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History Of Mental Illness
Employment: I suppose if you are not a safety risk, stable and able to perform your duties its ok to work in mental health after psych md clearance also you can fill our fmla in case fof crisis. ...Read more
Both terms are broad: Mental health professions vary widely on amount and type of training. Also, there are even wider differences in types and severity of mental illness. It's unlikely that highly trained professionals suffer severe disabling mental illness as licensing & other credentialing would weed them out. But, it's likely that some have had personal therapy since they know it's helpful & life's not always easy. ...Read more
Not clear: Sorry, take a look at your question and try to rewrite it more clearly. ...Read more
I'm hesitant about reproducing when I have a family history of mental illness. Can I do anything to prevent this?
Not really but maybe: Unfortunate if there is family history of illnesses, expect the possibility that they may be passed down. However, you have to remember that this is just a possibility and not a guarantee. There are some recent studies that suggest that taking Folic Acid 1 month prior to pregnancy and into pregnancy can decrease the risk of autism by 40%. Educating children to get help early would work wonders. ...Read more
What is the best way to assess, diagnose, and treat someone who has dementia and a long history of mental illness?
A neuropsychologist: specializes in assessing the way the brain functions and providing strategies to help. Your state psychological association can provide referrals. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Does anyone know if its possible to be prescribed antabuse (disulfiram) if there is a past history of mental illness?
It is possible: One would want to know the type of mental illness prior to using antabuse (disulfiram). Reliability in taking the medication and being able to understand the nature of taking the medication and being responsible all play into prescribing the medication. Your pcp, substance abuse specialist or other qualified health care provider should be consulted prior to using this medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can singulair (montelukast) cause mental illness in children? I have a strong history of mental illness in family and am scared it will trigger something in my son
Usually no: We used to think singulair (montelukast) was a "magic bullet", having no side effects or issues. However, we've found that there can be subtle personality changes and sleep disturbance, with thought issues and nightmares. However, these effects are very subtle, and are not linked with any clear mental illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Possible: There are genetic predispositions for some mental illnesses. A consultation with a geneticist would give you more specific answers. ...Read more
Depends on MI: Many mental illnesses tend to "run true, " so having a schizophrenic relative increases your risk for schizophrenia. However, a number of illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, adhd) all may increase one's risk for substance abuse because of increased impulsivity and life dissatisfaction. Fh of alcoholism and/or substance abuse definitely increase one's risk. ...Read more
About joining the military or being a police officer. What jobs can get or not because of my history with mental illness?
Not enough info.: It depends on the type & extent of mental health illness. Please check these standards to determine if your condition is disqualifying for military service: http://usmilitary.About.Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/neurotic.Htm. Many police departments do independent psychological screening for applicants. ...Read more
It could... BUT...: Firstly, "mental illness" is ubiquitous! it's a very broad term! next, there's a huge stigma to overcome and tremendous ignorance, in general, about it. Having been through a psychological trauma; having managed yourself out of a chemical addiction or a clinical depression... Can give you rich insights, possibly allowing you to be a superior clinician! it all depends on what type? ...How severe? ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Should I have my kids tested? From what i understand my kids fathers side has a history of mental illness for instance bipolar, this was then passed to him. (im assuming its genetic) should I have my kids tested? My daughter is 7 and and my son is 8. Or c
Bipolar : Bipolar disorder is an illness where people can have severe "mood swings" between mania and depression. It is seen more commonly in people whose family members also suffer from bipolar disorder. It typically starts between ages 15-25 and affects men and women equally. If your children aren't having any current behavioral problems (and that's good!), then there is no way to test them. Below i attached a website with information on bipolar disorder from the national institute for health. If you have any additional questions, ask your children's doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Random brain pain associated with bad memory/event. Low self esteem. History of mental illness on mother's side. Causes?
Can you tell me about early dementia and even genetic causes even though I don't have a family history of mental illnesses. please, wht do you guys think?
Simple responses: Dementia can be mild, mod or severe. It means a loss of ability to care for one's self without help due to cognitive losses. There are over one hundred causes of dementia with Alzheimer's Disease number one. Stroke, head trauma, B12 and thyroid deficiencies are but a few of the other causes. Having no family hx of dementia does not make you immune to getting demntia. Get annual memory checks. ...Read more
What to do about lack of sleep/insomnia that may be causing me to hear voices. No history mental illness, only asthma. No additional stressors etc.?
Yes: Each state has different laws. However, having a mental illness does not preclude someone from purchasing a gun. In many states, if someone has been committed or certified as an involuntary patient then they are unable to buy a gun. Many people are voluntarily admitted to psychiatric units and are still able to purchase guns. ...Read more
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