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How Can You Tell If Someone Is Faking A Headache
Malingering: Malingering is intentional deceptive behavior. There is an external/secondary gain present as the main motivation for the behavior. To tell if the headache is fake-a noticable difference between the level of distress/disability claimed by the individual compared to information obtained "objectively" through observation/task performance ability over a specific time period. ...Read more
The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
Formal diagnosis: The diagnosis is a formal one, made by a mental health professional like psychiatrist or psychologist. Hypochondriasis is a disorder where the person is fearful of and obsessed with having a serious illness, despite appropriate medical examinations and doctors' reassurances to the contrary. People with this type of anxiety over-focus on body sensations and become very frightened by them. ...Read more
Dr diagnoses: Schizophrenia has positive (+), negative (-) & cognitive sxs. A person with + sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. - sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on. Dr diangoses. ...Read more
You can't: Unless you know the criteria for addiction and the individual was honest with you. Addiction involves using more of the drug than intended more often than intended, giving up important obligations because of drug, using at times when it is dangerous, craving the drug, unable to cut down/stop the drug, spending excessive time getting/using and physical dependency. A professional needs to make dx. ...Read more
Call NEDA, Ask Q's: Speak w/someone re ur specific concerns @nat'l assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (neda) helpline: (630) 577-1330. 4 educat'l info re eating disorders: neda website (http://bit.Ly/16crmyh) & website of eating disorders info network (http://myedin.Org). Signs include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harm. ...Read more
Monitor / film: Although some kids with tic disorders (under stress) can supress them to some degree, they often rebound with greater tic activity when no one is watching. One cool observation shows that kids under 8 or so are not aware of peripheral vision. If you monitor their tic behavior when they don't think you are looking it should stop in the fake. A videocam surveylance would give similar data. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Evaluation: A diagnosis of bipolar disorder is made mostly due to the presence of specific symptoms or characteristics. The diagnosis needs to be made by a qualified mental health professional. Sometimes, psychological tests can be helpful in distinguishing bipolar disorder from other problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sudden event: A rapid appearance of unilateral weakness, numbness, loss of vision, or even double vision, incoordination, or other sudden neurological changes, may be a sign of an impending stroke. Especially if risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, hypertension, high blood lipids, heart disease are uncontrolled. Some pts with migraine can experience stroke-like events. Your doc can sort out. ...Read more
Many ways: If your drinking has caused legal, physical, social, emotional or other problems, then it has become a problem for you. Use cage. Have you felt a need to cut down, have you been angry when others say you drink to much, have you felt guilty about drinking, or needed an eye opener drink in the morning? Answering yes to one or more many indicate a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addiction: They use meds when they do not have pain, they take at times more than they should, they take meds by the clock and either on or before the hour. They lose control over themselves. They take the meds without realizing any harm. ...Read more
Usually clinically..: ...by history and examination. Delusions are false, fixed beliefs not shared by ones culture - the CIA is spying on him/her (non-bizarre delusions) or being abducted by aliens (bizarre delusions). There are also erotomanic delusions (someone famous is in love with the patient), delusions of grandeur or delusions of persecution. Psychological testing can help in diagnosis in unclear cases. ...Read more
Practice: First learning about the typical components of social interaction, then learning about one's own individual preferences and tendencies. Iden tifying the things that are easy and hard.Work on using the easy things optimally and prctice using the hard things will increae success. Working with a counselor would be invaluable. ...Read more
Not Really: If your boyfriend is not as interested in you or in sharing activities with you as before, he could be stressed out. Whether that stress is cheating, financial, or work related, you can't be sure. If you suspect that your boyfriend is cheating, then there is something wrong in the relationship that needs to be discussed. ...Read more
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