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Is hostility a mental illness?

Is hostility a mental illness?

Can be a symptom: Hostility isn't a mental illness, but it certainly can be a symptom that is a part of a number of mental health disorders. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

Personality Disorder: This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders. They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder be a mental illness?

Can major depressive disorder be a mental illness?

Yes, in fact it is: Major depressive disorder is a mental illness according to many mental health professionals. ...Read more

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Is generalized anxiety disorder a real mental illness?

Is generalized anxiety disorder a real mental illness?

Absolutely: It is often easy to dismiss anxiety as a trivial problem--unless you've experienced yourself. Quite famous people have been incapacitated by anxiety ranging from specific phobias to generalized fears. Howard hughes probably is the most well known example. ...Read more

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Is depression a psychiatric disorder?

Is depression a psychiatric disorder?

No, it's a mood: It's a bit of a trick question. In dictionaries you can find a definition like "the state of being depressed." everyone feels depressed now and then--it's a human emotion. But, when a depressed mood lasts for 2 weeks or longer and is accompanied by a constellation of other symptoms a person can be thought of as having a depressive "disorder." this is a treatable condition. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

Yes, it's serious: Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood. It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder a serious mental illness?

Help please! is bipolar disorder a serious mental illness?

Yes: Historically, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have both been known as "severe mental illnesses". This wording can be important as receiving help from mental health centers sometimes is predicated upon meeting the definition of "severe mental illness". You used the word serious and bipolar disorder meets that definition too. The risk for suicide or homicide is what makes it so serious. ...Read more

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Is a mental disorder associated with sadomasochism?

Is a mental disorder associated with sadomasochism?

Sadomasochism: While dsm-iv considers sadomasochism to be a specific paraphilia that might be considered a mental disorder, there are many sexual experts who would disagree and argue that when two individuals engage in such activities in what is often referred to as a "safe, sane and consensual" manner then there is nothing necessarily wrong with it. ...Read more

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What is a more serious illness bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?

What is a more serious illness bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?

No simple answer b/c: It depends on the person and the severity of the disorder. Persons with bipolar i can be psychotic as are individuals w/ schizoaffective disorder, which means a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. All things being equal, the person with schizoaffective disorder with bipolar characteristics is likely to have more mental health problems. ...Read more

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Is generalized anxiety disorder a mental disease?

Is generalized anxiety disorder a mental disease?

Yes.: Generalized anxiety disorder refers to a persistent pattern of worrying about a variety of real or imagined possible bad events that can occur to the point that it interferes with day-to-day functioning. It is quite common, often runs in families, and can be surprisingly debilitating. It also it quite responsive to various treatments, both talk therapies and medications. ...Read more

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Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that others' motives are interpreted as malevolent. It generally begins in teen years or early adulthood, and differs markedly from one's culture. It causes distress in important areas of functioning, like relationships or work. ...Read more

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Can a child be diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder?

Can a child be diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder?

Yes.: Obviously, a skilled mental health physician needs to make this type of diagnosis -- but that's what we are trained to do. ...Read more

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Is an adjustment disorder with depressed mood considered a medical disability?

Is an adjustment disorder with depressed mood considered a medical disability?

Not likely: I agree with my colleague that "disablity" depends on what the condition does in the person's life. Adjustment disorders come in response to a stressor, and usually last no longer than 6 months (unless a very chronic, ongoing stressor). With help, the person is usually able to deal with the stressor so that it no longer dominates life -- and life can move on, along with fruitful occupation. ...Read more

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Is homosexuality a mental illness or a natural feeling?

Is homosexuality a mental illness or a natural feeling?

Homosexuality: Homosexuality is a common and normal part of the human experience. Homosexuality is found in all species on the planet. It is not a mental illness. I would not use the word 'feeling' to describe the real part of humans that long for love and intimacy and sex. Human sexuality bring us spirituality, health, love, intimacy and connection. It makes our lives worth living. It brings us family. ...Read more

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Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Ill Personality: Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness and, while it is difficult to treat, it is treated primarily with psychotherapy and, sometimes, with added medications. Unfortunately, people with this disorder may not want treatment or think they need it. Often individuals with antisocial personality disorder are arrested because they have little or no regard for right and wrong. ...Read more

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Is pedophilia a mental illness/disorder or something other disease state?

Is pedophilia a mental illness/disorder or something other disease state?

Disorder: It is a mental disorder with tragic consequences. It is also a serious criminal offense. ...Read more

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If someone is insecure with eating disorders, is there a personality or mood disorder present?

If someone is insecure with eating disorders, is there a personality or mood disorder present?

For your own: peace and comfort level, please see a mental health professional. He/she can help you address your insecurities (some of which we all have). You may need an eating disorder specialist for your food issues. peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is kleptomania a real mental illness?

Is kleptomania a real mental illness?

Yes.: Kleptomania is very different from a person stealing for monitary gain or stealing things that are necessary to live. In general, the items stolen are of little value either to the person or monitarily. Yet the person cannot resist the impulse to take them. ...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