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Doctor insights on: How Does A Psychologist Treat Adult Children Of Alcoholics

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Are control and power issues typical for alcoholics/adult children of said alcoholics?

Are control and power issues typical for alcoholics/adult children of said alcoholics?

The basic issue: Severe anxiety is what drives the alcoholic to drink alcohol (a potent anxiolytic). Sometimes anxiety is expressed as "control issues", and inflexibilty, and an inability to "go with the flow". Anxiety has been shown to run in families. So, the answer is yes. If you live with someone who suffers from alcoholism, get to al-anon, or go to aa meetings that are "open meetings". ...Read more

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Can you tell me are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?

Can you tell me are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?

Yes: And for many reasons. Being raised in an alcoholic household can increase stress and anxiety, and promote use of alcohol as a coping strategy in children as they grow older. In addition, there are genetic influences even if the person is not raised in their home of origin. It does not mean that an adult child of an alcoholic is destined to have alcoholism, but does increase the risks, esp. In men. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?

Can you tell me, are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?

Yes: Both because of the potential trauma growing up in an alcoholic household, with all of its stresses and possible abuse/neglect, as well as genetic predisposition. Some physicians strongly caution children of alcoholics to not even begin to drink because of their heightened risks. Even children separated at birth from alcoholic fathers had a fourfold increase in alcoholism later in life. ...Read more

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Does a psychologist treat functional disorders?

Does a psychologist treat functional disorders?

Yes.: By their nature, functional disorders are those that involve a physiological impairment but yet have no known medical/physiological basis. Those disorders that arr truly psychological can be treated through therapeutic interventions. However, those that are later determined to have an organic cause need to also be treated by a medical professional. ...Read more

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What qualifies a phd psychologist to treat fibromyalgia?

What qualifies a phd psychologist to treat fibromyalgia?

See below: One of the most effective treatments that I have seen is called cognitive behavioral therapy or cbt. Numerous studies have proven its effectiveness in fibromyalgia. Many psychologists train to do cbt and this is what qualifies them. In my opinion, the best treatment of fibromyalgia always includes cbt if possible. ...Read more

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Which type of psychologist work in children mental facilities?

Which type of psychologist work in children mental facilities?

Child psych's: There are clinical psychologists (who are phd's) who have additional training and certification in working with children. Although many social workers and psychologists work with kids, it's usually better to seek out someone with additional training in the area. ...Read more

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In what ways can OCD be treated without visiting a psychologist?

In what ways can OCD be treated without visiting a psychologist?

Depends on severity.: The psychologist can do counseling to help deal with ocd but there are medications also that help ocd. A few visit to a psychologist can help you learn techniques to control obsessive thoughts which you can then learn to do on your own. I suppose you could read up on ocd and learn to do systematic desensitization yourself . If the obsessions are severe, you need to see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can a psychologist specialize in adolescents and children? Also how long does it take to be certified in psychology, with all the years for schooling?

Can a psychologist specialize in adolescents and children? Also how long does it take to be certified in psychology, with all the years for schooling?

Requirements are: 4 years of college, 4 to 5 years of grad school, 1 year of internship, and 1 year (min) of supervision. Specializations include child, school, clinical, neuropsych, forensics, etc. Some states allow psychologists to earn a master's degree in psychopharmacology and get prescription privileges. In louisiana, medical psychologists are licensed by the state medical board. See www.Apa.Org/ for info. ...Read more

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What type of psychologists work in children's mental facilities?

What type of psychologists work in children's mental facilities?

Child psychologists: Children's mental facilities generally employ a variety of practitioners to help patients and their families. There may be child psychiatrists, child psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, teachers, and various assistants working as a team. There would also most likely be pediatricians, primary care physicians, or possibly nurse practitioners to help with basic medical needs. ...Read more

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