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How To Deal With Schizophrenia
Depression: Depression is a complicated illness whose solution depends on the patient. There are 2 primary approaches to depression that are complementary, meaning that they can be used together or perhaps independently: psychotherapy and medication. Each patient should consult their doctor to decide which approach is right for them or if a combination is appropriate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more
Many options: If concerning yourself, suggest first talking with parents and family if possible regarding symptoms and concerns as well as a doctor. Always good to ensure family support. In general antidepressant medication and therapy are most formal and effective. Self management includes exercise, meditation, enhanced spirituality, and health habits (sleep, nutrition, and avoidance of alcohol and drugs). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There are different types and degrees w/ different ways to handle this symptom. The best 1st step is a good evaluation by an expert - Clinical Psychologist are trained in this and can refer you to a psychiatrist if they find a condition w/ severity requiring medication. You've made a good start already asking the question as you did! I'm hopeful that you can take the right steps to feel much bette ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposure Therapy!: If u learn 2 avoid what u fear & u have many fears, your life can get very restricted. Facing your fears using systematic method -esp Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy- is powerful. Watch a skilled anxiety expert guide someone face her fears (exposure), while helping her become aware of AND change the thoughts feeding the avoidance behaviors (cognitive therapy component): http://youtu.be/wE5F-FjbTRk ...Read more
Chronophobia: I would suggest seeing a psychologist who works with people with phobias. One technique very effective for phobias is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing(EMDR). Chronophobia(fear of time) is often known as "Prison Neurosis" due to its prevalence in prison populations. It can occur after natural disasters when daily routine is interrupted, older adults, or those with terminal illness ...Read more
Kindness: Dorthea dix spoke 2 state legislatures in the early 1900sabout the shameful conditions of the mentally ill who we're homeless in jails etc. Asylums were built to protect & nurture this population--now due to expense & protection of right to refuse rx pts r again homeless & in jails. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read moreSee 11 more doctor answers
Anxiety: Professionals look for the way anxiety impacts the comfort and function of the person involved. Since everyone gets anxious at times, the clinical psychologist or other type of doc needs to assess how much of a problem anxiety presents in doing life tasks and feeling relatively happy. See www.relaxationresponse.org . Peace and good health. ...Read more
There are many: Things you can do for depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Recommend the “feeling good book' by dr. David burns. Don't just read it - do it! however, if self-help doesn't do the trick please see your doctor, a psychologist. ...Read more
Difficult: Do not expect any real warmth from the person; if they can still express it, that's good. If one is a family member, make sure the other family members do not buy into their insanity or think it is spiritual. Any signs of violence, get away by whatever means. Remain caregiver only if you can handle a difficult, thankless and sometimes dangerous task. Require they accept medication. Good luck. ...Read more
BPD & GAD: BPD = bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder? Your Dr can assess for mood disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is especially helpful for dysfunctional relationships, black & white thinking & self-harm. Psych meds can help. ...Read more
Your Dr can assess: For an anxiety disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more
The best combo of: treatments is psychotherapy and possibly medication support. First you have to know that your anxiety is psychological and not the result of something else (side effects of meds, the result of a physical disease, etc.). Go to an MD for a physical first, then to a therapist, as needed. Here's a reference for some self diagnosis: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read moreSee 19 more doctor answers
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