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Can you have genetic counseling for any psychiatric diseases?

Can you have genetic counseling for any psychiatric diseases?

Yes: Many adult psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, have a partially genetic foundation. As more causative or contributing genes are discovered, the importance of a genetic counseling in psychiatry will grow. Genetic counseling can support families by enhancing reproductive decisions, preventing misconceptions about causation, and preventing stigmatization. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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What current genetic testing can I have done to find out if i risk factor certain physical and mental illnesses and diseases?

What current genetic testing can I have done to find out if i risk factor certain physical and mental illnesses and diseases?

Why?: There is no "overall gene testing for everything". You have to talk to your physician who will take a good history and physical and determine if you need evaluation by a genetic counselor and testing for a specific condition. Everything must be done in context. ...Read more

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If diagnosed with bipolar disorder would i have to take medication? Are there any natural alternatives? How about counseling by itself?

If diagnosed with bipolar disorder would i have to take medication? Are there any natural alternatives?  How about counseling by itself?

Depends upon your: symptoms--severe? Mild? Chronic? Situational? Is there a family genetic history? There are many medications that help with this condition, and many psychotherapies, and many herbal/supplemental approaches. Start with a psychiatrist for the meds and history eval, and let the MD refer you if needed. Find out about herbal approaches beforehand and share that with the doc. ...Read more

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Can there be any free help for people possibly developing a psychological disorder?

Can there be any free help for people possibly developing a psychological disorder?

Yes: There are local resources - public clinics, hotlines (for urgent situations suicide prevention lines), etcetera. There are also some free online self help resources. I like mood gym - which is a legitimate and well done australian site. ...Read more

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Can there be any way you can compel someone by law to seek treatment for bipolar disorder?

Can there be any way you can compel someone by law to seek treatment for bipolar disorder?

States differ: States differ in their laws for mental health treatment when the patient refuses it. Some have a civil commitment process that can be instituted if the person is dangerous to self or others, or is too ill to care for self. Check with your state psychiatric society -- they can tell you how such situations are handled locally. ...Read more

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I have an appointment with a mental counselor but will likely need to talk to someone before then. Are there any HealthTap services for mental health?

I have an appointment with a mental counselor but will likely need to talk to someone before then. Are there any HealthTap services for mental health?

Try CONCIERGE: Try HealthTap CONCIERGE. Concierge doctors can see and treat their own patients via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Certain medications (not all) can be prescribed. They can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can send images while in the middle of a Concierge consultation. (Doctors answering HealthTap BASIC, free questions are providing information only, and do not provide medical care.) ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any mental or physical disorders that would prevent a child from writing?

Can you tell me if there are any mental or physical disorders that would prevent a child from writing?

See Your Doctor: Your child's age is unknown. Writing difficulty points to learning disability (LD) written expression. Other forms based upon disability are reading & math. Up to 20% of children have a form of LD. Failure to recognize LD leads to low self-esteem, behavior probs, school failure, depression, & more. Early diagnosis is key. See your doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Can they do genetic testing for sexual orietation?

Can they do genetic testing for sexual orietation?

No: No genes are really known, and hopefully the day will never come when a parent would choose to end a pregnancy because they don't like the kid's hair color, eye color, sexual orientation (however much of this is genetic), height, musical talent or whatever. ...Read more

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What is genetic counseling, and can anyone participate if they have certain diseases that run in family? ( example. Heart disease )

What is genetic counseling, and can anyone participate if they have certain diseases that run in family? ( example. Heart disease )

Information and yes.: Genetic counseling is an increasingly important part of preconceptional and prenatal care - and may help tremendously whenever a genetic disorder manifests in a family. It provides detailed information about the nature of the genetic disorder, he tests used to detect it and the risk of recurrence in the family. Anyone concerned should get genetic counseling! ...Read more

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Are there medical screening exams that someone can get in Canada? They would check for any major illnesses?

Are there medical screening exams that someone can get in Canada? They would check for any major illnesses?

Sure: Even though I am not a beneficiary of the Canadian Health Service, I feel certain Preventive Services are part of the plan. Canadian and U.S. Public Health officers continue to work diligently to identify evidence-based preventive services. Not much is needed other than healthy lifestyle recs for a 21 year old male: blood pressure/vaccines.But heart disease risk factor tests/cancer screening later ...Read more

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Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Diagnosis of: Bipolar disorder, as with other psychiatric conditions, involves an evaluation by a skilled clinician who conducts a history of person's current & past symptoms (psychiatric & medical), life experiences, family history, & assesses current mental functioning (mental status exam), & considers various criteria (symptom guidelines) in arriving at possible diagnoses. See comment below for more details. ...Read more

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If you have a mental illness from depression (add, bipolar, etc.) is it selfish to conceive and know your child may inherit some psychological disorder?

If you have a mental illness from depression (add, bipolar, etc.) is it selfish to conceive and know your child may inherit some psychological disorder?

Wrong question: When you ask if it is "selfish, " you are asking for a moral or value judgment, not medical information. Is it "selfish" to conceive if there is (say) heart disease or cancer in your family? If you work long hours? If you are poor? Instead of asking if it is "selfish, " get real information-- what is the condition and how hereditary is it?-- and then make a decision that is right for you. ...Read more

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Do you know of any online support groups for parents with mental illnesses?

Do you know of any online support groups for parents with mental illnesses?

See below: Start with National Alliance on Mental Illness the website is below and take things from there. Good Luck! http://www.nami.org/ ...Read more

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Why do some legislators consider prenatal genetic testing to be unethical?

The Abortion Debate: Testing for genetic conditions introduces the ethical question : what to do with the information ? That's when the politics starts. ...Read more

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How can you get tested for a genetic arrhythmia disorder?

How can you get tested for a genetic arrhythmia disorder?

Genetics/arrhythmias: read this for lots more than you probably want to know but simply, unless your electrophysiologist needs the information, you don't need the testing.... https://www.premera.com/medicalpolicies/cmi_035163.htm ...Read more

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Can you please list strong drugs that people with bipolar disorder take ?

Can you please list strong drugs that people with bipolar disorder take ?

Mood stabilizer: Mood stabilizers are commonly used for treatment of bipolar disorder - i.E depakote, lithium, tegretol, Trileptal and lamictal. Antipsychotic medications are also used to stabilize one's mood - i.e. Abilify, zyprexa, seroquel, Risperdal and latuda (lurasidone). In some cases patients need both a mood stabilizer and an antipsychotic to stabilize their symptoms. ...Read more

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Can all doctors help address depression or does one have to see a mental health specialist?

Can all doctors help address depression or does one have to see a mental health specialist?

It makes sense to: See a specialist for any problem. You would not go to a cardiologist for diabetes. Why not see a mental health specialist for depression? ...Read more

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Are there any online tests that can advise if you have anxiety issues? It is too expensive to seek professional diagnosis for an uncertain hunch.

There are but..: http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/default.aspx the above link is one of many community mental health centers in the us who have offered on-line screening for anxiety. While helpful, reaching out to your primary care doctor to talk about your concerns and symptoms (such as stomach aches and muscle tension) will be far more complete and reassuring $ include a plan to adress the causes. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more