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Relationships With People With Bipolar Disorder
Variability: This varies with the person's commitment to both self-acceptance and need for change -- and willingness for treatment. With individual therapy ; dbt, the storms in relatedness may gradually quiet. Without intensive therapy along w/dbt, the suffering inside the bpd person can be so intense that perceptions are very distorted -- and the partner's emotional reserves are used up too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How easy or how difficult is it for a person with paranoid schitzophrania to have a close relationship?
Schizophrenics: Chronic schizophrenics who have been clinically stabilized & are compliant with their ongoing treatment & have good social support system , do indeed form close relationships. ...Read more
No no: Some things are in common, but asperger is a very specific diagnosis. Instead, depression is much more common; regardless; reviewing the dsm 4 criteria online would not hurt, and seeing a psychiatrist to get a formal evaluation may help clarify the right diagnosis and get treatment for it. ...Read more
Well: A person with Borderline personality Disorder could be high functioning. When someone who is high functioning works on their issues in treatment - a favorable result is possible. If you have a relationship with someone who has a borderline personality disorder encourage you to learn more about it. Learn to set healthy boundaries. If you are highly reactive to the other person - things could > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can a psychiatrist tell the difference between a person who has schizophrenia and a person experiencing psychosis?
Learn as much as: you can about it by reading books, attending support groups or working with a therapist who specializes in Asperger's . Try to be patient. Take a look at the TV show Parenthood, they have depicted both a teenager and a grown man who discovers that he has Asperger's as an adult and goes into therapy to improve his relationships. It is very well portrayed. ...Read more
A few ideas: These people are different. They miss social cues, can focus intensely on single subjects, do better at strength & endurance sports rather than coordionation / team sports, and seem strange and antisocial. Don't try to change the person. Tell them how you feel ("I like it when you.... I don't like it when you....") They may be grateful, as they know they are often jerks without meaning it. ...Read more
Learn the tricks: There are certain patterns in how other folks respond to you depending on your mood. It is really helpful to: (1) keep track of your moods, so you know what the other person might be thinking and (2) learn about those patterns so that you know how to respond when your partner feels you are totally caught up in your own activities (mania) or suddenly incredibly inaccessible (depression). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep a perspective: If you are that person's friend or family member, then you should probably make sure not to take it too personally -- their self-involvement is really more a story about them than about you. If you are that person's therapist, then you should probably work to uncover the early-on psychological traumas that have created the problem to begin with. ...Read more
Would i not having a mental illness or anything like that be able to have a successful relationship with someone who has a schizoaffective disorder?
You could: But you have to be ready for what might come your way. Like any relationship, it might not work, despite your best efforts. ...Read more
NAMI: I would suggest looking up nami (national alliance of mental illness) as they have free support groups for families of those with mental illness. They have groups everywhere in the U.S. ...Read more
Is it possible for someone with borderline personality to have a mutually satisfying relationship?
Can you tell me how a psychiatrist tell the difference between a person who has schizophrenia and a person experiencing psychosis?
Normal: If they take care of themselves and manage their diabetes properly, it's no different than anyone else with a chronic medical problem that needs daily attention. With proper preparation you can easily lead a totally normal life. By the way, they're not a "diabetic", since they're not a disease. They are a "person, with diabetes". ...Read more
Can you tell me how could a psychiatrist tell the difference between a person who has schizophrenia and a person experiencing psychosis?
Careful history: There are many kinds of illnesses in which a person can experience psychosis. Schizophrenia is one such illness - probably one of the most severe illness of this kind. Careful observation and interviewing of the patient and of patient's loved ones is usually what helps the psychiatrist to make a particular diagnosis. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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
Depression in family: Depression is a debilitating disorder not just to the patient but also to the family. the family members need to be supportive and compassionate to the patient. The tip rest person should not be noted but made part of daily activities and involved with family outings and other social gatherings. Depression occurs in waves and a lot of time is short lasting so do not give up and try to smile ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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