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#1 Re: Schizophrenia » How Is Schizophrenia Diagnosed? » 2020-06-27 22:33:53

A doctor will look for telling signs of it:
Delusions (false beliefs that the person won’t give up, even when they get proof that they’re not true)
Hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren’t there)
Disorganized speech and behavior
Catatonic or coma-like daze
Bizarre or hyperactive behavior

They will also do a behavioral test, simular to what you would give someone who has Alzymer's, ADHD, Autism, and so on.

#2 Re: Schizophrenia » How common is schizophrenia? » 2020-06-27 22:32:25

Well, 24 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with it which translates to 1 in every 100 people. That is quite common and it is something I don't think enough people are aware of. Some people can be schizophrenia and not be on medication, doing just fine while others require it in order to be a part of a public society.

#3 Re: Schizoaffective Disorder » Is Schizoaffective disorder like bipolar syndrome? » 2020-06-27 22:29:38

deepdivine42 wrote:

Yes and no. A person who has a schizoaffective disorder will be suffering from schizophrenia AND bipolar or depression. It is a mix of the two but can't be given a stern diagnosis of either.

This is spot on. It is a classification that is not considered as severe but still can be as debilitating when it comes to day to day life. This is why it has its own term and set of treatments.

#4 Re: Schizoaffective Disorder » Is Schizoaffective Disorder Under-diagnosed? » 2020-06-27 22:28:15

This is something that requires the person, friends, or family of said person to be able to acknowledge something is not right and seek treatment. To be underdiagnosed would mean doctors are seeing these people and brushing it off as something else.

#5 Re: P.T.S.D » Can PTSD be purely physical? » 2020-06-27 22:25:46

PTSD is not a physical issue, it is a mental one. You can experience reactions in your body from prolonged stress, fear, and worry though. This can come on with the stress or it can happen days, weeks, or months after the fact. I think this is what you were asking about.

#6 Re: Personality Disorder » Is a personality disorder similar to gender identity disorder? » 2020-06-27 22:24:30

I think it is in the same book but not in the same chapter. They both have similar symptoms, thought patterns, and tend to be brought on from trauma but they aren't enough alike to be considered the same thing.

#7 Re: Personality Disorder » Struggles with a dependent personality disorder » 2020-06-27 22:23:15

lazytuesdays wrote:

This is common from children who grow up with parents or a single parent who is a high achiever or tries living their children. It is like a nervous tick at first but then it becomes a fully developed mental struggle. Have you considered trying some therapy that deals with mental/emotional abuse from when you were a child?

Now that you mentioned it, this is actually something that is very common in Asian cultures and I think it boils down to overachieving parents. I don't think they realize how damaging it can be longterm.

#8 Re: O.C.D » Repetitive thoughts » 2020-06-27 22:21:07

You can have OCD thoughts and not mannerisms, sure. I have known people to have to constantly be busy doing things to avoid these kinds of thoughts from setting in. They often are people who are workaholics and force themselves into positions of doing a lot for others just to keep their schedule filled.

#9 Re: O.C.D » Can OCD be triggered by trauma and brought on suddenly? » 2020-06-27 22:18:56

Trauma can cause any mental illness. It depends on how the person handles the trauma and stress. Children can unlearn OCD behaviors with the right teachers and doctors involved.

#10 Re: O.C.D » OCD worse from the virus outbreak? » 2020-06-27 22:17:56

I have a mild case of this, mine is more of a phobia. I washed my hands several times a day, can't use public restrooms, and I won't eat out at restaurants. I can't remember the last time I had fast food. The idea of someone else touching my food grosses me out. Since the virus, I haven't been much worse. I just tend to avoid people more.

#11 Re: Eating Disorders » Common food addictions? » 2020-06-27 22:15:36

Foods that are more addictive tend to be higher in fat, sugar, and overly processed. One of the most addictive foods in the US is pizza. I know someone who struggles with an addiction to the food. He eats an entire pizza to himself 5 days a week, sometimes he eats one every day for weeks. He isn't obese so he doesn't think he has a problem. His health is not in a good way.

#12 Re: Eating Disorders » The body positive movement is giving kids the wrong idea... » 2020-06-27 22:13:26

I feel for girls/women who get teased, bullied, made fun of, and everything else. I know it is very hard to deal with. While I think the message of loving yourself is important, I think the movement crossed the line into a place that just is not healthy. This happens with all movements and causes. They start out doing good and spreading great messages, gaining hearts and minds but then they spiral out of control. Now it is considered sexism to not date bigger women even though you can't help what you find attractive.  It is insane.

#13 Re: Depression » Feeling overwhelmed sometimes » 2020-06-27 22:11:27

I agree with lazytuesdays. This sounds more like anxiety than depression although you can have periods of feeling like this from anxiety brought on directly from depression. Everyone is a bit different.

#14 Re: Depression » Does CBD oil help with depression? » 2020-06-27 22:10:25

There was a study done in 2014 that showed CBD oil can be beneficial for depression and anxiety in animals but they haven't completed testing in humans yet. The studies for this started in 2018 so it may be a few more years before there is solid evidence but it looks to be promising.

#15 Re: Bipolar » Can you get financial help when you have a bipolar disorder? » 2020-06-27 22:08:47

Yes, in the US you can apply for Social Security Disability if you have this condition. The process may be easy and short or hard and long. It depends on the state and your general information. They will need medical records and documentation to prove the condition.

#16 Re: Bipolar » How do you know if someone is bipolar? » 2020-06-27 22:07:11

Having known someone close to me who was bipolar (my ex) I can tell you that you know. It isn't just adjusting temperaments to match the room, it is random. It is like one minute the person is having fun doing something and then something frustrates them or upsets them and they lose it emotionally. She was more the type to get upset and cry over getting angry and telling but you can tell.

#17 Re: Anxiety » Vitamin D3 deficiency and anxiety/depression? » 2020-06-27 22:04:48

I read this somewhere not too long ago myself. I never actually got my levels tested but I have had issues with SAD for several years now. I tend to be at my worst in January and February and by April I feel better again. I am going to see what my levels are when I can get in with my doctor and if they are low, see if supplementing makes a difference.

#18 Re: Anxiety » Does shortness of breath cause light-headedness? » 2020-06-27 22:01:48

Shallow breathing can do this. People who are shallow breathers are more likely to have issues with anxiety as well. You can correct this by checking in with your breathing once an hour. Set an alarm on your phone and be sure you are sitting up straight and breathing into your stomach, not your chest.

#19 Re: Anxiety » I hate feeling overwhelmed all the time » 2020-06-27 22:00:34

Try giving yourself a timeframe to worry and overthink things. Some say 10 minutes is enough, others say 20 but no more than that. Do this earlier in the day and not closer to bedtime because the thoughts can keep cycling. Try to make a daily habit of it and see if that helps you out.

#20 Re: Anxiety » Health anxiety solutions? » 2020-06-27 21:57:51

Deep breathing exercises are said to help. Some people will take the same approach as self-harming people and use a rubber band on the wrist. When you start thinking things, you snap the band on your wrist until they stop. It is believed to be a way of redirecting the brain.

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