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Can a child be diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder?

Can a child be diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder?

Yes.: Obviously, a skilled mental health physician needs to make this type of diagnosis -- but that's what we are trained to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more


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Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?

Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?

It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from wrong due to a mental illness, then they are "not guilty by reason of insanity" (or similar language depending on the state). Most mental illness is not severe enough to meet this standard, and the "insanity defense" is actually used fairly rarely. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is personality disorder a mental illness?

Personality disorder: Yes. Personality disorders are a class of mental disorders. There are many different types of personality disorders. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a mental illness and/or a personality disorder?

What do you suggest if I have a mental illness and/or a personality disorder?

Get diagnosed: Personality disorders are difficult to live with and hard to treat. Usually if u have a personality disorder u do not realize that u have a problem, people close to u do. If u have been told u have one and are asking for help that is a major step. Follow through and speak to a therapist. They will start with what's bothering u, which is your healthier side and move on from there. It will take time. ...Read more

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"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

Personality Disorder: This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders. They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia. ...Read more

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Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Antisocial: Yes, it is. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. ...Read more

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Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Ill Personality: Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness and, while it is difficult to treat, it is treated primarily with psychotherapy and, sometimes, with added medications. Unfortunately, people with this disorder may not want treatment or think they need it. Often individuals with antisocial personality disorder are arrested because they have little or no regard for right and wrong. ...Read more

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Can I get a mental illness disability for borderline personality disorder?

It's possible: The criteria for mental illness disability is set by the state. Generally any disability must be severe enough to impair various life functions (work, school, relationships). Borderline personality disorder, when left untreated, can be quite debilitating to ones life functioning. One has to go through disability evaluation process. ...Read more

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Help please! is borderline personality disorder considered a mental illness?

Help please! is borderline personality disorder considered a mental illness?

Borderline: Is a personality disorder characterised by severe mood fluctuations, chaotic unstable interpersonal relationships, disturbed identity & self-image, chronic feelings of emptiness, impulsivity, chronic recurrent suicidal behaviors, transient paranoea or dissociation, & inability to control anger. It is classified as mental illness under cluster b personality disorders. ...Read more

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Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that others' motives are interpreted as malevolent. It generally begins in teen years or early adulthood, and differs markedly from one's culture. It causes distress in important areas of functioning, like relationships or work. ...Read more

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Can I be declared to have a mental illness disability for borderline personality disorder in tennessee?

Can I  be declared to have a mental illness disability for borderline personality disorder in tennessee?

You should not: Borderline personality disorder is not a disability, but it can interfere with life functions. You should seek the care of a skilled psychiatrist for proper treatment to optimize your ability to work and function in life. ...Read more

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Can fear of abandonment be manifested as a key symptom in other mental illness besides borderline personality disorder?

Can fear of abandonment be manifested as a key symptom in other mental illness besides borderline personality disorder?

Fear of abandonment: is not unique to Borderline Personality Disorder which includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions and impulsiveness. It may occur in otherwise healthy individuals or in individuals who are anxious and/or depressed. Develop emotional self-reliance, positive self-esteem, self-confidence and realistic relationships. Therapy can help. Best regards. ...Read more

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Can mental illness's such as bi-polar disorder, ADHD and borderline personality disorder cause a person to burnout faster than others?

Can mental illness's such as bi-polar disorder, ADHD and borderline personality disorder cause a person to burnout faster than others?

If untreated...: All mental health problems can cause a person to "burn out" faster if gone untreated, especially those you listed. The above mental health problems have symptoms realted to hyperactivity and mood libility, which cause other problems such as fatigue etc (aka, burn out). I suggest one seeks proper mental health treatment for any and all mental health problems. ...Read more

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Can lack of oxygen at birth cause a mental illness such as borderline personality disorder?

Can lack of oxygen at birth cause a mental illness such as borderline personality disorder?

No. Not BPD: No. There have been no study to date showing any correlation between lack of oxygen at birth and bpd. Developmental delays and some progressive developmental disorders, on the other hand, have had some data. ...Read more

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Why is it that some days I am in love with myself and other days i despise myself with a passion? Personality disorder? Mood disorder? Mental disorder

Why is it that some days I am in love with myself and other days i despise myself with a passion? Personality disorder? Mood disorder? Mental disorder

Impossible to say : What is clear is that you are suffering from this. I would recommend that you see your family doctor to rule out any physical illness and then either a psychologist or a psychiatrist who can take your history and diagnose what ails you. Then you can safely proceed with an agreed upon treatment plan. Help is available, so please utilize the mental health resources available. You deserve this help. ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i would like to see my doctor about getting diagnosed with a mental/personality disorder?

Not a problem.: If you have insurance, go to the insurance website and search for docs in your geographic. Check benefits and call the doc's office. Psychologists and psychiatrists are your best choices because its their specialty, especially psychologists because they can administer personality and other tests that tend to go a little deeper. Find a licensed professional, regardless. ...Read more

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I've experienced mental health issues for a long time and was just diagnosed with personality disorder nos. What is that?

NOS: It means not otherwise specified, meaning the symptoms do not fit one personality diagnosis or another, but has features of several. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Tripp
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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more