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I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.

I am experiencing  impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Overeating (Definition)

Overeating = eating ...Read more


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What's psychological or mental stress?

What's psychological or mental stress?

Mental discomfort: Anything that consistently is fighting with a basic part, feeling of you can range from small to large effect on how you feel. The two to monitor are mood, sense of self. However if you are asking , i cannot help think that a psychiatric evaluation would be the best move. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could emotional abuse cause low self esteem?

Could emotional abuse cause low self esteem?

Yes: Emotional abuse can definitely cause low self esteem. If you are in an emotionally abusive relationship now, you should try to get out. If you have had emotional abuse in the past, talk therapy (counseling) can really help you deal with this and also help work on your self esteem. ...Read more

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Could emotional abuse cause a lack of awareness to social cues?

Could emotional abuse cause a lack of awareness to social cues?

Yes: A person who has been abused emotionally develop unhealthy coping styles in the attempt to stop the abuser. It is common to for an abused person to avoid any behaviors that are normal responses to social cues. They create a bubble that blurs their vision but they appear out of it" "like a zombie" to others whose intent is normal social interaction. For the abused it is unhealthy protection ...Read more

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Binge eating and obesity caused by anxiety ?

Binge eating and obesity caused by anxiety ?

It can be for some: Binge eating disorder is a way of coping with difficult feelings by turning to food. The behavior with food expresses an underlying issue, conflict or problem. Bingeing feels like “the” problem, but it is actually a “symptom” of a deeper problem or conflict, such as anxiety. Obesity is usually a result of eating too much, but that may or may not be a result of binge eating. ...Read more

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Could emotional stress cause physical illness?

Could emotional stress cause physical illness?

Stress & illness: Definitely. Emotional stress produces hundreds of changes in your body. If stress occurs too often or stays too long, those changes can push body systems beyond normal range and cause dysfunction. Chronic stress exhausts the body and decreases immune functions making you more vulnerable to many illnesses. ...Read more

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What mental disorder is characterized by lack of emotion or inappropriate emotional response?

What mental disorder is characterized by lack of emotion or inappropriate emotional response?

Several d/o: Personality disorders/ depression / psychotic disorders / drug and etoh disorders all have a potential component of flattened or inappropriate emotional response. ...Read more

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Are all relationships spiritual or emotional rewards?

Are all relationships spiritual or emotional rewards?

Relationships: Our relationships offer us endless opportunities to grow and evolve. This may not always feel pleasant at the time. People tend to choose each other for unconscious reasons, and then struggle over issues that are sensitive to both. The most mutually satisfying relationships provide love, trust, connection, and affection that extend over time, no matter what stresses are also going on. ...Read more

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Fear of gaining weight obsession with food weight loss calorie counting, depression, low self esteem, self harm, preoccupation with food what is this?

Fear of gaining weight obsession with food weight loss calorie counting, depression, low self esteem, self harm, preoccupation with food what is this?

Fear and Depression: This is something that you seek professional help for, to help you figure it out. Depression sounds like the main thing here, and is causing everything else to feel even worse. There is help available for this. Contact your family doctor first, and then you can have your doctor recommend a counselor. I would do this sooner than later. You really can get over this! ...Read more

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Could neurodex help emotional lability?

Could neurodex help emotional lability?

Neurodex is : Basically dextromethorphan with quinidine. Although it is reported to help with emotional lability i think it would be a much better idea to see a psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation ; treatment plan. ...Read more

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How to overcome binge eating disorder?

How to overcome binge eating disorder?

Psychotherapy: Get a complete physical to make sure BED is not compromising your health. Seek therapy with a qualified professional. BED is a way of coping with conflicts and emotions. When you identify what you are using food to deal with (ie, anxiety,fear, relationships) then you can find new ways of coping. You also must learn to respond to yourself in words instead of behavior. There is hope. ...Read more

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How can difficulty expressing emotions and feelings contribute to eating disorders?

How can difficulty expressing emotions and feelings contribute to eating disorders?

It is not simply: Expressing emotions that can create problems for us but even more being clear on what we are feeling and what is motivating our behavioral choices. This can lead to greater self acceptance, the courage to make some lifestyle changes, etc. Please see a mental health professional to facilitate this process. ...Read more

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Is depression extreme selfishness?

Is depression extreme selfishness?

No: Depression is a neurobiologic disorder and nothing to do with being selfish. Please seek help so you do not feel this way. Good luck. ...Read more

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Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

See a psychiatrist: These may be symptoms of major depressive disorder or other psychiatric disorders. It is important to seek help from a psychiatrist or get a referral from your primary care doctor. Suicidal thoughts should be evaluated immediately. Call your doctor or go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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What does having "severe emotional / psychological anxiety, distress and depressed mood" mean?

What does having "severe emotional / psychological anxiety, distress and depressed mood" mean?

Feeling bad: It means that the individual is experiencing a lot of distress. Such a person would probably be suffering from worry, fear, tension, and low mood. ...Read more

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Extreme lack of motivation (not depression). Chemical imbalance in brain, hormones, or psychological problem?

Extreme lack of motivation (not depression). Chemical imbalance in brain, hormones, or psychological problem?

Several Possibilitie: Alcohol cause chemical brain imbalance and is a depressant. Certain medications and recreational drugs (marijuana) and depression can result in lack of motivation. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Hormones can certainly do it, as well. Get a check up with pcp and ask for referral for a psychological evaluation. That is the best way to get answers of this type. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can not eating ( stress, anxiety, depression) cause diabetes ?

Can not eating ( stress, anxiety, depression) cause diabetes ?

Almost certainly not: Not eating is a dangerous thing to do even if it does not cause diabetes. You should see a health professional to get advice about your concerns. Please take care of yourself by eating, sleeping and doing other things that your body needs. ...Read more

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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...Read more

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Does homelessness cause mental illness or is mental illness heightened by homelessness?

Does homelessness cause mental illness or is mental illness heightened by homelessness?

Homelesness: This is the shift or drift theory, meaning those who has severe mental illness are a t increased of losing your home and becoming homelessness or homekess predisposes or aggravate mental illness ? ...Read more

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Experiencing uncontrollable anger, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Experiencing uncontrollable anger,  mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Seek help ASAP: It sounds that you need help asap. Find a professional -- psychologist and psychiatrist to help you manage your symptoms. If you feel that it's difficult to control your suicidal thoughts, or any of your symptoms are unmanageable, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room, where staff will assess you and find you appropriate referrals. ...Read more