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Is talking to yourself a sign of mental illness?

Is talking to yourself a sign of mental illness?

Not necessarily: Talking to oneself can mean a lot of different things based on how you were raised, your inner world, your relative degree of disinhibition and the robustness of the social network of an individual. It can be embarrassing and some people may think that an individual who talks to themself is seeing and hearing things. It could be a problem if it cannot be curtailed in socially appropriate ways. ...Read more

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Mental Disorder (Definition)

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Help please! is bdsm a sign of mental illness?

No: It would be considered a fetish. Not a disorder. Sexual disorders may be associated like sexual addiction, especially where the sexual behavior affects performance and functioning in other areas outside of relationships. But there are practicioners of bdsm that engage in those behaviors safely and compartmentalize the sexual behaviors to the appropriate setting. ...Read more

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Is insecurity a sign of mental illness?

Not unless severe: "mental illness" is a judgment call. Severe mental conditions, e.g., schizophrenia, are clearly illnesses, while moderately bad depression is debatable, and most would agree mild to moderate insecurity is not. But if a person has severe insecurity that interferes with everyday life, it might be considered an illness. Whether it's an illness or not, counselors & therapists can help. ...Read more

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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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Do you think extreme shyness is a form of mental illness?

Do you think extreme shyness is a form of mental illness?

Not necessarily.: If this is the only issue, then likely not. On the other hand, if the shyness is caused by excessive worry or anxiety or a real fear of people, it could be related to a mental illness. ...Read more

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Might it be that a history of mental illness prevent a job in psychiatry?

Might it be that a history of mental illness prevent a job in psychiatry?

It could... BUT...: Firstly, "mental illness" is ubiquitous! it's a very broad term! next, there's a huge stigma to overcome and tremendous ignorance, in general, about it. Having been through a psychological trauma; having managed yourself out of a chemical addiction or a clinical depression... Can give you rich insights, possibly allowing you to be a superior clinician! it all depends on what type? ...How severe? ...Read more

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What are signs of meth use or is this a sign of a serious mental dissorder?

What are signs of meth use or is this a sign of a serious mental dissorder?

Yes it is: of course it can the simplest mental illness it dependency on the meth that is a problem by itself second a lot of meth users are self treating a medical mental problem they have a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem and help you get off the meth ...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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Why an adult starts to self injury? Is it a symptom of some mental illness?"

Why an adult starts to self injury? Is it a symptom of some mental illness?"

Clarification: It does not stand alone as a disorder. It is symptomatic among depressed patients, with Borderline personality disordered people, an attention seeking effort, or part of a social culture in high school. It definitely is always a communication tool. Seek help fro a qualified agency. ...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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Boyfriend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?

Boyfriend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?

Supportive?: It sounds like ur already being very supportive. Until medical concerns r ruled out, don't dismiss them. It sounds like ur bf, if he does suffer from hypochondriasis, would benefit from treatment with a psychotherapist & psych MD. medications like SSRIs can be helpful. Psychotherapy to understand normal bodily sensations as such, & to decrease overall anx helps. Perhaps offer to go with him? ...Read more

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Is hostility a mental illness of sorts please?

Is hostility a mental illness of sorts please?

Hostility in and of: Itself, is not a mental illness, but as a symptom, it could be related to a number of possible illnesses. I would strongly advise first a thorough physical examination with your family doctor to run out any underlying medical problems as the cause and then an evaluation with a psychiatrist. We are here to help. ...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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Help please! is excessive writing a sign of schizophrenia or bipolar?

Help please! is excessive writing a sign of schizophrenia or bipolar?

Maybe, maybe not: I agree with dr. Weixel that there are many possible causes for excessive writing. Also "excessive" may be in the eye of the beholder. Witness authors trying to complete a novel, for instance! to understand what's happening, one needs to review the writing itself and place in context with all else about the person. Some people with complex partial seizures also manifest excessive writing. ...Read more

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Is killing/hurting people in your head a very disturbing sign of mental illness?

Is killing/hurting people in your head a very disturbing sign of mental illness?

Do you think of this: Often? Does it give you pleasure? Is it upsetting to you? Does it make you feel more powerful? Do have the urge to act on these thoughts? Do you hurt animals? If this has happened to you very often, i would encourage you to get it checked out. If you believe you are imminently going to harm or kill someone please let police know so that they can help to get you safely to a medical facility. ...Read more

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Is oppositional defiance disorder real or is it just a sign of a lack of discipline at home?

Is oppositional defiance disorder real or is it just a sign of a lack of discipline at home?

Real: Oppositional defiance disorder (odd) is a difficult to manage behavior disorder which has a biologic cause. Severe discipline or lax discipline may worsen the behavior; you may need some advanced parenting skills to manage the behavior . The majority of children with odd also have adhd. Your doctor can recommend a behavior specialist to help you develop a workable behavior plan. ...Read more

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Is there a way to raise awareness of mental illness in teens?

Variety of ways : You could do it through literature, with an unquiet mind, darkness visible, etc. Or through film, with rain man, the fisher king, silver linings playbook. Or identify a local nami chapter (www.Nami.Org) and see if they have local speakers to talk about mental illness or provide facts and information. ...Read more

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Can you answer, is thoughts of suicide a sign of menopause?

Can you answer, is thoughts of suicide a sign of menopause?

Oh my -- no!: Women go through menopause all the time without feeling or thinking of suicide. However, depression frequently brings such thoughts, and depression may intensify during menopause. Please see your doctor now about this. You can also go directly to an emergency room, call 911, or call the help line: 1-800-273-talk (8255). Depression can be treated, and you can live your life beyond this. ...Read more

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Abusing others in your heart, is it a sign of depression?

Abusing  others in your heart, is it a sign of depression?

Could be: It could be depression or also other things. Please consider speaking with a psychiatrist or other mental health professional about these concerns. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "abusing others in your heart, " so it's best that you work with a professional to explore it fully. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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