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Patient Mental Psychological
Atherosclerosis: Depends on site of hardening of vessels. If it is in the brain, might see forgetfulness & cognitive changes. ...Read more
On the type of problem and if their acute precipitating factors. Also patient support system and response to non medication interventions
What is the prognosis for a schizophrenic patient who is a 24 year old male with no family history of psychological disorders?
Schizophrenia often: Manifests in late teen young adult years. There are degrees of severity as well as types of schizophrenia. A real prognosis cannot be done on the net. Some folks manage very well while others are not so fortunate. The degree of cooperation with your son and his doctors is a major factor. Please don't blame yourself now or in the future. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Now I am in love I am also a psychological patient & taking Escitalopram 5 twice a day. But I'm losing control of my mind day by day. How to stop it?
See a therapist.: Being in love creates a lot of wonderful sensations. Sometimes, anxiety can give you a mix up feeling of dread and apprehension confusing the excited sensation that love brings. Talk to a therapist who can help you sort out your feelings. I hope that your love is requited by the lucky lady. ...Read more
Awesome question!: Recent study supports the emerging model that chronic stress exposure promotes oxidative damage through frequent and sustained activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. It also supports the less studied model of 'eustress' - that manageable levels of life stress may enhance psychobiological resilience to oxidative damage. Best regards. ...Read more
If a patient has had the procedure of a temporalobectomy on the right side of the brain; could a post surgical psycholgical effect be suicidal ideat.
Yes: This is often described by patients and I hope there are experienced psychologists who can help - even support groups! It may help to know that it's an effect and not really meaningful in terms of philosophy, etc. But Tx is essential! Best wishes. ...Read more
Mental Status Exams: As I mentioned earlier, the basic domains of a person's mental state include: appearance, attitude, behavior, mood and affect, speech, thought process, thought content, perceptions, cognition, insight, and judgment. These vital signs of a person's mental status are typically assessed during a mental status evaluation. Other domains may also be assessed, and specific tests may be done when needed. ...Read more
Not clear: Sorry, take a look at your question and try to rewrite it more clearly. ...Read more
Excellent question: There's no magic. But (1) learn to distinguish hunger (the gnawing feeling that tells you that you truly need to eat) from appetite ("Mmm! That looks GOOD! " "Eating something would make me feel good right now.") (2) There are some medical syndromes that make people eat compulsively. Medication can help these; seek specialist guidance. ...Read more
What do you think a mental health professional would do if a patient of theirs was in love with them?
"would" vs "should": Mental health professionals are people and "might" do many things: ignore it, exploit it, explore it, take pride in it, etc. What they "should" do is sensitively respect the patient's feelings while maintaining professional boundaries and clinical curiosity. Such feelings are very often due to transference; understanding the nature of the attraction can help a patient learn about themselves. ...Read more
Why do some mental patients kill themselves when confronted with loss and other mental patients kill other people?
Different illnesses: It's near impossible to specifically answer your general question aside from following: all "mental" patients are not the same b/c not all "mental" conditions/diseases are the same. In fact, they're all very different. Depression is what makes someone kill him/herself while paranoid psychosis can lead one to kill others. ...Read more
Did any lobotomy patients actually benefit from this? Or were they all failures that left people mentally incapacitated?
Lobotomies were: A form of surgery to control mental symptoms. They left the patient w/flat affect and less functional in terms of intellect and motivation. W/the advent of psychiatric medications the number lobotomies dropped markedly from the 1950s onward and are not done today. Other forms of brain surgery are performed but for medical reasons such as intractable seizures but this is not the same as lobotomy. ...Read more
Hello docs! Can you tell me what developments occurred with mental health institutions that helped mental health patients?
Over the years: There have been many advances. In the dark ages, people were warehoused in subhuman conditions. Today the trend is 2help people live in the least restrictive setting possible w' attempts 2 help them become contributing members of society. Psychotropic medications help make this possible. Unfortunately, many people go off their medications leading to a revolving door in & out of hospitals. ...Read more
When I did a mistake, I have a sense of guilt that is not normal, let say excessive. I am afraid, can allow mental or psychological damage.
Guilt: If you feel guilty for a normal mistake somehow you have learned from others to feel overly responsible for many of the errors we all probably make. You are being overly critical and harsh to yourself when you condemn yourself, ask friend for help in understanding when you overreact. Read the free articles on the soundmindz. Org website which address healthy perceiving. My best. ...Read more
Anything that consistently is fighting with a basic part, feeling of you can range from small to large effect on how you feel. The two to monitor are mood, sense of self.
However if you are asking, I cannot help think that a psychiatric evaluation would be the best move. Good luck. ...Read more
Fear of "mental" pts: If you mean why do people fear mental patients, there are all kinds of reasons -- mostly based in fear and ignorance. Mental illness has been stigmatized for generations. Seeing behavior which seems socially "odd" makes many people shy away, rather than try to understand. Also some mental illnesses people to their own need for help -- making it worse. Nami http://www. Nami. Org/ educates ; helps. ...Read more
Keep 'em functioning: Mental health clinics, public or private, offer counseling and medication when appropriate. Some mental health problems are 'curable'; others are 'manageable'. In either case, the goal of the clinic is to keep patients functioning and achieving their realistic goals. Oh yes, and a good mental health professional has a goal of getting a patient healthy enough to not have to come back. ...Read more
Safe and clean: There are multiple agencies (JCAHO, AHCA, etc) overlooking and regulating the medical as much as safety aspects of those institutions nowadays. Patient-staff ratios are specified by their rules and as long as they are prestigious and/or approved facilities, they are the optimal solution for patients who actually need them. Psychiatrists and other doctors visit patients daily. ...Read more