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Do mental health professionals attend medical school?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Do mental health professionals attend medical school?

Med. school: Being one, I attended medical school, then residency training program, then fellowship to specialize in Psychiatry. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Mental Retardation (Definition)

Mental retardation is an old fashioned term now replaced with the term “Intellectual Disability”. It is defined as a measured intelligence below the normal range (less than 70) combined with inability to perform activities of daily living . For this designation a person must, in addition to having low measured ability, be significantly limited in at least two of the following areas: self-care, communication, home living, social/interpersonal skills, self-direction, use of community resources, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. The four degrees of intellectual disability are mild, (IQ between 55-70) moderate,(between 35 and 50) , severe and profound. In the severe and profound ranges individuals have language, communication and motor impairments and cannot be tested. Profound disability, is usually associated with a neurological condition. In addition to the categories of mild, moderate, severe, and profound, categories are sometimes used to designate those intellectually disabled persons who can benefit from some degree of academic training. Those designated "educable” can handle academic work at a third-to sixth-grade level, and usually have IQs that fall between 50 and 75. The designation “trainable” refers to those who can progress as far as second grade work and can live in a sheltered string without one on one constant care. It is important to know that a measured IQ is not as important as the access to and ability to respond to emotional, ...Read more


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Any good dissociative disorder programs/ hospitals?

Any good dissociative disorder programs/ hospitals?

Contact Univ hosp: McLean Hospital a Harvard Medical School Affiliate is a good start. They may know of other programs in your city. ...Read more

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Teen mental health hospitals listing online?

Teen mental health hospitals listing online?

Try use web search: This is one of the sites that gives you some links to psychiatric facilities by state. I'm sure there are many more. Please google. http://www.theagapecenter.com/hospitals/psychiatric.htm#illinois. ...Read more

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Can mental health facilities hire people who have mental disorders?

Can mental health facilities hire people who have mental disorders?

That would depend: On the illness and the compliance of the patient. So if a person has had one episode of major depression 5 years ago with no subsequent illness, why wouldn't they be able to work with other people who have similar porblems? ...Read more

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Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Development: Many nicus have developmental follow up clinics to evaluate progress and needs after going home from the nicu and the children are prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy as is warranted. The therapy occurs on developmentally appropriate levels which is often through play therapy. ...Read more

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Learning disability diagnosis method? How are learning disabilities diagnosed?

Learning disability diagnosis method? How are learning disabilities diagnosed?

Psychoeducational : Testing can diagnose learning disabilities. Find a psychologist who does said testing. It is worth the time and money. ...Read more

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Whoqualifies for residential mental health treatment centers?

Whoqualifies for residential mental health treatment centers?

Level of care: Honestly there is considerable variation from place to place about how this works. However if you want to get a sense of how things "ought" to work you should search for the "level of care and utilization system" of the american association of community psychiatrists. It is a bit complicated but covers the factors that determine medically appropriate residential care. ...Read more

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What organizations support disabled children?

What organizations support disabled children?

UCP: United cerebral palsy is a great resource central and help all children with disabilities, not just cerebral palsy. They would be a great resource for you and your child. ...Read more

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Teen mental health disorder app available?

Pefrhaps: Try my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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Does insurance generally cover mental health programs?

Does insurance generally cover mental health programs?

MH and insurance: I believe all health insurance plans have to cover mental health services. To be sure, call your insurer and ask them directly. Also, ask them if there are out of network benefits- or are you only covered for in network providers. ...Read more

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Do blind rehabilitation centers help each coping skills?

Do blind rehabilitation centers help each  coping skills?

Sometimes: Low vision rehab is variable from place to place. It is clear that a person must be okay with their vision before any meaningful progress can be made with the rehab process. ...Read more

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Do occupational therapists make mental health diagnostics?

Do occupational therapists make mental health diagnostics?

No, not usually.: They can be separately licensed and work in the capacity of an OT, and then can diagnose. Usually, they treat based upon the needs of an individual, which follows from the diagnose gleaned elsewhere. ...Read more

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Are most mental health facilities and hospitals haunted?

Are most mental health facilities and hospitals haunted?

I hope not: Haunted health care facilities would pose a major problems for patients and chickens like me. I know these facilities often make for great horror movies, especially all the dark corridors. There's a lot of effort now to make hospitals more patient friendly, better lit with a warmer atmosphere. ...Read more

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Can bipolar disorder qualify as a mental illness for disability claims?

Can bipolar disorder qualify as a mental illness for disability claims?

How do you mean it?: I suppose the folks handling decisions are the best ones to ask, but i really can't imagine how severe bipolar disorder would not qualify as a disability - at least partial. However, many bi-polar people do work even though it is difficult. But, if you mean: can i hold an employer to blame for being diagnosed as bi-polar, probably not. ...Read more

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Where are the residential teen mental health facilities?

Where are the residential teen mental health facilities?

Where do you live?: I know here in virginia there are a few. Depends where you live really. Some places are out of the way, and others are in populated centers. Your local hospital, especially if it has a department of psychology, will have a list. Otherwise you can consult with the state board of psychology for a local list. You will usually need referral from your physician to get in. ...Read more

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Standards for abnormal behavior from mental health professionals?

Standards for abnormal behavior from mental health professionals?

Similar standards: Each mental health practitioner type has its own professional code, but there are important similarities. All should be compassionately present with you, maintaining both confidentiality and appropriate therapeutic boundaries. They should use your session time to address your needs as a patient, rather than their personal needs, etc. Divergence from these standards would be abnormal. ...Read more

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Are there any massage programs for survivors on disability for mental illness?

Are there any massage programs for survivors on disability for mental illness?

Massage: Not sure if there are any approved massage indications for mental illness even if you had fibromylagia I do not believe there are massage programs to the best of my knowledge. ...Read more

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Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers--who is cheapest for neuropsych eval?

Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers--who is cheapest for neuropsych eval?

Neuro psycologist: Neuro psychological evaluation is performed by psychologist who get special training in neuropsychology. It is not cheap as it is time consuming and involves several more tests than regular psycological evaluation. ...Read more

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Will SSI qualify someone w/ a diagnosis of " global developmental delays" ?

Will SSI qualify someone w/ a diagnosis of " global developmental delays" ?

Depends: Often children with global developmental delay will be eligible for ssi, mostly because there are often underlying problems as well medically, all of which will mean the family will be involved with alot of specialty care. ...Read more

Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more


Dr. Leslie Tar
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Disability Programs (Definition)

Disability Programs exist to help patients and their families learn to use disability benefits and function ...Read more