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Is stuttering sound like a behavioral problem or a mental health issue?

Is stuttering sound like a behavioral problem or a mental health issue?

A problem?: All can be a mental health issue when the stuttering affects self-esteem, communication, and relationships with others. Stuttering can be treated, and a diagnosis needs to be made since the symptoms are multi-determined. ...Read more

Mental Health (Definition)

Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...Read more


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Is narcolepsy a mental health problem or something neurological?

Is narcolepsy a mental health problem or something neurological?

Sleep disorder: Narcolepsy is a genetic disorder affecting brain chemicals which control sleep patterns, and really involves multiple symptom complexes. It is not a psychiatric disorder in the classical sense, but many psychiatrists could certainly handle the problem and achieve good control. ...Read more

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Could a psychologist or a cognitive behavioral therapy solve social anxiety knowing that the patient doesn't like to be social ?

Could a psychologist or a cognitive behavioral therapy solve social anxiety knowing that the patient  doesn't like to be social ?

CBT: Yes! Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Is ambivalence a sign of a serious mental health issue or is it considered normal?

Is ambivalence a sign of a serious mental health issue or is it considered normal?

Life is Complicated: Many of us are challenged by ambivalent feelings. As we have more experiences in life, as we grow older, we may be able to reflect on events in our lives from different perspectives. It can cause conflict for us to accept that we can feel very different ways about the same event or person. It can be worth experimenting with giving up judging feelings as *either* right or wrong. ...Read more

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Is autism a version of mental retardation or a psychological problem?

Is autism a version of mental retardation or a psychological problem?

Autism: Autism is one in a group of neurodevelopmental disorders causing difficulty in social interaction, language, and behavior. There are varying intensities of autism. In most cases, children with severe autism have marked impairments or a complete inability to communicate or interact with other people. It's different from mental retardation (now called intellectual disabilities). ...Read more

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What is a mental hygiene issue?

What is a mental hygiene issue?

A practice: Here's a reference on the history of the term, "mental hygiene": http://www.Jhsph.Edu/departments/mental-health/about/origins.Html mental hygiene is the set of practices conducive to the preservation of mental health. Those practices have changed over the years, but taking care of physical health , meditation, socializing, taking time for gratitude, etc. Might all be mental hygiene practices. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is ptsd a neurological (brain) disorder or a psychological (mind) disorder?

Please help docs! is ptsd a neurological (brain) disorder or a psychological (mind) disorder?

PTSD and causes: Research is showing that ptsd has affected certain parts of the brain, which is associated with symptoms of ptsd. Treatment is usually psychological in nature, as other research (such as emdr and mindfulness) shows that there can be actual structural change in the brain as a result of treatment. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to have a heart ultrasound while having a panic or anxiety disorder?

Is it a good idea to have a heart ultrasound while having a panic or anxiety disorder?

Ultrasound: Ad long as panic under control with treatment. In fact, ultrasound is used to rule out mitral valve prolapse, a concomitant finding on ultrasound in small percentage on panic disorder which reverts to normal when panic is treated. ...Read more

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Which is more likely to cause a delay in teeth growth: health problem or is it a symptom of a psychological issue?

Which is more likely to cause a delay in teeth growth: health problem or is it a symptom of a psychological issue?

Genetics: Genetics play a very large part in the eruption pattern and timing of the transition between primary and secondary teeth. Since there is a wide range in this timing, what you might consider delayed may well be within normal limits. Discuss this with your dentist or the child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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My daughter needs help with fine motor skills. Is this a sign or symptom of a learning disability?

My daughter needs help with fine motor skills. Is this a sign or symptom of a learning disability?

Not necessarily: Delay of fine motor skills in and of itself does not necessarily correlate to cognitive delay. It may be neuromuscular in nature or a developmental delay that simply requires some therapy. Important information would include delay in other milestones. Please speak with your pediatrician for further evaluation and guidance. ...Read more

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Is not feeling worthy or good enough a serious sign of social anxiety?

Is not feeling worthy or good enough a serious sign of social anxiety?

A Key Sign: Not feeling worthy/good enough can surface for many reasons. But yes, these do happen to be key signs of Social Anxiety Disorder. If you avoid social situations/social interactions, consult w/ an anxiety expert, like a psychologist who has training/experience helping those with soc anx. They can diagnose it & can help. WATCH: http://ow.ly/F3fzQ ...Read more

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I am a therapist with a new client who has psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (pnes). What does the medical field think of this disorder - real medical disorder or psych issue?

I am a therapist with a new client who has psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (pnes). What does the medical field think of this disorder - real medical disorder or psych issue?

Real disorder: Psychogenic seizures are as real as any other, but aren't due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. The person experiencing them is not aware that psychologic conflicts are being translated into physical symptoms (seizures); they aren't intentional. Many people with these seizures are survivors of abuse or trauma. Multidisciplinary care is called for. http://tinyurl.com/yhhnysh. ...Read more

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What is a job for someone with anxiety / social problems?

What is a job for someone with anxiety / social problems?

Solve the problem: Anxiety can be quite unpleasant if it lasts over time or frequently appears in specific situations. The good news about anxiety is that it tends to respond well to treatment with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. It's important to note that anxiety often leads people to avoid feared social situations. Avoidance often provides immediate relief but worsens anxiety over time. ...Read more

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Can self harm be a mental disorder or is it an underlying cause for depression or something else?

Can self harm be a mental disorder or is it an underlying cause for depression or something else?

It could: It could be due to a personality disorder or it could be due to depression and sometimes even as a relief for anxiety. Iit could be a means to seek attention as well. See a mental health professional who can help further with appropriate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Help please! is delusional psychosis just a symptom of mental illness or is it a diagnosis?

Help please! is delusional psychosis just a symptom of mental illness or is it a diagnosis?

Psychosis: Delusional psychosis is a redundant term. Psychosis include hallucinations and/ or delusions. There are many forms of psychoses depending on the type of symptoms, length and severity of them, and the age group affected. All those elements are considered to reach a diagnosis in particular, and to determine the different etiologies, or causes, of the illness. ...Read more

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What to do if a teacher finds a student like those with a social anxiety disorder?

What to do if a teacher finds a student like those with a social anxiety disorder?

Social anxiety: For kids, counseling with school guidance counselor to apply behavior techniques through gradual exposure and response prevention. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Behavior Problems (Definition)

Behavior is a very extensive psychological term under which there are many concepts..Behavioral problems are treated using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other behaviorally based treatments like Reward and Punishment. Behavioral problems can occur for many different reasons..Medical or Psychological and can happen with children and adults. Please ask ...Read more


Dr. Steven Griggs
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Behavioral Problem (Definition)

Behavior encompasses a lot of what we do, and problems can be large or small - so it is a pretty loose term. It often refers to externailzing behaviors which tend to disrespect or disrupt the rights or activities of others. Aggression, stealing, defiance, are ...Read more