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What mental illnesses consist of having maladaptable personality traits?

What mental illnesses consist of having maladaptable personality traits?

Personality disorder: There are a number of different personality disorders. They include narcissistic , antisocial, borderline, avoidant, schizoid, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive types. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Tripp
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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more


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Spiritual causes of mental disorder?

Spiritual causes of mental disorder?

What do you mean?: What do you mean by "spiritual?" this is not a term that is often used by mental health or medical practitioners when discussing the various causes of mental disorders. Usually we speak of "biopsychosocial" causes. But, to explain mental disorders we consider all aspects of a person, including one's religious or spiritual beliefs. Certainly, what one believes affects one's mental health. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a mental psychosis?

Symptoms of a mental psychosis?

Psychiosis: The symptoms of psychotic disturbance may include so called perceptual abnormalities, or hallucinations, which can be auditory, visual, tactile, gustatory and olfactory. Psychosis may also include becoming paranoid/delusional. ...Read more

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Is hostility a mental illness of sorts please?

Is hostility a mental illness of sorts please?

Hostility in and of: Itself, is not a mental illness, but as a symptom, it could be related to a number of possible illnesses. I would strongly advise first a thorough physical examination with your family doctor to run out any underlying medical problems as the cause and then an evaluation with a psychiatrist. We are here to help. ...Read more

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Can strokes cause mental illness regardless of age?

Can strokes cause mental illness regardless of age?

Mental illness?: What do you mean by "mental illness"? Schizophrenia? Bipolar disorder? Please define your terms. Strokes cause COGNITIVE deficits which vary depending on affected hemisphere. They can cause personality changes but this is rare. They can cause psychosis but this is ALWAYS transient (hours or days). They can definitely cause mood changes (depression or euphoria) but that's not really "illness." ...Read more

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Is mental illness genetic?

Is mental illness genetic?

Genetic factors: No currently-defined mental illness is 100% genetic, as shown by the fact that 1 identical twin can have the disorder, & the other doesn't. But there is genetic risk, i.e., an increased likelihood, for many disorders. We don't know the full cause of mental illnesses; our current models include genetics as well as other factors. Try searching "diathesis-stress model". ...Read more

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Is insecurity a sign of mental illness?

Not unless severe: "mental illness" is a judgment call. Severe mental conditions, e.g., schizophrenia, are clearly illnesses, while moderately bad depression is debatable, and most would agree mild to moderate insecurity is not. But if a person has severe insecurity that interferes with everyday life, it might be considered an illness. Whether it's an illness or not, counselors & therapists can help. ...Read more

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Is obesity associated with any mental health illnesses?

Is obesity associated with any mental health illnesses?

It can be: associated with many types of mental illness. It (or extreme thinness) is often seen in people who were sexually abused as a way to try to be less attractive to an abuser. People who are depressed may suffer from overeating and obesity (or lack of appetite and thinness) as well. ...Read more

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What are signs of mental illness?

What are signs of mental illness?

Which one: Mental illness refers to abnormal mood and/or thought content and process and/or behavior. There are many types of mental illness. Most common are anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, but also dementia, developmental disorders such as autism. ...Read more

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Does homelessness cause mental illness or is mental illness heightened by homelessness?

Homelesness: This is the shift or drift theory, meaning those who has severe mental illness are a t increased of losing your home and becoming homelessness or homekess predisposes or aggravate mental illness ? ...Read more

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Can someone with a history of mental illness become a psychologist?

Yes: The degree of debilitation posed by the individual's mental illness would of course be an important factor, but many good psychologists struggle with their own mental illness. For clinical psychologists, having their own psychotherapy process is often a requirement of their training program, and the process of overcoming his or her own issues can sometimes make them a better practitioner. ...Read more

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Can lack of oxygen at birth cause a mental illness such as borderline personality disorder?

Can lack of oxygen at birth cause a mental illness such as borderline personality disorder?

No. Not BPD: No. There have been no study to date showing any correlation between lack of oxygen at birth and bpd. Developmental delays and some progressive developmental disorders, on the other hand, have had some data. ...Read more

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Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?  With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the personality becomes so fragile it detaches from reality. Add to this genetic vulnerabilities that are not apparent to people in the family. Many reasons abuse in families can make it difficult to get all the data. Environment and genes are key. ...Read more

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The unique needs of people with mental illness?

Please repost: Sorry, but your post isn't even a complete sentence. There really isn't any question that can be answered. What ABOUT "the unique needs of people with mental illness"? Please clarify, bearing in mind that many of those needs are social, not medical, issues, & that we're doctors, not political scientists; so if those are the "needs" you refer to, this may not be an appropriate venue. ...Read more

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What childhood experiences cause high anxiety and mental illness later?

Perhaps: A childhood marked by dysfunction can raise levels of anxiety. Abuse/ neglect may increase the risk for developing certain mental illnesses. Symptoms need to be assessed in context. ...Read more

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Can fear of abandonment be manifested as a key symptom in other mental illness besides borderline personality disorder?

Can fear of abandonment be manifested as a key symptom in other mental illness besides borderline personality disorder?

Fear of abandonment: is not unique to Borderline Personality Disorder which includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions and impulsiveness. It may occur in otherwise healthy individuals or in individuals who are anxious and/or depressed. Develop emotional self-reliance, positive self-esteem, self-confidence and realistic relationships. Therapy can help. Best regards. ...Read more

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What are some signs of emotional & physical abuse of a child?

What are some signs of emotional & physical abuse of a child?

Many: This is a tough question to answer briefly. However, some signs would include a variety of emotional problems (anxiety, anger, depression) as well as an increase in behavioral problems. There is a greater likelihood of decreased school performance, increased risk-taking behaviors, and substance use in teens. In teens there may also be episodes of self-harming behaviors, such as cutting. ...Read more

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What are some signs of mental illness in a child?

What are some signs of mental illness in a child?

Erratic behavior: Mental illness is an extremely broad term. Any obvious and persistent abnormal behavior might be questioned. ...Read more

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