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Dr. Ladislav Volicer Dr. Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
58 years in practice
Charles University in Prague Faculty of Medicine
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How do I know if I have a mental disorder of some sort?

How do I know if I have a mental disorder of some sort?

See a psychiatrist: You have to go to see a psychiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Tripp
203 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How to know if I have a mental disorder of some sort?

If you have: worrisome symptoms - please consider psychiatric/ psychological assessment. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How to get over my self harm issues. I want to know if I have a mental disorder, do you think it's worth getting a diagnosis from a professional?

How to get over my self harm issues. I want to know if I have a mental disorder, do you think it's worth getting a diagnosis from a professional?

Self Harm is a: Symptom. It means that there is a problem. By all means- get a complete evaluation by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can be particularly helpful. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What to do if I have a mental disorder?

Seek help: from your doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Neil Liebowitz Dr. Liebowitz
Psychiatry
35 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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What to do if I have a mental disorder or something?

Get evaluated: Two factors determine illness: symptoms and dysfunction. If the symptoms have a negative impact on your life like interfering with work, relationships or enjoyment of life I would seek help ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Do I have a mental disorder or a colorful personality if joking all the time?

Do I have a mental disorder or a colorful personality if joking all the time?

The Joker: I'm not sure about this, as there's a lot you're not saying here. Joking can be engaging and fun, and people enjoy laughing. But if the person is never, ever able to have a serious conversation, the joking may be serving a more defensive purpose. There's a big difference between being light-hearted, and feeling compelled to crack jokes constantly even when serious or sad things are going on. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How can I tell my mum i think I have a mental disorder?

Candidly: Let your mother know about the symptoms that concern you & ask her assistance in obtaining a mental health evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Galina Mindlin Dr. Mindlin
Psychiatry
34 years in practice
Moscow Medical Academy I. M. Sechenov First Moscow Medical Institute
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Does occasionally seeing things that don't exist mean I have a mental disorder?

Does occasionally seeing things that don't exist mean I have a mental disorder?

It depends: Since what has happening to you as 'seeing things that don't exist' may be experienced by you in many different ways, it is important that you share that experience with the professional as psychiatrist or psychologist first. That would be helpful in terms of understanding if that is something you shall worry about or not. Also that would give you a chance to get help in case you need it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What to do if i cannot tell if I have a mental disorder or not, advice or insight would be really nice?

Consider seeing a: Psychologist for a diagnostic evaluation. Explain your specific concerns. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Martha Stark Dr. Stark
Psychiatry
43 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Am I over sexed? I masterbate 6-9 times a day and it feels like its never enough. Do I have a mental disorder?

Am I over sexed? I masterbate 6-9 times a day and it feels like its never enough. Do I have a mental disorder?

Unresolved issues: Masturbating 6-9 times a day (definitely a bit excessive for a 34-y-o) suggests to me not that you have a mental disorder per se but that you are perhaps avoiding dealing with some unresolved issues in your life (around relationships, work, self-esteem) that deserve more of your attention and focus so that you can work them through, let go, and move on --wiser and more at peace. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Smith Dr. Smith
Clinical Psychology
26 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Do I have a mental disorder if I pick my nose a lot?

Do I have a mental disorder if I pick my nose a lot?

No: If you do it in public a lot, you might have a social problem. Or, you might have a sinus problem, a cold, or allergies. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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How can I tell my doctor i think I have a mental disorder?

Be honest: Your doctor hasn't hear it all, but he has heard most of it. Be honest and explain your concerns. He/she will help you figure out whether this is a problem. And, if it is a problem he/she will help you determine a course of action to deal with it. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild Dr. Fairchild
Integrative Medicine
20 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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Can you tell me how to tell my doctor I think I have a mental disorder?

Just tell: Just go ahead and blurt it out. A good doctor should pay attention. If your doctor does not give you what you need, find a second opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Do I have a mental disorder if i don't stand up for myself anymore? People talk bad about me to my face or behind my back. I don't do anything.

Do I have a mental disorder if i don't stand up for myself anymore? People talk bad about me to my face or behind my back. I don't do anything.

Possibly: Many reasons can cause such reactions -- including depression and various anxiety disorders. Also trauma can result in shame responses, making it hard to stand up for yourself. Or, you have learned from early childhood that asserting yourself is not appropriate, and are simply following family-given rules. You can get help with any of these issues by working with a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Mara Fiorentino Dr. Fiorentino
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine
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I feel I have a mental disorder, but when i go to see a psychiatrist i get a choking feeling. What could I do to stop this.

I feel I have a mental disorder, but when i go to see a psychiatrist i get a choking feeling. What could I do to stop this.

Choking feeling: The feeling of choking is common to different illnesses. In panic disorder, a panic attack produces fear, shortness of breath, tachycardia, palpitations, sweating, dizziness, feeling of losing control, etc for minutes up to an hour. Choking feelings are seen in conditions as acid reflux disease, gerd, esophageal stenosis, heart attack, anaphylaxis, vocal cord disease, thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Dowd Dr. Dowd
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I have to count to 25 when I go into a room or do a task such as eating and use hand sanatiser a lot. Do I have a mental disorder?

I have to count to 25 when I go into a room or do a task such as eating and use hand sanatiser a lot. Do I have a mental disorder?

Maybe: First let me say that "mental disorders" are much more common than most people realize. Further, proper diagnosis for mental disorders--just like most physical disorders--requires a more complete evaluation than just a few sentences. So although the symptoms you're describing may be a sign of a particular condition, i'd recommend seeing your doctor for proper eval and care. ...Read more

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Dr. Muhammad Munir Dr. Munir
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
University of the Punjab, King Edward Medical College
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I have a history of cutting but quit long ago. Will my doctor think I have a mental disorder if i tell her i still have suicidal thoughts?

Cutting or Suicidal: Self injurious attitudes and behaviors are a complex process and need to be understood and explained by your doctor.Suicidal ideations, thoughts would clear up with good treatment don't be afraid be open with your doctor she will understand and help you deal with these issues.Avoiding or staying in denial will not help the situation.Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Could my little brother have a mental disorder?

Not enough info: There isn't enough information available to make even a guess at this. However, psychological or psychiatric evaluation could help to clarify the matter. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Meredith Moroff Dr. Moroff
Psychiatry
16 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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How to know if I have some kind of mental disorder?

See your doc: I'm not sure what is making you concerned about your having a mental disorder, but I would say this: 1- if you are having distressing thoughts and feelings you should see your doc. If s/he needs to refer you out, they will 2- don't worry about "having a disorder." We name stuff so we can generalize and talk to each other. Everyone is their own separate cluster of symptoms and experiences. Be well ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What if i was to have a mental disorder would i know it?

What if i was to have a mental disorder would i know it?

No problem: That dose is within acceptable limits. Make sure advil (ibuprofen) is taken with food to minimize the risk of GI problems. ...Read more