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What to do if I have a mental disorder?

What to do if I have a mental disorder?

Seek help: from your doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Take care. ...Read more

Psychology (Definition)

The formal definition of psychology is: the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context. The mental characteristics or attitude of ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a mental disorder?

No single answer: Mental disorder is a broad term, like "disease, " there is no single set of symptoms that define it, except that it affects behavior and or thinking in ways that cause the person to have trouble functioning on a day-to-day basis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a mental disorder or something?

Get evaluated: Two factors determine illness: symptoms and dysfunction. If the symptoms have a negative impact on your life like interfering with work, relationships or enjoyment of life I would seek help ...Read more

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What if i was to have a mental disorder would i know it?

What if i was to have a mental disorder would i know it?

No problem: That dose is within acceptable limits. Make sure advil (ibuprofen) is taken with food to minimize the risk of GI problems. ...Read more

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Which mental disorder is characterized by someone believing only in their own reality?

Which mental disorder is characterized by someone believing only in their own reality?

Human State: Without being facetious, i'd say this is the state of most humans -- whether we realize it or not. Most of us are shocked when others see things differently from us. Think of all the household arguments you've ever seen; the stalemate in our congress; wars, etc. We walk around with our opinions of others, forgetting that we only see a portion of reality. In this way, we're all delusional. ...Read more

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Mental disorders are diseases?

Yes: Mental disorders are diseases, not a moral failing. If you have any issues, please consult your doctor as effective treatment may be available for the disorder. ...Read more

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What are some mental disorders?

What are some mental disorders?

There are the usual: psychological responses to life such as transitory moderate depression or anxiety. Then there are major mental illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, etc. The website of the American Psychological Association will tell you more in a practical way. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How are mental disorders diagnosed?

How are mental disorders diagnosed?

Mostly by history.: There are no reliable biological tests for diagnosing any psychiatric disorder, nor do psychological tests suffice to make or rule out a diagnosis. Clinicians use a combination of personal and family history plus current signs and symptoms to determine if someone has such a diagnosis. The "rules" are in the diagnostic and statistical manual, which is about to change to the 5th edition in 5/13. ...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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Is necrophilia considered a mental disorder?

Is necrophilia considered a mental disorder?

Yes: Necrophilia (the erotic attachment to corpses) is a paraphilia. Paraphilias are recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors generally involving nonhuman objects, the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner, or children or other non-consenting persons -- occurring over at least 6 months. For some, sexual arousal is possible only with the preferred fantasy. ...Read more

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Are humans the only animals that suffer from mental disorders?

Are humans the only animals that suffer from mental disorders?

Maybe, maybe not: It would be hard to definitively document in animals, the same symptoms humans suffer. Diagnosis in humans requires a great deal of communication about complex experiences. Our language and understanding fail us, with animals. Still, seeming anxiety and repetitive behaviors show up in pets and other animals in captivity -- birds pulling out feathers, acral lick dermatitis & granulomas in dogs. ...Read more

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I have a lot of mental disorders in my relatives, so how high are my chances of joining their ranks?

I have a lot of mental disorders in my relatives, so how high are my chances of joining their ranks?

Minimal: Unless you want to join their ranks. New research indicates that genetic predisposition accounts for only 30% of a person's probability of having something manifest. The rest is environment. So eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, creating boundaries and fixing ways to not overreact to stress can all be immensely helpful. ...Read more

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Cannabis mental disorder effect?

Cannabis mental disorder effect?

Cannabis effects: Smoking cannabis can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. In some, it precipitates ongoing psychosis. In chronic users the adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off. Everyday users could be functioning sub-optimally all the time. ...Read more

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Is self-injury really a mental disorder?

Is self-injury really a mental disorder?

Self-injury: Self-injury can be part of several mental disorders -- and goes against health and well-being in all of them. Some choose this method to deal with emotional pain, but it leads to more suffering in the long run. Frequent self-injurers are often dealing with personal trauma and feel this provides some temporary relief. Please work with a psychologist or other mental health professional on this. ...Read more

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Could being lonely cause mental disorders?

Social isolation: social isolation can create depression which can be associated with anxiety as well. ...Read more

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Is having a severe phobia a mental disorder?

Can be.: A problem only becomes a disorder if it affects your ability to lead a normal life. If you find yourself unable to interact w/ people or accomplish the things you need to do the you have a disorder that warrants treatment with psychiatric medications, such as SSRIs. ...Read more

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Is enjoying paraphilia porn a mental disorder?

Is enjoying paraphilia porn a mental disorder?

Enjoying porn: Enjoyment of pornography can be an normal means of sexual arousal, and even couples may enjoy viewing pornography together. With the ever-present availability, accessibility and affordability of free porn on the internet, there becomes a risk that a person might become fixated on porn as the primary means of achieving sexual gratification. If so, help from a professional might be considered. ...Read more

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Help please! is anorexia a mental disorder or not?

Help please! is anorexia a mental disorder or not?

It depends: Anorexia (this word alone, mistakenly used sometimes as synonym of anorexia nervosa) is just a symptom, with different possible causes. But anorexia nervosa technically is defined as mental disorder. So we should know first which one you are referring to. ...Read more

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How is somatotherapy used to treat mental disorders?

Somatotherapy: Somatotherapy has generally been defined as the treatment of mental illness by physical means instead of psychotherapy. Physical means would be the use of treatments like drugs, electro-shock therapy (ECT) or surgical interventions. Most psychiatric interventions are either the use of drugs or ECT for drug resistant depressions. ...Read more

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Can street drugs trigger a dormant mental disorder?

Yes and no: street drugs, especially stimulus can stimulate or induce a psychosis, causing hallucinations, agitation and even violent behavior. It's usually not permanent, if the drugs are stopped. ...Read more

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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more