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Is there a way to help a friend who is clinically depressed?

Is there a way to help a friend who is clinically depressed?

Support and steer: Support for your friend is important here. But ultimately, steering them toward treatment is the best thing to do for a true friend. Offer to go with them, drive them, even go into the session with the psychiatrist or psychologist. Friends tend to respond well to this. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is there an effective way to determine if someone has bipolar disorder?

Is there an effective way to determine if someone has bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Periods of agitation, grandiosity and lack of sleep, alternating with periods of sadness & lack of energy and appetite changes, basically highs & lows. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if someone has a allergy to cats?

Is there an effective way to determine if someone has a allergy to cats?

Testing: Allergy testing, either by skin tests or blood tests can help give a definitive answer about allergy to cat. Allergy to cats can often be assumed if symptoms occur or increase with exposure. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help someone with addiction?

Is there a way to help someone with addiction?

Help yourself: This is a very difficult thing for people with addiction and those who care about them. You need to emotionally protect yourself, and allow them to make their own choices, but to provide opportunities for rehab, psychotherapy, and/or 12 step programs like aa or na. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if someone is suffering from bdd?

Is there an effective way to determine if someone is suffering from bdd?

Psychiatry: Dsm 4 criteria is available online, however a psychiatrist should be in charge of an evaluation that would lead to the diagnosis of bdd. ...Read more

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My friend has bipolar disorder, is there a way to treat it without going to a psychologist?

My friend has bipolar disorder, is there a way to treat it without going to a psychologist?

Seek consultation: Bipolar disorder is a potentially serious condition. Depending on the severity of the case, the disorder is best treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Your friend can best determine that with a consultation with a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Are there way to tell if a person is senile?

Are there way to tell if a person is senile?

Dementia: Dementia is a syndrome characterised by memory loss and its impact on the persons ability to function independently. Common causes of dementia include alzheimers disease, stroke, parkinsons disease , lewy body dementia and others. A full medical and cognitive assessment should be done to assess for potential "reversible" causes of memory loss. ...Read more

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Is there a way to truly determine if somebody you are dating is a sociopath?

Is there a way to truly determine if somebody you are dating is a sociopath?

Sociopathy: There is an excellent book by dr martha stout, phd called "the psychopath next door" which gives useful information on detecting it, understanding, preventing damage from these individuals. Psychiatric treatments have proved no effect on them, and only correctional approaches have been used so far. It is an interesting field to research. Check "the mask of sanity" for more information. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if you have a dissociative identity disorder?

Formal evaluation: This diagnosis would be best made by a mental health professional who has experience in working with this condition. I would not try to self diagnose this disorder. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help an adult friend who i think has asperger's?

Is there a way to help an adult friend who i think has asperger's?

As an adult: Remember you are not a therapist, even if you were, people must actually want your guidance, it's not to be cured, and these folks' brains are wired differently. I suspect most adult aspies nowadays know of the entity, and value its many plusses. Cool kindness, invitations to events he might enjoy, and mild, infrequetn feedback ("i liked it when you..." "have you considered..."). ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if you have a mental disorder?

Is there an effective way to determine if you have a mental disorder?

Get evaluation: If one is concerned about this issue, it would be best to get an evaluation by a mental health professional. It is usually difficult to diagnose yourself and figure out what is wrong. Just thinking that you might need an evaluation is a big step in the right direction which should be followed up by seeing someone. ...Read more

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If someone has an addiction of some sort, is it ever appropriate to tell a friend about it?

If someone has an addiction of some sort, is it ever appropriate to tell a friend about it?

It Depends: I can tell that you're concerned, or you wouldn't have asked the question. Have you told your friend of your concerns? He or she may not appreciate you sharing the issue and doing so, could cause resentment. It also depends on the nature of the addiction, like if you believe it could be life threatening. In that case, it may be better to involve family members who could be better able to help. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help a friend that has eating disorder?

Is there a way to help a friend that has eating disorder?

TREATMENT: Most people with eating disorders have problems they aren't aware of. Psychotherapy can help one to understand how to deal with the problems rather than continue to jeprodize their health. Sometimes cognitive therapy is the answer, sometimes insight based therapy, sometimes both. Some psychiatrists and other therapists are experienced with eating disorders encourage friends to get treatment. ...Read more

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Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Not exactly: There is no official diagnosis of addictive personality disorder. There are, however, personality traits and styles that increase a person's vulnerability to becoming substance dependent or developing impulse-control disorders, such as pathological gambling. Many people persist in activities they enjoy--this is not addiction. ...Read more

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Hi doc, is there any way to for someone to make an OCD patient believe what's fake and real , if that person is suffering from ocpd as well?

Hi doc, is there any way to for someone to make an OCD patient believe what's fake and real , if that person is suffering from ocpd as well?

Reassurance Trap!: Trying 2 "convince" won't work. See iocdf video 4friends/family of ppl struggling w/ocd (http://bit.Ly/wxys1n) & 2connect u w/ online support grps. U can help by learning about obsessions - & ocd, ocpd, in general. Some obsessions can b terrifying. Rx: ocd expert 4careful assessmnt/accurate diagnosis; 4 exposure & response prevention treatmnt (if ocd); &/or other treatmnts incl motivational ones! ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if someone has an std?

Is there an effective way to determine if someone has an std?

That's the problem: Unless the person has active & visible lesions you can't tell. A person may look completely healthy & normal but be harboring a dangerous & transmittable infection. This is why sexual activity is risky. Anytime one has sexual activity they should use protection for std's/ pregnancy. (unless of course they are in a committed, long-term monogamous relationship & have no std's & desire pregnancy.). ...Read more

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Are there ways to tell if a person is going senile?

Are there ways to tell if a person is going senile?

a sequence: Senility slowly progresses from difficulty in short term memory (where are my keys?) , to loss of orientation, loss of recognition of people well known, unusual moods (laughing, sexual hyperactivity, depression), and in more advanced states disorientation, loss of bodily function control, complete confusion. Any change in the usual behavior and activity could be a clue. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if someone has lung cancer?

Is there an effective way to determine if someone has lung cancer?

Biopsy: X-rays and ct scans may suggest, but ultimately histologically, microscopic confirmation is needed. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if someone is developing an eating disorder?

Is there an effective way to determine if someone is developing an eating disorder?

Call NEDA, Ask Q's: Speak w/someone re ur specific concerns @nat'l assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (neda) helpline: (630) 577-1330. 4 educat'l info re eating disorders: neda website (http://bit.Ly/16crmyh) & website of eating disorders info network (http://myedin.Org). Signs include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harming behavs. ...Read more

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Can you test to see if someone has an addictive personality?

Not Formally: This is a term that has been around a long time but is not recognised formally in the psychiatric literature. What is often a focus of treatment and psychological testing is the precursors, history, and manifestations of addiction. There are personality factors that also predispose oneto ddeveloping an addiction. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as an addictive personality?

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Addictive personalit: Sure. It is a trait that makes someone predisposed to addiction, such as substance abuse, food, gambling, exercise, pornography, work exercise addiction, or codependency. They display impulsive behaviors, nonconformity, sense of social alienation. They lack self-esteem & are very sensitive to stress. ...Read more

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Is there any such thing as an addictive personality?

Is there any such thing as an addictive personality?

Not technically: Addictive personality is not officially a clinical term but has been used anecdotally for years. It perhaps describes the extremely high comorbidity and some predisposing factors behind addictions. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an addictive personality for sex?

Is it possible to have an addictive personality for sex?

Sex addiction: One can use sexual behavior compulsively and repeatedly with a succession of lovers to modulate emotions, rather than to relate intimately. Behavior is out of control, despite attempts to stop it; there are adverse consequences in medical, legal, and interpersonal areas. Escalating need for sexual activity, and lots of time spent in getting this -- fantasy, pornography, cyber-sex too. ...Read more

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Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Not exactly: There is no official diagnosis of addictive personality disorder. There are, however, personality traits and styles that increase a person's vulnerability to becoming substance dependent or developing impulse-control disorders, such as pathological gambling. Many people persist in activities they enjoy--this is not addiction. ...Read more

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Do women have a much more addictive personality than men?

Do women have a much more addictive personality than men?

See below: Scientific evidence does not support "a much more addictive personality" in women. The usual data looks at how many people (men or women) are dependent on drugs. In alcohol dependence there has been a gender gap, ie more men. But dependence is a mixture of nature and nurture so this has yet to be resolved. ...Read more

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Is there truly something known as an addictive personality?

Is there truly something known as an addictive personality?

Not really: There are psychiatric conditions, such as bipolar disorder, where substance use disorders are more common, there is really no one particular personality type associated with having addictions. That being said, a lot of people who develop addictions will develop them to a lot of things - alcohol, drugs, compulsive shopping, dangerous behaviors etc. People who are impulsive&take risks more likely. ...Read more

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I have an addictive personality. How can I avoid falling into any traps?

I have an addictive personality.  How can I avoid falling into any traps?

Awareness / Control: The fact that you are already well aware of your vulnerability is very important in getting the upper hand of long issues, including addiction. Other steps to take include meeting with a counsellor or a psychologist to work out a variety of defense strategies - so that the inevitable exposures to your object of addiction can be anticipated with healthy responses. Antidepressants might be given. ...Read more

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How is addictive personality disorder treated?

How is addictive personality disorder treated?

With care: "addictive personality disorder" does not exist in the dsm-iv. But addiction itself is best treated in a comprehensive program involving mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual care. Some personality patterns may lead to difficulty, which can be dealt with in personal therapy. 12-step programs are also helpful in addressing common issues. The whole program is much larger than this, though. ...Read more

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I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

Beats me: An answer to your question requires a full medical and psychiatric history, and lots of questions about your growing up, your experiences, your reactions to those experiences. These questions need a therapist who spends the time with you and gains enough of your trust to give you some answers. Freud's oral theories really arent believed anymore. No quick answer is gonna help you. Get a referral. ...Read more

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How can I convince doctor to prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)? I have mild-severe social anxiety. Tried SSRI's didn't work.I do not have an drug addictive personality.

How can I convince doctor to prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)? I have mild-severe social anxiety. Tried SSRI's didn't work.I do not have an drug addictive personality.

Some doctors won't: prescribe Xanax (alprazolam) (benzodiazepine - can be habit-forming). If SSRIs not helpful, venlafaxine is worth trying. Propranolol is an option. Therapy is best and can help change negative thoughts, improve self-confidence, and gradually work up to facing anxiety-inducing situations. Skills training and role-playing practice for social skills improve comfort and confidence relating to others. Best regards. ...Read more

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Dramatically changing his personality! how do I stop his addiction which is dramatically changing his personality?

Dramatically changing his personality! how do I stop his addiction which is dramatically changing his personality?

Changing others: I agree with dr. Fowler here -- it is not possible for you to "stop his addiction" if he does not see this as a problem. However, you can take good care of yourself by attending a 12-step program for friends & family of addicted people, and encourage him to attend a 12-step program. Sometimes planned interventions can be helpful -- you need a professional moderator & a plan for immediate care. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is my personality so addictive and how can I overcome this?

Help docs? Why is my personality so addictive and how can I overcome this?

Nobody knows: But early life trauma and genetics probably play major roles in most people. There are many paths to overcoming it, but all involve some form of psychological therapies, as well as finding more supportive and healthier people to be in your life. Specific addictions need specific treatments, so it depends on whether you are talking alcohol, drugs, gambling, spending, sex. See a therapist to start. ...Read more

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What are 4 reasons addiction to drugs and alcohol can change your personality?

What are 4 reasons addiction to drugs and alcohol can change your personality?

1 reason for change.: Homework assignment? Will discuss 1 reason. When a person develops more & more of a singular focus, it excludes other things from their life. They may not have time for family or friends. They may miss work or church, family outings etc., because they are either using, trying to get the subtance to abuse or recovering from substance use. This means that other people & things loss importance. ...Read more

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I can't find a concrete answer anywhere; is Marijuana addictive or not? And what if the smoker has an addictive/obsessive personality?

I can't find a concrete answer anywhere; is Marijuana addictive or not? And what if the smoker has an addictive/obsessive personality?

You haven't looked: Marijuana dependency (addiction) is a diagnostic term used by both the DSM in the US, and the World Health Organization guidelines elsewhere. You are on medications that indicate either a bipolar diagnosis or some form of thought disorder (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder etc.). Marijuana is particularly bad for you, and at your age affects your ability to learn, remember and intelligence. ...Read more

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Narcissistic personality in addition to need for startup high and attention addiction. Does anyone know of treatment?

Psychoanalysis: Question is a bit difficult to comprehend. What is the treatment for a narcissistic personality who craves a "startup high" and "attention?" not clear what a "startup high" means. In any case, it seems to me that the only established treatment for such a person is psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. ...Read more

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What are signs of addiction? (or, how can you tell if someone has a problem with addiction?)

What are signs of addiction? (or, how can you tell if someone has a problem with addiction?)

Sudden changes: Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain. Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination. Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness. Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare. Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands. Puffy face, blushing or paleness. Smell of substance on breath, body or cloth. ...Read more

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How do you tell someone that they might have an addiction?

Tell what bothers u: Pointing other person has a problem will create defensive attitude. The only thing you can do is to set healthy boundary for yourself - you can say I have a problem - whatever you are having issue with and give some rules and consequences. Learn how to detach from situations and follow through with consequences. ...Read more

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If someone has an addiction of some sort, is it ever appropriate to tell a friend about it?

It Depends: I can tell that you're concerned, or you wouldn't have asked the question. Have you told your friend of your concerns? He or she may not appreciate you sharing the issue and doing so, could cause resentment. It also depends on the nature of the addiction, like if you believe it could be life threatening. In that case, it may be better to involve family members who could be better able to help. ...Read more

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