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Behavior modification theory suggests that we can change behavior. How?

Behavior modification theory suggests that we can change behavior. How?

Reward The Positive: Behavior modification theory is based on a simple idea: reward positive and ignore negative behavior. Often used in parenting children. An example: 2 children are playing side-by-side sharing their toys are verbally praised and 5 minutes is added to their play time, a third child refuses to share and is placed in a brief time-out effectively ignoring the negative behavior. Consistency is the key. ...Read more

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Psycho therapy or behavior modification techniques , which one is more effective for phobias?

Psycho therapy or behavior modification techniques , which one is more effective for phobias?

Both are great: Psychotherapy can involve many forms of treatment including behavior modification. Cognitive-behavioral therapy in particular with exposure therapy is often very effective to treat phobias. See your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you. ...Read more

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Is drug use a big cause of irrational and impulsive behavior?

Is drug use a big cause of irrational and impulsive behavior?

One of Many: There are many possible explanations for irrational or impulsive behavior. Substance abuse (including alcohol) is certainly responsible for a great many problematic behaviors. If one has a concern about unexplained irrational or impulsive behavior a consultation with a professional is a good idea. ...Read more

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Restructuring the brain/mind and eliminating behavior patterns, is it possible?

Restructuring the brain/mind and eliminating behavior patterns, is it possible?

Yes.: Some brain imaging studies using spect, pet and functional MRI scans have shown that psychotherapy and meds change the brain at the microscopic structural level in several ways. In one study, psychotherapy was shown to increase the density of serotonin receptors in the brain; whereas, an antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) caused changes in the way Dopamine receptors bind to a central part of the brain. ...Read more

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What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?

Yes: There are many out there. This is one that i know of: http://morningsiderecovery.Com/addiction-treatment/video-games/gaming-addiction-treatment.Php. ...Read more

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Is impulsive behavior the first sign of future suicidal or homicidal behavior?

Probably not: The first signs of suicidal or homicidal behavior tend to be either depression or a general lack of concern for the well-being of others. While someone that impulsive may make a decision the harm themselves or others, we are more interested in suicidal or homicidal thoughts as a precursor to such behavior. ...Read more

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Is stimlulus-response example of how behavior reinforcement works?

Is stimlulus-response example of how behavior reinforcement works?

Classical v. Operant: Stimulus-response theory relates to pavlovian or classical conditioning (think about the experiments with food, a bell, and salivation). Behavioral reinforcement is a part of what is called operant conditioning (sometimes called "instrumental conditioning). A behavior is strengthened by a reinforcer provided in response to the desired behavior. To learn more, read about "conditioning.". ...Read more

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Is avoiding the company of others considered a personality disorder?

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Is avoiding the company of others considered a personality disorder?

Avoidance: No, unless it is pervasive & affects your social & interpersonal & daily functioning. ...Read more

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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

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What is non stimulant response impulsivity?

What is non stimulant response impulsivity?

Are you asking if : Impulsivity, a symptom of adhd responds to non-stimulant medications, like atomoxetine or long-acting guanfacine? Each child's response is different, but there's ~ 65% chance these will work. Stimulants (methylphenidate & amphetamine) work 80-90% of the time for symptoms of both inattention & hyperactivity/impulsivity. Long-acting Guanfacine can be given with a stimulant, also. ...Read more

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Is passive aggressive behavior associated with any psychiatric disorders? Also, is such behavior associated with any long term health risks?

Is passive aggressive behavior associated with any psychiatric disorders? Also, is such behavior associated with any long term health risks?

Good question: In dsm-iv it was personality disorder unless part of maj depression or dysthymia. Millon divides it into 4 types. Vacillating, discontented, circuitous ; abrasive when part of other troubled personalities. It is a style, not a disease. Long-term health risks would seem to be difficulty utilizing medical care well in addition to poor relationships with most other people. ...Read more

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Is it possible that drug use cause irrational and impulsive behavior?

Certainly, while the: user is high on methamphetamine or if the user has a " swiss cheese" brain from micro-strokes caused by " meth." Drug-seeking behavior can also be quite irrational. Many other examples come to mind-PCP, Cocaine, LSD..for example ...Read more

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Masochistic personality disorder is the new name for masochism or meanness?

Masochistic personality disorder is the new name for masochism or meanness?

No: There's no "masochistic personality disorder", but self-defeating personality disorder was in the dsm iii (it's not in dsm iv). It describes people exhibiting a pervasive pattern of self-defeating behavior occurring not only in response to abuse. They feel unworthy of being treated well and, as a result, treat themselves poorly and unwittingly encourage others to make them suffer. ...Read more

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What is REM behavior disorder and can a non medical professional mistake it with seizures?

What is  REM behavior disorder and can a non medical professional mistake it with seizures?

REM behavior: In rem behavior patients act out their dreams. During the rem stage of sleep normal individuals are able to turn off all spinal motor activity. In rem behavior patients loose that ability so they move while dreaming. Seizures are due to an abnormal electrical discharges of the brain. Changes in behavior seen at post ictal state after a seizure may be mistaken for a patient showing rem behavior. ...Read more

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Is "betrayal without any shame" a typical behaviour on borderline patients?

Is "betrayal without any shame" a typical behaviour on borderline patients?

Yes : Due to their stressful childhood and lack of coping skills- BPD pts attack others and have little regard for their feelings, moods, thoughts. Stay away or limit contact with such people. Set clear limits with them and stand behind your word. They will respect you for it. Dont be afraid to contact the police or fire dept if need be. ...Read more

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Impulsive behaviour is bipolar or is ADHD usually?

Impulsive behaviour is bipolar or is ADHD usually?

Either or neither: Impulsvie behavior by itself is indicative of neither.Severerity of problem, length of symptoms and other coexisting factors will contribute to the underlhying diagnosis.If symptoms are severe seek professional help. ...Read more

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Is there a behavior modification technique that gives a child confidence?

Is there a behavior modification technique that gives a child confidence?

Techniques: Is this in all areas of functioning, or just novel or specific situations? Kids know when something is hard for them by kg. "i can't" often avoids a task or direction. Break the task down into parts & say "i'll help you, but i won't do it for you, " if the task is age-appropriate. Ignore the protests; wait 2-3 minutes & calmly re-state "it's time for you to.."not yes, you can!" practice! ...Read more

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Can someone describe passive aggressive behavior for me?

Interaction style: Passive/aggressive behavior is a way some react when asked to do something they do not really like but believe they cannot outright refuse to do. Instead, they have a negative attitude, "forget" to carry out tasks, or make careless mistakes. They often are critical of authority & alternate between outright hostility & contrition. If chronic, it is called passive-aggressive personality disorder. ...Read more

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What kind of behavior is an organic personality disorder?

Yes: This is an older term. It refers to a situation in which someone has had an insult to the brain (i.e., infection or physical trauma). This results in personality characteristics changing - most often being an exaggerated representation of previously dominate traits. ...Read more