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Can meditation improve memory and mental clarity permanently?

Can meditation improve memory and mental clarity permanently?

Possibly: Studies are finding evidence that daily meditation not only improves memory and mental clarity, but it also may thicken parts of the brain's cerebral cortex responsible for decision making, attention and memory. For example, in one study subjects who meditated 40 minutes a day showed this structural difference in the brain. And, the difference was most pronounced in older subjects. ...Read more

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How are clinical psychology and mental health counseling different?

How are clinical psychology and mental health counseling different?

They are different: All sorts of professionals (social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists) can do mental health counseling, but only a licensed psychologist can do therapy and call it psychology. In order to become a licensed psychologist, one must get a doctorate in psychology and meet a number of other state requirements that other mental health professionals do not have. ...Read more

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Define health psychology?

Define health psychology?

See below...: Health psychology is a specialty area that focuses on how biology, psychology, behavior & social factors influence health & illness. Assessment & therapy are formulated to study the mind/body connection & facilitate healing. ...Read more

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How do psychiatrist, psychologist, and mental health counselor differ?

How do psychiatrist, psychologist, and mental health counselor differ?

Therapy vs meds: Speaking very generally, most psychologists hold either a PhD or a PsyD degree (I hold both) and practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists hold either an MD or a DO degree, and they prescribe psychotropic medications, and generally do not do all that much therapy these days, but years ago psychiatrists would do both. Social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists all do counseling/psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Define health psychology please?

Define health psychology please?

See below...: Health psychology is a specialty area that focuses on how biology, psychology, behavior & social factors influence health & illness. Assessment & therapy are formulated to study the mind/body connection & facilitate healing. ...Read more

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Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

All roads lead2rome: Which one to see? Or which one to become? See the one you like the best, feel most comfortable with & feel has ur best interests in mind at all times. Also helpful to see one who has some connection to a doc should you need medication in treatment. Which to become depends on your area of interest, & the legal requirements for study & practice in your area. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Of course!: No further answer is really indicated here -- it's just an obvious "yes". If you are impaired cognitively -- for any reason -- you should get professional help. Similarly, if you have a "mental disorder", you should get expert professional help. ...Read more

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Depression, anxiety, paranoia, memory loss, confusion, trouble concentrating, vision trouble, seeing and hearing things. ?

Depression, anxiety, paranoia, memory loss, confusion, trouble concentrating, vision trouble, seeing and hearing things. ?

Very serious : You need to be evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. The symptoms you describe are very serious and need to be treated. It is extremely important that your condition be accurately diagnosed so that the appropriate treatment can be provided. The differential diagnosis is broad and ranges from a medical cause to Schizophrenia versus Substance-Induced Psychosis. ...Read more

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Are emotional outbursts good for mental health?

Are emotional outbursts good for mental health?

It depends: It depends on what is meant by "emotional outbursts." sometimes people need to know the intensity and direction of your emotions -- like when someone's trying to harm you and you're screaming "no!" in ongoing relationships, it's healthier to find safe ways to discharge anger, aggression, etc until you decide how you want to deal with the person & situation. Our words & actions have after-effects. ...Read more

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How can dementia affect an individuals physical mental and social state?

How can  dementia affect an individuals physical mental and social state?

Eventually impaires : All areas of function in this question eventually become effected more or less. No one answer. The type of dementia plays a big role in these areas. Fronto-temp. Dementia often starts at earlier ages and is often mistaken as a primary psychiatric condition as cognition is relatively spared in early stages but behaviors may be very inappropriate. Disability may be needed which becomes another issue. ...Read more

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Describe health psychology?

Describe health psychology?

Health psychology: Is a specialty area that focuses on the relationship between the psychological & physiological processes that impact an individual's health & well-being. Health psychologists are trained to know about the disease processes & physiology, & help patients manage chronic disease & avoid preventable diseases using psychological theory and research methods to assist patients maintiain healthy behaviors. ...Read more

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How can mental health and emotional health affect someone's behavior?

How can mental health and emotional health affect someone's behavior?

Holistic approach: Mental and emotional improvement usually change individual' self -concept. Improved self-concept is positively affected someone's attitude and as a result his/her behavior. ...Read more

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Standards for abnormal behavior from mental health professionals?

Standards for abnormal behavior from mental health professionals?

Similar standards: Each mental health practitioner type has its own professional code, but there are important similarities. All should be compassionately present with you, maintaining both confidentiality and appropriate therapeutic boundaries. They should use your session time to address your needs as a patient, rather than their personal needs, etc. Divergence from these standards would be abnormal. ...Read more

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Can multi vitamins provide mental alertness?

Can multi vitamins provide mental alertness?

Not quite: Intellectually, question is intriguing, as this gets into medical foods, a prescription product. Vitamins must be chemically altered in the body to become biologically active. As we age, we may lose this ability, and become demented, with an elevation of homocysteine. Active folate, (folic acid) and b-12 can restore the balance and improve cognition in these patients, but does not really enhance alertness. ...Read more

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Teen mental health disorder app available?

Teen mental health disorder app available?

Pefrhaps: Try my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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Does keyboard tapping constantly help improve your mental state of mind?

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Does keyboard tapping constantly help improve your mental state of mind?

Tapping: Done in moderation, it helps focusing and grip strength. ...Read more

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What constitutes mental retardation?

What constitutes mental retardation?

Legal definition: According to the individuals with disabilities education act, intellectual disability (formerly mr) is "significant subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period, that adversely affects a child's educational performance." idea 2004, public law 108-446. ...Read more

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Is ADHD a mental impairment?

Is ADHD a mental impairment?

It is a functional i: To get any "diagnosis " there needs to be functional impairment , if there is no impairmant then it does not warrant a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Spiritual causes of mental disorder?

Spiritual causes of mental disorder?

What do you mean?: What do you mean by "spiritual?" this is not a term that is often used by mental health or medical practitioners when discussing the various causes of mental disorders. Usually we speak of "biopsychosocial" causes. But, to explain mental disorders we consider all aspects of a person, including one's religious or spiritual beliefs. Certainly, what one believes affects one's mental health. ...Read more

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