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Could psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists feel emotion?

Could psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists feel emotion?

Yes: Yes, they are human and feel emotion. Their reactions and the circumstances leading to those reactions may differ from others', though. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarence Grim
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Flat Affect (Definition)

Flat Affect is a term used for the absence or apparent absence of emotional response to ...Read more


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Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Clearly: This is not something that can be handled online. Your medications are not helping enough, and you need to see a psychiatrist asap for complete evaluation and treatment. If currently having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of violence towards others, please go to an emergency room for evaluation. Please get a friend or family member to drive you, or call 911. ...Read more

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Worrisome insecure unconfident reserved quiet no empathy selfish lethargic short tempered pensive slight paranoia hates feelings. Mentally ill?

Worrisome insecure unconfident reserved quiet no empathy selfish lethargic short tempered pensive slight paranoia hates feelings. Mentally ill?

Sound like you are : Unhappy. You may be depressed, but it is impossible to diagnose you as mentally ill from the list you have given . If you are not happy with your life and personality reach out to a therapist and work on these issues. The fact that you are aware of these issues is a sign of health not illness. ...Read more

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I am experiencing fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

I am experiencing  fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as symptoms you describe is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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I'm feeling paranoid, agitated, confused and nervous, emotional, lacking confidence, questioning my cognitive abilities which are affecting my life?

I'm feeling paranoid, agitated, confused and nervous, emotional, lacking confidence, questioning my cognitive abilities which are affecting my life?

Not a good to place: To be. I am sorry that you are going through this. Have you ever had a psychiatric evaluation? This would be a good place to start. This will allow assessment for any medical causes. Definitive diagnosis is also necessary.Once diagnosed - an individualized treatment plan can be developed. There is hope. Please get help. ...Read more

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Why do depressed people feel inappropriate guilt?

Guilt: There is no one easy answer to this question. I can only best describe it as being many feelings of unfinished business that can be explored safely and in depth in psychotherapy. ...Read more

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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

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Mood swings. Depressed, hyperactive. Cloudy, busy, vivid thoughts & daydreams/dreams. Mild blackouts/forgetfulness. Angry outbursts. & more. Help?!

Mood swings. Depressed, hyperactive. Cloudy, busy, vivid thoughts & daydreams/dreams. Mild blackouts/forgetfulness. Angry outbursts. & more. Help?!

See below: Are these new or old symptoms? Are you or have you started any new medication? Tried any new drugs? All these things potentially might have an effect on you. It's always a good idea to rule out anything medical going on. You might want to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor for a complete work up and then take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am experiencing emotional problems (quality: feelings of unreality, detachment) , mood swings, hallucinations, impulsive or reckless behavior, t...

See your doctor: Please see your doctor as soon as possible. If you feel like harming yourself, go to the emergency room right now! The very best of wishes. ...Read more

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Difficulty thinking because depressed?

Difficulty thinking because depressed?

It can be a symptom : Depression is often associated with temporarily decreased ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions. Some depressed patients will mention these thinking difficulties first during initial evaluation. With effective treatment these cognitive symptoms resolve along with the depressed mood. ...Read more

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Could racing thoughts feel scary and demonic?

Could racing thoughts feel scary and demonic?

Seek help.: If you have racing thoughts that you believe are scary or demonic, you should seek mental health help asap. Sometimes people who have psychosis may have scary delusions or thoughts. People w/ obsessive-compulsive d/o can have scary, disturbing, intrusive thoughts. Regardless, if you are fearful you may harm yourself or someone else, you should seek professional help asap. ...Read more

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Depressed and lonely?

Depressed and lonely?

Isolation: First...Increase physical and social activity..If that doesn't wortk...See a therapist. ...Read more

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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

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

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Rapid changing mood shifts associated with feeling empty,angry,suicidal,or feeling nothing is real.Also paranoia, identity confusion, changing views?

Rapid changing mood shifts associated with feeling empty,angry,suicidal,or feeling nothing is real.Also paranoia, identity confusion, changing views?

Get help now.: It sounds like you are having some very troubling symptoms. I am most concerned about suicidal thinking. Remember, things can and do get better, but ONLY if you are breathing. Go see your doctor, or go to the nearest emergency room for an evaluation. You need to get this sorted out quickly, so things get better for you. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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What's "verbal agitation"?

What's "verbal agitation"?

2 Types: "agitated behavior" = inappropriate motor activity (both aggressive & non-aggressive) &/or inappropriate vocalizations/verbalizations.  agitated verbal behavior can be: (a) aggressive (e.g., cursing; hostile, threatening or abusive statements); or (b) non-agressive (e.g., incoherent babbing or screaming; repetitive questioning; frequent requests for attention). ...Read more

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I have Narcolepsy + cataplexy, but also anhedonia. Sleep, appetite normal. Don't feel helpless, guilt, anger or anxiety. No negative rumination.ideas?

I have Narcolepsy + cataplexy, but also anhedonia. Sleep, appetite normal. Don't feel helpless, guilt, anger or anxiety. No negative rumination.ideas?

A good spirit's good: Hopefully you are in the care of a neurologist and they know the good news about your emotional strengths. I imagine it can be difficult to deal w/ your sleep disorders and even harder w/out ability to enjoy things. It may be related to your conditions or not. Psychotherapy may be a good way to evaluate the basis and perhaps resolve it. Be sure to keep your providers informed about any Rx's. Best! ...Read more

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Feeling PANICKY can't breathe can't calm down heart racing unreality anger spouts of suicidal thoughts exhausted tired body aches mind scattered ovrw?

Feeling PANICKY can't breathe can't calm down heart racing unreality anger spouts of suicidal thoughts  exhausted tired body aches mind scattered ovrw?

Seek help: Any time you have suicidal thoughts or urges it warrants getting some assistance. It is not normal to think about harming yourself, and this can be a symptom of depression. Get a consultation with a trusted provider. Treatment is available. ...Read more

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Frustration over people thinking caregiving fatigue is laziness?

Frustration over people thinking caregiving fatigue is laziness?

Experience: Support groups helps.Ask these people to spend 24 hrs with the patient .Most of these critics have no knowledge of what a typical caregivers day `involve.Dont be discouraged-give yourself some respite also. ...Read more

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Frightening thoughts and feelings, help?

Frightening thoughts and feelings, help?

Anxiety : I recommend seeing a psychologist/psychiatrist for a proper diagnostic evaluation. Frightening thoughts and feelings are symptoms of several anxiety disorders. All of which can be treated with therapy and/or medication if warranted. ...Read more