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Im not a professional in anyway, but I have the same concern. My doctor told me that he has had patients that have taken steriods while pregnant, but he would prefer you DONT. He said it is possible that the steriods can mess with the growth of the baby. I'm 3 months pregnant and was taking predniso…
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It depends on what your problem is. Being a nudist doesn't make you any different than anyone else. If you have problems of abuse, a loss, grief, etc., then just go to a good therapist with your problems. Nudists are just a way of life and have been around for as long as I can remember. They usuall…
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You don't. You hire competent legal counsel barred in the State you live in. He or she will listen to your situation and adopt an appropriate pre-trial and trial strategy. Note that even those mental health workers that consider mythomania a real condition admit that prevalence is quite low (one re…
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Not all parents that stalk are narcissistic. My mother (then 74) had turned on me after I had been her caregiver for many years. I was angry and didn't know what I did to deserve this. I did what was normal and distanced myself from her, but as she grew older she began to drive by my home, tell anyo…
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Answer Unfortunately yes. It is no different than a child growing up in an abusive household, or a child that comes from divorced parents. Children immulate adults. People don't realize that children retain a lot of memory from their very younger years. We are what we are in the environment we gr…
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The first step on the road to recovery is to end the relationship. Continued abuse will prevent your healing and recovery. Answer I'm unsure if you have left the relationship--so I will answer as if you have. First thing you need to do is make sure you and your children (if any) are safe. Next, I wo…
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ADHD TestAn objective physiological measure of ADHD has been elusive. However, research by Jason Alster MSc has shown that when an ADD person tries to sit still , do a boring task, or concentrate- they actually enter stress as measured by electro dermal activity. This marker is positive in the major…
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Up to 70% of children with ADD/ADHD will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. The main symptoms of ADD/ADHD in adults are trouble managing time and struggling with memory and disorganization. ADD/ADHD in adults is often referred to as the "hidden disorder" because its symptoms can often be conf…
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basically ADHD is hyperactivity like you can easily get distracted but I would not advise you to take any pills because that can only last for a little while and its also when you are very talkative i would know because i have it its not easy to live with but you'll soon understand it was meant fir …
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My 8 year-old son has been very moody and has experienced bad temper and even "crisis" since he has been Adderall XR. We are seeking the advice of a psychiatrist to find out what's going on and maybe switched back to Ritalin which he has benn taken for the past two year. . I was asking myself about …
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I have had asthma since I was a kid. at 36 I was diagnosed with copd chronic obstructive pulmonary disease one of the major components of this was bronchial asthma and asthmatic bronchitis. as for affecting your emotional and social parts, my emotional part took me 2 yrs to realize my life would ne…
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Mental Illness DisabilityFor information, resources and related links go The National Council On Disability (NCD) If you already have a policy you can look at the terms and conditions section of the policy and see what causes of injury or illness are covered by the policy. Also, check the exclusions…
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A physiatrist is a rehabilitation specialist, a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and management of injuries and diseases causing pain, loss of function, and disability. Treatment plans often include the use of exercise, massage, heat, electricity (TENS), relaxation techniques, splints and bra…
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She was having serious family trouble but he didn't tell me he was helping her because I was overly jealous of her. He is also her boss. I understand him helping her but he deceived me for months. He admitted to talking to her daily, working closely with her, going to lunch with her but says he was …
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You don't! The thing is with anyone who thinks you are cheating, mentally handicapped or not, if they have it stuck in their minds that you are doing something that you are not, then you muct realise they THEY have the problem not you. Try to become detatched from their emotion and ask why are the…
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Needy! People that have affairs either usually have one or more of the following problems (there are many others): They feel lonely in their present relationship. The person you are married to or going with does not fill the needs you must have to feel whole. If the person you are with is a good…
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Although many people feel they can be friends I don't believe you can. There was simply too much water under the bridge. I would just look forward to your future and not even go there.Good luck Marcy   passion still exists sexual chemistry still exists this is a recipe for disaster of one mor…
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Depends on the situation. If the affair is happening where both parties are within physical proximity, not long at all. If there is distance (like far away places or within hundreds of miles) it may take longer, but, will become more of a "phone sex" scenario. If phone sex occurs, it is the same as …
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OK you've got it the wrong way round.Alkalinity isn't quite that. It is "Total Alkalinity". To lower Total Alkalinity you must add pH Buffer.Your pH is way way too low. To raise it, you must add Soda Ash. Confusing terms but that is how it is. Most pool shops offer free water testing so they will ac…
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Strattera and Mood Swings Strattera does cause mood swings. I am 28 yrs old and been on Strattera for 2 weeks. I've noticed that my behavior has been totally inappropriate in the last two weeks that I've been taking Strattera. I am much more sensitive to emotions such as anger, irritability, and hav…
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Basically, Strattera is a Norepinepherine Reuptake Inhibitor. This class of drug is also used to TREAT depression, Strattera wasn't proven as effective as placebo but did however relieve symptoms of ADHD. If you read on wikipedia, it says that it is actually a good addition to your normal medication…
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When I met my NPD ex, he was persuing me very hard. In fact so hard that it was uncomfortable, but I was very young and didn't know to trust my judgment. Sometimes we would be at a restaurant and he would grab my hand and just stare at me. Which by itself is not a problem, I think lots of people do …
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Answer The classification of Axis II personality disorders -- deeply ingrained, maladaptive, lifelong behavior patterns -- in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition, text revision [American Psychiatric Association. DSM-IV-TR, Washington, 2000] -- or the DSM-IV-TR for short -- has c…
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I am married to a man whom I was separated from for 4 years. I betrayed me with my friends and a school teacher. I lost custody of my children to him. I was happy being alone. My husband persude me the entire 4 years we were apart. While we were apart the neighbors he betrayed me with, finally real…
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Abusers appear to be suffering from dissociation (multiple personality). At home, they are intimidating and suffocating monsters � outdoors, they are wonderful, caring, giving, and much-admired pillars of the community. Why this duplicity? It is only partly premeditated and intended to disguise t…
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Therapy can help as can updating your sense of attraction for men. The old saying is, "If you do not change what you are doing, then you cannot expect anything different to happen." Look at the articles on recognizing abusive men before you date and become involved with them--and try to avoid them. …
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If, he will go away, then do it the way below. Otherwise, remove yourself for the safety of your child. The other stuff will resolve over time.   Call the police and have him arrested for assault and battery. Call protective services and notify them of your endangerment and they will come and…
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Answer There is no abuse more traumatic - and with longer lasting effects -than a mother's. I would just add that, if at all possible, you should treat your mother as you would any other abuser in your life!
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Unfortunately, this person is not ACTING as a best friend. Possibly it is not intentional, but the deal is that you should reasonably expect that a best friend would act in your best interests, and be a safe person to be with. And your expectations are not happening. You need to reduce this person's…
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Abusers and their victims form dyad's of codependency. It takes two to tango and an equal number to sustain a long term abusive relationship. The abuser and the abused form a bond, a dynamic, and a dependence. Expressions such as "follies a deux", "shared psychosis", and the "Stockholm Syndrome" cap…
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Anwser The abuser and his victims sometimes form a bond that is difficult to break. This phenomenon is called "shared psychosis", "Follies a deux", and, in more extreme cases, "The Stockholm Syndrome." This is why it may be difficult to "open her eyes" to reality. She may resent you and come to reg…
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Abuse is quite polymorphic, in that, it can assume many different forms depending on the circumstances, the cultural background, the history, and ofcourse, the individual quirks of the abuser. The bottom line in an abusive relationship is that the abuser says things that make the victim uncomfortabl…
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I think that you answered your own question by saying that for a while you believed it. Abusers manipulate their partners into believing that they are the one at fault. You are being abused, if: (1) He repeats a certain behavior (2) You asked him to stop (for whatever reason). (3) He refuses …
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Answer No, abuse should never be OK, no matter why the abuser is doing it. He needs to get counseling and stop doing it. If you have children, they will probably grow up and treat their partners the same way. And possibly you. Answer Abuse is never OK, period. No excuses, explanations, reason…
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You get them to realize by telling them. There is no way around it. Tell that person that some specific things that they do that hurt you and that you would like it to stop because it really hurts you and makes you feel bad. Being straight and honest is the best way to make someone understand. …
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Most likely not without some counseling. Most abusers are serial abusers. They continue to abuse others in successive relationships, pretty much with the same MO (mode of operation).   I don't think so. We all have patterns for relationships in our lives....I do believe, with good therap…
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It takes two to tango - and an equal number to sustain a long-term abusive relationship. The abuser and the abused form a bond, a dynamic, and a dependence. Expressions such as "follies a deux" and the "Stockholm Syndrome" capture facets - two of a myriad - of this danse macabre. It often ends fatal…
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Yes, there is.  My father would not be pleased, but I worked diligently to please him. I created myself into SuperWoman, but thought I was sub-normal because he ridiculed and demeaned me. I accepted my inferiority, but never stopped trying or hoping. My mind was focused on finding ways and des…
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By keeping them away from their grandparents as much as you can - and by providing a counter example, by serving as role models of non-narcissistic conduct.
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Answer Victims are abused twice: Once when they suffer the actual abuse And once when they are not validated, when the experience of having been abused is denied by the abuser and by society at large.
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How do you know he's not lying about that too? Answer NO! but that is just my opinion, and I have dealt with a lot of liars. I don't think that people change their ways -- or it is very, very rare for someone to change and stay changed. I just don't think it's going to happen. A liar only says he's …
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It is very important to try and figure out what the reasons are for waiting and do they outway the reasons for leaving? Fear is usually the determing factor. Keep supporting what is best for your friend but don't attempt to make any decisions for them, with courage they will make the best decision …
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%REPLIES% Answer If you have reservations about becoming married to this individual....DO NOT DO IT!!! Better to be out some money than your self esteem, and dignity. Answer Get out of this relationship right know. I experienced mental and verbally abusive behaviour from my soon to be ex…
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The first step is to admit that you were abused. But do not accept it was your fault or you deserved the abuse. Those are lies the abuser wanted you to believe. Second, find family or friends to talk to. Make sure they are people you can trust. Best to have someone who was previously abused, but no…
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%REPLIES% Answer Abusers are rarely suicidal. They threaten suicide as a form of emoational extortion. Even if he is really suicidal, you should not sacrifice your life in order to save his. Moreover, most abusers relapse, even after protracted treatment (they are recidivists). The ma…
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Passive-aggressive behavior is, by definition, abusive - it contains a pronounced component of aggression. To consistently frustrate someone else's expectations and efforts is abusive. Passive aggressive behavior, even without rage or violence, stops the flow of a healthy relationship based on comm…
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Be disrespectful to yourself and shower hm/her with exaggerated respect. Humiliate yourself and worship the narcissist. Be his/her loyal slave.You have the choice to either respect the narcissist or yourself, because you can't respect both of you at the same time. Choose wisely.   Please don'…
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Please read Susan Forward's book "Toxic Parents". Even if it's not a parent who abused you, this book was very helpful to me and it also addresses this issue in detail. good luck  For her traumatic wounds to heal, the victim of abuse requires closure - one final interaction with her tormentor …
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Answer Various life crises - illness, a death in the family, divorce, financial hardship - cause drastic changes (for better and for worse) in some people.
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Wanting to change is an important first step. But it is a necessary - not a sufficient - condition.   I think you answered your own question...they have to desire to want help. Abusers do not admit to any wrong doing...therefore they "believe" they do not need help. Even when confronted about…
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Answer Try and get advice and support from woman's' aid, you will find others I'm the same position as yourself. These women have been there, so have I, there are trained counselors, women who will go to court with you if needed. Also women's aid have refuges if this mans behaviour gets worse. So…
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first off im going to keep it simple, do not move on to a rebound too quickly allow some time for you to go out with your your girls D let love come to you and know that your special just that person wasn't right for you, however that doesn't mean that you wont find love. it will all happen in tim…
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Indeed, financial dependence is one of the main reasons why victims stay in an abusive relationship! Figure out a budget with what you can personally afford--hopefully, you presently have a job. Life is much easier before the settlement if you have done this, since you have not put yourself into …
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Communicating with your abuser is an art form. It is called "walking on eggshells".   If you think the relationship is getting emotionally abusive no need to talk...best to walk and do it fast.Once the abuse begins in the cycle, it is hard to get out. The longer the cycle has been spinning th…
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If you are feeling bad about the way you are treated or spoken to - and your pleas to stop this kind of behavior went unheeded - then you are being emotionally (verbally, psychologically) abused.
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What you define as "love" and the abuser's notion of "love' are two entirely different things. The abuser is in "love" with his sources of gratification and with people he controls.   There is no love in abuse--they do not co-exist. Love never abuses another or tries to control another throug…
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(Moved from the discussion page) I'm a liar. i dont know if i can be called a compulsive liar, or something else. I am 30, and the first time i lied that i can remember was in 1st grade. i lost a school book and i lied to my teacher about it for a whole year, don't know why, it seems so stupid now. …
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Answer It is also quite normal to take a more holistic approach to missing your abuser. After all, it is normal for long term prisoners to miss jail. The important thing is that you don't act on the feeling and go back, unless some serious, well validated change has happened. = answer = I wis…
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Not all mental abusers are. A narcissist is someone who suffers from a specific personality disorder called "Narcissistic Personality Disorder." This disorder is relatively rare. Not all abusers suffer from the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) - although many of them have narcissistic tr…
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Answer Spiritual abuse is using God and Jesus and the Word of God (or the Bible) as a means to control you. Spiritual abusers have the same thing in common with other abusers...trying to gain control. God warns heavily about these types of people in the Bible and makes it clear they will be punis…
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By remembering the bad times when he emotionally tore you apart.   People just don't change over-night so I believe your inner feelings are sending off red flags. I would listen to that inner self. If he emotionally tore you apart, then I don't really feel this is a good basis for a good rela…
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Abusers rarely love. What they call "love" is possessiveness. It is far easier to control and possess children than adults - hence his preference. Children are more reliable and malleable sources of emotional gratification, attention, and adoration (narcissistic supply) than adults.
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Answer It has happened many times before and will probably happen many more times: a person abuses his/her partner then turns around and apologizes, asking to be taken back, promising to be a changed person. In general DO NOT TAKE THEM BACK. This is a classic psychological pattern of behavior and…
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Mental abusers can be sneaky at best and usually save the best when alone with the mate they are abusing and in some cases act as sweet as can be when they are around friends, while other abusers may mentally "put down" their mate no matter where they are and who is around. These are signs: Puttin…
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%REPLIES% Answer To do things to improve ones self such as joining a gym,therapy groups,maybe school or a new trade, socializing with friends, and going on dates. Its been nearly 9 months since my separation and I'm just barely coming to grips with myself and the realization that I can get out …
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It is tough, to turn a blind eye and to feel helpless and humiliated by your helplessness.Offer support to the victims and measured resistance to the abuser and his abuse (without endangering yourself).See these:http://www.narcissistic-abuse.com/abuse.htmlhttp://www.narcissistic-abuse.com/abusefamil…
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Answer You tell them again and again what you think they should do (when asked) and you refer them to relevant literature.   Abusive relationships have a positive aspect or the abuser could not attract a partner. The positive aspect diminishes as the abuse grows. The abused partner wants it to…
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There are "Abused Women's Centers." I work for one so I do know about it.If you aren't sure where they are then go to your Mental Health if you can and they will help you out.The "Abused Women's Centers" will protect you, have a good place to stay and also help you with any children you may have. Th…
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It depends on the partner. My would be yes. Even after I was physical abused I still was in denial and even made up excuses for the guys behavior and I was 9 months pregnant. I believe we don't want to except that the man/women we trusted would do such a thing. Nevertheless, I kickd him out tha…
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Pica Pica is a pattern of eating non-nutritive substances, last for at least a month. Such substances as dirt, paper, etc. The main characteristics are: For at least 1 month the person persists in eating dirt or other nonnutritive substancesThis behavior is not appropriate to the person's developmen…
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It's addictive in the sense of what is causing you to consume it. The condition is referred to as pica, the eating of nonfood substances. Baby or talcum powder are dangerous in the sense that they can be easily ingested into the lungs causing respiratory problems, sometimes pneumonia. It would be ad…
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Pathological liars - or "mythomaniacs" - are people who engage in objectively puposeless story telling behavior. The stories they tell are not the products of delusions and serve no external purpose other than to inflate the value of the teller in the eyes of the listener. The actual existence of my…
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OpinionFinding a therapist or psychiatrist who agrees with the information contained in the DSM IV is important. I have also heard that depending on how experienced the therapist or psychiatrist is in dealing with DID is also a factor in the timeframe for recovery.There are different schools of thou…
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You can take Librium Medication as the best and effective anti-depressant to stay free of anxiety disorder. Librium has its own features to remove anxiety completely and it is powerful as compare to other medicines. So, use Librium Medication to make your life stress and anxiety free. You can buy l…
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Moon Phases and People There is no real scientific evidence for this. The only thing that has a real connection to the moon's phases is to the cycles of the tides. People will quote anecdotal 'evidence' to try to show connections. Think of the wolf howling at the moon. Certain plant species doi…
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I am a zoloft user i am 20 but if you go to your doctor and tell her your problems they will definitly put you on a low dosage like 20mg Zoloft is a common antidepressant belonging to a class of drugs known as SSRIs. (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). Although very commonly prescribed, the…
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Dissociative Amnesia Information Dissociative Amnesia is a disorder characterized by abnormal memory functioning in the absence of structural brain damage or a known neurobiological cause; severe cases are very rare. It is defined by the presence of retrograde amnesia or the inability to retrieve…
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Schizophrenia can be controlled and cured without the use of medication. Make sure that the patient is not using any recreational drugs or alcohol as this raises dopamine in the brain, high levels of dopamine are directly responsible for hallucinations and distorted perceptions. I would however re…
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Oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, the beginnings of sociological disorders, paranoia, separation issues, trust issues, etc... Look under the DSM IV, its the diagnostic criterion for psychiatrists   Abusive behavior from a parent to the problem child is a disorder in the parent passed onto …
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There isn't much you can do. You can't legally force someone to get treatment, unless you can prove they are incompetent, or that they are a danger to themselves or others. (There may be other circumstances but I'm not aware of them.) And laws probably vary from state to state. If their condition …
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Don't fall into the trap of trying to label yourself or someone else and treating mental health issues like physical disease. If you lie and that behavior is pathological (causes problems in your life or in the lives of those you care for) you need to address that issue. If someone has been taught b…
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make a list of what you feel your deepest problems are. Make another list of what if any spiritual beliefs you have. Each support groups have guidlines that they believe in match up your list with what they have on offer. If your ideas don't fit into the mainstream maybe look at a group that is more…
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%DETAILS% I'm 45 and while I've always lived life w big ups and downs, the ups made the downs worth it -- until about 3 years ago. At that point, due to a number of factors (see detail in the question about misdiagnosed Bipolars and use of Depacote) the ups stopped and I went down hard. Didn't wa…
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The effects of ECT can be unpredictable and in some cases severe. All the the effects listed in your question are possible. That is why ECT is used very rarely today, responsible practitioners use it only in severe cases where conventional therapy and medication has failed to achieve results.
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There is a correlation between depression and high IQ. However, there is a high rate of depression in any population that is different from the average. Depression can come from feeling different from others and alienated, but there is no evidence showing that creativity or high IQ in themselves can…
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My only suggestion is that your loved one should be taken to see a psychologist/psychiatrist for testing. With the symptoms you have listed, the Rorschach (inkblot) would probably provide more information as to what the illness is.  These are the basic symptoms of schizophrenia. People sufferi…
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The adult world does not allow this "dependence." Yet, many crave it, want it, desire to be young and innocent and safe. They don't have to do anything, but mind "mommy" or "daddy" and they will be okay. We all want to be loved. To be cared for. To be safe. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect takes th…
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Usually a great pain or loss will uncover what is already fragmented underneath. It also depends on how the death is dealt with and how the grief is felt. I feel that the teen was probably rather senstive of nature before even the death of the beloved animal, And the death and loss has triggered an …
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You take out the phone book if you have not been recommended to someone and you ask questions. Write down exactly what type of symptoms that you have so when you do call you can explain yourself to the therapist. Make a determination after you have spoken with a bunch of therapists and chose the one…
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Yes you can consider online pharmacies from where you will get best and effective anti-depressants like Librium, nuvigil to overcome from mental disorders. These tablets are very safe to consume , they don't have any particular side-effects. You can buy Librium Medication from OnlineDrugPills online…
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I don't even know if this question is still "fresh," but suicide is such a personal decision that it surprises me that someone would think the mind of the potentially suicidal is open to others. Two people may both feel suicidal (or have felt suicidal) without sharing the same motivations. And yet t…
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No and yes. Generally, persistent thoughts about suicide (whether personalized or not) would be considered suicidal ideation. However, the issue becomes much more urgent if the thoughts are specific to a person ending his or her own life. ...........................................................…
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According to a book on pathological lying: "[T]he making up of tales ... is bound up with the desire to play the role of the person depicted. Fiction and real life are not separated as in the mind of the normal author." Wether you are or not, these symptoms are definite proof you are in desperate…
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%REPLIES% Answer Yes, that's very normal. The behaviours described are known as emotional abuse. It's just recently that emotional abuse is being accepted as abuse. Which is about time because in almost every form of abuse the emotional abuse is used. You cannot constantly abuse someone withou…
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What Can You Do If You Are Depressed ABSOLUTELY see someone, and NOW ... before it gets worse or you lose out on more life than you already have. Any medical clinic or hospital can direct you to where to go and what to do. Please, do it now!   Yes! You should talk to someone, even though …
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First, you haven't provided enough detail. Whether he needs to lie to you is a part of his personality. If he does things he thinks he needs to lie about then perhaps you are asking the wrong questions. Think about asking "why" and also "will you agree to go to a marriage counselor to sort this out?…
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Not necessarily a *problem,* but if the memories are of a traumatic nature, I'd encourage contacting a qualified mental health professional. Usually (but not always) these individuals will have an accredited MD, PsyD, PhD, or EdD degree.   I have that same problem too. If you are "stressing" …
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