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Is it fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren

Is it fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren

A : A good court evaluator would take into consideration all aspects of the parental care of the minor child. It is certainly understandable that the circumstances described would create great stress for the custodial parent and could contribute to the mood disorder described. However, if that parent had custody for 16 years, it is reasonable to assume that the child is at least 16 years of age and certainly in many state jurisdictions has a say about which parent he/she wishes to live with. It is not stated why the long term custodial parent lost custody nor what the nature of the alleged abuse might have been. These are the very factors, especially the adolescent's viewpoint that a competent evaluator would be taking into account. ...Read more

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Can my controlling parents have psychological problems?

Can my controlling parents have psychological problems?

Of course. but: There may be little you can do about their problems other than caring prompts that you wish they's find ways to feel more content. It's so much more important that you pay attention to your quality of life. If you feel that you could be doing better but can't do it yourself, find help of some sort. Most folk have left over issues from their childhood that need to be overcome. It's possible. Best! ...Read more

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What's a good way to handle this when my parents won't seek psychological help?

What's a good way to handle this when my parents won't seek psychological help?

Some suggestions: Since you are 46 i assume your parents are 60 - 70+. It is hard to make your parents get help. Here are a few back doors you can knock on for help. Alert elder services in their town to the issues and see what they have to offer. You can call their primary care physician and let them know that you are worried about their mental health. They will listen and may have ideas. ...Read more

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Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children  to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

The AAP, in your: Hometown, has a healthy child app that addresses sleep issues. In many cultures, the "family bed" is a necessity. Infants who learn to fall asleep in their own beds by 1-4 months consolidate sleep & night-wake less. Co-sleeping can impede a child's development of independent self-calming skills, if it's not a cultural norm. Family therapy would help everyone get to sleep in his/her own bed. ...Read more

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What psychological effects could my 3 year old have due to the absence of both his parents for two years?

What psychological effects could my 3 year old have due to the absence of both his parents for two years?

Separation anxiety: A 3 year old is old enough to have bonded to both parents, assuming both have been consistently in his/her life. But he/she does not yet have abstract reasoning or the cognitive ability to understand "why" the parents are gone. And ability to soothe self is not fully developed. All these areas could lead to difficulty later. Results depend a lot on who'll care for the child during this time. ...Read more

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How do I open up to my parents about my psychological problem (diagnosed by amateur ra)?

How do I open up to my parents about my psychological problem (diagnosed by amateur ra)?

Tell your doctor: This is important. I am not clear is your are saying amateur RA to mean rheumatoid arthritis or if something else is meant by ra. I am sure your parents love you and want to help you. If you do not feel you can directly go to them to get help, consider help from your doctor, a teacher , a minister or other religious figure that is meaningful to you or other community mental health resource. ...Read more

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16 yrs 6 ft 3 and everybody laugh on me,i'm so close to suicide my parents are like 5 ft 9 Psychologically i'm Done i have nothing to lose, HELP ME?

16 yrs 6 ft 3 and everybody laugh on me,i'm so close to suicide my parents are like 5 ft 9 Psychologically i'm Done i have nothing to lose, HELP ME?

You are not alone: My dear. All life including yours is precious. At your age with this issue it can be very painful as people can be so cruel. Coming from a former fat kid who was always teased and bullied I know your pain. It's not you with the problem. It is those who say and do hurtful things to you. Please call 800 273 8255 now. There is someone there who can help you. You have a whole life of greatness ahead ...Read more

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Can a child get bipolar disorder by having two psychologically different parents?

Can a child get bipolar disorder by having two psychologically different parents?

Not usually: Having very different parents by itself is not a risk factor and can even be considered positive.However its all in the delivery. The match between the parental personalities and yours is crucial. Its long been argued that giving mixed messages, putting children in binds of allsorts and a nnegative environment can contribute. Great questions to explore in therapy. ...Read more

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Looking after my aged parents is the most emotionally taxing job i've ever done. How do I keep going without getting psychologically affected myself?

Looking after my aged parents is the most emotionally taxing job i've ever done. How do I keep going without getting psychologically affected myself?

Caring for parents: It's important to also ask for help from others so that you get appropriate sleep, time "off, " and emotional support. There may be local support groups in your area, and you could find out about them. Local hospitals and clinics (including geriatric physicians' offices or home nursing services) may be able to direct you to these. Don't try to do it all alone! make sure you care for you too. ...Read more

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What typically happens during a psychological evaluation?

What typically happens during a psychological evaluation?

Battery of tests: A psychological eval usually starts with a clinical interview in which the examiner works to develop a history on the client, gather the client's perception of current dysfunction, and develop rapport. This may be followed by self-report and/or examiner administered tests. The types of tests will depend on the referral question. A report is generally written and feedback provided to he client. ...Read more

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What is a Psychological Evaluation and why is one performed?

What is a Psychological Evaluation and why is one performed?

Pdychological: A psychological evaluation is conducted by a psychologist and usually involves asking about a person's history and symptoms and performs psychological tests. Usually there is a question, symptom or problem ti which the psychologist is trying to find an answer and make recommendations. ...Read more

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Do you need to have an official mental status evaluation to take over parents finances without their consent?

Do you need to have an official mental status evaluation to take over parents finances without their consent?

Legal Issue: Obtaining durable power of attorney over one's parent's finances is a legal issue. The laws regarding such matters differ from state to state. In the process of obtaining control of one's parent's finances without their consent, they would both need to be deemed incompetent by the court. Competency can only be determined by an official mental status evaluation. ...Read more

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What happens if you were a parent with a child with special needs what would you want to know about special education (sped laws, the process of evaluation, etc)?

What happens if you were a parent with a child with special needs what would you want to know about special education (sped laws, the process of evaluation, etc)?

Special Education : There are federal guidelines for children with special education and state regulations. The federal regulations can be found at http://idea.ed.gov/. Information on 504 plans can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html. You can also look up the regulations that your state has made on top of the federal mandates. ...Read more

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What are the difference bewtween the mcmi-iii and the mmpi psychological tests? Can you tell me what is the difference between the mcmi-iii and the mmpi test and which one is the best one for a psychological evaluation for custody? I heard they don't use

What are the difference bewtween the mcmi-iii and the mmpi psychological tests? Can you tell me what is the difference between the mcmi-iii and the mmpi test and which one is the best one for a psychological evaluation for custody? I heard they don't use

The : The mcmi-iii is the millon clinical multiaxial inventory (3rd edition). This test helps assess psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders and psychosis. Since it was developed for hospitalized mental patients, psychologists need to be very familiar with this test and careful about how to interpret the scores on the regular population. The mmpi is the minnesota multiphasic personality inventory. This test also assesses psychological and personality disorders like the one above, but has been developed for and is more commonly used in the general population. This is the third most-used test in the field of psychology behind iq and achievement tests. ...Read more

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My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?

My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?

Excellent question: Start w/family doc. He/she will probably have appropriate referrals for you. You may see a neurologist to rule out medical conditions. Ultimately a clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist will be helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What can I do to get a complete psychological evaluation?

What can I do to get a complete psychological evaluation?

See a psychiatrist: A psychiatrist can conduct a complete evaluation using a standard interview such as the scid to determine if you have a psychiatric diagnosis and can refer you for further psychological testing for such disorders such as adhd. ...Read more

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Brianna has tried different medications with varying results, usually side effects which she doesn't like. Her doctor is pushing medication or a psychological evaluation. Brianna is looking for another means of managing her moodiness.

Brianna has tried different medications with varying results, usually side effects which she doesn't like. Her doctor is pushing medication or a psychological evaluation. Brianna is looking for another means of managing her moodiness.

Feeling Good: There are several types of depression and moods. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. ...Read more

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Do adoptive parents bond well with child?

Do adoptive parents bond well with child?

Definitely: If the child is placed with loving parents who have compassion.Love.Patience and understanding.Babies and children want love. Adoptive parents are motivated to nurture and love their adoptive babies/c?Hildren. ...Read more

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Where can I get my mother in law psychologically evaluated? Not sure if she is early alzheimers or something else. She is on Medicaid

Where can I get my mother in law psychologically evaluated? Not sure if she is early alzheimers or something else. She is on Medicaid

Start with PCP: In most states people on Medicaid must have a primary care provider, and that is the place to start. It requires more than neuropsychological testing, since there are many medical conditions that can mimic Alzheimers, some of which can be more effectively treated (hypothyroidism, central nervous system infections, vitamin deficiencies, brain tumors etc). Your PCP should know how to work up/refer. ...Read more

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Is it legal for a parent to slap his child in the u.S.?

Is it legal for a parent to slap his child in the u.S.?

Yes but: Each culture defines what its usual forms of acceptable parenting include. Within the American culture, you may be carted off to jail for child endangerment if your neighbor reports this kind of "parenting". Less so if you slapped the kids rear end, but you cross the wrong taboo here and you will need a lawyer. ...Read more

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