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Working With People With Mental Illness
"Pop" misconception: One of the cruelest things that you can do is tell someone with real mental illness to "snap out of it." things that are easy for most of us are very difficult for people who have brain anatomy or chemistry disturbances or whose life experience has forced them to learn behaviors and attitudes unlike yours. You have little insight when you dream; don't expect others to self-cure. Urge compliance. ...Read more
Please repost: Sorry, but your post isn't even a complete sentence. There really isn't any question that can be answered. What ABOUT "the unique needs of people with mental illness"? Please clarify, bearing in mind that many of those needs are social, not medical, issues, & that we're doctors, not political scientists; so if those are the "needs" you refer to, this may not be an appropriate venue. ...Read more
Tabboo: Historically, mentally ill patients were locked in asylums and crude forms of treatment were given. Nowadays, there is advanced medication to treat and get response and remission. Its hard for people to forget historical data about mental illness and people are always sensitive about the human mind and mental illness exposes them to face their own vulnerability, so to this date taboo exists. ...Read more
Chck medicaid: Check with your sate medicaid program if this patient is eligible, some states have home aid service. ...Read more
Is there any provision for free residential care in the malaysia for elderly people with mental illness?
I'm not sure: I'm not sure about this, buti do have patients who have an orphanage in malaysia and i would consider asking what they think. ...Read more
By example: Loving someone who is mentally ill is a tremendous challenge that will take sacrifice, courage, and goodness that may not be returned. Some of the strongest medications promote obesity. One of the kindest things you can do is find some form of vigorous physical activity you and your loved one anjoy doing together, and share this time. It's a precious opportunity. Good luck. ...Read more
Do people with mental illness that r depressed have trouble with their feelings or expressing them?
Focus on ideas: Everyone varies somewhat in their ability to speak up fluently in some contexts. This is not a big problem, per se. Situational anxiety caused by temporary increases in self-consciousness or "self-focused attention" interferes with the smooth flow of speech and the articulation of genuine opinions. This happens, whether the person has a diagnosed mental disorder or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime(s) they commit?
It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from wrong due to a mental illness, then they are "not guilty by reason of insanity" (or similar language depending on the state). Most mental illness is not severe enough to meet this standard, and the "insanity defense" is actually used fairly rarely. ...Read more
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