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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is there a mental health disorder related to a harmful lack of anxiety and stress?

Sociopaths (people with Antisocial Personality Disorder) report lower levels of anxiety and stress than the general population. Psychopathic traits tend to foster resiliency and are protective against ...
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Is Dissociative Personality Disorder Alter Takeover Possible?

I think this question is asking about the movie version of multiple personality disorder, rather than the real dissociative identity disorder (DID) as it presents clinically. As-is, this question is ...
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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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Name of sound-induced-hunger condition

Probably not. The closest thing I am aware of is Mayor et al (2016) [The Effect of Chronic Dieting Goals on Auditory Perceptual Biases] where they propose the existence of “wishful hearing,” which ...
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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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Why is schizophrenia a thought disorder and bipolar a mood disorder?

The simple answer is that bipolar disorder can occur without psychosis. The paper that opens the other answer is titled "Differences in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging ...
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Why aren't any advancements being made in physically diagnosing Bipolar and other psychiatric disorders?

Because it's not as easy at it may seem. There is no direct biological distinguishment of any kind in such a case. It's like some prefer red, some prefer blue, some like both equally. In order to ...
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Is low self-esteem, a brain chemical imbalance problem, rather than a personality defect, and can't be fixed by any amount of counselling/self-help?

Low self-esteem can be the result of severeal things, implying depression and other mental disorders, past experiences (harassement for example). We can "fix" low self-esteem through non-drug therapy, ...
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Can a person with delusions completely acknowledge their delusions

The short answer to your question Can a person with delusions completely acknowledge their delusions is yes. But it depends. There are quite a few psychological disorders that have symptoms of ...
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"Reverse Tolerance" Hypothetical

Drug tolerance (desensitization) is complicated, featuring many possible mechanisms. There certainly is reverse tolerance (sensitization) as described as well: The two notions are not incompatible, ...
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Meditation for patients with neuroleptic induced tension

Akathisia is very difficult to handle. Sometimes akathisia responds to anxiolytic drugs such as benzodiazepines, propranolol, and even red wine. Amantadine, benztropine (for Parkinsonism) might also ...
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Psychiatric name of disbelief disorder

My research on your question has so far not showed any disorder that matches this description. Something we all suffer from, however, is confirmation bias. We interpret new information in the light of ...
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Understanding Precision Psychiatry

According to the article you linked to, Precision Psychiatry (PP) is literally the application of Precision Medicine to psychiatry. Here "precision" is used to mean personalisation to each individual ...
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