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Why aren't any advancements being made in physically diagnosing Bipolar and other psychiatric disorders?

Short Answer Science is hard, brains are complicated, and the premises of your question that there is not work being done or advancements in this area is false. Longer Answer There is no known ...
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Is it dangerous to take an antipsychotic drug irregularly?

Haldol (haloperidol) is mainly known for its antipsychotic properties to treat schizophrenia. It's an aged antipsychotic with a lot of side effects. Because of this, haloperidol is nowadays mostly ...
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Popular science books introducing therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs

Yes, the psychedelic Renaissance/ third wave (as I've heard it being called) is steadily gaining momentum. I almost feel like mentioning How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan here is too obvious, ...
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What psychological disorders have frequent and rapid anger outbursts?

Most of your list fits for symptoms of lack of will to cooperate. Lack of will to cooperate is likely triggered by lack of sympathy, which again may be triggered by lack of trust. I say 'may' because ...
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Can bipolar disorder be considered a malfunction of the "love circuit" in the human brain?

A Love Circuit? The idea that there is a "love circuit" has little evidence (for or against it). But in general studies that look at "love" (however defined) reveal broad activation across multiple ...
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Is "gaslighting" a mainstream concept in the cognitive sciences?

The wikipedia article you linked to regarding the term Gaslighting has references to clinical and research literature. Dorpat, (1996) talks about the incidences of Gaslighting conducted by therapists....
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Word for the opposite of “hypochondriasis”

It seems to depend on the reason for denying their illness... Egosyntonic: ... a term referring to behaviors, values, feelings that are in harmony with or acceptable to the needs and goals of ...
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Why is solitary confinement used so widely?

Solitary confinement serves no therapeutic purpose. Two uses of solitary confinement are generally acknowledged, namely as safety measure to protect the individual from themselves or to protect others ...
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What is the name for the psychological therapy involving socially isolating a patient?

In my recent graduate school psychology training, no therapy of this type was ever mentioned. In fact, conversion disorders are under some scrutiny because, in at least 33% of cases, an organic cause ...
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What effect can depression have on memory?

My initial thought when reading this question is that it would an extremely difficult thing to pin down whether or not depression would affect memory in the long term this is due to a variety of ...
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Whats the difference between BDD and hypochondriasis?

DSM-5 is the go to book for psychiatric dignoses and I would strongly recommend you pick up a copy if you are studying Psychiatry. I am going to split my answer in 3 as you are talking about two ...
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How respected is Viktor Frankl's logotherapy among modern psychologists?

I can't say whether Viktor Frankl is respected by modern psychologists on average, or how respected he is. Anecdotally, I have heard of both Frankl and logotherapy, but not enough to know much more ...
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Why don't we get regular checkups for mental health, as in physical health?

The short version is that in Europe and North America, at least, the answer is predominantly yes: your GP is supposed to refer you to a relevant mental practitioner on a case by case basis. This can ...
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Can a person with multiple personality disorder have one of their personality based on a real person?

The article you link to is fairly comprehensive, and probably already answers your questions. Dissociative Identity Disorder is no longer referred to as multiple personality disorder. This is a ...
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Does the Minnesota 12 steps model really produce an effective change in the treatment of drugs addictions?

Grønbæk and Nielsen (2007) conducted a randomized, controlled study of the Minnesota model for treating alcohol dependence in Denmark. 148 alcohol dependent individuals participated. The study ...
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How many diagnosable mental disorders are included in the DSM?

I have not come up with a definitive answer myself as there is a wide range of figures online. Michael Noll-Hussong states on ResearchGate The total number of specific diagnoses was reduced from ...
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What can clinical psychologists do that psychiatrists can't do?

Short answer is that psychiatrists are medical doctors and (more often than not) medical researchers, and thus psychiatrists themselves often do not practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists ...
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What do anatomical substrates of conditioned taste aversion tell us about treatment?

Your question presupposes that 'deep' (in the brainstem) is the same thing as difficult to extinguish. But the anatomical location doesn't tell us how difficult it is to unlearn a CTA. One reason CTAs ...
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Understanding Precision Psychiatry

Precision medicine (PM) is a medical model that proposes the customization of healthcare, with medical decisions, practices, or products being tailored to the individual patient. Precision ...
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Understanding Precision Psychiatry

I can't understand how to apply precision psychiatry in order to diagnose or predict a mental disorder, for eg. PTSD. No one can, because precision psychiatry is pie in the sky right now. From the ...
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Is getting trapped in an asylum a realistic scenario?

It all boils down to the Duty of Care Duty of Care The duty of care is the responsibility of a mental health professional to protect patients and others from foreseeable harm. If a client makes ...
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Criteria for Something to be Considered a Mental Disorder

This is not just a broad question, it also differs depending on the specific person holding a specific orientation working at a specific clinical/academic setting. For a DSM-V discussion, see "What is ...
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On what basis do professionals who recognize gender dysphoria support risky and permanent medical intervention for those seeking gender re-assignment?

I hope I am qualified to answer this question. I am not a psychologist but have worked with transgender persons in volunteering positions a number of times and am fairly well researched on the topic. ...
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On what basis do professionals who recognize gender dysphoria support risky and permanent medical intervention for those seeking gender re-assignment?

TL;DR: Multiple approaches have been tried over many years. Current medical evidence strongly supports an "affirming approach" to alleviate gender dysphoria. "Corrective approaches" are considered ...
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Relationship and differences between psychosomatic, somatoform and idiopathic disorders

This is purely all about terminology. Somatic means of the body; bodily; physical. whereas the psycho part of psychosomatic refers to the fact that the somatic problem (symptom or disorder) is ...
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On talking people out of delusions

There is surprisingly little information, publicly, on how you should support someone suffering from delusions, but there is a good set of information from Australia's New South Wales Government ...
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Is there a reason I cannot find those that specialize in psychiatry and psychology?

Largely because in most (if not all) jurisdictions: psychiatrist = medical doctor + psychologist So psychiatrists believe that they are, in fact, "someone you consult with to work out problems&...
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Is it normal for men in long term relationships to want to have sexual relationships with other women?

The issue here is 'normality' - normal is a shifting social construct, meaning that any answer concerning normal will be based ...
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Is pedophilia a sexual orientation or a mental disorder?

I'm just gonna point out that in the DSM-5 there's a new distinction (in general) between a paraphilia and a paraphilic disorder. While nothing else changed in the operational definition given in the ...
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