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Do I Have Any Mental Disorders
My 12 yr old niece bangs her head when she sleeps. Has done since infancy. Doesn't have any mental disorders. Very smart/normal. Should we be concernd?
I would be concerned: About repeatedly injuring her head. I would start with her pediatrician & go from there. ...Read more
Many factors: Unfortunately, we don't know exactly what causes any particular mental disorder, maybe with the exception of PTSD. Some are genetically based, but they may not show up in all members of a family. Equally frrequent are environmentally based causes such as chronic neglect or abuse, but these also don't always develop in everyone exposed. It is an ongoing and longstanding question. ...Read more
There are the usual: psychological responses to life such as transitory moderate depression or anxiety. Then there are major mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, etc. The website of the American Psychological Association will tell you more in a practical way. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Mostly by history.: There are no reliable biological tests for diagnosing any psychiatric disorder, nor do psychological tests suffice to make or rule out a diagnosis. Clinicians use a combination of personal and family history plus current signs and symptoms to determine if someone has such a diagnosis. The "rules" are in the diagnostic and statistical manual, which is about to change to the 5th edition in 5/13. ...Read more
What do you mean?: What do you mean by "spiritual?" this is not a term that is often used by mental health or medical practitioners when discussing the various causes of mental disorders. Usually we speak of "biopsychosocial" causes. But, to explain mental disorders we consider all aspects of a person, including one's religious or spiritual beliefs. Certainly, what one believes affects one's mental health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple problems: The majority of mentally ill people are not violent. However, there are some combinations of risk factors that can make a mentally ill person more prone to violence: not taking medication as prescribed plus substance abuse plus anger management problems plus a major stressor that threatens the ego or self image plus a personality disorder and/or attachment problems from childhood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Necrophilia (the erotic attachment to corpses) is a paraphilia. Paraphilias are recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors generally involving nonhuman objects, the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner, or children or other non-consenting persons -- occurring over at least 6 months. For some, sexual arousal is possible only with the preferred fantasy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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