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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
Neurotransmitters: Our brains operate on two principles: chemistry and electricity. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals used by our brains to produce all movements, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Common chemicals include serotonin, dopamine, and adrenaline (more than 100 brain chemicals are known). We believe mental illness occurs when brain chemicals get out of balance. Treatment is intended to restore balance. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They say mental illness is like any other disease, but what other disease can you cure by just looking at things differently?
Migraines, TMJ: The mind and body are connected. Chronic pain, drug abuse, migraines, tmj, obestiy, infertility, erectile dysfxn, fibromyalgia, gulf war syndrome and HTN have been treated with some success w/ cognitive therapy or 'looking at things differently' in combo w/ other tx. Hypnosis has been used to treat warts, some rashes, allergies, asthma and irritable bowel syndrome. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can you define mental illness behaviour or just plain odd behaviour from people that just have different ways of doing things ?
Odd behavior: is not an issue unless it interferes with your success at work, school or with interpersonal relationships. if the issue has persisted for more than 6 months you may just be dealing with a personality trait or style. Psychopathology requires that one is at risk for harm to self or others. I hope this is a useful starting point ( without delving into specifics) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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