatment. In fact, ultrasound is used to rule out mitral valve prolapse, a concomitant finding on ultrasound in small percentage on panic disorder which reverts to normal when panic is treated. ...Read more

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Is this a new "disorder" if you will or a combination of serious long tern stress combined with maybe a depression or alcohol abuse?

Is this a new "disorder" if you will or a combination of serious long tern stress combined with maybe a depression or alcohol abuse?

It is hard to tell: From the information you supplied. Prolonged stress can lead to various emotional disorders. Please give more details and ask again. ...Read more

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Is narcolepsy a mental health problem or something neurological?

Is narcolepsy a mental health problem or something neurological?

Sleep disorder: Narcolepsy is a genetic disorder affecting brain chemicals which control sleep patterns, and really involves multiple symptom complexes. It is not a psychiatric disorder in the classical sense, but many psychiatrists could certainly handle the problem and achieve good control. ...Read more

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Is restless leg syndrome a psychological problem or a sign of a physical ailment?

Is restless leg syndrome a psychological problem or a sign of a physical ailment?

Physical: The cause of restless leg syndrome is not completely understood, but we do know that iron and Dopamine can be involved. Psychological issues like anxiety can aggravate it. ...Read more

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Which is more likely to cause a delay in teeth growth: health problem or is it a symptom of a psychological issue?

Which is more likely to cause a delay in teeth growth: health problem or is it a symptom of a psychological issue?

Genetics: Genetics play a very large part in the eruption pattern and timing of the transition between primary and secondary teeth. Since there is a wide range in this timing, what you might consider delayed may well be within normal limits. Discuss this with your dentist or the child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is long standing magnesium deficiency a major problem or a minor problem?

Is long standing magnesium deficiency a major problem or a minor problem?

Mg deficiency: Hello - its a major problem and the magnesium level must be kept within normal range. Low Mg is rare and is most often seen in parenteral feeding and malabsorption syndromes. Dont overdose yourself with OTC Mg either. thanks ...Read more

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Can self harm be a mental disorder or is it an underlying cause for depression or something else?

Can self harm be a mental disorder or is it an underlying cause for depression or something else?

It could: It could be due to a personality disorder or it could be due to depression and sometimes even as a relief for anxiety. Iit could be a means to seek attention as well. See a mental health professional who can help further with appropriate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia a real illness or just a catchall diagnosis for hypochondria?

Is fibromyalgia a real illness or just a catchall diagnosis for hypochondria?

It is real: In fibromyalgia, certain symptoms often fall together. There are widespread pain, incapacitating fatigue, decreased pain threshold or painful points, depression, and anxiety. People who know little about it, may attribute it to what they call "psychosomatic" illness or "hypochondria" -- as if those are not "real" illnesses either. http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/default.htm. ...Read more

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Might a heart problem cause mental illness?

Might a heart problem cause mental illness?

No: Some pts with poorly functioning hearts and poor cerebral perfusion can have menral status changes from time to time. But not otherwise. Some congenital diseases may have mental retardation and heart problems but theres no cause and effect relationship with heart dz and mental illness. ...Read more

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Is sensitive hearing a problem or a symptom of something?

Is sensitive hearing a problem or a symptom of something?

Hyperacusis: Sensitive hearing could pose a problem. There are several reasons for this increased sensitivity- problems with stapes, auditory nerve, cochlea and cerebral processing of auditory impulses. ...Read more

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If someone has a paradoxical reaction to a benzodiazepine, is there usually some sort of underlying cause like a behavioral disorder?

If someone has a paradoxical reaction to a benzodiazepine, is there usually some sort of underlying cause like a behavioral disorder?

No: Like any other paradoxical reaction, it can just happen. It is seen more commonly in children and individuals with developmental delays, like autism or mental retardation, but it can really happen to anyone. It is like drinking alcohol: you can have a happy calm experience or a bad, angry experience. It depends on the individual and the situation. ...Read more

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Can it be a symptom of underlying disease? Or anxiety habit?

Can it be a symptom of  underlying disease? Or anxiety habit?

It?: Not sure what u r referring to as "it" , but would be glad to help if u would clarify & resubmit. ...Read more

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Feels like I have a bubble in my heart. Most often occurs after panic attact/stress. Is this relate to anxiety disorder or is there a deeper issue?

Feels like I have a bubble in my heart. Most often occurs after panic attact/stress. Is this relate to anxiety disorder or is there a deeper issue?

Some people sigh a : lot when anxious & swallow air. The "bubble" is far more likely to be in your upper digestive tract than in your heart. Panic Disorders & other Anxiety Disorders ARE deep issues that require accurate diagnosis by a psychiatrist & a psychologist & treatment by long-term Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or other therapies. You may also benefit from adjunctive anti-anxiety medications. ...Read more

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When is a back ache a medical problem vs just a nuissance?

When is a back ache a medical problem vs just a nuissance?

DURATION, LOCATION : And presence of other symptoms make it go from nuisance to a potentially serious proble. Get checked please. ...Read more

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Would it be very likely for a person with chronic shortness of breath to have a psychological problem?

Yes: But before you go with possabilities, get an evaluation byyour doctor to see if there's a physical cause. The, if no physical cause a ppsychotherapist can help sort it out. ...Read more