Mental Health Basics
- Q What does malingering mean?
Dr. Bill Salt, GastroenterologyMalingering is feigning or grossly exaggerating physical or emotional/ psychological symptoms. In contrast, patients with medically unexplained symptoms do not feign or intentionally produce their symptoms. Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of mental illness?
Dr. Sudeepta Varma, PsychiatryIn order for something to be considered a mental illness by most mental health professionals, symptoms need to cause a person distress and/or cause impairment in functioning-i.e., a person is having trouble meeting personal, family or work expectations... Full Answer
- Q How do I prepare for an appointment to discuss my mental health?
To prepare for an appointment with your doctor or a therapist, write down when you noticed you started noticing changes in your mental health and thought or behavior patterns and what they are. Be prepared to discuss how your symptoms are affecting your... Full Answer
- Q When is hospitalization appropriate for mental health problems?
Although most people with mental health problems never need hospitalization, sometimes it's necessary for people with severe mental illness. It's usually needed when the person can't manage the activities of daily living, such as eating properly and... Full Answer