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What would a psychiatrist tell a teen who is obsessed with cats, all kinds of cats?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Cat obsession?

This would depend on what the "cat obsession" actually looks like.
Is the teenager hoarding cats? Could be a type of obsessional anxiety. Is the teen intent on harming or killing cats? Could be an antisocial personality showing up, or signs of being abused himself or herself. To say anything useful at all, the psychiatrist would first need to hear what's happening directly from the patient.

In brief: Cat obsession?

This would depend on what the "cat obsession" actually looks like.
Is the teenager hoarding cats? Could be a type of obsessional anxiety. Is the teen intent on harming or killing cats? Could be an antisocial personality showing up, or signs of being abused himself or herself. To say anything useful at all, the psychiatrist would first need to hear what's happening directly from the patient.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Agree w Dr. Pappas

I would want to explore the meaning of the cats with the teenager. I would be concerned it the issues with cats interfered with other areas of living (getting physical activity, socializing with others, etc.
).

In brief: Agree w Dr. Pappas

I would want to explore the meaning of the cats with the teenager. I would be concerned it the issues with cats interfered with other areas of living (getting physical activity, socializing with others, etc.
).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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