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Doctor insights on: Behavior Contracts For Problem Solving

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Are binaural beats helpful for improving thinking and problem solving skills?

Are binaural beats helpful for improving thinking and problem solving skills?

Some report it to be: Binaural Beats are reported to help with relaxation, creativity, sleep & meditation. However, there are many aspects to thinking with clarity such as maintaining good mental, cognitive, spiritual and physical balance. ...Read more

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Can memory problems be a self fulfilling prophecy? I.e can ones belief that he has a bad memory cause memory issues?

Can memory problems be a self fulfilling prophecy? I.e can ones belief that he has a bad memory cause memory issues?

You bet: This may be termed a "self-fulfilling prophecy". If you are focused on your memory issues, your emotional tension can make it far worse. But the real question involves the reason for the memory issues in the first place. Is it congenital, or acquired, is it due to a learning disorder, could it be associated with thyroid or vitamin deficiencies, is it a part of a sleep disorder? ...Read more

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Could a psychologist or a cognitive behavioral therapy solve social anxiety knowing that the patient doesn't like to be social ?

Could a psychologist or a cognitive behavioral therapy solve social anxiety knowing that the patient  doesn't like to be social ?

CBT: Yes! Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Yes: All addiction is unhealthy; however, spending a lot of time playing video games is not neccesarily bad unless it is leading to predictably negative consequences in your life.. A former patient of mine who spent a lot of time on games, got a job working for a games development company getting the kinks out. If there are negative consequences, counseling may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Child mental health problems. How common are the real psychiatric problems, not autism or add?

Child mental health problems.  How common are the real psychiatric problems, not autism or add?

Wow, where to begin?: I'm not sure what's "not real" about autism or adhd; but, in prepubertal children, there's also anxiety, sometimes depression, & learning disabilities. After puberty, depression and anxiety increase markedly, as do eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder. Not counting adhd (8-10% of the population), in any one year, serious other illness affect about 10-12% of the child population. ...Read more

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Is there counseling or therapy for couples where one person has major insecure attachment problems?

Is there counseling or therapy for couples where one person has major insecure attachment problems?

Yes: Of course, nobody thinks that they have an issue, and that they are the "good one" of the relationship. They may be right, but that's not the point. A good family counselor, and there are some in any area, can help greatly, and if one person does have major issues, refer them for individual care. But the issues may be in both parents, and a good counselor should help both parents. ...Read more

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I need resources for dealing with compulsive sexual behavior? When is it abnormal?

I need resources for dealing with compulsive sexual behavior?  When is it abnormal?

Let's talk: If your sexual behavior hurts someone, if it interferes with relationships, or activities of daily living (eating, bathing, working, school), if it leads to stealthiness or lying. If it leads to excessive guilt, then you should seek help. First stop is your family doctor, then on to a psychologist who is trained in sexual disorders. ...Read more

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Restructuring the brain/mind and eliminating behavior patterns, is it possible?

Restructuring the brain/mind and eliminating behavior patterns, is it possible?

Yes.: Some brain imaging studies using spect, pet and functional MRI scans have shown that psychotherapy and meds change the brain at the microscopic structural level in several ways. In one study, psychotherapy was shown to increase the density of serotonin receptors in the brain; whereas, an antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) caused changes in the way Dopamine receptors bind to a central part of the brain. ...Read more

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Can anything be done to alleviate the problems associated with intellectual disability - eg impaired memory, problem solving and thinking?

Can anything be done to alleviate the problems associated with intellectual disability - eg impaired memory, problem solving and thinking?

Educational &: behavioral therapy is geared to the individual's age & levels of cognitive & adaptive functioning. Does he or she have SSI & Medicaid + ADA accomodations for work, if an adult? People with mild-moderate ID can learn, with repetition. Federal law grants a person with ID the right to services that promote integration into the community.If ID is severe-profound, to a competent caretaker. ...Read more

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What is the psychological reason for kids who hold in their bowel movements?

What is the psychological reason for kids who hold in their bowel movements?

Control: Children often feel like they have little or no control over their environment, and stooling is something they can sometimes control. It's the one battle of wills that kids can win over parents. Other times, it's about avoidance, of either pain or the sensation of loss (yes, they are attached to the poop sometimes). One good hard bm and they will try to not have another one. ...Read more

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My son has pdd-nos is 22 will zeldox help control obsessive behaviour i.E. Texting that is harassment and likely to end up in trouble with law?

My son has pdd-nos is 22 will zeldox help control obsessive behaviour i.E. Texting that is harassment and likely to end up in trouble with law?

Possibly: Zeldox is a member of a family of medications that have shown benefit for obsessive behavior. Speak to a psychiatrist about it and other medications used for OCD. ...Read more

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Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Pediatrics: when should a parent get their child tested for oppositional defiant disorder (odd)? My 4 year old has been acting provocative and oppositional to adults which is beyond our control. The child frequently tantrums, constantly questions rules an

Your's : Your's child's behavior is obviously disrupting his life as well as yours. It sounds like you have tried some behvior modification techniques and haven't been successful. The first place to start is with your pediatrician to help guide you to resources in your area for child psychologists or developmental/ behavioral pediatric specialists. These specialist can help determine if this is a simple behavioral problem that can be managed with behavioral techniques or if there he has a disorder such as odd, adhd. It sounds like it's time to ask for help. ...Read more

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Is treating someone for OCD/Anxiety difficult when that person studies neuropsychology? Also, are there career repercussions for neuropsychologists for admitting to these disorders?

Is treating someone for OCD/Anxiety difficult when that person studies neuropsychology?  Also, are there career repercussions for neuropsychologists for admitting to these disorders?

Shouldn't be: It's An illness that can be helped with Meds & therapy--I've treated many professionals who are good at what they do & have been treated myself by docs who told me they had ocd--they were perfectionists, paid attention to detail & knew their stuff! ...Read more

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Social anxiety and having problems w/ ED and inability to orgasm. What help is there for mentally induced sexual problems?

See remark: You made your diagnosis,or a professional labelled you with anxiety disorder? The answer is simple.YOU ARE YOUNG. Your problem can be managed. Seek a good sexual counselor,I wish you the best ...Read more

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There's mental health issues in family. They didn't learn coping skills. After years of me learning w. therapy/hard work, I'm finding that I've maybe got more than learned behavior. What does the discovery process look like. Just see my primary?

There's mental health issues in family. They didn't learn coping skills. After years of me learning w. therapy/hard work, I'm finding that I've maybe got more than learned behavior. What does the discovery process look like. Just see my primary?

Congratulations: on working on your own coping skills. You MAY be being discouraged by the pathology that still exists in your family system. Stay rooted in what you have learned and exercise compassion w/family. See clinical psychologist for psych testing if you would like to know more about your personality. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My son 20 has capd.Severe memory problems and has social issues, depressed. Takes vyavanse works, tries to go to school. Is there any new treatment?

My son 20 has capd.Severe memory problems and has social issues, depressed. Takes vyavanse works, tries to go to school. Is there any new treatment?

Neuropsych testing: Does the vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) help him focus, comprehend ; complete his assignments? Does he really have adhd or other learning disabilities? Is his depression primary or secondary to the difficulties in school? He has complex issues including capd. He can have a neuropsychological exam done to evaluate his cognitive strengths ; deficits; then an individualized treatment plan can be created for him. ...Read more