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Can you tell me how I could seriously stop caring about what people think of me (social anxiety)?

Can you tell me how I could seriously stop caring about what people think of me (social anxiety)?

Behavior change: It is normal to care about what people think of ourselves. what social anxiety is when this gets to the point of paralyzing us. you could work with a competent therapist to design a behavioral plan that reinforces changed ways of thinking about situations reducing the level of anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Can you let me know how many people think suicide or depression is an illness?

Can you let me know how many people think suicide or depression is an illness?

?: I do not have an exact answer for you. I believe several people out there do not believe in mental illness for various reasons. There is such a stigma associated with mental illness, some choose to ignore it..With research, public education and awareness this number should diminish. ...Read more

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Question about bipolar people: when someone is in a depressive episode what do you do to cheer them up?

Question about bipolar people: when someone is in a depressive episode what do you do to cheer them up?

Support: It is difficult to cheer someone up when they are very depressed. Be supportive and provide encouragement. Just knowing that they have someone to talk to can be a big help. Try inviting them on a small outing so they get out of their home. There are good support organizations such as nami.Org which have support groups for patients and family throughout the us. It may help both of you. ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective movies about teen depression and cutting?

Several: "thirteen"- explores drugs, sex, and petty crime as well as including scenes and dialogue about cutting. "secret cutting (painful secrets)"- aired on usa network, about self injury where a teen girl copes with her overwhelming feelings by cutting herself. ...Read more

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How can you talk to parents about possible bipolar disorder?

Frankly: Be honest. Explain your concerns. Tell them directly what type of help you desire. ...Read more

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How can you tell a parent about depression?

How can you tell a parent about depression?

Explain depression: By clarifying what you expect your parent's reactions & questions will be. Are you explaining your depression or your parent's? If you're in therapy, invite the person to a session. If you need information for them, find internet sites or books that explain depression in a way you like. Your question will be easier to answer if you can be more specific about your concerns. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine a teen is suicidal if many teens think about it at some time?

How do doctors determine a teen is suicidal if many teens think about it at some time?

By asking: There are excellenet screeners some doctors use, but the main point is to ask--which you can do too. Fortunately suicidal thoughts are much, much more common than actual suicides. Many web sites list risk factors. Briefly, depression, drug or alcohol use, and social isolation are among them; a *big*, acute risk is sudden loss or humiliation. No blood tests, and teens lie, so trust your gut. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when being assessed for antisocial personality, to what extent can one confess thinking/doing reckless things?

Can you tell me when being assessed for antisocial personality, to what extent can one confess thinking/doing reckless things?

Depends: This seems a somewhat odd question. If you are asking about yourself, then you already know how willing or unwilling you are to discuss your thoughts and actions. If you are asking about someone else, it is not possible to make a general prediction. A therapy relationship based on trust and respect (may take some time) would be a prerequisite for anyone to speak openly and honestly. ...Read more

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Can I talk to my psychiatrist about suicidal thoughts without her telling anyone about them? I'm a teenager.

Can I talk to my psychiatrist about suicidal thoughts without her telling anyone about them?  I'm a teenager.

Depends: This is a difficult question to answer. The psychiatrist is, first and foremost, concerned about your safety. Just about everything you discuss with your psychiatrist is completely confidential. However, when it comes to things such as suicide, the psychiatrist will use their professional judgment to decide whether it is necessary to tell someone else. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my therapist believes that emotional abuse is "teasing" and that victims are "too sensitive" .what about you?

What do you suggest if my therapist believes that emotional abuse is "teasing" and that victims are "too sensitive" .what about you?

Better explanation: If this is part of a repeating pattern and is a big if, because I do not know the case you may want to test drive a different therapist. In general It not unusual to have clients not have that right fit with therapist. The administrator of the clinic may be able to help you sort it out. Take care ...Read more

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What do you think about teenage pregnancy and parenting?

What do you think about teenage pregnancy and parenting?

See below: Should be avoided. Having children is a big responsibility. Teenagers are not ready to assume the responsibility. Children are a life time commitment, not a momentary fad. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to talk to my doctor about avoidant personality disorder if im to shy to even talk at all?

Can you tell me how to talk to my doctor about avoidant personality disorder if im to shy to even talk at all?

A note perhaps?: You might be able to write your doctor a note that says what you'd like to say. You can point out that the reason for the note is just an example of how difficult it is for you. But also, it might be a good idea to search for a sensitive psychotherapist to address this problem since my experience leads me to question medication as a 1st strategy. Therapy is very effective for this. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can you do to motivate a troubled adolescent?

What can you do to motivate a troubled adolescent?

Depends: You have to get to the root of whats troubling them, be able to handle whatever they say, help them work through their troubles, set goals for the future. May need teen counselor to help. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have bdd or social anxiety. people say there co-morbid? please explain

How can you tell if you have bdd or social anxiety. people say there co-morbid? please explain

Wrong forum: The reasons and diagnostics signs you are asking of us here is a textbook. We have no ability to answer such a broadly ambiguous question. We have 400 characters are less. Can you ask a single specific question? Do you have a symptom to ask about? ...Read more

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As a psychiatrist, how do you freact when a patient tells about severe food restricting? Afraid of dr yelling, anger, no empathy, not beliving me. :(

As a psychiatrist, how do you freact when a patient tells about severe food restricting? Afraid of dr yelling, anger, no empathy, not beliving me. :(

Compassion: When someone tells me any symptom, i feel compassion. I know this person is stuck in some way, and needs help to heal himself or herself. In the case of food restricting (anorexia nervosa) i also know how challenging it can be for a person to recognize that this behavior is harming her. So if it's a propitious moment, i see whether this person is now ready to commit to treatment. I hope so. ...Read more

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Is it important to tell family members about your bipolar condition.So that they can understand moodiness..Or not worry them (wife excluded)?

Is it important to tell family members about your bipolar condition.So that they can understand moodiness..Or not worry them (wife excluded)?

It depends: If you have an understanding and supportive family it can be a good thing to do. If the family is highly dysfunctional and it's members are personality disordered and unable to show empathy it would be at the very least an exercise in futility. Discuss with your psychiatrist first.Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can talking about depression everyday cause you to become depressed?

Can talking about depression everyday cause you to become depressed?

Probably not.: This would be unusual. Usually, talking about ones issues regarding depression helps to deal with the depression and gain insight and understanding into the causes, conditions and make one better able to cope. If you are not seeing someone for treatment, i would recommend you do so. Medications and cbt (cognitive behavioral therapy) help with treatment and getting you towards wellness. ...Read more

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What can someone do about depression?

What can someone do about depression?

Depression: treatment option include medications (antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics & mood stabilizers), microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) /cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS),cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, exercise, healthy nutrition, acupuncture, etc. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good coping skills for bipolar disorder?

Could you tell me what are good coping skills for bipolar disorder?

I like your question: I often tried to help my bipolar type patients try to find ways to cope. We'd attempt to get a good sense of their usual pattern or rhythm and predict the weeks that were likely to be up or down and plan optional activities with that in mind. Also, if not smoothed out by medication, i urged them to remember that downs would be temporary - to wait it out. No permanent solution to temporary problems. ...Read more

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Scared to tell doctor about body dysmorphic disorder. Is there someone else i can talk about this to?

Scared to tell doctor about body dysmorphic disorder. Is there someone else i can talk about this to?

Body image...: Body dysmorphic disorder is a type of chronic problem in which you can't stop thinking about a flaw in your appearance- imagined or real. But to you, your appearance seems so shameful that you don't want to be seen by anyone. Of course you should tell your doctor about this! this it can be associated with depression and anxiety. See a good psychologist or psychiatrist! talk therapy helps! ...Read more

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