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Doctor insights on: Everything You Need To Know About Struggling With Addiction

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Can you tell me how to talk to my doctor about avoidant personality disorder if im to shy to even talk at all?

Can you tell me how to talk to my doctor about avoidant personality disorder if im to shy to even talk at all?

A note perhaps?: You might be able to write your doctor a note that says what you'd like to say. You can point out that the reason for the note is just an example of how difficult it is for you. But also, it might be a good idea to search for a sensitive psychotherapist to address this problem since my experience leads me to question medication as a 1st strategy. Therapy is very effective for this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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How do you talk to a dr about anxiety without them thinking you are looking for psych meds?

How do you talk to a dr about anxiety without them thinking you are looking for psych meds?

State concerns: Often before a visit, it helps to organize your concerns. For anxiety, you might be bothered by trouble sleeping, trouble talking to people, or even trouble leaving your home. Making a list can help you check to see if you have mentioned everything. You can also write down or just ask things like "i don't want to take medication long-term" and "is this addictive?". ...Read more

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What to do if i want to work with people who have eating disorders- ideas?

What to do if i want to work with people who have eating disorders- ideas?

Lots of options: Besides eating disorder clinics and psychiatry/psychology offices, look at private and community-based programs that help people with emotional problems, mental illness, obesity. Depending on your skills, experience, motivation, and how you present, there may be an opportunity for you. ...Read more

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I have concerns about my personality that I need to talk to someone about?

See doc.: You could see your family doc first to answer your questions. If further help is needed the proper recommendations can be made. Also, consider Healthtap Prime or Healthtap Concierge if you want an individual virtual consultation with a doc. ...Read more

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Best friend with depression doesn't seem to want to see us. What should we do?

Best friend with depression doesn't seem to want to see us. What should we do?

Stop by.: Many people with depression don't have the energy to deal with going out, or with a lot of people at one time. So one or 2 could bring over a pizza for lunch! ...Read more

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What do you advise if i want to pretend to have bipolar/depression disorder let me explain!?

What do you advise if i want to pretend to have bipolar/depression disorder let me explain!?

Why: They are both serious and potentially life threatening conditions. The conscious decision to fain any illness is either for monetary/material gain or to fulfill the need to assume the sick role. The latter is in need of psychotherapy. The former can't be justified. ...Read more

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I would like to know about the strategies to overcome binge eating. Please explain.

I would like to know about the strategies to overcome binge eating. Please explain.

Counseling: Counseling and knowing how to normalize eating habits is essential in treating binge eating disorder, i recommend meeting with a dietition and a counseler to get a better idea about this, quickly .. Learning coping mechanisims and working on portion control is the best start to help overcome binge eating problems. ...Read more

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I need someone to talk to someone about emotional problems but have no insurance?

I need someone to talk to someone about emotional problems but have no insurance?

Seek low cost alt.: Depending on where you are living, there may be a free or low cost health care center that provides care to uninsured patients. Also, many of the universities that have psychology departments offer low cost counselling for a range of mental health issues. This is a great place to receive excellent care for little cost. ...Read more

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What sort of situations should i talk to you about that you may know how to deal with?

Cannot predict...: We cannot predict what exactly we are able to answer or not until you formulate a question. As doctors we may be able to answer a lot but none of us knows it all. Ask away and whoever feels they are able to answer your question will do. ...Read more

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What do you think people need to understand about anorexia nervosa?

What do you think people need to understand about anorexia nervosa?

That it is fatal: First and foremost people need to understand that this is a fatal disease unless treated aggresively. It is not something that can be treated at home by parents but rather requires expert medical/psychologic care. ...Read more

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Anyone who does suffer from paranoia/anxiety, please share a bit about how you have learned to cope with it? What should I do?

Anyone who does suffer from paranoia/anxiety, please share a bit about how you have learned to cope with it? What should I do?

Meds plus therapy: Paranoia can be treated with medications and reality testing with trained professionals. There are support groups for people who suffer from psychotic disorders and people use different coping skills like listening to music, exercise, talking to someone or laughter to combat voices. Anxiety is a treatable illness that can be managed with cognitive behavioral therapy and meds. ...Read more

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I have depression. I need to talk to someone. Can I talk to any doctor through email?

I have depression. I need to talk to someone. Can I talk to any doctor through email?

Depression: Therapy works best in person. While I understand many have difficulty with the idea of being seen in person, from emailing one cannot see body language, facial expression, and they cannot hear vocal intonation. If at all possible, be seen in person, for the best chance at proper care. ...Read more

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I want to know if I should go see someone to help me with this strange addiction. And who? Help?

I want to know if I should go see someone to help me with this strange addiction. And who? Help?

Is it also a secret?: Sorry, I do take addiction concerns seriously. But you've only said it's strange.... Anyway, the 12-step approach provides help for a wide range of objects. They have the best record of success in alcohol & drug addicts. You might want to find a meeting and ask them for advise with your issue. Otherwise, if you want one-on-one, see a cbt therapist for behavior change. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do I need to know going into a relationship with someone who's bipolar?

What do I need to know going into a relationship with someone who's bipolar?

Bipolar is a: difficult disorder 2 treat. It requires a lifelong commitment 2 medication and psychotherapy. Many people w' bipolar do not comply, discontinuing medication when they feel "better" or stopping bcause they don't like the way they feel on meds. Living w' someone w' bipolar is there4, not easy. If U R involved with someone w' bipolar, encourage them 2 stay in treatment. Family therapy can help 2 ...Read more

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Any advice for seeking help with possible ocd, struggling to know what to say to someone?

Any advice for seeking help with possible ocd, struggling to know what to say to someone?

OCD: Ocd, another form of anxiety, can be treated successfully with psychotherapy, read the updated articles on ocd on the soundmindz.Org web site and begin therapy with a clinical psychologist in your area. Best. ...Read more

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If you are feeling so depressed about your situation you want to commit suicide what can they do for you in the er? I don't want to go psych wards

If you are feeling so depressed about your situation you want to commit suicide what can they do for you in the er? I don't want to go psych wards

You can do: therapy with a trained psychologist and seek a competent psychiatrist so you don't have to do the mental ward. You may have to bee seen frequently until they can stabilize you and see you once weekly. Good luck. ...Read more

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I know that to stop smoking you need psychology, but do you need psychiatry too?

I know that to stop smoking you need psychology, but do you need psychiatry too?

U need commitment: I stopped smoking 1988 and i never took medication , i simply stopped carrying any cigarette with me and for the first three months only my pride prevented me from asking for a cigarette when i saw some one smoking but than it went out totally of my system. ...Read more

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I need to know how do you cope with a disorder that will never go away?

Find a support group: Not so much for a group hug,but you will get very practical advice from people who are further along in their journey of dealing with this disorder and are willing to share their insights and coping skills.Good luck ...Read more

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What can you do to talk to your doctor about depression when he thinks your life is fine?

What can you do to talk to your doctor about depression when he thinks your life is fine?

Candidly: Write out your symptoms clearly on paper. Provide him a copy and use it to go over your symptoms with him. He will understand how important it is if you go to this amount of effort. It will help you to capture the information that you need to share. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i need advice about dealing with depression and weight loss and self hate.?

What do you advise if i need advice about dealing with depression and weight loss and self hate.?

Encourage: Formal psychiatric evaluation to get a good idea of what is going on ; so that a treatment plan can be developed that is specific to you. Take care. ...Read more