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Doctor insights on: Is Bulimia A Biobased Mental Illness

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


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Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?

Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?

It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from wrong due to a mental illness, then they are "not guilty by reason of insanity" (or similar language depending on the state). Most mental illness is not severe enough to meet this standard, and the "insanity defense" is actually used fairly rarely. ...Read more

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Could people with mental illness fight their condition/s?

Could people with mental illness fight their condition/s?

"Pop" misconception: One of the cruelest things that you can do is tell someone with real mental illness to "snap out of it." things that are easy for most of us are very difficult for people who have brain anatomy or chemistry disturbances or whose life experience has forced them to learn behaviors and attitudes unlike yours. You have little insight when you dream; don't expect others to self-cure. Urge compliance. ...Read more

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Determine if I have a mental illness ?

Please clarify: If you are wanting to know whether you have a mental illness, it is first recommended that you go to your doctor to explore what specific symptoms you are experiencing. Your doctor then can decide how to proceed with regards to examination and further testing. Depending on findings, a referral to a mental health professional for treatment may be warranted. Hope this is helpful. All the best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a mental illness?

Seek treatment: Seek treatment from a medical professional. There are a wide range of mental illness and seeing your pcp or local psychiatrist would be the first step towards recovery. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a mental illness?

Look Beh, feelings, : Mental health conditions are judged not to be due to a physical disorder and are diagnosed and treated based on signs and symptoms, as well as on how much the condition affects your daily life. Behavior and feelings mental health conditions and are diagnosed and treated based on signs and symptoms. Mental health conditions are judged not to be due to a physical disorder and are diagnosed and tre. ...Read more

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What are common signs of mental illness?

Symptoms: Usually if an emotional or behavioral issue causes significant distress or affects personal, social, work lilfe, it can be a symptom of mental illness provided medical and other causes are ruled out. ...Read more

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What mental illness fits these symptoms?

Mental illness: You forgot to mention the symptoms.

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Can lameness be equated to mental illness?

Can lameness be equated to mental illness?

No: I'm not sure how you're using the word "lameness, " but i understand this to mean inability to walk. This is not correlated with mental illness at all. ...Read more

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What are several factors for mental illness?

Many factors: There are positive protective factors which will ameliorate or blunt symptoms, like supportive social supports like family and friends, exercising, sleeping 7-8 a night, and keeping a regular schedule. Negative factors include a family history of mental illness, substance abuse, history of physical, verbal, and/or sexual abuse. It helps to discuss with a psychiatrist. ...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