Sofia Amoashiy, MD
Location and Office HoursPeninsula Counseling Center
50 W Hawthorne
Valley Stream, NY 11580
How common is adjustment disorder in veterans?
Challenge America answeredMental health issues such as adjustment disorder are, unfortunately, relatively common among veterans returning from active duty. The records of the VA health care system from 2000 to 2007 show that 41% of patients treated had either a mental health or a behavioral adjustment disorder. In the general population, the incidence of adjustment disorder is estimated between 5-20%. Twice as many women as men are diagnosed with adjustment disorder. Research on gender differences in depression has suggested that women over age 15 display a more depressive outlook than men. Women may be prone to respond to depression in ways that worsen the condition and even prolong it. These findings could be applied to women with adjustment disorder with depressed mood.
Is panic disorder fatal?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Although panic disorder causes intense, unexpected fear and a feeling of losing control, the condition is not fatal. However, if left untreated, the condition can cause severe problems for the person who has the disorder. It is very difficult for a person with this disorder to function normally on a daily basis because of their extreme feeling of fear.
How can I help a person with mental illness improve his or her self-esteem?
After several years of illness, and even before that, many people with serious mental illness (SMI) lose their self-esteem when any efforts they make to secure a good future are dashed (e.g., inability to get or to keep a job).
In many cases SMI causes moderate or severe impairment, so that encouraging them to do small tasks around the home can help, both to raise esteem and build trust and a loving relationship. For example, you can ask the person to help shop for and carry home groceries. Gardening is another pleasant activity to share. Versions of activities the person used to do before getting sick can also be considered, so long as they are not too demanding. Do not be annoyed if they are not done as well as you had hoped.
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