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Can you list some common symtoms of bipolar mental disorder?

Can you list some common symtoms of bipolar mental disorder?

You may know that: Bipolar disorder manifests in extreme mood swings between depression and mania/hyperactivity. Some folks are more hyper and some more depressed. The cycle can be very quick or span over days. A licensed mental health professional can diagnose and treat you. It's best to go to someone who has a lot of experience w/this. Your family doc can refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Could severe mental illness (severe bipolar or schizophrenia) cause violence?

Uncommonly yes: About 10% of people who suffer from schizophrenia have engaged in violent activity. As reference this number is 25% for people with alcohol use disorders. ...Read more

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What causes mental health disorders?

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What causes mental health disorders?

Etiology: Easiest way is to think of causes as Biopsychosocial. The biological is genetics. The psychological is self concept such as self-esteem. The social is environment such as stress or traumas. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder be a mental illness?

Can major depressive disorder be a mental illness?

Yes, in fact it is: Major depressive disorder is a mental illness according to many mental health professionals. ...Read more

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What causes mental disorders?

What causes mental disorders?

Many factors: Unfortunately, we don't know exactly what causes any particular mental disorder, maybe with the exception of PTSD. Some are genetically based, but they may not show up in all members of a family. Equally frrequent are environmentally based causes such as chronic neglect or abuse, but these also don't always develop in everyone exposed. It is an ongoing and longstanding question. ...Read more

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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 separates schizoaffective disorder from other mental disorders?

What separates schizoaffective disorder from other mental disorders?

Combination symptoms: Schizoaffective d/o can be thought of as a combination of bilpolar and scizophrenia symptoms. As with bipolar, schizoaffective have mood swings that can range from depression to mania. However, the person usually exhibits psychosis more charaxteristic of schiz, bizarre delusions. Functioning is often severly impaired and it's a chronic illness. ...Read more

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How are mental disorders diagnosed?

How are mental disorders diagnosed?

Mostly by history.: There are no reliable biological tests for diagnosing any psychiatric disorder, nor do psychological tests suffice to make or rule out a diagnosis. Clinicians use a combination of personal and family history plus current signs and symptoms to determine if someone has such a diagnosis. The "rules" are in the diagnostic and statistical manual, which is about to change to the 5th edition in 5/13. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some mental disorders involving extreme lonliness?

Depression is: The #1 loneliest mental disorder, but people with social anxiety are very cut off drom others as well. ...Read more

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Do some childhood traumas cause delayed depression and mental illness later?

Sometimes: In the past few decades, studies have used MRI to track the neurobiological effects that multiple traumas can have on normal childhood development (i.e. Van der kolk, 2005, "developmental trauma disorder"). If left untreated, these traumatic experiences can have lasting effects on mental health, including depression and anxiety. The good news is that these conditions are highly treatable. ...Read more

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What are some lifelong health problems associated with anorexia nervosa?

What are some lifelong health problems associated with anorexia nervosa?

It depends: It depends when it started. If it began when the person had not yet stopped growing, growth can be stunted. Osteoporosis is common for those with anorexia nervosa. Almost any chronic disease will be exacerbated due to impairment in the bodies ability to heal itself. It is hard to think of a single organ system which would not be affected by anorexia nervosa. Eating disorders are deadly..! ...Read more

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How many disorders does dsm-iv-tr list under the category for pervasive developmental disorders (pdds)?

How many disorders does dsm-iv-tr list under the category for pervasive developmental disorders (pdds)?

5: The dsm IV lists 5 different categories of pervasive developmental disorders. The new dsm v lists only autism spectrum disorder. This does away with separate diagnoses for autism, pdd-nos, and asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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Hypo/hyperthyroidism and mental disorders, can these cause relationship problems?

Sure: Relationships (especially new ones) can be fragile and delicate. Sometimes even small things can upset them - the thyroid hormones effect moods, attitudes and behavior as do mental disorders. Those are really involved in relating to others - so yes! you might buy a little understanding or time if you tell the person you're not always well - but you also need to get better. See a dr. For an eval! ...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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Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Can severe postpartum depression lead to mental health issues for the children?

Maybe indirectly: A mother who is severely depressed may not bond with her newborn, may socially isolate, be irritable or physically agressive or simply lack the motivation or energy to take care of her child or children. It can sometimes be quite devastating. That is one reason that it is so imporant to get professional help - to avoid a negative impact on the children. But also, no woman wants to suffer. ...Read more

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What childhood experiences cause high anxiety and mental illness later?

Perhaps: A childhood marked by dysfunction can raise levels of anxiety. Abuse/ neglect may increase the risk for developing certain mental illnesses. Symptoms need to be assessed in context. ...Read more

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What causes mental illness?

What causes mental illness?

Etiology: Easiest way is to think of causes as Biopsychosocial. The biological is genetics. The psychological is self concept such as self-esteem. The social is environment such as stress or traumas. ...Read more

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Are anxiety disorders officially considered mental illnesses?

Are anxiety disorders officially considered mental illnesses?

Yes: In fact, some consider anxiety disorders among the most common types of mental illnesses. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. ...Read more

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