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How do psychiatrists deal with a child planning on committing suicide?

How do psychiatrists deal with a child planning on committing suicide?

I think so: I know for sure they deal with that issue may be i will one deal with children's. ...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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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could taking valerian root help with my anger problems and panic attacks from school work?

Expert opinion please: could taking valerian root help with my anger problems and panic attacks from school work?

No.look-Homeopathic : Stimulates release of gaba and inhibits it's reuptake in the brain. They contain iridoid triesters difficult to standardize dosage's. They have weak sedative, antidepressant, and anti-convulsant, anti-spasmodic effects.[sakamoto, 1992]. Studies are of questionable quality. Valerian has been used in france&germany in homeopathic medicine for years. Not enough space to explain further. ...Read more

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Student with addiction problems to heroin////how to ask my parents for help?

Student with addiction problems to heroin////how to ask my parents for help?

Just tell them: The sooner you come out honestly about the full extent of your addiction the better. Be very careful of partial disclosure and half truths. It all or nothing deal. ...Read more

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Should a spouse with Alzheimer's attend the funeral of spouse?

Should a spouse with Alzheimer's attend the funeral of spouse?

Thanks for asking!: A spouse with alzheimer's disease should be able to attend the funeral of his or her spouse, unless there is concern for the safety of the living spouse or others due to extremely agitated, combative behavior. Other relatives & loved ones can help the surviving spouse feel supported & comfortable w/ the surroundings. ...Read more

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Does psychotherapy help young children who have had issues with sexual abuse?

Does psychotherapy help young children who have had issues with sexual abuse?

Yes it is extremely : helpful and important to help reduce the negative impact of sexual abuse on a child. Much of the therapy is carried out using play with toys, dolls and puppets to help the child express their feelings of anger, guilt and shame associated with the abuse. Find a licensed child psychologist with expertise in trauma work. ...Read more

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How can school counselors help with a student's mental and emotional problems?

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How can school counselors help with a student's mental and emotional problems?

School: Counseling helps students in many ways, such as daily coping skills, anger management, social skills, support for anxious or depressed kids, and help with educational needs. ...Read more

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I'm dealing with drug abuse and trouble coping during pregnancy?

I'm dealing with drug abuse and trouble coping during pregnancy?

Medical assisted tx: Is it trouble coping with the drug abuse during pregnancy or with the pregnancy itself? Opiate dependent pregnant women can be very safely and successfully treated with Methadone or Buprenorphine. Plus counseling and cognitive behavior therapy. Please visit your OB/GYN and ask for a referral or help finding an addiction specialist. ...Read more

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Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Not a Good Idea: You should not undergo tummy tuck surgery or any other type of elective surgery while in the recovery phase of addictions. Patients should be medically, psychosocially, financially stable prior to proceeding with any type of elective surgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My counsellor is leaving. new job.I have trauma and unresolved grief. Still in first stage no coping strategies yet. Regret trusting. vulnerable. Help

My counsellor is leaving. new job.I have trauma and unresolved grief. Still in first stage no coping strategies yet. Regret trusting. vulnerable. Help

Find the trust.: It's difficult when a trusted counselor or therapist is no longer able to work with you. That trust, that relationship, that rapport that has developed needs to be transferred to another, starting all over again. You need to find that trust, that rapport with another counselor. And you will. ...Read more

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4yrs anxiety.Gp suspects ocd&bipolar.Returning to therapy w/a new psychologist.Very anxious about dealing with these issues&seeing someone new? Help?

4yrs anxiety.Gp suspects ocd&bipolar.Returning to therapy w/a new psychologist.Very anxious about dealing with these issues&seeing someone new? Help?

New start: I agree with dr. Cohen, it is very important that you get on the right medication if you have ocd and bipolar. It is normal to be anxious about starting with someone new, especially if you have tried with someone who missed your diagnosis in the past. If you do get on the right medication you have a much better chance of dealing with these issues and having a better life. Good luck. ...Read more

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Registered addiction specialist question - do they work only with drug addicts, or with others such as chocolate addicts?

Yes: I am an addiction psychiatrist and i work with people who are recovering from any addiction or compulsive behavior, as well as anyone who has a family member with an addiction or compulsive behavior. ...Read more

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Advice for dealing with difficult family relationships over the holidays?

Advice for dealing with difficult family relationships over the holidays?

Holidays can be : challenging. Expectations R high and disappointments R common. If U have problematic relationships w' family members, plan shorter visits, meet a friend 4 coffee or lunch over the holiday vacation, take walks on your own, play w' the kids 2 avoid adult tensions, help w' cooking or clean up, avoid alcohol which lowers inhibitions and could lead 2 saying or doing things U may regret later. ...Read more

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Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction? Do they bond with family members?

Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction?  Do they bond with family members?

Schizoid PD: People with schizoid pd consistently lack desire for intimate human connection. They may have families and jobs, but keep people at a distance. They mostly appear cold and dull in affect. They would be unlikely to seem outgoing or socially engaged, but are able to respond to carefully selected others whom they need intensely. Some of these could be family. ...Read more

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25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

Not necessarily: I am a neurologist and to my knowledge your description of things is not sufficient to diagnose Asperger syndrome though certainly some features may be present. Other things should also be looked at and ruled out. I would be happy to help direct you in this regard. Write me-www.healthtap.com/DR-Saghafi ...Read more

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Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

How about patchwork: Quilt approach? Cbt is often practiced by any of the above providers. Cognitive behavioral therapy can yield excellent results. Psychiatrist can be invaluable when psychotropic medications are indicated. Take care. ...Read more

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I'd rather deal with the issues of my depression, anorexia, ptsd, self-harm & suicidal ideation myself than involve professionals, is this possible?

I'd rather deal with the issues of my depression, anorexia, ptsd, self-harm & suicidal ideation myself than involve professionals, is this possible?

You deserve help: I want to say this gently- if you were able to control and correct these symptoms, my guess is that you would have already done so by now. If what you have done to date hasn't worked, i encourage you to be open to accepting professional assistance. Take care. ...Read more

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Can psychiatrists do counseling and treat sex addiction?

Can psychiatrists do counseling and treat sex addiction?

Some: There are doctoral level clinical psychologists and some psychiatrists who specialise in the treatment of sexual addictions. Often times psychiatrists evaluate and prescribe medications and psychologists often provide counseling. ...Read more

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Should I see a therapist or a psychiatrist for this: valium abuse for 5 years, anxiety, especially social anxiety, depression, low self esteem? Thanks

Should I see a therapist or a psychiatrist for this: valium abuse for 5 years, anxiety, especially social anxiety, depression, low self esteem? Thanks

Yes: With such conditions and addiction, a patient should see both his primary care doctor and a psychiatrist. If necessary, the doctors may refer him to an addiction specialist. ...Read more

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How can I be more open and less fearful of my spouse in marriage counseling?

Marriage Counseling: Try to share your feelings in the session, tell your spouse and your counselor that this is very hard for you and that you are freightened. You will defeat the purpose of your being in therapy unless you can be forthcoming and this is an essential ability to maintain a close relationship. It is often very hard and you may also consider individual therapy for yourself to help. Best. ...Read more

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I think I have a problem with my marriage. Is it a good idea to see marriage counselor? Thanks.

I think I have a problem with my marriage. Is it a good idea to see marriage counselor? Thanks.

Yes: Yes, a marriage counselor may be able to help. However, it would be even better, if you both can agree to see the marriage counselor, individually and/or together. The counselor may be able to see the underlying issue that is causing problems and help you straighten them out. ...Read more

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Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??

Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??

Divided: Experts are divided on this question. However, regardless if any compulsive behavior is leading to distress and/or dysfunction, and you are not able to get a handle on it yourself in a reasonable period of time, or if there are urgent problems which can't wait, seek evaluation. Counseling can definitely help with "technology addiction", and in some cases medications may be useful. ...Read more

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Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Some could be: Internet addiction takes many faces and is becoming more common. It can be internet porn, cybersex, internet gaming & gambling, compulsive web surfing, etc. If you're using this to modulate mood and are doing it more than you intend, you may well have an addiction similar to use of a substance. Some types of counseling may be helpful. Here is a resource: http://www.Netaddiction.Com/. ...Read more

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W/out meds how can addiction be beat. CBT, docs, counseling?Why do some say you can w/out meds and others say you need meds? All tell me something dif

W/out meds how can addiction be beat. CBT, docs, counseling?Why do some say you can w/out meds and others say you need meds? All tell me something dif

What is the addictio: You probably wish there was a clear answer but there is not. Everyone's needs are different. It also will initially depend on what you are addicted to and whether you will need meds during withdrawal. Beating Ian addiction is very difficult and most who are successful are involved in some sort of counseling and/or support group. However, some need meds to help their moods during this process ...Read more

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What will the phrase "one day at a time" mean in addiction counseling?

What will the phrase "one day at a time" mean in addiction counseling?

One day at a time: One day at a time is a phrase that means a person with an addiction needs to focus on the present moment. Addiction leads a person to worry too much about what has happened in the past or what will happen in the future, and you can't change or control the past or future. But you do have the ability to make changes and good decisions in the present. Focus on the here and now. Live in the moment. ...Read more

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What's individualized vs group counseling for addiction?

What's individualized vs group  counseling for addiction?

2 parts of treatment: Counseling may be provided on a one to one basis (individual) or in a group. Most of the time, both kinds of counseling are necessary for successful treatment of substance abuse or dependence. ...Read more

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Marriage issues. No sex or intimacy in 8 years. Her needs are met, mine aren't. She refuses counseling. I don't want divorce bc of kids but can't take?

Marriage issues. No sex or intimacy in 8 years. Her needs are met, mine aren't. She refuses counseling. I don't want divorce bc of kids but can't take?

Marriage trouble: How do you know her needs are met? There are many marriage counselors out there, and one of the best is Mort Fertel. He has been through an extraordinary stress of multiple deaths of children, and drew on his life experience to help others. Start with his newsletter. He'll take you through it step by step, especially with a spouse who refuses counseling, doesn't think it's necessary, google him ...Read more

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Can psychiatrists do counseling and treat sex addiction?

Some: There are doctoral level clinical psychologists and some psychiatrists who specialise in the treatment of sexual addictions. Often times psychiatrists evaluate and prescribe medications and psychologists often provide counseling. ...Read more

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Once i finish my masters in psych, will my aggravated dui felony inhibit me from gaining employment in drug and alcohol addiction counseling?

Once i finish my masters in psych, will my aggravated dui felony inhibit me from gaining employment in drug and alcohol addiction counseling?

Hopefully not: As dr. Front mentioned, licensing laws vary from state to state. It's not unusual for professionals in addiction counseling to have had personal issues with addiction so employers in this field are unlikely to hold it against you. Congratulations on putting this behind you & training to help others! i advise you to learn about the physiological aspects of addiction as well. See my comment:. ...Read more

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If I have an addiction, should I get counseling for my family?

Priority you now: Taking responsibility for your behavior and being open is the first step - you can set an example by doing the right thing for yourself and your family next. ...Read more

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Must all mental health problems and addiction be treated together?

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Must all mental health problems and addiction be treated together?

Better together: Boils down to it is real hard to fix one, without fixing the other. Addiction is a mental disorder. Many, if not nearly all, psychological symptoms can get worse with recreational drug use. It is not effective to spend time and money on treatment of one while ignoring the other. They are tightly connected through the one and only brain you have. Treating them together makes the most sense. ...Read more

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My sister has a gambling problem and a pill addiction, how to help her?

My sister has a gambling problem and a pill addiction, how to help her?

Addicted sister: I'm sorry to hear about your sister's difficulties. Has she acknowledged a problem in either of these areas? This affects what you can do. If she's open to it, you could attend some gamblers anonymous meetings with her. See http://tinyurl.Com/camw3oa for meetings -- info there can educate you too. Regarding the pills -- will she let you meet together with her ; her doctor? Might be a help. ...Read more

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Not wanting sex is causing a lot of problems in my marriage. Could this be because of menopause?

Not wanting sex is causing a lot of problems in my marriage.  Could this be because of menopause?

Yes: Loss of libido is one of the major issues during the peri menopause and menopause years. See a physician that is well versed in good balanced hormone replacement and get the hormone balance optimized. Losing sex drive is reversible in a good solid relationship where sex is important for both. ...Read more

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Gambling addiction -big problem, what to do?

Seek help: Gambling addiction was recently recognized as a serious issues. If you're ready to get help you can start with Gamblers Anonymous. Visit their web page for more information on meetings near you at www.gamblersanonymous.org There are also treatment programs that can work with you as well. There is hope and admitting you have a problem is a big step to getting better. ...Read more

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Is computer addiction something you should tell someone when you see it's a problem? Please advise!

Yes: It is an addiction like any other. Working with a therapist can help curtail use and set more effective limits on screen time. ...Read more

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Iam 21 years old. I have diabetes since 11 years. After the marriage which problems i will phase. Any cares is there, and explain do s and donts?

Iam 21 years old. I have diabetes since 11 years. After the marriage which problems i will phase. Any cares is there, and explain do s and donts?

Do understand: Don't jump to conclusions. Diabetics can live long, healthy and productive lives, as long as you are careful to eat right, watch your sugar levels, and take your medications as directed. If your potential spouse can't accept that then it's their loss. ...Read more

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Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more