Sofia Amoashiy, MD
Location and Office HoursPeninsula Counseling Center
50 W Hawthorne Ave Fl 2
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Is recovery from mental health conditions such as schizophrenia possible?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredAbsolutely! When it comes to mental health conditions like schizophrenia, recovery means that you have control of your symptoms and have prolonged remission such that you are successfully managing and completing your daily tasks and coping with whatever challenges arise constructively. With regular medication, therapy, social interventions, and/or behavioral training programs, people with schizophrenia can successfully manage their symptoms and learn coping mechanisms so that they excel at work and maintain stable social relationships.
What makes a bully want to hurt other people?
Oftentimes, bully perpetrators are troubled and lack positive coping and social skills. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children with mental health disorders are three times more likely to be identified as bullies. With this statistic in mind, it's important to not only increase efforts to help the targeted youth, but also focus our efforts on the perpetrators. Youth who bully should be seen as kids that need help.
Did you know that teens who bully others are more likely to engage in risky behaviors?
Research shows that bullying has been correlated with:
- Academic problems
- Substance abuse
- Mental health problems
- Family violence
The perpetrators could benefit from professional help. Counselors can work with bullies in several different ways: First, they can reach out to these students one-on-one. Understanding an individual student’s situation and background can sometimes help shed light on why the youth is resorting to bullying. Second, counselors can teach these youth how to identify the emotions they are experiencing (i.e., anger, frustration, jealousy, and insecurity) and offer them positive ways to work through their feelings. Third, counselors can help those who bully practice introspection and understand how their words cut and leave scars that can last a lifetime.
What raises the risk of mental illness in people with cancer?
Following are special risk factors for psychiatric problems among cancer patients:
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- The type and stage of cancer -- pancreatic cancer and certain types of lung cancer and advanced stages of cancer at time of diagnosis -- portend more of an incidence of psychiatric problems
- Very young or very old patients
- Those who are not married or have little support
- Those who have few friends and are not affiliated with community or religious groups
- Patients with a history of psychiatric problems
- Patients with co-occurring medical problems