Cyril G Hardy, MD
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Why do people develop strange addictions?
Mike Dow, PsyD, Addiction Medicine, answeredA strange addiction, such as wearing a fur animal suit, is a way for someone to express parts of their personality that they have difficulty expressing without the aid of these furry costumes. And when someone is shy, hiding behind a furry mask (or for gamers in virtual worlds, new names and identities) helps a person to feel a certain way. When you boil down addiction, isn't part of the definition simply not wanting to feel the way you're currently feeling? And have you ever worn something (your work suit, four-inch heels, a uniform) that makes you feel more powerful, sexy, or confident?
Does psychotherapy help treat alcohol abuse?
Psychotherapy, or a combination of psychotherapy and prescription medication, may help alcohol abuse patients prevent relapse, overcome withdrawal symptoms, and deal with underlying problems, depression, or anxiety.
You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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How can impaired reasoning affect a person with serious mental illness?
Some people with severe mental illness may have impaired reasoning due to their condition. People with thinking difficulties or muddled thinking may misunderstand the motives of the actions of their family, friends or others. This may result in all kinds of difficulties and misunderstandings, even provoking the person to self harm. Problems of thinking (called cognitive problems) are generally not very responsive to medication.
Family should keep communications simple and short and regularly express their regard for the person. Arguing about any misunderstandings may simply escalate difficulties.
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