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Mental Illness Symptoms Checklist
Change in behavior: Mental illnesses can present in a huge variety of ways. Often signs include a change in behavior, change in school performance, becoming more withdrawn, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, etc. Talk to your teen consistently and let them know that if they ever need help you are there for support. ...Read more
Inauthetic: Inauthetic means that your data presented is not accurate or valid or if you take a psychological test, it may indicate that you provided conflicted information and the test is not valid, that's a strong word with deeper consequences, it needs to be analyzed in the context in which it was said. ...Read more
Please answer! What mental illness has symptoms of over attachment and attention seeking behavior?
Some personality disorders may cause a person to become overly attached to others, fear rejection and display attention seeking behavior.
On the other hand, even normal people can display these symptoms under very stressful circumstances. ...Read more
Was just curious if there was a mental illness that relates to or has symptoms that include anger or rage?
Personality disorder: Organic brain disorders, drug and alcohol disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia. Panic/ rage in men, intermittent explosive disorder, autism spectrum disorders, agitated depression, generalized anxiety disorder with high irritability, pms, rem parasomnias, dissociative disorders, and some culture bound syndromes like running amok. ...Read more
Depends on which: There are many different mental disorders and they each have their own typical time when they most often (not always!) first appear. Schizophrenia, for example, often first appears in the late teen years. Autism much earlier. Depression may appear in childhood but only reveal itself as bipolar later in life when a first manic or hypomanic episode happens. ...Read more
May not be simple: Your symptoms could certainly be discussed with one of our psychologists or psychiatrists, and you may find a Concierge visit to be extremely helpful. ...Read more
See a psychiatrist: It is best to go see a mental health professional who can make an appropriate assessment and diagnosis based on your presentation. Make an appointment soon, there is help available. Seek it. ...Read more
Clarification: It does not stand alone as a disorder. It is symptomatic among depressed patients, with Borderline personality disordered people, an attention seeking effort, or part of a social culture in high school. It definitely is always a communication tool. Seek help fro a qualified agency. ...Read more
What to do if I have been experinecing some symptoms of mental illness, or am I just being paranoid?
It depends...: Whether your symptoms are actually mental illness depend on what they are, their severity, and how much they impact your functioning. Your doctor or a counselor can advise you. ...Read more
Can psychological trauma become worse if not dealt with correctly? By that I mean, can symptoms get worse and can more mental illness develop?
Yes: If the trauma is really significant it can stay with you over time. It may lead to avoidance of certain situations, ^ anxiety, problems w sleep, ^ arousal. Some people may develop a condition called post traumatic stress disorder. It is best to accept professional help if you are struggling with past trauma. ...Read more
Question about mental illness, why do I always try to find somthing wrong with me? I'm constantly googleing symptoms then getting all worked up. I'm pregnant and seem to be getting worse. What can I do?
See therapist: It is impossible to answer such a question online. Everyone has individual issues. ...Read more
Psychosis: Delusional psychosis is a redundant term. Psychosis include hallucinations and/ or delusions. There are many forms of psychoses depending on the type of symptoms, length and severity of them, and the age group affected. All those elements are considered to reach a diagnosis in particular, and to determine the different etiologies, or causes, of the illness. ...Read more
Is it better for people to go untreated if they don't believe they have a mental illness? The antipsychotic have brought on more symptoms of distress
Better treatment: It is not better to go untreated, going untreated can be extremely dangerous. Talking to a psychiatrist and/or therapist about your concerns is vital. Antipsychotics can be hard to take but they can be a lifesaver. There are different antipsychotic meds, it's important to find the right one if that is what is needed. Don't give up on treatment. Best wishes to you. ...Read more
Can I get a brain scan to see if I have real mental illness? As in real I mean it shows up on the brain scan not just from self reporting on symptoms?
It doesn't exactly: Work that way. Most of the work of psychiatric assessment comes from interviews, history taking ; observation. Most of the time - brain scans are not required. ...Read more
Used to feel heavy eyed and slept right away when hit the sack. Now off 7 psych meds for sleep and psych symptoms. But no mental illness. How to sleep?
Sleep: Hope you have weaned off under md supervision, if you were on 7 psych meds most likely your illness is life long and you need to be on meds and therapy, not sleeping will bring on psych s/sx. ...Read more
My doctor said that I have anhedonia. Is it a core symptom of depression or it is indivisual a saperate mental illness?
Anhedonia: It is not a separate illness. It is a symptom, often, but not always associated with depression. It means an inability to take pleasure in normally pleasurable activities or experiences. Typically, a patient will describe a lack of feeling towards previously favorite foods, or hobbies, sex, etc. ...Read more
Can geodon (ziprasidone) give you symptoms of mental illness during withdrawal? Only problem is the insomnia. Does the sleep regulate again like it was before?
Geodon (ziprasidone): Geodon (ziprasidone) is an antipsychotic medicine. If you stop it, the psychotic symptoms could return -- and yes those could be symptoms of mental illness. Sleep could be dysregulated also. I really suggest you discuss this with the doctor working with you and prescribing your medicines. Be well. ...Read more
Can fear of abandonment be manifested as a key symptom in other mental illness besides borderline personality disorder?
Fear of abandonment: Is not unique to Borderline Personality Disorder which includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions and impulsiveness. It may occur in otherwise healthy individuals or in individuals who are anxious and/or depressed. Develop emotional self-reliance, positive self-esteem, self-confidence and realistic relationships. Therapy can help. Best regards. ...Read more
Hypothyroid. T3 (liothyronine) 1.8 (1.6-3) T4 16 (9-21) experiencing symptoms such as chronic fatigue, exhaustion, feeling faint, mental illness, etc really need help?
Need more info: It is a little challenging to answer as our thyroid test units here in the States are different from yours. But if we had the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), also known as thyrotopin, value we might be of more help, Consider writing back and adding that. You have a combination of conditions that can cause fatigue and exhaustion. I hope you can find some help. All the best to you. ...Read more
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
When I hear about manipulative behavior this could be a psychopathic person who wants to "get one over" on you or it could be someone with a histrionic personality who would be manipulative to get one's attention not for the purpose of exploiting the person like the psychopath.
Playing the victim can be from many different types of disorders (e.g. Trauma, borderline pd,) or just personality styl. ...Read more
See a psychiatrist: Psychiatrists are the physicians who specialize in helping people with mental disorders. You could consult one for an evaluation, and s/he would provide diagnostic findings and treatment recommendations. If you've not had a good overall health examination recently, you may also want to see your family physician for that. ...Read more
Many: Mental disorders are many. They ccover a whole medical specialty and several sub specialities.. the severity and the impact on daily functioning varies. Be more specific and we will try to answer more specifically ...Read more
I need to go see what mental disorder I have. I'm afraid I'm bipolar and embarrassed to admit to my symptoms?
Mental Disorder: Jenny, no need to be embarrassed. Doctors deal with this stuff everyday. It won't bother us and we don't share with anybody. Why don't you start with your regular doctor, tell him/her what is going on. If need be they can refer you to secondary care providers like therapists and psychiatrists if need be. It sounds like you don't want to feel like you do now, lets get it better, take that step ...Read more
Do you think I could be suffering from a mental disorder? Symptoms-extreme crying, worrying, anger, sad one minute happy the next, stress, suicidal thoughts, doomed feeling, high blood pressure, that has lead to cocaine use for 2 years snorting. For 1 yea
Hi.: Hi. I cannot diagnose your problem. It is not clear which came first, the drugs or the mood issues. Each can exacerbate the other. The mixture of cocaine, alcohol and smoking (tobacco? Marijuana? Hashish?) could be deadly. You stated that you are experiencing palpitations and high blood pressure now. The extreme mood changes might be related to the drugs you are putting into your system. Extreme mood changes can also be associated with certain personality types or mood disorders. One thing is for sure, if the substance abuse continues; if there is an underlying mood disorder - it will not improve. The best way to determine if there is an underlying mood disorder is to be free of all chemicals for at least three months. Your suicidal thoughts are of concern. If you have thoughts of killing yourself, a means or a urge to carry this through, you need to get emergency help. Whether you are actively suicidal or not, if you keep harming yourself with chemicals you have the risk of dying. I hope that you get professional help. You sound miserable and things could be much better for you. Take care. ...Read more
Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime (s) they commit?
It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from wrong due to a mental illness, then they are "not guilty by reason of insanity" (or similar language depending on the state). Most mental illness is not severe enough to meet this standard, and the "insanity defense" is actually used fairly rarely. ...Read more
"Pop" misconception: One of the cruelest things that you can do is tell someone with real mental illness to "snap out of it." things that are easy for most of us are very difficult for people who have brain anatomy or chemistry disturbances or whose life experience has forced them to learn behaviors and attitudes unlike yours. You have little insight when you dream; don't expect others to self-cure. Urge compliance. ...Read more