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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How can I help with stuttering as an adult?

How can I help with stuttering as an adult?

Be patient & keep : the home environment calm. Slow down your own speech. Current therapies for adults who stutter address learning to slow down speech, regulate one's breathing & gradually go from single-syllable responses to longer words & more complex sentences. Most therapies also address the anxiety a person who stutters feels when speaking. Long-term efficacy of electronic devices has not been proven. ...Read more

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How can I deal with a bipolar and alcoholic parent?

How can I deal with a bipolar and alcoholic parent?

I agree with Dr. P.: In addition, you might benefit from reading it will never happen to me by claudia black which describes some of the common patterns adult children of alcoholics develop to cope with their parent's addiction. Bipolar parents are similar to addicted parents in many ways and the coping mechanisms of the children are as well. ...Read more

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How do you stop a child with an aggression disorder?

How do you stop a child with an aggression disorder?

Aggressive child: It really depends on what is causing the behavior.Abnormal development? Poor communication skills? Stress? Frustration? Once the underlying factor for the behavior is identified, behavioral intervention, parent skill training are helpful.Medications are sometimes indicated in severe or specific cases. ...Read more

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How can I deal with autistic child?

How can I deal with autistic child?

Autism: The autistic spectrum has many different presentations. Talk to your pediatrician, medications can help, in some cases, especially for the anxiety and meltdowns. There are also classes on how to work with these children. The school system will help, also. Special Ed teachers are specially trained. Try to keep to a schedule, change is very difficult. Get yourself some support, too. ...Read more

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How can I deal with an abusive mother?

Boundaries: There is a program you may not need called Al-Anon. In that program one learns that we cannot control or change others. And, often we did not cause the problems that others are causing. I would bet at your age it is time to stop the war and to create safe space in your life so that you can have a full life. That may mean changing how you interact with your mother: i.e. no more arguments.... ...Read more

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How does self-efficacy help one to deal and cope with an illness?

Greater control: The more you feel in control of a situation, the easier it is to cope. This is why asking questions and reading to understand can be so helpful. ...Read more

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How can I get help for severe guilt associated with major depression?

Accept help: This sounds like a very painful way to live. I recommend that you seek out a psychologist who provides cogntive behavioral therapy. You may or may not need psychotropic medication management. Acupuncture can also be a good adjunct. Getting help can improve the quality of your life. ...Read more

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How can I help someone deal with a mental illness?

How can I help someone deal with a mental illness?

For example,: Providing practical support, giving hope, reminding appointments and meds without forgetting everything else life can offer. Being there for them, not necessarily expecting to hear a symptom or a problem to be ready to offer your time and company. Understanding the limitations and being open to help the person dream and set goals. For example. ...Read more

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How do I handle a child who has an anxiety disorder?

How do I handle a child who has an anxiety disorder?

Do not over-protect: And, do not visibly worry yourself. Instead, empower the child. Build strength & confidence. Safely and gradually, expose and enrich thru enthusiasm & a "can-do" approach to life. If you don't see progress, get expert professional help. ...Read more

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How to help a child with attention defience disorder?

How to help a child with attention defience disorder?

See pediatrician: For evaluation and help with adhd or problems with attention. ...Read more

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I'm an minor autistic adult and want to fix my communication skills. Is there anyone who can help?

I'm an minor autistic adult and want to fix my communication skills. Is there anyone who can help?

Yes. Jewish Social : Service agency, http://www.Jssa.Org/autismcenter#social_clubs_teens_adults, has group therapy for adults with level 1 autistic spectrum disorder throughout maryland. Books on social communication are available on the future horizons website. Give them both a try! ...Read more

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What is the best way to help a child with severe separation anxiety cope with their day?

What is the best way to help a child with severe separation anxiety cope with their day?

Face their fears: Do not allow the child to "successfully" avoid school or other activities, it makes the problem worse. Reassure the child you are confident he or she has "what it takes" to rise o the challenge. Don't belittle the child ir the problem. Often, there is also an adult involved who also has issues with the child separating. Consider getting professional help from a therapist. ...Read more

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How can someone help a loved one with a mood disorder?

How can someone help a loved one with a mood disorder?

Love & Support: Your loved one needs support and encouragement to let them know that dealing with a mood disorder is tough, but that you are there to love and encourage him. It may be helpful to find some books to read to better understand their disorder. It would also be helpful if you are willing to attend therapy with them, especially if you are a significant other. ...Read more

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How can therapy help aid a child with severe mental disorders to prevent them from becoming a full fledged mental patient?

Reduces symptoms: Therapy can improve outcomes and change the trajectory of a child. The mechanisms are many including reduction of anxiety, reducing stress, improving adaptability, improving interpersonal dynamics and enhancing academic progression. Each of these phenomena can improve the prognosis of a child. For example, ocd treated with cognitive behavioral therapy shows improvements in brain function. ...Read more

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How can I help my son who is 20 with his dual problem (substance abuse and mental illness)?

How can I help my son who is 20 with his dual problem (substance abuse and mental illness)?

ASk him: Does he want help? If he does not sadly there is not a lot you can force on him as he is an adult. If he is open to help make an appointment with your physician and/or a psychiatrist. You may also find that acupuncture and chinese medicine help by helping the body balance...Again only if he goes and is compliant. He may also benefit form medication. I am also a big fan of prayer. ...Read more

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How can I cope with depression as a minor?

How can I cope with depression as a minor?

Get help.: Let your parents or guardian know. A school counselor is another option. Trying to handle depression without help, is not a recipe for success. Take care. ...Read more

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What kind of a family support i can give to 27 year old son with psychomotor retardation due to depression?

What kind of a family support i can give to 27 year old son with psychomotor retardation due to depression?

Many ways: Love. Helping him get to appointments if he is too impaired to do that on his own. Supporting his use of counseling and psychotropic medication use. Letting him know that he is accepted regardless of having a mental health illness. I am glad that you asked. ...Read more

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How can I help someone with an anxiety attack?

How can I help someone with an anxiety attack?

Soothing: If it's their very first episode, help them get to medical attention. If not, help them get to a quiet area away from the stimulus. Help them get control of their breathing; taking slow deep breaths will often help. Don't dismiss their fears by saying "it's all in your head." some people are calmed just by being with another person, even if that person doesn't do anything in particular. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

A severe form of depression, also known as major depression ...Read more