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How exactly can a chemical imbalance cause mental illness?

How exactly can a chemical imbalance cause mental illness?

Neurotransmitters: Our brains operate on two principles: chemistry and electricity. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals used by our brains to produce all movements, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Common chemicals include serotonin, dopamine, and adrenaline (more than 100 brain chemicals are known). We believe mental illness occurs when brain chemicals get out of balance. Treatment is intended to restore balance. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Tripp
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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


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They say mental illness is like any other disease, but what other disease can you cure by just looking at things differently?

They say mental illness is like any other disease, but what other disease can you cure by just looking at things differently?

Migraines, TMJ: The mind and body are connected. Chronic pain, drug abuse, migraines, tmj, obestiy, infertility, erectile dysfxn, fibromyalgia, gulf war syndrome and HTN have been treated with some success w/ cognitive therapy or 'looking at things differently' in combo w/ other tx. Hypnosis has been used to treat warts, some rashes, allergies, asthma and irritable bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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How can you define mental illness behaviour or just plain odd behaviour from people that just have different ways of doing things ?

Odd behavior: is not an issue unless it interferes with your success at work, school or with interpersonal relationships. if the issue has persisted for more than 6 months you may just be dealing with a personality trait or style. Psychopathology requires that one is at risk for harm to self or others. I hope this is a useful starting point ( without delving into specifics) ...Read more

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What are the dangers of neglecting mental illness?

What are the dangers of neglecting mental illness?

It can get worse: Whether primarily psychological or biochemical, mental disorders tend to ripple out over time and affect more and more domains of our lives. With so many new and effective treatments available-both psychological and medical, mental health practitioners have a renewed sense of hope and excitement about what we can do to better our patients lives . Someone need not be afraid to seek help. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop feeling really guilty for having a mental illness when there are so many struggling with physical illnesses ?

We are not perfect: After practicing medicine for over 20 years now, I have come to the realization that we are not perfect entities that develop disease only because of some type of wrong that we either do to ourselves or someone does to us, we are all pre-programed to have something go wrong. What goes wrong depends on our specific genetics, whether it be mental illness, heart disease, cancer..acceptance is key. ...Read more

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Is it true that women are more prone to mental illness than men are?

Is it true that women are more prone to mental illness than men are?

No: I don't know that there are any studies or statistics, but I believe it is more that women are more open and willing to seek help for mental and physical illness ...Read more

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Help, what type of mental illness is it to think that everybody is against you?

Varies: Many psychotic disorders can cause persecutory paranoia, most commonly schizophrenia. Some severe forms of depression can be associated with similar paranoia. Some people's paranoia is a personality trait, some so severe that it qualifies as a personality disorder. All can benefit from treatment. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have mental illness?

Be more specific...: "mental illness" is a very vague label. It can be as minor as having a phobia of fish to severe psychosis (a disconnect from reality). None of us are totally "normal". The question is do your symptoms significantly interfere with your life? Please be more specific. If unsure, consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Fantasizing about torture and murder turns me on. Is this a mental illness?

Fantasizing about torture and murder turns me on. Is this a mental illness?

Fantasy vs reality: There are few things that are less glamorous than most homicides -- stupidity, confusion, often-senseless despair, and two lives gone. Although many (most?) people's sexual fantasies involve dominance / control stuff, often really wild, there's a mental health issue if (and maybe only if) you feel a compulsion to hurt yourself or someone else or a serious fear you may do this. Ask someone u trust. ...Read more

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Is there a mental illness that causes someone to be really creative?

Creativity & Illness: Mental illness doesn't cause creativity (we make a diagnosis when there is worsening of functioning and creativity is a positive attribute). However, some conditions such as a manic state in bipolar disorder may enhance creativity. In addition to creativity, someone in a manic state may need no sleep, may become more productive but may also become angry easily. Consult a physician for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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