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Mental health diagnosis is the process of identification and labeling of disfunction or a disorder based on its signs and symptoms. Mental health clinicians diagnose a wide range of mental health... more
Mental health diagnosis is the process of identification and labeling of disfunction or a disorder based on its signs and symptoms. Mental health clinicians diagnose a wide range of mental health conditions that affect mood, thinking and behavior.
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Manya  Khoddami
Manya Khoddami
I aspire to inspire you to tap into your own inner potentials and transform symptoms to strengths.

Talking to a licensed profession who can discuss this in greater depth can be best.  As a general information, in short, I can say that our thoughts are greatly influenced by our early life experiences. Our thoughts are processed through schemes, these are mental images or templates by which we make... more

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Vikas Keshri
Vikas Keshri
Recovery from mental illness is possible

Life is beautiful without unwanted thoughts and stress. With proper strategies and tools it is possible to regain control over your thoughts. I guess you are just having "thoughts" and not actually "hearing voices"? My suggestion is to see a therapist and go from there.

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First off, there is nothing wrong with you.  In fact, having random thoughts we feel we cannot control is actually quite common and normal.   Sometimes our thoughts think they are protecting us (if we think we aren't worth anything, it won't hurt when we get rejected) but they are actually doing... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Those  critical thoughts most likely came into your mind as the way you understood what one of your parents or some other adult who was very meaningful to you, at a very young age. When we are too young to distinguish whether what a grown person tells us, feels accurate, we absorb their opinions as... more

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Sometimes it's helps to have a name for a problem - it can make you feel less alone as in, "oh there's a name for this and other people have this experience too." On the other hand naming the problem can also make it stick around longer as in "now I have a special problem that has a special name... more

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Lauren Ostrowski, MA, LPC, NCC, DCC, CCTP
Lauren Ostrowski, MA, LPC, NCC, DCC, CCTP
I tailor my therapeutic approach to each client's strengths and goals

It sounds like this would be difficult at times, particularly if you feel misunderstood. You may or may not know that we all have chemicals in our brain. We also have different sections of our brain that become active when different things happen. There is a part of our brain where a lot of our... more

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Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

The world needs more people lately who have such a high degree of empathy which you describe in yourself! If it feels a little burdensome, then look to balance what is too much with its opposite.   Since you're giving a lot of empathy, maybe you'd like receiving a lot of empathy. In the situation... more

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Emily Pagone
Emily Pagone
Psychotherapist at Naperville Counseling Center

This is a great question, and I am happy to have the opportunity to explain my approach. When I am determining what type of personality a client has, I take my time and really absorb their lens/ point of view to themselves and others. Determining a personality type takes some time getting to know... more

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Eric Ström, JD, MA, LMHC
Eric Ström, JD, MA, LMHC
Attorney & Licensed Mental Health Counselor

That's a great question. There is such a wide range of ways to define "personality" that it is difficult to identify specific characteristics that are used to identify personality types. That being said, some clinicians will use standardized tests (or assessments) to assess a client's type of... more

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Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC, NCC
Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC, NCC
Mental Health in a Primary Care Setting

Hello, and thank you for your question. Self-diagnosing is something that we all do about one health issue or another. Taking a guess about what may or may not be happening to us is completely normal, however the actual clinical diagnoses of a mental health disorder requires a licensed mental health... more

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