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Doctor insights on: Hereditary Factors Affecting Mental Health

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Do hereditary factors increase the likelihood of contracting prostate cancer?

Do hereditary factors increase the likelihood of contracting prostate cancer?

A little bit: The risk of prostate cancer increases with age, especially after age 50. More than 80% of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older. And in the us, african american men have a higher risk of prostate cancer than white men. Additionally a family history of prostate cancer is also a risk. See this link: http://bit. Ly/lhig6p.

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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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What would cause intrinsic factor to dissipate or not bind to elements in digestion, assuming no hereditary factors or gastric bypass?

What would cause intrinsic factor to dissipate or not bind to elements in digestion, assuming no hereditary factors or gastric bypass?

Vitamin deficiency: Old age and vitamin deficiency are believed to be causes of intrinsic factor loss. It remains crucial for b 12 uptake. The stomach has cells to help but the discovery of intrinsic factor dissipation or non uptake should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor.

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I've done terrible things in my life. I can't get over it. Is it affecting my mental health?

I've done terrible things in my life. I can't get over it. Is it affecting my mental health?

Long-term guilt: Long-term guilt about things we've done can surely affect all parts of life -- including mental health. Guilt can serve a useful purpose when it alerts us to having harmed others; we can make amends and change behavior so as not to repeat the hurt. It requires acknowledging & processing our actions & results inwardly -- perhaps outward apology too. Working with a therapist can help w/this.

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What factors most prominently affect mental health?

What factors most prominently affect mental health?

Internal/external: There is the person's internal world, in other words their thought processes, emotions, and general internal dialogue as well as chemical balance in the nervous system (or lack thereof) and the person's genetic makeup. There is also the person's external world, such as family members and friends, their jobs, where they live, socioeconomic status, and cultural and ethnic issues. Nature vs nurture.

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Whole family mental health problems! Could mine be hereditary?

Tendency may be: The tendency to develop mental health issues may very well be inherited, but the environment you live in and your approach to problems also plays a big role. You can overcome the possible heredity issues by working to manage your environment and developing healthy coping skills for addressing problems.

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What are some factors that should be included in a mental health exam?

What are some factors that should be included in a mental health exam?

Many pieces: A mental health exam ought to contain your presenting problem & its history, past psychiatric history, present & past medical illnesses, medications you're on, your family history, social history, review of systems, and a mental status exam. The latter is quite detailed and includes your affect, attitude, appearance, thought process, memory function, presence of hallucinations or delusions, etc.

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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.

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Could my mental health issues have been inherited from my mother?

Could my mental health issues have been inherited from my mother?

Genetics can incr: The risk of some mental health issues. Most mental health problems are a complex combination of heredity and environment, including dysfunctional family dynamics.

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I have a strained relationship with my father. Is our relationship affecting my mental health?

I have a strained relationship with my father. Is our relationship affecting my mental health?

Only you know. . .: Sorry to hear of your relationship strain with your father. You are far from alone. Most humans do the best they can, and sometimes it still comes out wrong (just ask mitt romney or joe biden at times). Seriously, only you know how deeply this is affecting you, and how it impacts your life. It probably couldn't hurt to talk with a therapist about your feelings, in search of clarity & peace.

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What factors most strongly influence our mental health?

What factors most strongly influence our mental health?

Internal/external: There is the person's internal world, in other words their thought processes, emotions, and general internal dialogue as well as chemical balance in the nervous system (or lack thereof) and the person's genetic makeup. There is also the person's external world, such as family members and friends, their jobs, where they live, socioeconomic status, and cultural and ethnic issues. Nature vs nurture.

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Do doctors ask patients about their past and present and hereditary mental health before prescribing Isotretinoin?

Do doctors ask patients about their past and present and hereditary mental health before prescribing Isotretinoin?

They should be.: Doctors should be asking about all present and past medical history, including mental health issues, of the patient and their family, before prescribing any medications. This would especially be the case for Isotretinoin, which can cause depression.and suicidality, as well as other side effects. Doctors prescribing this will weigh the benefits vs risks before doing so.

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I have severe acne that is affecting my mental health. What can I do?

I have severe acne that is affecting my mental health. What can I do?

See a dermatologist: See a dermatologist to see if there are any underlying causes to your acne and/or other treatment options to be considered.

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I have vitiligo and I need help. I've tried steroid creams and UV light therapy but patches still come back. It has been affecting my mental health and daily activities. Is there any other treatment that I can try? Thank you.

I have vitiligo and I need help. I've tried steroid creams and UV light therapy but patches still come back. It has been affecting my mental health and daily activities. Is there any other treatment that I can try? Thank you.

Yes: There are other treatments that may include topical tacrolimus, higher potency steroids or even immunomodulatory drugs such as cyclosporin. See a dermatologist or immunologist with experience treating vitiligo and other chronic autoimmune illnesses. Best wishes.

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How can I test mental health in child?

How can I test mental health in child?

Time for a visit: Mental health issues are sometimes difficult to pin down in childhood. The presentations vary and require some training to sort out those that respond to simple measures from those needing specific professional help. Your pcp or pediatrician may have screening tools they use in the office to aid this process. A visit to rule out medical issues and provide specific referral would be wise.

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How can war affect your mental health?

How can war affect your mental health?

Global mental health: I agree with dr. Raina about the effects of war on individual mental health. However, these effects go far beyond this into the universal. For instance, we cannot know the full effects on developing children whose parents are deployed for long periods, or killed. Also when we harm others, we inflict suffering that magnifies with each person touched. The results extend outward, indefinitely.

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What can cause mental health problems?

Many: There are many causes of mh problems, including genetics, environmental stress, addictive substances, substance sensitivities, psychological trauma, thought processes, neurologic factors, and more. Discerning the cause in specific instances requires medical and psychological evaluations.

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How can our mental health system work?

How can our mental health system work?

Your question is: Important, but hard 2 answer in 400 characters. I hope that Obama Care will help improve the Mental Health system in our country. It is flawed largely due 2 the fact that mental health services are underfunded. Many people fail 2 see that psychotherapy can help reduce medical costs. Let your senators/congressmen know U want more mental health services covered by insurance

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Can I get advice on mental health here?

Can I get advice on mental health here?

Absolutely!: Ask away! Lots of family docs & psychiatrists plus other physician specialists with experience. We've heard/seen "everything" plus there's the anonymity of internet so feel free to ask w/o getting embarrassed. However, if you need treatment, then we need you to see your own family doc and/or psychiatrist. Btw, we're not supposed to actually give "advice" but rather just some general ideas etc...

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