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How do you know if you have ocd?

How do you know if you have ocd?

Irrational: In addition to the answer above, i would add that people with OCD know that their obsessions and subsequent compulsions are irrational, yet they cannot stop. Compulsions are performed to stop or satisfy obsessions and serve no useful purpose. Rather, it is debilitating. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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How do you know if you have burnout?

Early warning sign : And primary predictor of burnout is increased effort without corresponding productivity and output. In some instances output may remain static or even decrease. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have dementia?

How do you know if you have dementia?

You don't!: There are many things that can cause memory problems! stress is one of the most common. If you have concerns, do not try to diagnose yourself! make an appointment with your family doc and if medically cleared, see a geriatric psychiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have autism?

How do you know if you have autism?

At your age?: The fact you are asking the question in the first place at the age of 49 in the second place makes it highly unlikely in that you need worry about identifying this disorder if you're looking to diagnosis yourself. And though we do not know everything about this problem we have learned pretty well how to identify it early on. You are more than welcome to present your symptoms for opinion. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have anxiety?

How do you know if you have anxiety?

Anxiety symptoms: Excessive worry ( if for at least 6 months then is chronic) muscle tension sleep disturbance: insomnia fatigue, restlessness, irritability, poor concentration, headaches, sweating, dizziness gi symptoms: colics, upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, muscle aches increased heart rate shortness of breath trembling exaggerated startle response. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have anorexia?

How do you know if you have anorexia?

Severe control: Anorexics are extremely concerned about weight, and often feel they're fat despite trusted others saying otherwise. They severely restrict the amount they eat, not covering nutritional needs. Sometimes they feel hungry, but they may not have this sensation anymore. They may also exercise severely to burn off calories, or use laxatives and diuretics. Very dangerous illness -- please get help. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have bipolar ii?

How do you know if you have bipolar ii?

See your doctor: If you have bipolar ii disorder, you will experience severe depression and a less severe form of mania known as hypomania. Your doctor will review your history and current concerns to determine if you are having an episode of hypomania or if you’ve had one in the past and if your symptoms are causing significant problems in any part of your life such as your family life, your social life, work etc. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are bipolar?

How do you know if you are bipolar?

Psychiatric eval: Mania or hypomania: aggression, agitation, v judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have lupus?

How do you know if you have lupus?

See a Rheumatologist: If you suspect you might have lupus see a rheumatologist. Diagnosis is based on symptoms, history, physical exam and laboratory tests. The earlier you get diagnosed the sooner you can get the proper treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if you have depression?

How do I know if you have depression?

Symptoms: Insomnia feeling of helpnessness overeating or lack of appetite difficulty cocentrating irritability loss of interest in pleasurable activities lack of energy or fatigue sad feelings and emptiness suicidal thoughts you dont have to have all the symptoms it varies from person to person and degree of depression. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have osteoarthritis?

How do you know if you have osteoarthritis?

Evaluation and xray: You really need to see a physician for a thorough evaluation to rule out other causes like cartilage tears or fractures. Xrays after this evaluation are needed to see the quantity of arthritis. Only then can treatment be advised. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have hypertension?

How do you know if you have hypertension?

Blood pressure: You have your blood pressure recorded several times over a few days and if it is predominantly elevated from the normal range, you have hypertension. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have arthritis?

How do you know if you have arthritis?

Everyone Gets It: Just takes time. Usually the normal version of arthritis happens usually in people in their 40s or older. If you think you have it at a younger age, then you need to be evaluated and as young as you are you could have a juvenile type that needs further workup. Suggest seeing your doctor first and maybe even a rheumatologist if needed. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have astigmatism?

How do you know if you have astigmatism?

Get examined: If you have a significant amount of astigmatism your vision will be blurry. See your eye doctor for a refraction to find out for sure. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have pancreatitis?

How do you know if you have pancreatitis?

Continued: Also the patient's history can help out. Is there a lot of alcohol intake, do they have gallstones, high cholesterol? What medicines do they take. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have eczema?

How do you know if you have eczema?

Eczema: Eczema is an itching skin disease. It presents usually with red, scaly, itchy patches. ...Read more

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How do you know you have anxiety?

How do you know you have anxiety?

What is anxiety: Anxiety smptoms are multiple and can imitate physical illness. Primary is a state of worry, dread, or mental unease. Physical signs maybe racing heart, sweating, lump in throat, stomach or bowel upset, dry mouth, restlessness, and others. If this occurs frequently consult with a health professional would be helpful. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have prolactinoma?

How do you know if you have prolactinoma?

ProlactinomaYour: Prolactin will be elevated without other cause for it ie pregnancy, medication, nipple stimulation... Perform an MRI of pituitary and brain with and without contrast to confirm an adenoma or growth on the pituitary gland. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have diabetes?

How do you know if you have diabetes?

You eat a lot,drink: lots of fluids, and pee all the time.. YYou also may be losing weight, and your blood sugar level is high ...Read more

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How do you know if your bipolar?

How do you know if your bipolar?

Psychiatrist: You need a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist for the diagnosis and to determine the appropriate treatment strategies that will typical utilize a combination of counseling and medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more