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Doctor insights on: Factors That Obstruct Access To Mental Health Treatment

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What factors are involved in the choice of treatment for mental health disorders?

What factors are involved in the choice of treatment for mental health disorders?

Many factors: Choice of treatment depends on many factors. Research on which treatments work for which disorders is a key factor. For example, forms of cognitive behavioral therapy (e.g., prolonged exposure) have been shown to be best for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Some other factors include the chronicity and nature of the disorder and the motivation of the patient to change. ...Read more

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Mental Health (Definition)

Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...Read more


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I have pain in the upper pole hydrocalyx which is obstructed by an 8 mm stone. There are also cysts behind the stones. What is the course of treatment?

I have pain in the upper pole hydrocalyx which is obstructed by an 8 mm stone. There are also cysts behind the stones. What is the course of treatment?

Kidney stone: And 8 mm kidney stone is reasonably large sized and is less likely to pass on its own. If it's causing pain it would seem probable that your physician will want to somehow remove the stone. This may involve lithotripsy in which sound waves are used to break up the stone into smaller particles which will pass more easily. ...Read more

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Why was insulin used as part of mental health treatment back in the 1950's?

Why was insulin used as part of mental health treatment back in the 1950's?

Insulin in Psychiatr: Actually it dated back to 1935 when it was introduced by injection in large doses to induce coma & sometimes convulsions. In 1953 it was used to treat Schizophrenia, but vanished by the 1970's. ...Read more

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What was primary treatment for mental health issues like in the 1970s?

What was primary treatment for mental health issues like in the 1970s?

Community-Based: During the 1970s, there were multi-disciplinary community mental health centers established. These centers had therapists and groups and often offered occupational and recreational therapy to a broad range of individuals within their catchment area. On the other hand, there were far fewer options in terms of psychiatric medications than there are now. ...Read more

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How long does a court-ordered mental health treatment last?

How long does a court-ordered mental health treatment last?

It varies: Depends on setting (inpatient, outpatient) and reason for & type of treatment. Sometimes the court will set a minimum period for treatment; sometimes the court will allow the provider to determine length of treatment. Substance abuse treatment can last months. Anger management treatment typically lasts weeks. Average length of court ordered psychiatric inpatient stay in our system is 7 days. ...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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How might i get person to seek treatment - extreme mental health issues?

How might i get person to seek treatment - extreme mental health issues?

Provide Support: While awareness of mental health issues has increased, those seeking treatment are still at times isolated or stigmatized (porter, r., 2012). When taking the first step, it is a good idea to bring along a family member or close friend. Be prepared for the visit and make a list of questions for your doctor or professional to answer. Finally, set limits and comply with treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to force someone with mental health issues into treatment?

What can I do to force someone with mental health issues into treatment?

Commitment: Commitment is a possibility in all states, but the procedures vary. Also in general, the person has to be a danger to self or others. It's best to work directly with the person and his/her physician if you can, because this gives the best chance of success over time. In many states there is outpatient commitment as well as inpatient, but there is a different process for that. ...Read more