Patient discussion about mental disorder

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Q. Regarding mental illness

My mom is suffering from mental illness. As she remains absent minded through out the day, moreover remains silent (talkless), suffering with idiot ideas. Pls advise me how may i resolve this prob. She is sufferring from last 4 years....!!! and now it has increased. We are also under supervision of phycologist but he used to kept her on sleep as alternative. I need yr some corrective suggestion & help. Regards Parth
A1Parth- Dan could be right, there might be another diagnosis for your mother. it sounds like late stages of Parkinson's, but that would be hard to miss due to a very clear first stages.. if Schizophrenia was diagnosed properly - you should know that there are cases of recovery but it's about 15%. so it's not much, but a dual treatment can improve her state. is she taking any medication?
A2Hey Parth,

Sorry to hear about your mom. I would suggest you consider have her see a neurologist doctor. Her symptoms you described may indicate she could have Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, or dementia. Give it some thought.

Dan

Q. Everyone on my mother's side has mental illness and addictions. How do you convince someone they need help?

It seems to be an inherited bi-polar disorder. An uncle shot his wife. A brother shot his wife and killed himself. My son has been diagnosed as bi-polar. How do I convince or get help for other family members who are in denial?
A1Thank you so much for your answer; unfortunately the link didn't work. I'll try to get there though. I've been researching and I think it's going to be bi-polar spectrum disorder. Are there any forums exclusively for that?
A2Hi Debra - thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We have a great bipolar community at www.imedix.com/bipolar. you can speak with our amazing bipolar community leader JennJ. Please feel free to ask questions and find more health information here. we have videos, articles and tons of bipolars that can help you and share their experiences. Let me know if there's anything I can help you with as I'm the iMedix community manager.
A3Thank you Joseph83. The history spans 50 years. Young adults and early 40's family members are exhibiting symptoms but deny they have a problem and do not want to take "happy" pills. Of course, I would report to authorities asap. I'm more in the stage of trying to educate and convince of the genetic problem but bi-polar seems to manifest in denial.

Q. How do you know the difference if the child has ADHD or have other mental disorders?

The child has been of ADHD medication for four years give or take a few months. The problems are getting gradually worse. She has no patience with anything, can’t sit still. She is ten years old but she acts like she is 6.
A1Sometimes, seasonal allergies can intensify behavior. I have a child with adhd who changes dramatically around fall and spring and it takes a couple of months for her to return to a lower level of adhd-ness. I recently took her to an allergist and found out she's allergic to weeds (fall) and a number of trees (spring).
A2Most ADHD patients are highly intelligent, when they are on their medication they can sit peacefully working on their chosen activity for hours. Mentally retarded patients are lacking in mental/ social development. This retarded development can occur at any age...but usually appears around the age of 5.

Q. Whats schizoaffective disease

its a mental disease
A1Schitzoaffective is a mental disease that causes symptoms of schitzophrenia and symptoms of bi-polar. patients see things, hear voices, are moody,etc.Patients go into a high mania and a low mania.
A2Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness that shares the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia and the mood disturbances of depression or bipolar disorder. The term schizoaffective disorder was first used in the 1930s to describe patients with acute psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions along with disturbed mood. These patients tended to function well before becoming psychotic; their psychotic symptoms lasted relatively briefly; and they tended to do well afterward. For the full article:
http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/schizoaffective_disorder.jsp

Hope this helps.

A3This disorder is defined as "the presence of psychotic symptoms in the absence of mood changes for at least two weeks in a patient who has a mood disorder." The diagnosis is used when a person does not fit the diagnostic standards for either schizophrenia or "affective" (mood) disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder (manic depression).

Q. Is depression is a mental disease? how do you treat it?

A1I can confirm as a patient being treated for depression that it is mental. Its supposed to be caused by a complicated chemical imbalance in the brain.
A2Yes, although many "organic" diseases may cause signs and symptoms similar to depression, e.g. hypothyroidism, stroke and many others.

Depression may be treated with medications (i.e. anti-depressants, SSRI) or psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/depression.html
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