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Doctor insights on: Is Cutting Yourself Considered A Mental Illness

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I have a history of cutting but quit long ago. Will my doctor think I have a mental disorder if i tell her i still have suicidal thoughts?

I have a history of cutting but quit long ago. Will my doctor think I have a mental disorder if i tell her i still have suicidal thoughts?

Cutting or Suicidal: Self injurious attitudes and behaviors are a complex process and need to be understood and explained by your doctor.Suicidal ideations, thoughts would clear up with good treatment don't be afraid be open with your doctor she will understand and help you deal with these issues.Avoiding or staying in denial will not help the situation.Good luck. ...Read more

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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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I need to know what is needed for something to be considered a mental illness?

Mental illnesses: are a variety of conditions that affect thinking, mood and behaviors, and when severe may interfere with coping and functioning. Here is more information by NAMI: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness ...Read more

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How come nymphomania is considered a mental illness in women but not similarly for men?

How come nymphomania is considered a mental illness in women but not similarly for men?

Not true: These days sexual addiction is considered a disorder for both men and women. At least in the medical community. In the non-medical world, of course, this may not be the case. ...Read more

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Is self-harm considered a mental illness?

It is a symptom of : Emotional problems. It is an unhealthy way of coping with things like feeling empty, anger, self- punishment ect. If you or someone you know used self -harm please encourage them to looking into dialectical behavior therapy. Help is available. ...Read more

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Help please! is borderline personality disorder considered a mental illness?

Help please! is borderline personality disorder considered a mental illness?

Borderline: Is a personality disorder characterised by severe mood fluctuations, chaotic unstable interpersonal relationships, disturbed identity & self-image, chronic feelings of emptiness, impulsivity, chronic recurrent suicidal behaviors, transient paranoea or dissociation, & inability to control anger. It is classified as mental illness under cluster b personality disorders. ...Read more

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Is self harm considered a mental illness/disorder? why/why not. if it is what category would it be example, disorder of stress?

Self Harm- NAMI: According to the National Association on Mental Illness, self harm is not a mental illness but a sign of emotional distress-a behavior that shows a need for better coping skills. It is also prevalent in people who have gone through a lot of abuse. The goal: therapy to develop enduring adaptive coping skills. https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Self-harm ...Read more

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Is seeing a psychologist for empty nest and fear cause son in military considered a mental illness ? On work app do I answer Y or N to ? Do you have

Therapy: I wouldn't label this so harshly as a "mental illness." What I hear is a mother in pain, and needing psychotherapy. Get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist, and speak aloud and freely about what pains you. ...Read more

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What is considered as a "serious" mental illness?

Serious mental illne: Serious mental illness is when the patient has significant distress, not being able to care for themselves and are danger to themselves or others. ...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