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Beyond saddnedss: Period of two weeks where one experiences depressed mood or loss of interest and at least 5 of the following: disturbances in sleep (excessive most often), apathy, withdrawal, isolation, hopelessness, thoughts of death or suicide, lack of energy, impaired concentration, lethargy. Treated best with psychotherapy in combination with antidepressants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Homelesness: This is the shift or drift theory, meaning those who has severe mental illness are a t increased of losing your home and becoming homelessness or homekess predisposes or aggravate mental illness ? ...Read more
I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.
Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hand tremors, weakness, vision problems, fatigue, mood swings/depressed mood, stressed, dizziness, loss of balance trouble concentrating/ focusing?
You need evaluation: You need to be evaluated by a neurologist, a psychiatrist, an ophthalmologist, a gastroenterologist, and a psychologist for neuropsych testing. Yours is a very complicated case that will take a team of physicians or a very bright internist to diagnose. Please ask your general practitioner for referrals to the above specialties until a cause for all of your symptoms is identified. ...Read more
Subtle question: In mania, people subjectively feel their performance is superior when actually it is not--it becomes degraded by distractability and flighty thinking. Yet underlying cognitive capacity remains intact. Mild mania (hypomania) provide boosts of energy that multiply the effect of intelligence even though, once again, the underlying capacity remains unchanged. Untreated bipolar reduces net performance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impact on function: Until one finds a way to relieve or reduce the symptoms of mental/emotional/behavioral disorders they do indeed have an impact on functioning in many areas of life. Often that is a necessary part of the dx. It's not likely that the innate intellectual capacity would be diminished, but the performance level definitely could. Find effective tx - a combo of cbt talk therapy and meds may be best. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more
There are several : 100's of causes of Intellectual Disability beginning with inherited mutant genes & genetic accidents that occur during egg & sperm formation; epigenetic factors like viruses that alter function but not sequence or structure of genes; teratogens like alcohol, tobacco & drugs from 3 weeks after conception till term & beyond; maternal illnesses, , etc. See pediatrics.med.nyu.edu for much more. ...Read more
Yes, for a purpose.: The fight or flight response, anger or fear, can produce adrenaline that shuts down unnecessary functions so you can best fight your way to safety or run away from danger. That means shutting down unnecessary brain activities like your ability to retreive information from long term memory. You are supposed to be in self-defense mode, not reminiscing. ...Read more