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Psychological Treatments For Physical Disorders
As many as possible: There are so many disorders, that it is hard to generalize, but I believe they all can benefit from good cognitive methods. There are also many varieties of tx. If your therapist thinks a med eval is a good idea, they will refer for a consult. If meds are not needed, they should be avoided imho. They have side effects and often understanding yourself better will help a lot. Find one you trust. ...Read more
58 yr. Old-chronic, constant belching (since 2012). No apparent determinable digestive or other physical cause. Deemed Psychological. Rx'd Xanax (alprazolam). Other Treatment options? Nothing so far has worked.
Yes: Try smaller meals and avoid sodas.Get a more detailed answer ›
My brother is 28, he has borderline IQ and has Bipolar disorder from 20 years old. What is best psychological treatment for him?
Therapy: I would suggest basic behavioral therapy.Get a more detailed answer ›
Probably counseling: That can be tailored to the type of codependency one is dealing with. That could mean aa or alanon, na, perhaps gamblers anonymous, maybe eating disorders programs. Depending on the seriousness of the codependency psychiatric consultation or medication might be needed. A very broad range of interventions potentially are involved in the process. ...Read more
Number of ways: Erectile dysfunction has many causes the most common is possibly psychogenic one has to rule out physical causes, diabetes, some drugs and narcotics, a number of neurological conditions affecting the spinal cord endocrinological illnesses especially low testosterone etc. Psychotherapy and medications such as viagra (sildenafil) or localized injections may work. ...Read more
Is it possible to cure some psychological problems through osteopathy treatment? Getting back to shape. Relaxed and so on.
Improve not cure: Certain psychological conditions have physical manifestations in the body especially the paraspinal muscles. Osteopathic treatment can diminish those aspects, relieve stress and help an individual feel more relaxed. They may then be more able to deal with their issues more effectively. ...Read more
I just realized I have psychological trauma from a extremely frightening experience with a recreational drug. What kind of treatment do I need?
Evaluation 1st: An evaluation of your problem is needed before determining the best treatment -- they're not "one size fits all." best to see a psychiatrist first. Some drugs can trigger psychosis, and it doesn't go away when the drug leaves your system. Medications and/or talk therapy may help; the doctor will be able to suggest once s/he hears about your experience and how things are now for you. ...Read more
CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy (with or without psychotropic medication) can be very effective. ...Read more
Controversial: The effectiveness of psychological treatments are still being debated. Hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, stress reduction counseling, psychosocial counseling, meditation and guided-imagery techniques have all had some success. It is not yet possible to predict which patients will respond to this type of treatment. A close doctor-patient relationship is also helpful. ...Read more
Are there any treatments for terminal viral illnesses that induce hallucinations/other psychological effects? Answer please!
What is the treatment of erectile dysfunction secondary to psychological trauma due to a distressing sexual experience?
Sounds a little like: PTSD, but such a dx needs to be made by a sex therapist, or psychologist with experience with sexual trauma. ED, if all physical causes have been eliminated, is largely about anxiety, in your case probably about potentially emotionally revisiting the trauma, triggered by sexual stimuli. The tx is relaxation, sensate focus, and desensitization--standard tx's for anxiety, applied to sexuality. ...Read more
I am experiencing feeling anxious (worsened by: psychological stress), restless (tossing and turning) sleep, nervousness and difficulty sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress, varying sleep schedule) what treatment can be prescribed for me?
Yes - it can: Situations can become more complex if there is a mix of chemical abuse and psychiatric illness. The degree to which one commits to wellness and compliance with treatment are also major factors. ...Read more
What other then psycological issues can give a 16 year old erectile dusfunction and what kind of treatment is there other then pills is it temporary?
With guidance: Cognitive behavioral therapy has helped many people, and I hope it can help you too. However, one should never change or discontinue their medication regimen without the supervision and guidance of the prescribing physician. Best wishes! ...Read more
Are some allergies psychological, at least to an extent? I want to use mint for aroma therapy, but I feel slightly allergic.
Allergic symptoms can be aggravated by psychologic factors. If your nose is already inflamed by allergic reactions, irritants such as strong odor may trigger nasal symptoms.
A recent study found that stress itself increased the size of the allergy skin test response (but would not lead to a positive reaction if one is not allergic). ...Read more
Told here that gay conversion therapy would be psychologically damaging. Would that be because it's ineffective or why would it cause emotional harm?
Trying to be another: Excellent question. Trying to become something one is not can lead to unhappiness. But so can working toward change, which can be difficult and challenging, and involve anxiety and strain on relationships and family. Some "conversion therapy" approaches are abusive and traumatizing as well. They can also delay engaging in a process of acceptance and adaptation, for long-term fulfillment. ...Read more
Both: Addiction to any substance implies that the body has not only become physically habituated to it, but a behavior change has also happened. Rather than using the substance sporadically, now the person pursues the substance and continues using it despite overt harm to his/her own life, relationships, and career. Tolerance has developed, and the person needs more for same effect. ...Read more
I've had Lyme disease for 15 yrs. Never been treated. I am35 waiting on my treatment wht should I expect physically?
Symptoms?: If you are blood test positive (western blot as a confirmatory test) and have no symptoms, it is not clear if you need treatment at all. ...Read more
I know that doctors are not totally in agreement as to whether obesity is a disease. What about whether obesity is psychological or physical?
Excellent question!!: Obesity is a condition that may result from another illness but it almost always will lead to "secondary" illnesses such as hypertension, type ii diabetes, degenerative joint disease, reflux, sleep apnea, heart disease, etc. The primary cause of obesity in america today is a combination of poor diet management and too little physical exercise. Psychology plays a huge role, which is great for tx! ...Read more
Criteria for ADHD,: A neurodevelopmental disorder, define it as chronic & brain-based. It harmfully impacts a person's functioning in at least 2 settings (home & school/work). Often with executive function (taking in, processing, organizing, storing & retrieving information) deficits, it can impact learning, behavior, academics/work, & peer interaction. Management = medications + behavior therapy + structure. ...Read more
I have severe anxiety disorder/severe child abuse, sexual, physical, psychological, mean games, mean mind games, mean sexual games. I have poor health. Take quite a few medications. I need an anxiety med doesn't cause headaches, help me please.
Anxiety: You have several issues that should be followed and managed by behavior health and adult medicine to decide which medication is right for you. ...Read more
I have graves disease. After my rai treatment, I am now hypothyroid. What physical & emotional symptoms should I expect?
Hypothyroidism: Symptoms of hypothyroidism are: fatigue, hair loss, hoarse voice, trouble concentrating, slower speech, dry skin, brittle nails, feeling cold, weight gain, constipation...All of these should be temporary because your doctor should start you on thyroid replacement to bring the level back to normal. Some patients have no symptoms of hypothyroidism even when hypo. ...Read more
I've physical symptomps, and there is no physical cause, had a chest ct, gastroscope and manometry. Is it somatoform disorder? 2-what is treatment (meds)
Being Anxious: You have an anxiety disorder. Your body believes it is in trouble when it is really the way you are not managing the stress in your life in healthy ways. You holding your chest too tight, not breathing in deep relaxed ways and then letting the signals from your chest to make you more anxious. Pills will not solve this problem (I feel you are on way too many as it is). ...Read more
Absolutely: Physical Therapists can do miracles for patients with various neurological problems/injuries. ...Read more