Questions tagged [mental-health]

Mental health is also known as emotional health or well-being. Use the tag for stress, depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD and puzzling symptoms. Everyone experiences changes in mental health but not everyone has a diagnosable mental illness or disorder.

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How exactly can/do antidepressants treat ADHD?

According to Wikipedia, antidepressants can treat ADHD, not just depression. How exactly? So far I know, ADHD is caused partly (primarily?) by a dopamine deficiency. Do antidepressants do something ...
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How to deal with winter blues

I suffer from severe winter blues. It starts around January and by March, I am at my wits end. I come from a tropical climate and the sever cold and lack of sunlight makes me just want to go crazy. I ...
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Does being optimistic help me to age more slowly?

I read an article that says that the superyoung (people who look at least 10 years younger than they are) are really optimistic and happy people. Is this true? Is there any cause and effect ...
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Treatment of addiction

Substance addiction e.g. heroin is treated by gradually decreasing doses of a less potent substance other than heroin (if I am correct). Is this rule can be applied to any other addiction e.g ...
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Difficulty comprehending and remembering text [closed]

I am a full grown adult, 26 years in age. I work as a software developer, which requires I do a lot of reading. I am also trying to go through additional schooling, meaning even more reading. I ...
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Is there a technical term for the phenomenon known as "brain zaps"?

Many people (especially those who take antidepressants), including myself, are familiar with the experience of what has been called "brain zaps". I was not aware that the sensation had a name or that ...
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Is there any way to overcome Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder without using medicine?

I have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and want to be a web programmer. It's really annoying when you have an error and can't see where it is or can't focus. I tried seeing a psychologist, ...
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Does hyperthyroidism affect serotonin levels?

I have read that hyperthyroidism can cause depression. Is this because of low serotonin levels or is there is another cause? Does this kind of depression need to be checked by a psychiatrist? Edit (...
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Hashimoto thyroiditis leading to severe psychological problems and behavior changes?

Can Hashimoto thyroiditis lead to psychological problems and severe behavioral changes? Do existing psychological problems (anxiety, depression, etc.) 'compound' when layered with Hashimoto ...
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Can health be improved by viewing pictures or videos of nature on the computer?

This Is Your Brain on Nature by Florence Williams, January 2016, National Geographic Magazine (published online 2015/12/8) Measurements of stress hormones, respiration, heart rate, and sweating ...
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Does more time off from work increase mental happiness

I am 34 years old. I have a decent IT job, but it is stressful and the 3 weeks vacation time seems more like 3 days, particularly because I need to keep 2 weeks out of those to visit family in India . ...
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Overcome emotions when talking to people [closed]

I need something to calm myself down when interacting with certain people(crushes included here). Sometimes I'm so calm, and I could say whatever I want, but most of the time, there's a wave of ...
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Munchausen syndrome by proxy, caregiver and care receiver relation

Does Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy only apply to a parent (caregiver) and his/her child (care receiver)? Or does it apply to any relation between a caregiver and a care receiver with that kind of ...
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Side effects of smoking cessation

It's been a year since I quit smoking, but this year has been one of depression and counter-productivity at work. Is it common to experience things like this? If so, how long should it last?
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Are there any studies that suggest mental disorders can manifest physically?

For example, depression becoming so absolute to one mentally that their physical body suffers. Maybe through a lack of physical activity or something. If it helps, I am attempting to write an essay ...
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Lithium side effects (kidney)

Lithium (taken as a mood stabilizer) can lead to renal problems in patients, especially those taking it long-term. How prevalent are these side effects and how are they managed - for example, ...
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How can I manage the symptom of forgetfulness in a patient with dementia?

I am a caregiver of a dementia patient, who forgets things all the time. I would like to know how to manage this symptom of dementia so I can help the patient. What should I do about this ...
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How much space should be in between taking an antidepressant and drinking coffee?

For stimulants such as Methylphenidate and coffee, it is at least an hour, so I read: Stimulant + Stimulant = Stimulated. Don't take your Concerta with coffee in future. Space them out at least ...
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Can a past psychiatrist share information with your current psychiatrist?

I've heard there's a HIPAA exception where health care providers can share information without the patient's consent for the purposes of treatment. Does this mean my previous psychiatrist can share ...
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How to improve your short term memory?

When I check online for memory improvement, I mostly come across games. But I am a software developer, and my job is like solving puzzles all the time while debugging the codes for nearly 10 years. ...
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Anxiety of everything

My wife has been worrying about cancer in the past from time to time. Five years ago, she told me there was a hard spot around her neck, and started worrying about all kinds of sickness she could ...
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Ritalin/Concerta/Methylphenidate is an amphetamine?

FIDE (the governing body of international chess competition) says here: The most relevant banned substances for chess are: • Amphetamines – e.g. Adderall, Ritalin (...) Image: I think either ...
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Difference between having severe social anxiety and Social Anxiety Disorder

I am sorry if this question seems offensive in any way: I am asking truthfully because I do not know the difference in diagnosis. My question is by which criteria social anxiety disorder is ...
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Difference between Caffeine high dosages (800mg) and Adderal for ADHD?

I have ADHD. I found that 800mg caffeine / day helps me stay alert and concentrated. I don't get jittery and I'm able to fall asleep normally. I have read that Adderall and Ritalin sometimes do ...
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Is Tourrettes considered a condition requiring medication?

Many mental disorders major depressive disorder, bipolar and/or schizophrenia borderline require and or recommend the use of medications. Is tourettes considered less severe such that you may go ...
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Would it be beneficial to see a psycologist even though I am mentally healthy right now?

A couple of years ago, during a time when I was working long hours and was very stressed, I had significant difficulty coping in a healthy way. I did some research online about coping with stress ...
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Are there permanent procedures to assist with minor Acrophobia?

I understand that acrophobia ("fear of heights”) may be issues with the vestibular system. I have a terrible time in tall buildings near the balcony or window, but I'm okay in a plane, ...
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Should I "give in" to insomnia?

I've started to wonder whether or not my bouts of insomnia are truly detrimental or just "the way I am." Last night for instance, I woke up after four hours of sleep feeling very excited and ...
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What is wrong with taking coffee and methylphenidate together?

I think this question is related to my other question here Concerta or other kinds of methylphenidate can be and is seen by some to be several cups of a coffee in one pill. Provided my understanding ...
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Is there a term for depression that is not persistent?

Is there a term for having some of the symptoms of depression such as low mood disinterest in hobbies sleep issues self-hatred suicidal thoughts but instead of it lasting for 2+ weeks, its ...
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How to help my dyslexic daughter to not get frustrated while reading

I recently found out that my 8yo daughter has dyslexia. When I found out, I wasn't surprised. I never considered it, but then suddenly everything made sense. She writes almost all numbers backwards. ...
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Fear of planets

When I was in preschool, I saw a 3D space adventure movie and almost cried. I don't know why but I get so scared when I see a planet. They are just very creepy to me. Even looking at a planet in a ...
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What is the relationship between fluoride and IQ?

Have there been any studies that have investigated the effects of ingesting fluoridated drinking (esp. in high concentrations) on the intelligence (or IQ) of humans or animals? If so, have any such ...
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Does 'Stockholm Syndrome' really exist?

Stockholm syndrome describes the 'irrational' bond between a captor and captives. It has been more than four decades since the name, coined by Nils Bejerot, was formally accepted into medical ...
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Are there any long-term effects of marijuana?

I would really like this question answered by a professional as it seems that most of the articles I read online are very heavily biased. Articles on marijuana related sites promote it and say its ...
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Why is it a bad idea to use uppers and downers simulatenously?

In the Requiem For A Dream (2000) which is based on a novel written in '78, The grandma uses rainbow pills for weight loss and after overdosing on them. She loses Her sanity and ends up getting ECT. ...
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I'm scared of certain celestial objects

I have a huge fear of photos of certain things in space. Here's a list: Nebula Galaxies Planets I am not scared of photos of stars (like the sun or distant stars), galaxy or star clusters (far away ...
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How to I overcome extreme anxiety without medication? [closed]

I'm a mother of toddlers. I'm incredibly overwhelmed with stress. I am very anxious about the world around me and I fear their safety. I don't have enough control of my emotions and I believe I ...
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Sertraline (Zoloft) safety?

Sertraline, is a very commonly prescribed medication for patients suffering with mental health conditions such as Depression. Overdose guidelines, however, are not firmly presented. What dosage of ...
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Can/In what way does Vortioxetine/Brintellix treat ADHD?

According to Wikipedia, antidepressants can treat ADHD, not just depression. Can/In what way does Vortioxetine/Brintellix treat ADHD? How? It doesn't say anything like that on Wikipedia. So far I ...
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Can/Does Vortioxetine/Brintellix treat OCD?

According to Wikipedia, antidepressants can treat OCD, not just depression. Can/Does Vortioxetine/Brintellix treat OCD? How? It doesn't say anything like that on Wikipedia.
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Uremic encephalopathy, diabetes, and halucinations

I'm in highschool, interested in patient diagnosis and treatment and that's why I'm asking this question. I've recently heard about a patient with end-stage uremic encephalopathy and diabets. He has ...
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Mental health and the work place

Is there a registered body in the UK to which companies can join to show their commitment to consideration of employees with mental health conditions? E.g. I think company's can join Stonewall, for ...
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What evidence is there that not taking bipolar medications can damage your brain?

It is often stated serious metal illness if not treated can harm the brain development. What basis is there for this? Are there verifiable tests for such? Example for this: Usually, when we ...
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How to cope with the pressure in an exam? [closed]

I am willing to do Research in a particular subject. In order to pursue it I will have to qualify a competitive exam. I have attempted it 2 times but failed. The reason for the failure is not that I ...
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How do digital devices affect mood?

I'm particularly curious about research that's been done on smartphones. Please provide links to articles, books, research, etc...
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Clonazepam and pregnancy

What are the risks of my wife taking clonazepam during pregnancy? To be specific, I am looking for recent studies on this, I have done a lot of research and am fairly confused by what I have read.
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Can metabolism raising help us become thinner?

I saw a article about the metabolism in Chinese. It said that metabolism = 65% basal metabolic rate + 10% thermic effect of food + 25% daily activities, so I can write the math formula, X=65% X+10% ...
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As a patient, how can I help improve my counseling/therapy sessions?

I'm asking this question for a number of reasons. I like to be proactive in my healthcare My therapist seems more reactive rather than proactive. I don't feel like I'm getting much out of my sessions....
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ADD medication (Dexadrine) safe to drink with low-caffiene (Mountain Dew)?

I am an adult with ADD, and I have been prescribed Dexadrine (both long-lasting and short-lasting). Now, I don't consume a lot of caffeine (I don't drink coffee, tea, or energy drinks), but I do have ...
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