Hi this is Fran. To diagnosis PTSD you must look at a patients history including what trauma's they have experienced as well as how they are currently functioning: do they have relationships, are they angry, anxious, depressed, what are their dreams and is this all interfering with their current functioning.
This is Fran Sherman. That's a great question that is relevant to so many families. Many people don't have finances for services but fortunately there are services in this county that see people on a sliding scale or accept Medicaid. One of the places you can reach out to is South County Mental Health. If they cannot help you they can probably refer you to a place that can.
Please seek help immediately. If you are hurting yourself and in danger please go to your nearest emergency room or call 911. They can offer you help and refer to someone who can as well.
Thank you for your service. Mental Health Services in this country need to change and hopefully they will at the VA as well. If you need help try to find a private psychotherapist that can help you or seek services from a mental health clinic. You can reach me at Fran@AskTherapistFran.com and I will see if I can offer you some advice.
Sorry..I have lots of questions and I'm doing the best I can. What is your question?
Hi Steph. I'm sure you're struggling. You can reach out to South County Mental Health. They are in Delray.
I strongly agree. A Baker Act is at most a 72 hour hospitalization that just keeps someone safe if they are in danger of hurting themselves or others.
Hopefully things like this will help this country to make changes. It is really awful because issues such as these are brain chemistry issues and nothing to be ashamed of. If someone has diabetes their is no shame in being treated. The same should be true for depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.
Maybe you can seek the help of a therapist or counselor who can help you to tell your parents.
Thanks for being patient. Cutting has become an epidemic and it's really scary. People cut to relieve themselves of internal pain but it is not a good coping skill. Please get help immediately. If you are in danger please call your doctor, 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Hi Lauren. You now have agoraphobia as well, but you CAN get better!! Both medication and therapy help. You may not be on the correct medication. Panic disorder is your brain chemistry. You can reach me at Fran@AskTherapistFran.com.
Hi. The Psychiatrist I work with is Dr. Nancy Griff and she takes BCBS and see's people with Autism. I agree that it is a serious problem.
Can you call your doctor...please get help!!!
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Hi Vince. Sometimes the quietest people "snap". if someone seems like they are not in their regular routine...not sleeping, eating, socializing...something is going on.
Joanne...I agree with you. I think that we as a society have to continue to advocate for what we need. Contact your local congressperson and make your feelings known.
Liz...thank you so much for this suggestion. I think that this is extremely important and I will pass this on. I try to be an advocate for mental health issues every day!
The best suggestion is to seek treatment through a facility that offers sliding scales. I know that it is very difficult. Again, contact your local congressperson and voice your issues and concerns.
I hope that you have applied for medicaid which will cover most medications. As well, many of the pharmecutical companies offer assistance and free medications for those who qualify.
It is my pleasure Joanne. Anything I can do to help!
Thank you for that comment. Mental Illness can be treated just like any other illness and the majority of people live very healthy and productive lives.
My best suggestions are therapy and the right medication that is prescribed by a specialist.
If your son is under 18 years old and you live in Palm Beach County there is the Parent Child Center. There are also agencies such as Boystown that provide case management and therapeutic services.
As I stated earlier the vast majority of people who get treated for mental health issues do lead productive lives. Unfortunately there are so many people who do not get the treatment that they need and there are so many people that are ill that ignore their illness.
ECT is very different now then it was many years ago. It has been used only for people with severe depression who have not responded to any other treatment. I am not an expert on the side effects, but you can certainly look that up on the National Institute of Mental Health site.
A Psychiatrist is an MD and they generally prescribe mediation. Psychotherapists provide talk therapy.