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Is mental illness like bipolar hereditary?

Is mental illness like bipolar hereditary?

Yes: Bipolar disorder has a very high degree of heritability. This is seen in the concordance rate for this condition that is 70 percent to 80 percent for identical twins where one twin has bipolar disorder with the percentage being the likelihood that the other identical twin will have the condition. ...Read more

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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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Is mental illness genetic?

Is mental illness genetic?

Genetic factors: No currently-defined mental illness is 100% genetic, as shown by the fact that 1 identical twin can have the disorder, & the other doesn't. But there is genetic risk, i.e., an increased likelihood, for many disorders. We don't know the full cause of mental illnesses; our current models include genetics as well as other factors. Try searching "diathesis-stress model". ...Read more

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Is narcissism a disease, illness or mental flaw - and is it even treatable?

Is narcissism a disease, illness or mental flaw - and is it even treatable?

Can be all those: All of us need to have some healthy self-interest -- healthy narcissism -- to deal with life. But when this becomes greatly exaggerated, squeezing out the needs of others, we get into difficulty. There are narcissistic personality disorders which maybe 4-7% of our society has. These involve fixed patterns of relating with several criteria. Yes it is treatable - with great care and patience. ...Read more

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Does homelessness cause mental illness or is mental illness heightened by homelessness?

Homelesness: This is the shift or drift theory, meaning those who has severe mental illness are a t increased of losing your home and becoming homelessness or homekess predisposes or aggravate mental illness ? ...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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Is G A D An in borne genetic anxiety personality a serious mental illness. Thanks?

Is G A D An in borne genetic anxiety personality a serious mental illness. Thanks?

Terminology: I'm imagining you mean disabling by serious. All Dx'd conditions need to be taken seriously and managed well but most do not limit your life activities, expectancy or quality. Many do not require medication. Theymost often are a combo of genetic propensity, social learning and environmental stress. Your pills will help most w/ CBT therapy to learn skills and better understanding of yourself. Best! ...Read more

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Can fear of abandonment be manifested as a key symptom in other mental illness besides borderline personality disorder?

Can fear of abandonment be manifested as a key symptom in other mental illness besides borderline personality disorder?

Fear of abandonment: is not unique to Borderline Personality Disorder which includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions and impulsiveness. It may occur in otherwise healthy individuals or in individuals who are anxious and/or depressed. Develop emotional self-reliance, positive self-esteem, self-confidence and realistic relationships. Therapy can help. Best regards. ...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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Is the desire to be sexually dominated by women a mental disease or mental disorder?

Sexual Dominance: If the desire causes pleasure and doesnt cause any distress or physical harm, it is normal to have such fantasies, when they are excessive and cause distress or intefere with daily functioning the dsm 4 tr does have a section for sadism and masochism. ...Read more

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Is severe emotional disturbances diagnosable by friends?

Is severe emotional disturbances diagnosable by friends?

Friends: True friends can likely tell when something is wrong, but only a professional can competently diagnose. A full psychiatric referral is indicated, along with possible medication, and psychotherapy, appropriate to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can lack of oxygen at birth cause a mental illness such as borderline personality disorder?

Can lack of oxygen at birth cause a mental illness such as borderline personality disorder?

No. Not BPD: No. There have been no study to date showing any correlation between lack of oxygen at birth and bpd. Developmental delays and some progressive developmental disorders, on the other hand, have had some data. ...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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Can social anxiety be genetic or acquired?

Can social anxiety be genetic or acquired?

Social anxiety: It could be caused by both genetic and environmental factors, although in my experience environmental factors have more predominant, which means it can be overcome with help most likely. Best. ...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 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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Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

Nature/nurture: There is a nature and nurture component in personality disorders such as conduct disorder, psychopathy/sociopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder) however it's not a question of genetics or environment, it's usually a combination of the two. ...Read more

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Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Possible: There are genetic predispositions for some mental illnesses. A consultation with a geneticist would give you more specific answers. ...Read more

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Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?

Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?

Addiction+ diagnosis: Addiction to substances of all kinds are listed in a section of the diagnostic & statistical manual (dsm). However, addictions to alcohol and other drugs are actually a metabolic disorder wherein the brain does not process alcohol or other mood altering substances in a normal way. ...Read more

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