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Can bipolar disorder qualify as a mental illness for disability claims?

Can bipolar disorder qualify as a mental illness for disability claims?

How do you mean it?: I suppose the folks handling decisions are the best ones to ask, but i really can't imagine how severe bipolar disorder would not qualify as a disability - at least partial. However, many bi-polar people do work even though it is difficult. But, if you mean: can i hold an employer to blame for being diagnosed as bi-polar, probably not. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Tripp
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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more


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Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Of course!: No further answer is really indicated here -- it's just an obvious "yes". If you are impaired cognitively -- for any reason -- you should get professional help. Similarly, if you have a "mental disorder", you should get expert professional help. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Subtle question: In mania, people subjectively feel their performance is superior when actually it is not--it becomes degraded by distractability and flighty thinking. Yet underlying cognitive capacity remains intact. Mild mania (hypomania) provide boosts of energy that multiply the effect of intelligence even though, once again, the underlying capacity remains unchanged. Untreated bipolar reduces net performance. ...Read more

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Is ADHD a mental impairment?

Is ADHD a mental impairment?

It is a functional i: To get any "diagnosis " there needs to be functional impairment , if there is no impairmant then it does not warrant a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does homelessness cause mental illness or is mental illness heightened by homelessness?

Homelesness: This is the shift or drift theory, meaning those who has severe mental illness are a t increased of losing your home and becoming homelessness or homekess predisposes or aggravate mental illness ? ...Read more

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How can dementia affect an individuals physical mental and social state?

How can  dementia affect an individuals physical mental and social state?

Eventually impaires : All areas of function in this question eventually become effected more or less. No one answer. The type of dementia plays a big role in these areas. Fronto-temp. Dementia often starts at earlier ages and is often mistaken as a primary psychiatric condition as cognition is relatively spared in early stages but behaviors may be very inappropriate. Disability may be needed which becomes another issue. ...Read more

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Can I get a mental illness disability for borderline personality disorder?

Can I get a mental illness disability for borderline personality disorder?

It's possible: The criteria for mental illness disability is set by the state. Generally any disability must be severe enough to impair various life functions (work, school, relationships). Borderline personality disorder, when left untreated, can be quite debilitating to ones life functioning. One has to go through disability evaluation process. ...Read more

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Is mental illness genetic?

Is mental illness genetic?

Genetic factors: No currently-defined mental illness is 100% genetic, as shown by the fact that 1 identical twin can have the disorder, & the other doesn't. But there is genetic risk, i.e., an increased likelihood, for many disorders. We don't know the full cause of mental illnesses; our current models include genetics as well as other factors. Try searching "diathesis-stress model". ...Read more

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Could cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Could cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Impact on function: Until one finds a way to relieve or reduce the symptoms of mental/emotional/behavioral disorders they do indeed have an impact on functioning in many areas of life. Often that is a necessary part of the dx. It's not likely that the innate intellectual capacity would be diminished, but the performance level definitely could. Find effective tx - a combo of cbt talk therapy and meds may be best. ...Read more

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Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Yes: All neurological problems are tips of the same iceberg, most types of brain problems have multiple manifestations, some are just more obvious than others. ...Read more

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Can mini strokes lead to mental impairment or mental illness?

Can mini strokes  lead to mental impairment or mental illness?

Yes: Stroke = neuronal damage or death. You lose brain cells, you lose function. The extent of functionality lost is hard to predict but naturally depends on the anatomic area affected by the strokes. Multi-infarct dementia is a form of progressive dementia caused by repeat stroke occurrences. ...Read more

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Has depression ever impaired social skills?

Has depression ever impaired social skills?

Yes!: Loss of interest, withdrawal, isolation are some of the common symptoms of depression that have an evident effect on one's social life. Sense of worthlessness, inadequacy and low self esteem, are other symptoms that clearly affect one's social skills. In contrast, self confidence characterises socially skilled individuals. ...Read more

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Do some childhood traumas cause delayed depression and mental illness later?

Sometimes: In the past few decades, studies have used MRI to track the neurobiological effects that multiple traumas can have on normal childhood development (i.e. Van der kolk, 2005, "developmental trauma disorder"). If left untreated, these traumatic experiences can have lasting effects on mental health, including depression and anxiety. The good news is that these conditions are highly treatable. ...Read more

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How are mental retardation and autism different?

How are mental retardation and autism different?

IQ measure: Mental retardation only reflects points in a scale of intelligency, determined through standarized tests. Autism, on the other hand, is a set of typical behaviors considered abnormal, in different areas of functioning. Dsm 4 criteria is available online, check it out. Both conditions may coexist. ...Read more

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Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Possible: There are genetic predispositions for some mental illnesses. A consultation with a geneticist would give you more specific answers. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is social anxiety disorder classed as a mental health disability?

Please help docs! is social anxiety disorder classed as a mental health disability?

Social anxiety : Social anxiety is common and does not have to be a diagnosable disorder. However, if social anxiety symptoms become so intrusive that they impair one's life than it could reach the level of being a diagnosable disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) can be helpful. If therapy does not work alone the symptoms can be relieved by adding appropriate medications. Seek the advice of a therapist. ...Read more

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more


Below Average Iq (Definition)

The average score on most IQ tests is 100, and approximately 68 percent of all people score somewhere ...Read more