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Is there any kind of psychotherapy that can help improve mental retardation?

Is there any kind of psychotherapy that can help improve mental retardation?

Not exactly: Mental retardation does not change but social skills and ability to cope in the world with "slowed learning" could improve through behavioral modification ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Mental Retardation (Definition)

Mental retardation is an old fashioned term now replaced with the term “Intellectual Disability”. It is defined as a measured intelligence below the normal range (less than 70) combined with inability to perform activities of daily living . For this designation a person must, in addition to having low measured ability, be significantly limited in at least two of the following areas: self-care, communication, home living, social/interpersonal skills, self-direction, use of community resources, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. The four degrees of intellectual disability are mild, (IQ between 55-70) moderate,(between 35 and 50) , severe and profound. In the severe and profound ranges individuals have language, communication and motor impairments and cannot be tested. Profound disability, is usually associated with a neurological condition. In addition to the categories of mild, moderate, severe, and profound, categories are sometimes used to designate those intellectually disabled persons who can benefit from some degree of academic training. Those designated "educable” can handle academic work at a third-to sixth-grade level, and usually have IQs that fall between 50 and 75. The designation “trainable” refers to those who can progress as far as second grade work and can live in a sheltered string without one on one constant care. It is important to know that a measured IQ is not as important as the access to and ability to respond to emotional, ...Read more


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Interested to know if people with mental retardation know that they are retarded?

Interested to know if people with mental retardation know that they are retarded?

Some do some don't: Most older kids and adults will be aware of their learning and performance difficulties when they have milder forms of intellectual impairment. The more profound the impairment, the less likely they are aware of the ramifications. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

One is slang: handicapped covers a whole spectrum of developmental disabilities where retarded is vulgar and no professional uses that term anymore ...Read more

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Which psychotherapy would be more appropriate to help me out with the three voices I have in my head? And what kind of medication could be useful?

Which psychotherapy would be more appropriate to help me out with the three voices I have in my head? And what kind of medication could be useful?

Voices: If you are hearing voices in your head you need to seek immediate help from a psychiatrist and therapist. There is treatment for this condition but there are many medications that may help. Please see a psychiatrist and/or therapist for this condition to get the correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is reiki a type of psychotherapy?

Is reiki a type of psychotherapy?

No: Reiki is a japanese healing art based on the manipulation of a "life force energy" by the practitioner. ...Read more

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Is transactional analysis some type of psychotherapy?

Yes: Popularized by eric berne in the 1960s, ta is an updated, more "user friendly" variation of freudian psychotherapy. Wikipedia has a good, long entry on ta: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/transactional_analysis. ...Read more

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Is psychotherapy considered a form of rehabilitation, except for mental health?

Is psychotherapy considered a form of rehabilitation, except for mental health?

Psychotherapy: I see psychotherapy as a specific type of health behavior intervention. I suppose in a very broad sense, it is rehabilitation. Depending on the type of psychotherapy, assignments are given for the patient to complete. Sometimes this can be specific behavior and/or changes in thinking processes. Also, the patient needs to be the one doing most all of the "work". Thanks for stimulating this view. ...Read more

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Is cbt a form or type of psychotherapy?

Is cbt a form or type of psychotherapy?

CBT stands for: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and it is a form of psychotherapy. It is focused on the here and now and not analytic. Thinking generates feelings and it is focused on changing self talk / thoughts. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Psychotherapy has limited my capacity & increased intensity of symptoms. I no longer feel safe with therapists. Help outside of mental health system?

Psychotherapy has limited my capacity & increased intensity of symptoms. I no longer feel safe with therapists. Help outside of mental health system?

Psychotherapy has: limited your capacity for what? Symptoms can increase as treatment progresses but then can subside. Maybe you left treatment too early or were w/someone who was not a good match. Cognitive behavioral therapy may be a better type of treatment. Lifestyle changes in nutrition, exercise, etc. may be an alternative. Please see your doc. Spectracell lab in TX has a nutrition test. Peace & health. ...Read more

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Discuss role of stress, psychpathology and psychotherapy on mental diseases?

Discuss role of stress, psychpathology and psychotherapy on mental diseases?

Interactive: Psychopathology refers to harmfully unusual psychological qualities of the person caused by biology and traumatic learning histories. Stress consists of a response to upsetting events that triggers or worsens pathological factors. Psychotherapy aims to teach coping for unchangeable factors, de-condition negative factors that were learned, and strengthen positive factors already present. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Psychotherapy (Definition)

Psychotherapy is one treatment strategy for a variety of mental health conditions. It has also been shown to help a variety of chronic medical difficulties such as chronic pain. There are a variety of therapy types including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), psychodynamic therapy, & interpersonal therapy. Certain therapy is better suited for ...Read more