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Jim Carrey Mental Illness
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
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
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
How do you mean it?: I suppose the folks handling decisions are the best ones to ask, but i really can't imagine how severe bipolar disorder would not qualify as a disability - at least partial. However, many bi-polar people do work even though it is difficult. But, if you mean: can i hold an employer to blame for being diagnosed as bi-polar, probably not. ...Read more
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
Yes: Historically, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have both been known as "severe mental illnesses". This wording can be important as receiving help from mental health centers sometimes is predicated upon meeting the definition of "severe mental illness". You used the word serious and bipolar disorder meets that definition too. The risk for suicide or homicide is what makes it so serious. ...Read more
"Pop" misconception: One of the cruelest things that you can do is tell someone with real mental illness to "snap out of it." things that are easy for most of us are very difficult for people who have brain anatomy or chemistry disturbances or whose life experience has forced them to learn behaviors and attitudes unlike yours. You have little insight when you dream; don't expect others to self-cure. Urge compliance. ...Read more
Difference: In terms of computers, mentally retarded would be a very weak chip and a small hard drive. Mental illness would be like many programs inadequate to deal with life - some with a base in brain chemistry, others with experiences and development. We used to call retarded "dumb", and we used to call mental illness "mixed up". ...Read more
Most Do: The best estimates of the effect of psychiatric disorders on employment come from the national comorbidity survey. This survey suggests that in men with a psychiatric disorder are about a 10 - 15% less likely to be working than those without a disorder. The effect in women is a bit less. So the answer is most do work. ...Read more
Possible: There are genetic predispositions for some mental illnesses. A consultation with a geneticist would give you more specific answers. ...Read more
Docs, could a mental illness skip two/three generations, say from grandparents to great grand kids?
I'm 17, extremely broke, no health insurance, no family that can help, (have "serious" mental illnesses) how can I get mental help?
Antisocial: Yes, it is. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
It's possible: The criteria for mental illness disability is set by the state. Generally any disability must be severe enough to impair various life functions (work, school, relationships). Borderline personality disorder, when left untreated, can be quite debilitating to ones life functioning. One has to go through disability evaluation process. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Same meaning.: They are interchangable terms.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can I be declared to have a mental illness disability for borderline personality disorder in tennessee?
Can a brand new mutation produce a mentally ill child, if both parents don't have mental illness?
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