Are you experiencing any stressors? Has your diet, sleep changed lately? Are you feeling depressed or sad about anything? When was your last physical? Do you have any nutritional issues such as low iron, not drinking enough water, other vitamin/mineral deficiencies? Is it your thyroid? There are so many potential causes. First, I would visit my PCP to have a full physical if you haven't had one lately. Then I'd reflect on any stressors. Usually, the answer to questions like these can be determined with a full medical work-up and an individual taking a really close look at their lives and if there have been any changes that would lead to mental fatigue.
Thanks so much for your question. If your patient has given written consent to the physician to release information to you, then you can receive the information. Also, if the patient's family has legal authority to give consent for release of information, then this would work as well. Please let me know if this answers your question or if you have any further concerns. Please have a good day.
That is an excellent question and one that many people wonder. As an addiction psychiatrist for almost 10 years, I can say that my observations have been that folks are struggling with a mood and/or anxiety disorder that led to the drug use. We all do something to cope with our emotional (and physical) pain and alcohol is one of the ways that people cope. Some of us eat, shop, take other drugs, use the internet, have sex, etc. I'd respectfully recommend that you seek out a psychiatrist who specializes in dual diagnosis patients and then strongly consider talk therapy to get at the root of why you drink. Many folks can trace their pain back to childhood traumas. I have to tell you that digging into the "whys" will be painful, but the question is are you emotionally prepared to find out the "whys" so you can start to fix the underlying issue or are you not ready to process the truths. My sense is that's why your sobriety is short-lived--the true reason for your drinking has not yet been sorted out.
I thank you for your question and am keeping warm thoughts for you. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Take care of yourself, Tanya
That's a great question! Sometimes, with all of the mental health providers out there it can get confusing on who to see. Many psychiatrists are skilled talk therapists. However, there are psychiatrists who choose to practice medication management only, which means no therapy. Visits are generally brief in this case. If you don't feel the need for meds, I'd recommend a good licensed counselor, psychologist, or MFT (marriage, family therapist) in your area. The most important thing is to make sure that you work with someone who you have a rapport with. If not, then it's a waste of time for you as you will not feel comfortable with that person and no progress will be made.
I hope that helps. Please let me know if you need any other assistance.
What an interesting question? Generally, autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger's are generally treated using behavioral and social interventions such as teaching appropriate social interaction, decreasing their stress triggers, and providing support. There are organizations such as NAMI and the Asperger/Autism Network (http://www.aane.org/) that may be of benefit to you (e.g. resources, caregiver support, referrals, etc.).
As with all treatments for any condition (medical or psychiatric), treatments can and will vary as people don't respond in the same way to a treatment. I wish you well and if you have any other questions, please let me know.