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Is there a chance factor of psychiatric patients passing on the disease to their off-springs?

Is there a chance factor of psychiatric patients passing on the disease to their off-springs?

Yes: We know that many psychiatric problems have an increased genetic risk. However, this is not guaranteed to occur. Even though the risk is increased for many disorders, the chances are still greater that a problem will not be "passed on" to the next generation. It is good to be aware of the possibility, but to not automatically expect it to occur.

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In your practice is it consistent to see huge differences in personality in patients on and off their psychiatric meds?

In your practice is it consistent to see huge differences in personality in patients on and off their psychiatric meds?

NO.: Consistently, no. Sometimes, yes. It depends substantially on the diagnosis, types of medications, and many other factors. For instance, in some patients with adhd, they are angry, short tempered, and belligerent initially, but when they are taking a therapeutic dose of medication, they are much calmer and focused. If they stop their meds, the old symptoms return.

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How much does religion inform the practice of psychiatry in america and does this discriminate against nonchristian patients?

How much does religion inform the practice of psychiatry in america and does this discriminate against nonchristian patients?

Spirituality: Psychiatrists are interested in your spirituality because it can be a support to you and your family. Some people are more directly religious, choosing to participate in church, temple or other communities. There's no discrimination against non-christian patients in psychiatry. The psychiatrist may ask about your religion in order to better understand you and what matters to you.

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Could a psychiatric nurse date a patient that is no longer in their care?

Could a psychiatric nurse date a patient that is no longer in their care?

No: Psychiatrists are ethically bound not to date former patients. I assume that the same goes for psychiatric nurses. Perhaps inquire with the american nurses association.

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What is electronarcosis? I heard it used to be used on psychiatric patients?

What is electronarcosis? I heard it used to be used on psychiatric patients?

Historical use, yes: Electronarcosis was an electrical treatment predating electroconvulsive therapy [ect -- which is still used today to help treat severely depressed and/or psychotic people]. In electronarcosis, electric current was passed through the brain (after premedication) to induce sleep -- not seizures as in ect. It's no longer used today, but very anxious people supposedly benefited.

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Do psychiatric meds leave the patient inn extreme stress if they are discontinued?

Do psychiatric meds leave the patient inn extreme stress if they are discontinued?

No: If a patient is treated for a psychiatric condition with psych meds & it helps the pt. And pt. Become stable & functional. If the medication is then discontinued, patient's illness and symptoms may return back. This may lead to distress and can make the patient dysfunctional. Although, this may not happen and pt. May become stable after going through some withdrawal symptoms. Thx.

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The easiest way to cover up deliberate harm to a patient is to use a psychiatric disorder. How can trust exist?

The easiest way to cover up deliberate harm to a patient is to use a psychiatric disorder. How can trust exist?

Trust goes 2 ways: A psychiatric disorder is diagnosed when a person suffers symptoms and history that meet research-based criteria for that disorder. The purpose is to understand and treat the person so that s/he moves towards health and less suffering. Mutual doctor-patient trust is needed. You suggest here that doctors intend to harm, not help, others. Consulting with a doctor you're willing to trust, may help.

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What kinds of therapies are available for patients in a psychiatric ward?

Psych. Ward: Milieu therapies include Supportive counseling, Group therapy, Recreational & Activities therapies, Educational, Art therapy, Medication management if prescribed medications.

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My niece is 13. She cuts and has several attempted suicides. Been in a psychiatric ward 2 different times with intensive out patient. Nothing works.

Her parents need to: Discuss her persistent symptoms of severe mental illness with her child psychiatrist. If there are no long-term psychiatric care facilities locally, she may be a candidate for admission to a residential-care facility elsewhere to insure her safety. Only by referral from a child psychiatrist will her mental health insurance company consider payment or partial payment for such a facility.

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Might it be that a psychiatric patient withstand the pressures of a software job?

Might it be that a psychiatric patient withstand the pressures of a software job?

Psych Rx: An appropriately treated psychiatric condition can do any job as a normal patient see the movie "a beautiful mind".

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What are the most common reasons that psychiatric patients are admitted to the psychiatric hospital?

Several: Probably the phrase 'danger to self or others' describes the most common reasons--suicidal behavior, threats to harm others, in people with varying diagnoses.

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Does one recover after a period of taking many psychiatric medications? Does it leave the patient with worse symptoms than before, rebound or the same

Does one recover after a period of taking many psychiatric medications? Does it leave the patient with worse symptoms than before, rebound or the same

May/may not: Treatment with psychotropic meds and then discontinuing them may result in: *complete recovery with no residual sxs. And no return of illness.*remitting / recurring course of illness. *70% or less or more than 70% recovery with some residual sxs.* may cause medication specific withdrawal sxs and recurrence of illness. *worsening is possible, but not frequent and improves with restarting the meds.

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Can you have a patient transfer between psychiatric hospitals?

Can you have a patient transfer between psychiatric hospitals?

Sure: If a psychiatric hospital has some expertise that another one does not and the patient needs that expertise, then you can transfer a patient between hospitals.

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How much power can a psychiatric hospital exert over a patient after he is checked in?

A lot: First, it's not limited to just psychiatric hospitals. If the doctor is able to get commitment orders from the judge, then the patient is required by law to remain in the hospital until deemed safe to themself and society to be released. If not committed, then the patient can leave against medical advice whenever they want (as with physical medical conditions).

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What do you suggest if my mom is schizophrenia psychiatric patient, any side effect from her medicines?

A Common Problem: All medications have side-effects, some of which can be severe. When side-effects do occur, they can make life miserable and cause a patient to stop their meds. ALL SIDE-EFFECTS should be reported to the prescriber because some maybe life-threatening and may require discontinuation of the medicine or changing to a new one. "WebMD" on the internet may help you find some of the side-effects of Mom

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If a patient is committed to a psychiatric hospital for long-term care, what type of care would they receive?

If a patient is committed to a psychiatric hospital for long-term care, what type of care would they receive?

Multidisciplinary: In long-term hospitalization, there are are multiple avenues of treatment, some of which depends on areas of interest or focus in a specfic hospital. In general, you can expect medication treatment, individual and group therapies, and various recreational and activity based therapies. Family therapy will also be used as needed.

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What symptoms and signs could be seen in patient taking antidepressant cipralex for 6 months, but in reality he doesn't have any psychiatric problems

What symptoms and signs could be seen in patient taking antidepressant cipralex for 6 months, but in reality he doesn't have any psychiatric problems

Likely nothing much: I'm assuming that this person also has not suffered any significant side effects during these 6 months of being the medication. That being the case, I would not expect anything to happen of major significance in a person taking Cipralex who is later found to not suffer from psychiatric illness.