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Questions to ask your Mental Health Professional

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.  http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

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 Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter Q

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Questions to Ask your Medical Health Provider

Finding a mental health provider can be challenging to say the least, especially if you are experiencing a crisis. If you have a family/primary care doctor that is a good place to start. Most family doctors are able to diagnose mental health conditions and can prescribe medications. Continued care should be done with a provider that specializes in mental health treatment.

Ask your primary doctor, friends, relatives etc… if they can refer you to a mental health professional.

Types of Providers

 Psychiatrist- A psychiatrist is a medical doctor that specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health illnesses. They are able to prescribe medication.

Psychiatric Nurse Professional- They can do what a psychiatrist can do including prescribing prescriptions.

Clinical Psychologist- They can diagnose, treat and educate on mental illnesses. They are not medical doctors and they cannot prescribe medications. However some states are beginning to train and license psychologists to be able to prescribe medications.

Licensed Social Worker- Can diagnose, treat and educate. Cannot prescribe medications.

Licensed professional counselor- Can diagnose, treat and educate. Cannot prescribe medications.

Questions to ask before your Appointment

Most of these questions can be asked of the receptionist.

1.Does your practice take my insurance

2.Treat my condition?

3.Have night, weekend hours?

4.After hour emergency care?

5.Affiliated with a local hospital?

6.Someone on staff that is able to prescribe medications?

7.Credentials, education, specialties?

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Questions to ask the Professional

 Visiting any type of doctor can be nerve wracking. Always write out a list of questions and concerns before your appointment. That way if you feel rushed or nervous, you won’t forget to get the answers you need.

1.What are my treatment options?

2.Are there risks associated with my treatment?

3.How long will it be before I start to feel better?

4.Does the medication have side effects? What are they? Are there alternatives?

5.How long will my therapy last?

6.Will you involve my family in my treatment?

7.Once my symptoms are under control what can I do to keep them from returning?

Mental health providers will not disclose anything you tell them in confidence. They are bound by ethics. However if you talk about hurting another person they are bound by law to report your intentions.

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Fraggin’ Fantastic

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By the time Friday rolls around my mind is so full of ½ thoughts, lists and ideas but lucky for me, the lovely, Mrs. 4444 over at Half Past -Kissin Time came up with the solution for all those Fragments. Friday Fragments is the place to unload all of those great ideas that just are not enough for a full post…yet.

The best part about Friday Fragments is without a doubt, the friends.

To learn more about Friday Fragments, how you can participate and the news on the BIG anniversary coming up:

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We are more than half way through this year’s A-Z Blogging Challenge. I have posted on time and have visited at least ten other blogs, each day of the challenge so far. I am still so excited that my ‘theme reveal’ post has eighty + comments.

If you have time I hope you will visit the A-Z’s of mental health awareness. Today’s post is on PTSD.

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My editing on the book has suffered. I am going to try to catch up on that today.

I took a much needed break last Saturday and spent a glorious day with my daughters and grandkids. We had breakfast at Applebee’s with the Easter Bunny, to support my cousin’s little girl’s gymnastics team. The gymnasts actually served the breakfast and cleared the tables. They are a very impressive group.

Bunny Breakfast 2014 cousins

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] It’s Personal

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

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 Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter P

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]

PTSD is a serious disorder that may develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or horrifying event in which physical harm occurred or was threatened.

It is a lasting condition that causes intense fear, helplessness and horror.

Those with the highest risk of developing PTSD are victims of sexual assault or other violent crimes, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, natural disasters and abuse.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [OCD]

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge.

The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.

http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z AMBASSADOR 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is the letter O

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Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder [OCD]

OCD is a series of irrational thoughts or fears that cause you to repeat behaviors that you believe will cause the irrational thoughts and fears to stop.

 Examples of some Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive-Behavior:

Intense anxiety and fear will occur with these symptoms.

The irrational fear of dirt and/or germs that cause you to constantly wash your hands and or clean your house.

Putting everything in symmetrical order.

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Narcissistic Disorder

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge.

 

The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd  http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

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Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s letter is the letter N

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Although this disorder is rare it seems we all know one.

This disorder is one in which the person will have a greatly inflated sense of their own importance, a need for constant admiration and no regard for other people’s feelings.

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Medical Marijuana

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge.

The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.

http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z-AMBASSADOR-2014-211x300 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s Letter is the letter M and the letter M represents

 our ½ way point in the A-Z Challenge!

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Medical Marijuana

The Cannibis Plant has more than one-thousand -years of history as a medicinal plant.

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Learning Disorders

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z-AMBASSADOR-2014-211x300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s letter is the letter L

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Learning Disorders

Learning Disorders refer to one  or more psychological processes that help one understand, listen, think, hear, speak, read,  write, spell and to do math. Learning Disorders are relatively common and affects four to six percent of the public school population.

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You may be a Kleptomaniac …

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z-AMBASSADOR-2014-211x300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s letter is K

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Kleptomania

Kleptomania is a powerful, irresistible urge to steal items that you do not need and the stolen items usually have little value. It is a serious psychiatric disorder and left untreated can cause emotional pain to the kleptomaniac as well as his/her loved ones.

It is an impulse disorder. It was once considered to be a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but is no longer thought to be. It is a disorder in which they cannot resist the urges to perform acts that are dangerous to them and or someone else.

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Tackling Jealousy

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z-AMBASSADOR-2014-211x300

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is J

A-Z Letter J

 

 

 

 

Jealousy

That green eyed monster, jealousy is an emotion that we have all felt and had to deal with at some point during our lives. The feeling of jealousy is often a combination of several feelings such as anger, resentment, inadequacy, helplessness and disgust. Jealousy typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something or someone of great value.

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Ideal Body Image

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For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd. http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

A-Z-AMBASSADOR-2014-211x300

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a list of all of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is I

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Ideal Body Image

Sometime between the1950’s and the1960’s  actual women’s sizes became larger but societal standards of a woman’s body started becoming thinner.

During the 1950’s Marilyn Monroe was the bomb, every man’s dream woman and she wore a size 14. By the time the 1960’s rolled in Twiggy with her tall slender size 0 was considered the ‘perfect’ woman.

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