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Can a person with an extensive history of psychiatric hospitalization ever become a licensed counselor if she gets her bachelor's in the field?

Can a person with an extensive history of psychiatric hospitalization ever become a licensed counselor if she gets her bachelor's in the field?

YES: Some of the best counselors I have personally known are people who have dealt with their "own demons"
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry (Definition)

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What is it like to be hospitalized in a psychiatric facility?

What is it like to be hospitalized in a psychiatric facility?

Individual experienc: Because each person is unique, being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility would be a little different for each one. But generally the person would be in a protected space where a good evaluation of his/her difficulties could happen, and where an effective treatment plan could be developed. A team of psychiatrists, nurses, psychotherapists, social workers, aides, etc would care for the person. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some psychiatric conditions that can be found in teens and lead to hospitalization?

Please tell me what are some psychiatric conditions that can be found in teens and lead to hospitalization?

Risk of harm: The main indication for hospitalization is usually that the patient presents a risk of harm to themselves or others. Suicidal thinking, aggression, mania, depression, and psychosis are common causes. ...Read more

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What will it be like to be hospitalized at a psychiatry ward? (I was told to be hospitalized for self harm and being suicidal)

What will it be like to be hospitalized at a psychiatry ward? (I was told to be hospitalized for self harm and being suicidal)

Depends on location: Psychiatric hospitalization varies depending on where you are hospitalized but typically these are locked units with restrictions on what kind of clothes you can have (no shoe laces, belts, etc). They also limit items you can hurt yourself with. You typically have patients to interact with, as well as nurses, social workers, therapists etc. You can have various different groups, be offered meds. ...Read more

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Am I better off hiding the real extent of my psychiatric problems from psychiatrists? I've had major depression for much of my life, including a few hospitalizations. After a suicide attempt five years ago, my then-psychiatrist asked me to seek psychiatri

Am I better off hiding the real extent of my psychiatric problems from psychiatrists? I've had major depression for much of my life, including a few hospitalizations. After a suicide attempt five years ago, my then-psychiatrist asked me to seek psychiatri

Full: Full disclosure of your history is key to successful treatment. Be completely honest with your doctor about your past, your issues with previous doctors, and what you think went wrong. Hopefully the doctor will be able to sort through all the issues and come up with an appropriate treatment plan; if not then ask for a direct referral to someone who can help you.
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Why are psychiatric drugs bad for you?

Why are psychiatric drugs bad for you?

They arent.: They aren't as long as they are used as directed ...Read more

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Does psychiatric meds causes false drug test?

Does psychiatric meds causes false drug test?

No: Those don't falsify drug test, but yes they r control substances already included in the drug test list. ...Read more

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Can the occult take over you once you take psychiatric drugs?

Can the occult take over you once you take psychiatric drugs?

No way: Taking medications for a mental or nervous condition does not make you a Zombie or a tool of the devil. They can help you get well and live a fuller life. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I'm taking psychiatric medicines, how long before they start helping?

I'm taking psychiatric medicines, how long before they start helping?

Depends: It depends on the medication and condition. Some medications work quickly. Others may take days, or even weeks to work (for example antidepressants can take up to a month to start to show an effect). ...Read more

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Please describe the top five most commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs?

Please describe the top five most commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs?

2010 data: 2010 data show that by number of scripts written in us, the only psych drugs in the top 25 are Alprazolam (@#10), zolpidem #12, citalopram #17& sertraline #19. ...Read more

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What is a personality disorder and can it be treated by drugs / psychiatry?

What is a personality disorder and can it be treated by drugs / psychiatry?

Enduring Patterns: A personality disorder is a mental health condition in which an individual exhibits enduring behaviors and experiences associated with significant stress or disability deviating from social expectations especially in relating to others. Personality disorders are inflexible and pervasive across many situations. Ttreament is usually some form of psychotherapy combined with medication management. ...Read more

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Does Psychiatry medicines increase androjen? When I was 16 a had a very feminin body but now I have very thick torso and wide shoulders

Does Psychiatry medicines increase androjen? When I was 16 a had a very feminin body but now I have very thick torso and wide shoulders

Medication effects: Risperdal and Invega are two psychiatric medications that are known for having hormonal effects, but it can't really be said that all psychiatric medications will have such effects. There are many things that can affect hormones and physical changes, and usually lab tests done by a primary care doctor or endocrinologist can help sort it out. ...Read more

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My girlfriend tells me she can't have kids because of taking too many psychiatric medicines for mental reasons. Psychiatric reasons. Is this true?

My girlfriend tells me she can't have kids because of taking too many psychiatric medicines for mental reasons. Psychiatric reasons. Is this true?

Hard to say: Some of the psychiatric medications are known to trigger birth defects in a percentage of exposed fetuses. There are also many psychiatric medications that have little effect on the fetus. If she could switch to a med with less problems childbearing might be less worrisome. However, it sounds like she is not aware of this possibility or not interested in the idea. ...Read more

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Why are psychiatric drugs prescribed if peoplee are afraid of chemical lobotomy?

Why are psychiatric drugs prescribed if peoplee are afraid of chemical lobotomy?

Chemical lobotomy?: Most doctors prescribe medications in order to help people with painful symptoms and illnesses -- not to render them stuporous or otherwise impaired. I agree with dr. Fowler's comments. Psychiatric medications do have side effects, yet there can be reasonable balancing of desirable effects vs problematic ones. Above all, a working patient-doctor partnership is needed. ...Read more

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Which are some of the psychiatric drugs that have amphetamine-like effects?

Which are some of the psychiatric drugs that have amphetamine-like effects?

Several classes: The two major stimulant classes are amphetamine and methylphenidatep, each of which has several different delivery forms. Methyamphetamine once was used but rarely is now. Caffeine is a weak stimulant. Modafanil has properties much like stimulants but is longer acting. Bupropion is an antidepressant that works on the same system as stimulants. ...Read more

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Why some people think psychiatry isn't real branch of medicine?

Why some people think psychiatry isn't real branch of medicine?

Defensiveness: I agree with dr. Omrani about ignorance being a big reason. Some people have remarkable abilities in this area. Another is defensiveness, because they are frightened of "those" people with psychiatric problems. It's easier to dismiss an issue than to delve into and understand it. People often do dismiss psychiatry -- until they or their family members need help. Then, the light may dawn. ...Read more

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Is prescribing psychiatric medicine to children is good or bad thing?

Is prescribing psychiatric medicine to children is good or bad thing?

Depends: It really depends on the situation. Medications can be dramatically helpful for many conditions, when carefully prescribed by a trained child psychiatrist. On the other hand, there seems to be a trend towards over-prescribing of medications such as antipsychotics, stimulants, and antidepressants, sometimes off-label, and potentially with severe and unwarranted side effects. ...Read more

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What are the different drugs that can be used for psychiatric problems?

What are the different drugs that can be used for psychiatric problems?

Hard to Answer...: Very difficult question to answer briefly. There are many different medicines that are used in psychiatry, and these are grouped into several categories. The most well known are the antidepressants. Other groups are the antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizing meds, stimulants, and antianxiety meds. Some meds fall into more than one category. ...Read more

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What should be done to my drug seeking behaviour beside psychiatric help?

AA or NA: You may benefit from involvement with alcoholics anonymous or narcotic anonymous. Also, if you are familiar with celebrate recovery that also has been well received by several individuals I have worked with that have contended with substance abuse. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Could I use a free online psychiatric chat to get a medicine for a social event I have that is anxious for me?

Could I use a free online psychiatric chat to get a medicine for a social event I have that is anxious for me?

Try CONCIERGE: This is HealthTap BASIC, where you post simple questions and get free, brief, informational answers from U.S. doctors; not medical care and not conversations with doctors. Try our premium CONCIERGE service where you can have private virtual consultations with doctors. For psychiatry, it is UNLIKELY for a patient to get medication unless there is an ongoing relationship between patient and doctor. ...Read more

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Do psychiatric drugs have metabolites that stay on your body. Do they have an affect after all the half life is over?

Some do, some don't: Many different medications are used in psychiatry. Some have "active metabolites" and some don't. Generally speaking, newer meds are less likely to have active metabolites. Another issue: the effect of some meds persists even after the med is gone. For example, antidepressants take a couple weeks to start working — and also a couple weeks to stop, even after they are no longer taken. ...Read more

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What is the difference between psychopharmacology and psychiatry? Would a psychopharmacologist help more in finding the correct medicine?

Definitions: A psychopharmacologist is typically a psychiatrist who identifies as having studied psychiatric medications in significant depth and has a very technical approach to medication management. If someone is looking for purely medication management and possibly has had difficulties finding a helpful medication in the past, then a psychopharmacologist is a good option to try. ...Read more

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Why do I feel pissed off whenever I exercise? Its supposed to make relaxed like it did in the past before I took and stopped any psychiatric drug.

Why do I feel pissed off whenever I exercise? Its supposed to make relaxed like it did in the past before I took and stopped any psychiatric drug.

Interesting: This might depend on what type of exercise you're doing, or whether you might be using any performance-enhancing substances. Another question might be whether the issue for which your doctor prescribed medications is coming back? It could be helpful to talk with your psychiatrist about this and get to the bottom of it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Can I be wrongly prescribed psychiatric medicine? How to get out of this trap? I've been through too many and fear I will never be the same again.

Can I be wrongly prescribed psychiatric medicine? How to get out of this trap? I've been through too many and fear I will never be the same again.

Too little info: Without knowing what kinds of problems you're having and what medications you've taken, it's impossible to answer your question specifically. Broadly, not everyone even with severe psychiatric problems needs medications--and those who do don't always benefit. If you're feeling trapped, consider getting a second opinion, maybe from a psychologist, about the nature of your problem. ...Read more

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If one took many psychiatric drugs that interfered with sleep can one eventually return to normal sleep patterns immediatelyafter all drugs are gone?

If one took many psychiatric drugs that interfered with sleep can one eventually return to normal sleep patterns immediatelyafter all drugs are gone?

Immediately?: It's very hard to answer your question, because I don't know what drugs we're talking about, how long you've taken them, or what conditions you're dealing with. All these issues are important and could affect sleep quality. Also some medications are unsafe to stop suddenly, and must be tapered. I see Clonazepam on your medication list, and this one should definitely not be stopped suddenly. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why people have so many complaints about psychiatric medication on online forums and websites. Are these drugs designed to heal you?

Is there a reason why people have so many complaints about psychiatric medication on online forums and websites. Are these drugs designed to heal you?

Treat symptoms but: Psych meds are not designed to "heal" but this is because we don't know how to heal most mental illness with drugs. They are designed to reduce symptoms but can have many & serious side effects. Of course most of those taking these meds are anxious/ depressed/paranoid & when they find a drug does not cure them & causes significant side effects they are prone to complain. See my comment:. ...Read more

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Does psychiatric medicine withdrawal leave your neurology all messed up until you take three medicine again or something to replace it. Will it recove?

Does psychiatric medicine withdrawal leave your neurology all messed up until you take three medicine again or something to replace it. Will it recove?

Yes, you will: Recover if u decrease very slowly the medications one by one, together with the doc who prescribed the meds. If u have stopped all ur meds cold turkey on ur own, ur brain & body have readjust 2 quickly & withdrawal sx can be pretty awful to endure. Pls: go back 2 see ur doc, establish an entrusted relationship. If u feel s/he is not the best 4 u, find somebody else, u have 2 proceed w/ a dr. Best. ...Read more