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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


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Are psychotropic drugs the real answer to mental illness?

Are psychotropic drugs the real answer to mental illness?

Sometimes: Medications are one tool to help treat mental illness, but keeping a regular schedule, having a good support network, support groups, exercise, psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation can all help various psychiatric disorders, and sometimes medication is not part of treatment of a particular person with a particular mental illness. ...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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Some people claim that ADHD is not a real mental illness. What are doctor opinions?

Some people claim that ADHD is not a real mental illness. What are doctor opinions?

It is likely...: ...That some of the people diagnosed with adhd are actually people with a set of skills and preferences mismatched to the situations in which they live and education they are receiving. Take someone with a talent in arts or sports and try to make them into an accountant, and you'll get an accountant with adhd. Others, of course, have trouble concentrating on anything, and that's real adhd, . ...Read more

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Can i get a brain scan to see if I have real mental illness? As in real i mean it shows up on the brain scan not just from self reporting on symptoms?

Can i get a brain scan to see if I have real mental illness? As in real i mean it shows up on the brain scan not just from self reporting on symptoms?

It doesn't exactly: Work that way. Most of the work of psychiatric assessment comes from interviews, history taking ; observation. Most of the time - brain scans are not required. ...Read more

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Is necrophilia a real mental disorder or just stuff you see in the movies?

Movie Stuff: Yes it is just about always movie stuff. However, people with severe mental illness can lose touch with reality and conceivably confuse what they see in the movies with what is real. Even in such a case, acting out such bizarre behavior would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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What's the definitive way to determine if seeing shadows and white figures is real and not a mental disorder?

Get assessed/tested: Illusions are misperceptions of real stimuli or events. These are different than hallucinations which is the perception of sounds or images that are not real as existing in real life. A thorough psychiatric evaluation and associated psychological assessments can help determine the difference. ...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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How can I tell if I have mental illness?

Be more specific...: "mental illness" is a very vague label. It can be as minor as having a phobia of fish to severe psychosis (a disconnect from reality). None of us are totally "normal". The question is do your symptoms significantly interfere with your life? Please be more specific. If unsure, consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Dr. Sophie Duriez
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Kleptomania (Definition)

Kleptomania is a psychological disorder whereby the individual has an ...Read more