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How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?
Online cognitive: Gosh, never heard of such a combination? Cognitive test makes sense, but be wary of online tests. In most states psychological testing must be done by a licensed psychologist, and this provides legal confidentiality. For general discussion see http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/internetpsychotherapyethics.Asp. ...Read more
That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...Read more
Clarification needed: If the person has chronic psychiatric illness involving schizophrenia, then the down the road, this person may develop dementia due to functional and cognitive decline. There are times when this person may develop hallucinations. If the person never has all three conditions, you may need a psychiatric consultation as well geriatric consultation so that the quality of life can be improve. ...Read more
Personality disorder: That would be best to ask a doctor or psychiatrist who is prescribing haldol--a discussion of what the Haldol (haloperidol) is being used to treat would be very educational, if one doesn't know already. Personality disorders can be treated with medication if indicated by a doctor. However, personality disorders are long-standing, and aren't cured with medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, treatment helps: Yes, there are effective treatments for psychotic depression. For the most effective help, work with a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate all your symptoms and prescribe the best medications. Also psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. ...Read more
It can't : CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions ( like complex PTSD ) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications . The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy ( along with CBT ) ...Read more
How effective is rational emotive behavior therapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?
Rational emotive: therapy is an early form of Cognitive Therapy or CT. Research shows Exposure+Response Prevention and CT work best. E+RP is a structured program of confronting the feared situation or thought without using the compulsive behavior to escape from it. CT challenges faulty thinking associated with OCD. Effective treatment with either approach takes a very skilled therapist. ...Read more
I am experiencing hallucinations, paranoid delusions, panic attack, hopelessness, sadness, slow thinking, difficulty thinking, difficulty focusing, feeling depressed (quality: feelings of despair, feelings of worthlessness, feeling smothered) , difficult
Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?
It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.
Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more
Delusions: Fixed, false beliefs held with conviction despite evidence to the contrary. Treatment options include: medication and therapy. More information could be helpful since delusions can be bizarre or non-bizarre and also not clear if this is a delusional disorder or delusions are part of another disorder. If not seeing a doctor and therapist definitely recommend that practice reinforcement reality test. ...Read more
Illusions are simple: perceptual distortions, seeing things that aren't there because of low lighting, atmospheric distortion, etc. Once light is shined on the cause, the illusion disappears. Delusions are fixed patterns of thought that do not respond to reality. Hallucinations are psychotic manifestations that have little to do with reality. The latter two are usually brought on by drugs or mental illness. ...Read more
Depression, anxiety, paranoia, memory loss, confusion, trouble concentrating, vision trouble, seeing and hearing things. ?
Very serious : You need to be evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. The symptoms you describe are very serious and need to be treated. It is extremely important that your condition be accurately diagnosed so that the appropriate treatment can be provided. The differential diagnosis is broad and ranges from a medical cause to Schizophrenia versus Substance-Induced Psychosis. ...Read more
Very different: Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and often disabling brain disorder with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. Depending on treatment, people may or may not be able to hold jobs or relate well to others. Ocd is an anxiety disorder, and is not psychotic. It's characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive, ritualized behaviors. Both can be treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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