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How to recognize an identity crisis?

How to recognize an identity crisis?

See below...: Are u unsure of ur role in life? Do u feel like u don't know the 'real u? If u answer yes, u may be experiencing an identity crisis. Theorist erik erikson coined the term identity crisis & believed that it was 1 of the most important conflicts people face in development. According to erikson, an identity crisis is a time of intensive analysis and exploration of different ways of looking at 1self. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Identity Crisis (Definition)

Identity crisis, according to psychological theorist, erik erikson, is the failure to achieve ego identity during adolescence. Erikson coined the term, and thought that if parents allow children to explore, they will form clear conclusions about their own identity. If, however, parents enforce too much conformity to their views, the teen will face identity confusion ...Read more


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Can you have an identity crisis at 21?

Can you have an identity crisis at 21?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by "identity crisis." but, at 21 there are many things a person is dealing with -- among them, leaving home of origin, making own way in the world, selecting career path, having committed intimate relationships, etc. Working through all these things can feel like a "crisis" of sorts. Some long-term psychiatric illnesses can also declare themselves around this time. ...Read more

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What did erikson say about identity crisis?

Erikson: In his meisterwerk "Childhoood and Society" Erik Erikson posited that an identity crisis ensues when fundamental assumptions we have throughout our lives about who and what we are, are fundamentally challenged. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I am having an identity crisis?

What does it mean if I am having an identity crisis?

Many possibilities: You have your own unique perspective, and there are many possibilities. Some people mean that what they used to hold as important, has drastically changed -- or the ways they previously thought of themselves are no longer valid. This can happen during great transition, such as losing a loved one. The ways we've come to know ourselves may change -- and after a time, we move ahead differently. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: identity crisis?

What is the definition or description of: identity crisis?

Ego identity: Identity crisis, according to psychological theorist, erik erikson, is the failure to achieve ego identity during adolescence. Erikson coined the term, and thought that if parents allow children to explore, they will form clear conclusions about their own identity. If, however, parents enforce too much conformity to their views, the teen will face identity confusion or an identity crisis. ...Read more

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Is it true that most teenagers experience identity crisis?

Is it true that most teenagers experience identity crisis?

Not exactly: All adolescents are involved, to some degree, with the task of developing individual identities. The process is sometimes painful and confusing. When it is especially difficult, we may term it an identity crisis. So all adolescents are involved in identity formation. For some, this includes a crisis. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as having an identity crisis in jungian theory?

Is there such a thing as having an identity crisis in jungian theory?

Erik Erikson: Erik erikson outlined 8 stages of development, one being identity vs role diffusion that occurs in late adolescence. This is the period of identity crisis. A later stage is generativity versus stagnation, which is consistent with midlife crisis. Since both are psychodynamic concepts, they are related to freudian and possibly jungian theory as well. ...Read more

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I've been having an identity crisis, is this normal as 18 yearold boy?

I've been having an identity crisis, is this normal as 18 yearold boy?

Yes: Specially if it's emotionally uncomfortable, find a good therapist to talk to. It's an opportunity 4 growth & expansion. B curious & look forward to the relief & clarity to come... Keep a journal; recommended readings: demian by hermann hesse, being & nothingness by sartre. Soon I hope, it will start to feel more like a self-discovery process than a crisis... ...Read more

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I need help with empty nest. I am in identity crisis. I don't know what I really want in my life and what to do with my future?

I need help with empty nest. I am in identity crisis. I don't know what I really want in my life and what to do with my future?

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is a great place to work through the problems you are discussing. It is very normal after kids leave the home to experience identity crisis - especially if much of your identity was wrapped up in your child's life (sports, friends, etc.) consider getting involved in a fitness program, hobbies you enjoy, spending time with friends, etc. ...Read more

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I think I am having an identity crisis, but I'm not sure on how to overcome it.?

I think I am having an identity crisis, but I'm not sure on how to overcome it.?

Psychotherapy: Find a good therapist to explore and resolve such feelings and thoughts. An identity crisis is an opportunity for growth and expansion. Be curious and look forward to the relief and clarity to come... ...Read more

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Hocd, bisexual, or identity crisis, how to know?

Hocd, bisexual, or identity crisis, how to know?

You mention three: Very important areas. Please get help in clarifying your situation. Start w/your doc and then a mental health professional. Whatever you learn, please accept yourself and make healthy choices w/the information. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it true that most teens experience identity crisis?

Not really: In our adolescence not only are there various hormones to deal with, but the understanding and what the complex effects of social-and physical-signals and moves will not be wired until 23 or so.
A little insight and understanding-with limits-will go a long way in helping parents and adolescents. ...Read more

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Any treatment or tip for identity crisis?

Any treatment or tip for identity crisis?

Get psychotherapy: It might be a good idea to engage in psychotherapy with an experienced psychologist. This will likely help you clarify your identity struggles and also give you healthy ways to manage and cope. ...Read more

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What are the root causes for someone having an identity crisis according to freud?

What are the root causes for someone having an identity crisis according to freud?

Non-sequitur: "identity crisis" didn't exist as a concept in freud's time, so he had nothing to say on this topic. Freud believed that many emotional problems are due to unconscious conflicts between one's impulses and defenses. Later theorists emphasized the nature of childhood relationships in shaping self-esteem and one's view of self and others. "identity crisis" arose as part of these later theories. ...Read more

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How to overcome an identity crisis at 16 if donor child?

How to overcome an identity crisis at 16 if donor child?

Therapy: I would advise seeking some professional counseling and therapy. Identity crisis at 16 can be normal can also lead to significant distress if not properly addressed. ...Read more

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Why do I have an identity crisis? Related to infertility?

Why do I have an identity crisis? Related to infertility?

See your PCP: The desire to have children for many women and men is huge, and for many indescribable. When you are faced with infertility, immense disappointment, fear, shame, depression, anger or surprise are all normal. Sitting down with your md to discuss reproductive options and your symptoms would be helpful. At least to better understand where to go next. ...Read more

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I lost my job and have been suffering an identity crisis since then. How do I move on?

I lost my job and have been suffering an identity crisis since then. How do I move on?

Grief work: The path to moving on involves the work of grief -- grieving what you've lost and what it means to you. It can feel like some essential part of you is now missing, as if you'll never be the same again. And, you won't -- you'll be different. But the work of grief allows you to gradually assess, feel about, and integrate what's happened so that you can move ahead. A good therapist can help. ...Read more

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Differences between an identity crisis and severe depression?

Differences between an identity crisis and severe depression?

Physicial symptoms: Generally, severe depression would include physical symptoms such as changes in appetite, energy, and sleep. These are not necessarily part of an identity crisis. Identity crisis may also have more prominent anxiety without depressive affect. If you're wondering about yourself, it's a good idea to share your concerns with a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Can you have an identity crisis at 17 adhd, and ptsd at 23 then change to bpd in your 40s or is it a progression.?

Can you have an identity crisis at 17 adhd, and ptsd at 23 then change to bpd in your 40s or is it a progression.?

NOT A PROGRESSION: Sorry but I do not see the connection with these issues and I would suggest that you seek a therapist to help figure this out. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with social phobia and narcisistic personality disorder, also an identity crisis. My doctor prescribed me lithobid (lithium carbonate). Why?

I've been diagnosed with social phobia and narcisistic personality disorder, also an identity crisis. My doctor prescribed me lithobid (lithium carbonate). Why?

Lithobid (lithium carbonate): Lithobid (lithium carbonate) is a lithium medication indicated for many problems similar to your problems. Your doctor is trying to help you get better. ...Read more

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When do children develop their sexual identity?

When do children develop their sexual identity?

By 18 mos: Gender identity is generally established by 18 months of age.. ...Read more

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I am in crisis. I got three children of age 4, 2 & a newborn. I had depression in the past. Not much support. What can I do?

I am in crisis. I got three children of age 4, 2 & a newborn. I had depression in the past. Not much support. What can I do?

Seek support: If you need a support system, seek out assistance as soon as possible. Family service association or you local mental health association can get you in the right direction. If you feel at risk to harm yourself or your children, or feel that you are at risk call your local hospital emergency services for immediate attention. If there is family seek support there as well. ...Read more

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What is a midlife crisis for men?

What is a midlife crisis for men?

Midlife crisis: This is time when men realize their own mortality & how much time they have left in their life. This can be triggered by changes such as loss or job or financial, etc. ...Read more

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Dissocative identity disorder, what to do?

Dissocative identity disorder, what to do?

Find a good: therapist who specializes in dissociative disorders and work as hard as you can to overcome it. ...Read more

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Had a badd experience with crisis services?

Had a badd experience with crisis services?

Question: Is this a comment or question? I'm sorry you had a bad experience. I would call back on monday, ask to speak with a supervisor about your experience. ...Read more

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Symptoms of lupus crisis?

Symptoms of lupus crisis?

It depends: The symptoms of a lupus flare depend on the exact organ systems involved and the extent of the involvement. ...Read more

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What is myasthenic crisis?

What is myasthenic crisis?

Aggresively!!: Myasthenic crisis is a medical emergency it is related to the neurotransmitter acetyl choline not being ablt to work at the neuromuscular junction (due to ach receptor issues) it can cause life thretening symptoms specially related to the respiratory system. ...Read more

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What is a myasthenic crisis?

What is a myasthenic crisis?

A relapse: Myasthenia gravis can rapidly deteriorate if medication is failing, and a patient can rapidly weaken, have trouble breathing and swallowing, and may require respiratory support in a hospital. Contrast a cholinergic crisis, also a deterioration, but here due to too much medication. ...Read more

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What is acute adrenal crisis?

What is acute adrenal crisis?

Low cortisol state: Acute adrenal crisis is defined by the sudden drop in Hydrocortisone (or its equivalent) in the body, prompting acute physiological changes such as low blood sugar, lethargy, nausea, low blood pressure and sometimes even coma and death. Immediate steroid replacement is needed to reverse the above either via mouth (if the individual is stable and able to swallow) or via intra muscular/intravenous. ...Read more

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What exactly is mid-life crisis?

What exactly is mid-life crisis?

Upheaval: The concept of the "mid-life crisis" was introduced by elliot jaques in 1965. It is not a mental disorder and is not recognized in diagnostic manuals. It refers to a turning point when one recognizes that life may be more than half-way over. For some, this recognition leads to emotional or circumstantial upheaval or a major reshuffling of priorities. ...Read more