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Working With People With Mental Illness
Mental Illness: Coping with living with someone who is mentally ill, depends on what type of illness this person has. National alliance on mental illness has lots of helpful information for families and significant others: http://www.Nami.Org/ also there may be support groups in your community. Ask your doctor and/or your relative's psychiatrist/nurses, etc. Be well! ...Read more
"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
How can people with aspergers deal with people with a mood disorder such as borderline personality disorder?
Confusing: Borderline personality d/o is not at basis a mood disorder, but does have instability of moods/affects as well as sense of identity and relationships with others. They fluctuate between fears of abandonment and fears of intimacy, and are in general much more distressed than someone with asperger's. In asperger's the person misses social cues, and may not "get" why the borderline pd is upset. ...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
Be supportive: Children with mood disorders have a lot of emotions, anxiety, sadness/depression, irritability and sometimes feel that no one cares about them. Encouraging them to do their best and showing them you care and believe in them helps them to feel safer around you and may help them to be more receptive to your instructions. Most children like to please adults and will do their best if they trust you. ...Read more
Yes it is possible: Obviously if their mental illness' are not stable and being properly treated, the individuals would probably not be stable and it would be hard to have a stable relationship. In other words, it is important for each person with " extreme" mental illness to have their conditions under control with therapy and whatever medication is required. That will contribute to a good relationship. ...Read more
Are you caring : For your parents? Between your job, taking care of your parents and your children - it is essential that you somehow find a way to care for yourself. To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi >. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sleep Mental Issues: Sleep disturbance is common in many mental health issues.Regulating a good sleep aids in treatment.Assuring regular times of sleep.If on meds taking it morning or night is important to check with your md.At times sleep inducers can be used to get the rhythm back but with good mood/anxiety/adhd symptoms control sleep will get better. ...Read more
Fear of embarassment: People with social anxiety disorder (sad) have an irrational fear of being watched, judged or evaluated, or of embarrassing or humiliating themselves. The anxiety and discomfort becomes so extreme that it interferes with daily functioning. Sad is one of the most common mental disorders with up to 13% of the general population experiencing symptoms at some point in their life. Treatment helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes: There is a big distinction between the social problems of an adhd person & someone with autism. Adhd pts usually gain social skills later, but completely, compared to normals if treated with stimulant medication. Autism patients rarely attain "normal" social abilities. Both groups benefit from social skills training & counseling. Self confidence is most important in this area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Patience: It's easy to be frustrated with a child who is angry, sullen, amotivated, has a drop in grades, is defiant, looks sloppy etc. Those are behaviors that might be seen in a depressed child. A bipolar child may be even more of a handful. When i work with difficult people, i just keep reminding myself that they are suffering. This allows me to feel some empathy - especially when I am losing patience. ...Read more
Jobs: When looking for a job, it is important to consider the stress level it will entail and if you will be able to get sufficient sleep. High amounts of stress can cause a relapse in symptoms. Having a regular sleep schedule is important to keep one's symptoms stable. Working swing shift or very long hours could adversely affect your sleep and potentially trigger an episode. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most certainly yes!: Solving sleep problems is a common adventure in our society. Over the counter sleep aids are everywhere, with varying success and often with problems of their own. Melatonin seems to be most helpful and side effects low. If that's not helpful you can start with either your primary care provider or a mental health professional. More difficult cases may require sleep apnea or psychiatric consults. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Questionable: Although it would be hard to say with much accuracy yes or no on this one, i would lean towards no. Almost any job with children, unless it's in the service industry or an equivalent, requires empathy and emotional attunement. These attributes are two essential things kids need from those in charge of them, and that people with apdo lack. ...Read more
Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction? Do they bond with family members?
Schizoid PD: People with schizoid pd consistently lack desire for intimate human connection. They may have families and jobs, but keep people at a distance. They mostly appear cold and dull in affect. They would be unlikely to seem outgoing or socially engaged, but are able to respond to carefully selected others whom they need intensely. Some of these could be family. ...Read more
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