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How can mental health and emotional health affect someone's behavior?

How can mental health and emotional health affect someone's behavior?

Holistic approach: Mental and emotional improvement usually change individual' self -concept. Improved self-concept is positively affected someone's attitude and as a result his/her behavior. ...Read more

Mental Health (Definition)

Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...Read more


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Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Antisocial: Yes, it is. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. ...Read more

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Standards for abnormal behavior from mental health professionals?

Standards for abnormal behavior from mental health professionals?

Similar standards: Each mental health practitioner type has its own professional code, but there are important similarities. All should be compassionately present with you, maintaining both confidentiality and appropriate therapeutic boundaries. They should use your session time to address your needs as a patient, rather than their personal needs, etc. Divergence from these standards would be abnormal. ...Read more

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Which mental disorder are manipulative personality and playing victim symptoms of?

Which mental disorder are manipulative personality and playing victim symptoms of?

Psychopath: 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

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"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

Personality Disorder: This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders. They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia. ...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.

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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Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?

It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read more

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Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and asperger's all mental illnesses?

Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and  asperger's all mental illnesses?

Yes: All of the phenomena you list can be found in the DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association as recognized diagnoses. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Of course!: No further answer is really indicated here -- it's just an obvious "yes". If you are impaired cognitively -- for any reason -- you should get professional help. Similarly, if you have a "mental disorder", you should get expert professional help. ...Read more

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How are clinical psychology and mental health counseling different?

How are clinical psychology and mental health counseling different?

They are different: All sorts of professionals (social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists) can do mental health counseling, but only a licensed psychologist can do therapy and call it psychology. In order to become a licensed psychologist, one must get a doctorate in psychology and meet a number of other state requirements that other mental health professionals do not have. ...Read more

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Are emotional outbursts good for mental health?

Are emotional outbursts good for mental health?

It depends: It depends on what is meant by "emotional outbursts." sometimes people need to know the intensity and direction of your emotions -- like when someone's trying to harm you and you're screaming "no!" in ongoing relationships, it's healthier to find safe ways to discharge anger, aggression, etc until you decide how you want to deal with the person & situation. Our words & actions have after-effects. ...Read more

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How do social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder differ?

How do social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder differ?

The major difference: Is that with social anxiety disorder, the person is uncomfortable with the fact that they have difficulty in social situations and want the overcome the disorder. Someone with an avoidant personality disorder does not want to change or be around people. They are happy being a hermit. ...Read more

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Epilepsy and impulsive behavior; any relationship?

Epilepsy and impulsive behavior; any relationship?

Could be: Especially if you possess complex partial seizures. Discuss with your neurologist, but do not disregard possibility of medication adverse effect, especially if you are taking a Dopamine agonist. ...Read more

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Are mental health disorders curable?

Are mental health disorders curable?

Resolution: Typically mental health disorder are not thought of as curable. Rather, emotional issues and conflicts are usually though of as being better managed or resolved through psychotherapy/ medication as well. The symptoms, whatever they may be, ideally diminish in impact, but will always be there to a much lessened degree. Through psychotherapy one learns how to recognize triggers of emotional issues. ...Read more

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Help please! is depression and other mental health problems genetic?

Help please! is depression and other mental health problems genetic?

Depression Familial: While depression and other mental health problems are not technically genetic, it can be familial. If you have one or more 1st degree relative (mother, father, etc) with depression or another mental illness, you could be at increased risk for the condition as well. ...Read more

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Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

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

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What mental illnesses consist of having maladaptable personality traits?

Personality disorder: There are a number of different personality disorders. They include narcissistic , antisocial, borderline, avoidant, schizoid, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive types. ...Read more

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Can someone with a pervasive developmental disorder have antisocial personality disorder, too?

Can someone with a pervasive developmental disorder have antisocial personality disorder, too?

Possible not likely: Antisocial personality disorder implies an intentional disregard for right and wrong as well as the feelings of others. There is purposeful manipulation of situations to serve their needs and complete indifference to their difficulty of others. Those with pdd-nos may not be social and may seem to not be empathetic to others and to only be concerned about self but not truly intentional. ...Read more

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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more