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Tests For Delusional Disorder
Tests? no Help? yes!: Have you been diagnosed? Mostly, this fairly rare diagnosis is made by listening to the persons description. Talk with the doctor about how they came to this conclusion and your thoughts/feelings about it. Many, if not most mental/emotional disorders are lacking objective, biologically based definitive tests. It makes it hard for you and the doctor - so work together on both diagnosis & treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Tests don't diagnose: Psych tests do not diagnose anything. The results are helpful in sunstantiating a mental disorder or identifying the possibilty of one.A a thoeough clinical interview and collateral info from family are very useful in making the dianosis. Some objective personality tests (eg, mmpi, pai, etc) can aid in making the dx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical diagnosis: Schizoaffective disorder is a clinical diagnosis; there are no lab tests. One is looking for a pattern of disturbances in both mood (depression, mania, or a mixture of both) and impaired reality testing (hallucinations, delusions, problems with thought processes). Both types of symptoms need to be prominent over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnostic Criteria: Schizoaffective disorder can appear surprisingly similar to several other conditions including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, brief psychotic disorder, delusional disorder, and substance-induced psychotic disorder. Screening questions should be designed to provide the examiner information regarding the diagnostic criteria found in the dsm-iv-tr. ...Read more
How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and antisocial personality disorder?
Statistics: Estimates regarding the prevalence of borderline personality disorder (bpd) in the general population have suggested a 1 – 2% rate of lifetime occurrence (apa, 2000). The nmih cites that the prevalence of bipolar in adults in the us is 2.6% and antisocial personality disorder to be at 1%. If you have concerns about any or all of these, seek help. Doctors are trained to help and not judge. Best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Clinical Exam: As with many psychiatric disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) is diagnosed by a comprehensive clinical examination. A patient must meet criteria set forth in the diagnostic & statistic manual or the icd-9 diagnosis manual. Questionaires, such as the yale-brown obsessive compulsive scale (ybocs), can help diagnose OCD and monitor one's progress during treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anti-social personality disorder, what to do?
How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and bipolar disorder all together?
Co-occurence common: The "comorbidity" (co-occurrence) of personality disorders is high, so if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for *any* personality disorder (pd), they are likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for as many as four to six pds. This reflects (in part) a limitation of dsm-iv/5 (the psychiatric diagnostic manual). Bipolar mood disorder is a different animal, but can co-exist with a pd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Read NIH fact sheet: Nih fact sheet: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001918/ this is a personality disorder with several specific criteria that need time (several visits) to be clarified with your treating psychiatrist. You can ask your primary doctor for a referral. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please advise if it's common for bipolar disorder to be misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder?
Sometimes.: Yes, on the surface. Some of the characteristics are similar such as the mood instability, impulsivity, sleep disorder especially the hypomanic states. Unlike the bipolar disorder which have distinct periods of mania and depression lasting at least a week, borderline personality disorder shows a pervasive pattern of instability with extremes of idealization and devaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few things: We try to manage the most overt symptoms with meds. We educate the patient about their sx. We help separate symptoms from reality. We help them cope with the sx. If we cannnot do this we find them places to live where they can be cared for and protected and be as independent as possible. ...Read more
Clinical Diagnosis: There are no laboratory tests for dysthymic disorder. The diagnosis is made on the basis of specific symptoms related to diminished functioning and poor mood over a long time (2 years or more). Symptoms are similar to those for major depression but fewer and possibly less severe. ...Read more
Yes: Axis i disorders (bipolar) and axis ii (personality disorders) are often comorbid. Axis i disorders are major, severe and persisting disorders. Personality disorders are the underlying strengths and weaknesses of character that can often shape the axis i disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History: No lab or radiologic test, nor physical exam, can test for bipolar. Perhaps one day as there are strong indications it is a brain condition with a genetic background. But for now, it's a patient's history of modd changes, cognition and behavior that makes the diagnosis. In truth, this method works quite well, having been refined since antiquity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for someone to have both schizotypical personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?
Yes, but look deeper: One can have two personality disorders, they aren't "mutually exclusive". However you may consider looking deeper at some treatable cause of these symptoms. For example an untreated anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder can sometimes present with these types of issues, and both of these can be treated more easily than a personality disorder! ...Read more
Clinical Exam: As with many psychiatric disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) is diagnosed by a comprehensive clinical examination. A patient must meet criteria set forth in the diagnostic & statistic manual or the icd-9 manual. The primary symptoms are obsessions or compulsions that are not due to medical illness or drug use and they cause major distress or interfere with everyday life activities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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