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What is the criteria to be admitted into a pediatric psych ward at a children' hospital? Anorexia, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation.

What is the criteria to be admitted into a  pediatric psych ward at a children' hospital? Anorexia, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation.

Many: factors can lead to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization . The decision to admit is based on the danger posed by the condition and the determination that it cannot be managed on an outpatient basis. Preventing harm is one goal but hospitalization can be required to conduct a proper diagnostic evaluation and to initiate treatment that will allow the patient to be safely cared for outside the hosp. ...Read more

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Should I see the school's psychiatric services?

Should I see the school's psychiatric services?

Probably: If you'reasking, it probably means that something is going on that is troubling you. Schools fortunate and foresightful enough to have school-based services can make it much easier for students to come by and get an opinion about what is troubling them. The clinics do not interact with other parts of the school administration, so your conversations are confidential. ...Read more

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What does formal intervention, inpatient care, outpatient care, and relapse mean medically?

What does formal intervention, inpatient care, outpatient care, and relapse mean medically?

Multiple terms: These terms often arise in the context of alcoholism & substance abuse -- chronic, difficult illnesses to treat. There can be a formal intervention involving one's family & friends with a professional skilled in the process of showing the person what his/her behavior is doing. Inpatient & outpatient care are venues for treatment. Someone may relapse (go back to using) in course of illness. ...Read more

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Looking for binge disorder help--psychologist or who?

Looking for binge disorder help--psychologist or who?

Tailored Treatment: There are many things to consider before coming up with a plan of treatment. In general, eating disorders are most effectively treated by a group of specialists working together closely in the patient's best interest. Typically, treatment involves help from medical, mental health and nutrition specialists. Good places to begin seeking more info & help: http://www.Anad.Org and http://www.Myedin.Org ...Read more

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Which health care professional should I visit for ADHD evaluation?

Which health care professional should I visit for ADHD evaluation?

MANY OPTIONS: Pediatrician (if age appropriate), some general physicians, doctoral level cinical psychologist, neuropsychologist or a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Under what conditions should I see the school's psychiatric services?

Under what conditions should I see the school's psychiatric services?

When you think of it: Depending on the school psychiatric services can be helpful with a variety of problems ranging from trouble studying to suicidal feelings. If you have a problem that you think even might benefit for psychiatric help its worth exploring these services which are usually free. Obviously if you feel great psychological distress e.g. Have suicidal ideas or sufficient anxiety the it interfere in fucntio. ...Read more

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How to get behavioral psychiatric services without health insurance?

How to get behavioral psychiatric services without health insurance?

Pay for them: Lots of practitioners of behavioral therapy are not covered with insurance and accept only direct pay. If that's not feasible, depending on the need, if this is for a child, the school may authorize and pay for behavioral services through an individualized education plan (iep). Also, if you meet criteria, public insurance (medicaid) may pay for such care. ...Read more

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What's the criteria for admission to a psychiatric ward?

What's the criteria for admission to a psychiatric ward?

Risk, Deterioration: One general criteria that would lead to consideration of hospitalization has to do with a sudden and increasing risk of harm to self or others. The other main consideration has to do with deterioration of functioning to the point that a person can no longer function in accomplishing daily activities. ...Read more

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Can a mental health counselor provide ongoing counseling to a patient without a diagnostic assessment?

Can a mental health counselor provide ongoing counseling to a patient without a diagnostic assessment?

Depends: If treatment of psychopathology is the goal, there must be a diagnosis. If a person only wants feedback about their thoughts and feeling then yes. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is ptsd a neurological (brain) disorder or a psychological (mind) disorder?

Please help docs! is ptsd a neurological (brain) disorder or a psychological (mind) disorder?

PTSD and causes: Research is showing that ptsd has affected certain parts of the brain, which is associated with symptoms of ptsd. Treatment is usually psychological in nature, as other research (such as emdr and mindfulness) shows that there can be actual structural change in the brain as a result of treatment. ...Read more

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Is an adjustment disorder with depressed mood considered a medical disability?

Is an adjustment disorder with depressed mood considered a medical disability?

Not likely: I agree with my colleague that "disablity" depends on what the condition does in the person's life. Adjustment disorders come in response to a stressor, and usually last no longer than 6 months (unless a very chronic, ongoing stressor). With help, the person is usually able to deal with the stressor so that it no longer dominates life -- and life can move on, along with fruitful occupation. ...Read more

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What health practitioners treat bipolar disorder?

What health practitioners treat bipolar disorder?

Many : Psychologist, psychiatrist, family doctor, neurologist, neurodevelopmental physician. Usually, the treatement is done through a team approach, using as many resources as are available in the patient's community. ...Read more

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Please describe the treatment goals for borderline personality disorder?

Please describe the treatment goals for borderline personality disorder?

Symptom management: I usually focus on symptom management. Feelings of instability or intense emotionality are of primary concern. Relationship goals are closely related to the expressed symptoms. ...Read more

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What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

Psychiatric eval: Psychiatric evaluation would be the first thing you need here, to determine the most likely diagnosis that could explain your symptoms. There are various medications that help mood disorders, psychosis, and anxiety; psychotherapies are important treatments in all of those and in conduct disorder. You can receive comprehensive treatment once we understand what's wrong & what's needed. ...Read more

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Please answer! what mental illness has symptoms of over attachment and attention seeking behavior?

Please answer! what mental illness has symptoms of over attachment and attention seeking behavior?

Personality Disorder: 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

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Need to know about substance abuse and mental health services?

Need to know about substance abuse and mental health services?

12 step programs: If you are in massachusetts you can come to my office on fridays. You can find help in 12 step programs. http://nami.org/ - national alliance for mentally ill would have resources you can find out about. ...Read more

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Whoqualifies for residential mental health treatment centers?

Whoqualifies for residential mental health treatment centers?

Level of care: Honestly there is considerable variation from place to place about how this works. However if you want to get a sense of how things "ought" to work you should search for the "level of care and utilization system" of the american association of community psychiatrists. It is a bit complicated but covers the factors that determine medically appropriate residential care. ...Read more