Hello everyone! My name is Jamie and I am a mental health therapist who works primarily with mental health disorders and co-occurring disorders (mental health + Addiction).

I have been in the field for about 4 years now and work with ages as young as 7 years old and as old as their late 80's. I've worked with many different kinds of mental illness!

I'm always eager to help out an individual and educate to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and addiction.

Please ask me anything!!

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please don't hesitate to ask questions here, but also please refer to these numbers here:


Also a disclaimer: I am happy to answer any questions but this thread alone will not resolve any long term mental health issues and I will be very happy to assist you in figuring out obtaining mental health services!

Will be answering questions until about 12am EST. If this gets pretty popular I may extend it :-)

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Edit: woke up to a bunch of new comments will be responding to all throughout the day!

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txplf2335 karma

I suffer from severe anxiety and become very anxious when I have to go see my doctor, end up telling him that everything is fine just to avoid conversation and getting upset. Any suggestions for me? A lot of the time I do want to talk but feel anxious about it.

jaamiii52 karma

I find that it is a lot easier to write everything down that you have been experiencing and taking that list with you to your doctors appointment. It's easier because you are more clear headed so you will be more detailed, and you can just give it to your doctor if you find your anxiety is taking over.

This is also a double whammy because journaling and writing is a great way to help reduce some anxiety symptoms.

txplf2314 karma

Thank you for your reply. I actually have notebooks filled with journaling and lists (I make lists for *everything *) and never thought about this. Thank you so much!

jaamiii19 karma

You're welcome! I also live with anxiety disorder and I know that really helps me process my thoughts also :-)

blaziken2418 karma

How are you able to put distance between you and the patients? How do you handle listening to so many problems and hard stories without getting sad?

EDIT: Thanks for the answer.

jaamiii26 karma

This is a good question!! I have my own healthy coping skills that I utilize and a great support network that helps me separate work from personal life. I do have to admit there are days that I come home in a funk though because of a crappy or sad day.

revanon4 karma

I worked for a few months as a resident chaplain in an in-patient psychiatric facility and I can't even begin to say how important coping skills are in that sort of work environment. Prayers and well-wishes that you don't get burned out, this is really important work that folks like you do! (No question from me, just encouragement.)

jaamiii2 karma

Thank you for this! I totally agree. I am really blessed with a great support network that also helps me a lot.

HxRagexH16 karma

Hi, I am currently looking for a new therapist to handle my depression and anxiety, however every time I call a Dr. thats covered by my insurance I get a voicemail and they never respond. What is the best way to look for a new Dr.?

jaamiii14 karma

I'm not sure if you have done this yet, but if you call the back of your insurance card they should provide you with a list of agencies that accepts your insurance. If you have already done this, keep trying back at some of these doctors. The sad thing is, there is no way to MAKE them call you, you can just keep bugging them until one of them does.

I'm sorry to hear that you are having this problem! Another thing that you can do is talk to your primary care and see if they can make a referral to a specific doctor for you, sometimes then they will do much of the work.

someoneelsesusername14 karma

I've struggled w/ depression and anxiety for 15 years. I've been mostly stable but hit another road block and really really been struggling the last few months.

I started counseling today but I'm not sure we really mesh. How do I know if it's her or if I'm just reacting to things I don't want to hear? How many sessions does it take to decide that you don't mesh?

Thanks !

jaamiii14 karma

if you don't mind me asking, what makes you feel like you don't mesh? I know for our agency, the first appointment is a lot of paperwork and learning agency policies. It could be that you haven't gotten into the meat of what you will be working on. I say stick it out another couple appointments and if you continue to feel uncomfortable ask the agency if you could explore another option.

someoneelsesusername9 karma

I'm not sure. She talks a lot. She smiles too much.

I think it's probably me. I'm in a very negative space and not taking encouragement very well. (ie, everyone keeps telling me I need to take "baby steps" and how it's so good I can get out of bed now ... I've been majorly depressed for at least 3 months now and I'm sick of hearing how great I'm doing ... If i was doing so great, why do I keep having thoughts of hurting myself?). I have bad experiences w/ previous attempts at therapy and I think i'm looking for an 'out' ...

I feel not ready for therapy yet but that doesn't even make sense ... not even to me.

jaamiii16 karma

Sounds like you're nervous and still feeling like isolating. Depression can do that to us. One of the hardest things when it comes to this is to NOT isolate (because it's all that you want to do). Isolating only increases depressive symptoms. It's feeling hard right now because you become comfortable in that feeling, you know at least what to expect there.

Give it a chance, if it becomes too hard or uncomfortable, take a break and try again!

phoenix0r8 karma

Hmm this is interesting. I'm definitely prone to isolation when I'm depressed or anxious. But sometimes I find that if I force myself out then it's almost more traumatic. I'll get into social interactions that I replay over and over again and beat myself up about for days. It seems easier to avoid everything. How do I break this cycle?

jaamiii1 karma

Like others said, start small and work your way up.

For example, if you go grocery shopping and it makes you really anxious, start by going out later at night when it will be much less busy. Once you feel more comfortable with that go a little closer to early morning or afternoon when it won't be busy, but it will have a steady flow of people. Once that feels comfortable go during a more busy time and challenge yourself. If you find that is uncomfortable, go back to a time that you felt comfortable and challenge yourself another time. Keep trying until you are able to feel more comfortable in that situation. (also see if a friend or family member can go with you to start to help it feel less terrible)

Arcadius_The_Sexy13 karma

Who was the strangest/most interesting person you've ever tended to? Did you ever find anything disturbing?

Or were you ever uplifted by your experiences with your patients?

jaamiii17 karma

I can't give details on clients due to HIPAA but I loveeee working with kids and severe mental health disorders.

There are times when I am disturbed (child molestation and racism get me) but I am uplifted every day. For some people just walking into my office is hard work and I appreciate them coming in!

Arcadius_The_Sexy14 karma

I'd also just like to thank you in general for doing what you do, the world's a crazy place and sometimes that crazy can get to people. So I appreciate you and all the other therapists and such being there to help. :)

jaamiii12 karma

Thank you a lot for this :-) I actually don't get thanked often (nor do I expect it) but when I do it feels really awesome and I really appreciate it.

iwanttobeapenguin5 karma

My therapist was a student (the clinic was through a university). We did mostly exposure therapy and challenging assumptions that I got stuck on in my daily worksheets, and it helped reduce the impact of panic attacks a lot. I still get them all the time, but my life isn't falling apart because of it. She was good at asking questions that pointed out things I was assuming that probably weren't true. She's probably long gone and I have no way of contacting her anymore, but i really wish I had thanked her. I'll thank you instead. Your work makes a difference.

jaamiii4 karma

Made tears come to my eyes!!! Thank you. I'm so glad to hear of your positive experience :-)

You guys give me hope.

Stringbean6758 karma

Ive been seeing a lot of people claiming mental problems and threatening suicide, when i was younger i was genuinely worried, as i got older i became skeptical of most people that told me they were suicidal and shrugged it off as attention seeking. This is probably ignorant of me so my question is what is the probability that someone is actually suicidal and has mental problems without having a terrible life situation?

jaamiii23 karma

Well, there are a few different ways, but typically I'm the kind of person who takes every threat seriously. Sometimes, yes it is attention seeking. But that is coming from somewhere.

When you should be worried (although if you have a friend vocalizing, please refer them to the suicide hotline!) is if you have a friend go from seriously depressed to suddenly happy and light. Typically that is when a decision is made and a plan is in the process. Now this isn't always, but in my experience if someone goes from having suicidal thoughts and being very low, to suddenly light and happy, it can be a red flag.

bettersometime8 karma

I'm struggling to cope with my wife's addiction problems/BPD. What is some advice you'd give to handle the ups and downs associated with these problems? It's so hard seeing her go from happy and intelligent to drunk, banging her head on walls. She seeks help for some problems, but never the full scope. As her husband I seem to come across as naggy more than supportive. I just don't think I have the willpower to slowly watch her die. I've admitted her for self harm and alcohol related injuries, everything else feels out of my hands even though the problems are obviously within grasp. It's like watching someone drowning in front of you and refusing to accept the lifeline.

Thank you for everything you do, I can only imagine having to shoulder the burden of hundreds of other people's problems.

jaamiii1 karma

I'm sorry I'm getting to this so late, I am just now seeing some of the posts I missed!

I agree with the other poster, DBT is really helpful with BPD. I have to give you a huge pat on the back for trying to find some resolutions to this. It can be a frustrating thing to deal with.


Here is a resource that you might find helpful when it comes to DBT.

Another thing that I think will help is to do things opposite of the mood she is in. If she is a low, depressing mood, put on uplifting music, a funny movie, etc. Have her start using her healthy coping skills (drinking is unhealthy) during really low days. Exercise is really helpful for BPD too! Another big thing is for her to get into journaling and identifying what specific triggers may be causing the low-lows.

If it gets to a point where she is being mean and destructive, make sure you put up your boundaries. Sometimes people can get verbally abusive when they get this way, and that does not justify them treating you like crap. Assert yourself if you need to, and allow her and you to have space in those situations.

warwickraid6 karma

If a loved one is in need of mental health treatment but refuses to get help what is the best thing to do?

jaamiii12 karma

Continue to encourage support and help but not enable. Until they want help for themselves , there isn't much you or I can do.

NateTheGreat9876 karma

How much money do you make a month or year? Sorry if my question is off topic

jaamiii17 karma

Not a lot. I make below $30,000.00 yearly and I live in a city so I basically struggle.

VegHeaded2 karma

are you working for a non-profit?

jaamiii2 karma

No, it's a chain currently, we have about 4 other office locations in PA. I used to work non-profit, i'm hoping to get back into that work someday or to create that work.

perle3212 karma

I know I'm late, but thank you for your work!!

jaamiii1 karma

I really appreciate it!! <3

heyfreshhhhh5 karma

What are the major red flags to look out for in yourself to know if you're starting to develop a serious mental disorder?

jaamiii12 karma

There are many. Some red flags may be increased agitation, loss of interest in your usual activities, rushing thoughts , thoughts to harm yourself or others, feeling tired often, isolating, and breaking out into tears are just a few of the signs.

xontay2 karma

What kind of serious mental disorder can develop from these symptoms you've mentioned ? I've been feeling melt of the ones you've listed? What does that mean? I know I have anger management issues that I haven't really addressed.. And I've been referred before to see a psychiatrist but every time I never go.. I know it will help but I never get enough courage to actually get up and talk to someone.

jaamiii1 karma

Other poster suggested a great thing, see if a family member or friend will go with you to the first appointment! It takes just going the first time to reduce that anxiety! Avoidance behavior makes anxiety grow!

heyfreshhhhh2 karma

I don't experience any of those, but for the past year or so I have been having a lot of nightmares regarding things that I don't even think or worry about in my day to day life, and often times, those nightmares are nonsensical. I don't have anything negative going on in my life right now, in fact, things are going really well, which is what makes me worried that I may be developing something serious. I have brought this up to my doctor but he thinks that I am worrying too much about the possibility of developing a mental illness that I am causing the problem to get worse. Is he right in that I am worrying too much over nothing?

jaamiii2 karma

Sounds like it could be anxiety if you find yourself worrying often. You can work with this! First start here is to identify what specific things may be triggering your anxiety or worrying thoughts.

heyfreshhhhh1 karma

The issue here is that I have been trying to figure out what may be making me anxious and what my life problems could be, but I don't worry about anything specific and I don't have any pressing issues. For some reason the nightmares started about a year ago and happen almost every night. It's really unnerving not knowing what could be triggering this.

jaamiii1 karma

Keep a dream journal! Right by your pillow at night so that if you wake up you can write down exactly what you are dreaming. Sometimes you can pull stuff out of what you're dreaming!

SueZbell3 karma


jaamiii10 karma

  • It can be a problem if the person isolates and does not explore any social situations. It can also be a problem if the person is unwilling or uncomfortable to do things such as going to school, getting a job, or leaving the house) and it affects their life in a negative way.

  • Now it is possible that the person is an introvert and prefers their own personal time, but if they don't socialize at all, there could be some concerns.

  • Family members can help by keeping in touch with this person and encouraging attending small family functions. Things that would be counter productive would be forcing them into uncomfortable situations and telling them that it's not a big deal, or to get over it.

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Frankiebeansor4 karma

I find it strange she only had to have 30 hours experience to treat alcohol and drug patients. The national accrediting body requires 220 (at least it did in 2012), in addition to roughly 1000 hours in internship and under supervision.

More proof would be good. That's really off/very atypical of the field.... VERY.

danserusse2 karma

This person is an MSW, meaning Masters Level Social Worker. In many states the hundreds of hours we need in internship is topped with so many hours towards a specialty. Then we have to work 700+ hours under an LISW to ourselves become licensed to practice independently.

jaamiii1 karma

I was verified by the mod with tons of stuff for verification. My MSW helps me reduce my training hours, and I work primarily in mental health, which does not require me to have training hours.

arcticfoxtrotter3 karma

I'm a therapist midway through training and I find it hard to switch off my therapist demeanour sometimes. It's not unusual for strangers to tell me their life stories - I'm working with my supervisor on learning how to switch my skills off!

So my question is: how do you cope when people try to talk to you about their problems outside of work?

jaamiii1 karma

Oh man, doesn't it feel like there is something on your face that says "I'm a therapist, tell me your life problems!"

Honestly when I use public transportation, I put headphones in and that helps reduce the issue there. Outside of that, I actually don't mind picking up conversation. I don't publicize what I do, but I don't mind listening to the kindly old woman complain about her day for a couple minutes while I am doing something. I don't mind using my powers for good or giving a couple moments of my day for other people.

Now running into clients is a different thing. I always remind them when I will be in the office again and call me then.

arcticfoxtrotter2 karma

Yep, and I don't like walking around with headphones in which probably doesn't help. I am working on responding in ways that are respectful but don't open the door as it were. As it's not just a couple of moments and I get kind of saturated.

That's interesting - presumably you can only speak to them if they acknowledge you first or you're breaking confidentiality?

jaamiii2 karma

Only if they speak to me first. I've had people get offended by this, but I typically explain to all of my clients why it is that way.

Tordenskjold3 karma

In my country (Denmark) any use of cannabis is automatically labeled substance abuse when in the mental health system. What is your take on that?

I have schizophrenia and recently started losing weight and exercising. I felt it did wonders for my symptoms in general, though suddenly I hit a small psychotic patch. Studies seem to indicate that exercise should be beneficial, but apparently lifestyle changes act as a stressor. Is this something you have encountered before?

Thank you for doing this AMA.

jaamiii5 karma

Depends on the person. If a person has a history of past substance dependence and is now smoking it could be a red flag of those past behaviors. There are those few people that only smoke marijuana and that's all they have done their whole life. As long as it doesn't effect your mental , social , financial or occupational life it shouldn't be too bad.

jaamiii3 karma

Second part!

Sadly until a change becomes more regular yes, it does act like a stressor. Exercise is great for both mental and physical health in appropriate moderation. That small psychotic patch may have nothing to do with that, many other triggers can come into play.

I've encountered people fluctuate with their mental health often. The change of seasons is also a contributing factor

informat23 karma

What's your opinion on subs like /r/ForeverAlone?

jaamiii1 karma

I think people jump to the conclusion that they will never find their other half, but sometimes it just takes getting yourself out there and see what the world has to offer! I can understand too, until I met my other half 6 years ago, I was struggling with those negative thoughts.


What country are you in and what types of training do you have?

jaamiii2 karma

I needed my graduate degree to practice mental health. From there I am required to have 30 hours of training to be compliant with the state for addiction treatment. I live in the U.S :-)

mattyshoes2 karma

Also, favorite ice cream?

jaamiii3 karma

Vanilla and anything with caramel 😍

SnapeWho2 karma

I know I'm late but I want to ask: if my therapist hasn't brought it up, is it stupid to ask if she thinks I might have borderline personality disorder?

jaamiii3 karma

there is no such thing as a stupid question to your therapist! Especially to ask their opinion on your mental health!!

SnapeWho1 karma

I just can't shake the feeling that if she thinks I have BPD, she'd say so. So asking feels redundant.

jaamiii2 karma

Not always. Sometimes we're told that telling you can make you feel bad about yourself. Typically I feel out the person and if I feel that by knowing what my opinion is on their diagnosis will make them upset or down on themselves, I wait for the moment when they may be able to handle it better. The therapy I do is always molded by what disorder I think it is.

agentdarko1 karma

If someone suspects they have a mood or personality disorder, how do they get diagnosed?

jaamiii1 karma

It is always good to make an appointment for a psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation. From there the psychiatrist can determine or begin to determine if you have a mental illness of any kind and what it may be.

swill1281 karma

do you need a research assistant?

jaamiii2 karma

God I could use an assistant in general if I were allowed one. I would teach them to do the filing and paperwork I need done :-(

idunnoforsure1 karma


jaamiii7 karma

Alcohol is a depressant. If you already struggle with a chemical imbalance, it is likely that you did some funky work to your levels while you went on your binge. I've had people take as long as 6 months to feel that they can regulate their emotions regularly after drinking or using (that, however, is more from long term use).

Be careful! Not many people know how seriously dangerous alcohol and some substances have on your poor brain! (Those damn synthetics are killing me, it has become so popular and is so bad for the brain!)

idunnoforsure2 karma


jaamiii3 karma

I never make fun of anyone :-D

Throwthisawayh1 karma

Hey Jamie,

I have a friend who has been battling depression for the last few months. She talks about feeling alone, desiring to give up under the pressures of life, and believes everyone will be fine without her. She is a single mother of a 2yo, which she didn't plan for.

We've partied together since we met, and definitely have each had our own dark times with self medicating and addiction. But in the recent years, both of us have held down jobs, supported ourselves, moderated our drinking/drug use, and just over all started making positive choices. However, I've noticed an increase in her alcohol consumption coinciding with her depression.

I'm really concerned for her, but she curses me when trying to talk to her about not drinking. I wanna support her, show her she is not alone, and help her overcome this depression. I know her drinking is a huge obstacle, but am in no position to judge. What can I do or say to help her? Does my own drinking/drug use make me incapable of being support? Also, how can I best respond when she confides in me a desire to cease living?

jaamiii2 karma

Just because you also use doesn't mean you can't express concern for your friend. If you are nervous about talking to her about these concerns, write her a letter. Detail why you are worried and what you are willing to do to offer some support and help.

In the end, however, she has to want it for herself. Until she wants to help herself and accepts help, she's not going to get better.

ProbeUranus1 karma

/u/jaamiii please respond. My sister believes people are trying to use magic to take her life. These are the worst magicians ever because she's been saying this for years. She refuses to believe that she had a mental condition. When will not consult with a mental health professional. What can I do short of committing her? I really want her to live her own life making her own choices and decisions.

jaamiii1 karma

Unless she is suicidal , homicidal , or in a manic state you cannot commit her. You can maybe try and talk her into treatment though. It sounds like she has a paranoid disorder of some kind.

If she's a minor your parents can refer her to treatment but if she's an adult she has to want to be in treatment, sadly.

Good luck! Maybe your family can do an intervention of sorts.

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jaamiii1 karma

Can you think of a time when he was active and was able to do things on his own? What was different then?

It sounds to me that it may help if he made a to do list and each day checked off one or two things he needs to do. For example: today I will get up, shower and make something to eat. Tomorrow: I will get up, shower, get something to eat and make an appointment.

Also some doctors offices have it set up that you can email them or do it all online, this may reduce some of his anxiety.

Avoidance behaviors only make it worse so sometimes he will have to challenge himself to try.

Hope this helps!!

spitfire91071 karma

What's the worst mental condition to have?

jaamiii0 karma

Any mental condition is hard to have. Axis 2, disorders are particularly tough however.

Apicklesandwich1 karma

I'm currently a case manager for my. states child welfare system. I see many children get taken from their parents beciase of substance abuse or mental health issues. I've now been interested in becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. What would you say are the pros and cons of the field. I already know there's not a lot of money in it. Any tips? I should add that I didn't take school as seriously as I should have when I got my BS in Psychology. So I can't get into most MSW programs.

jaamiii2 karma

Don't give up on the idea of MSW programs! Research will be your best friend!

That being said pros: inspiring , days go quick, you will never be bored.

Cons: PAPERWORK (one my way to work now to do paperwork on my day off), possible overload, quick burn out rate, paperwork, working 60+ hours a week, paperwork, did I mention paperwork ?


Idontknowidiot1 karma

I have had major depression and general anxiety disorder for over twenty years. I have also been diagnosed with adhd in the last 3 years. I feel like every time I get on a good med regimen, I end up having to switch psychiatrists due to insurance changes or relocation.
Two medications that have worked wonders for me are Adderall and Xanax. I am on low doses of both. My previous doctor would write my scripts in a way that I was able to adjust my meds based on what I felt like I needed. I NEVER abused my meds and most of the time I had a few scripts that expired because I didn't use them in time.
During my time with this doctor, I felt like my life and metal health was more controlled than I had felt in years. My husband and other family members agree.
Now I need to find a new doctor because we moved across the country. I hate this part because when I try to explain to my new doc what I feel works for me, I look like a pill seeker and I feel like I get judgemental looks which makes me back off and say "sure, I guess we can try this medication that you suggest that I've tried 6 times before and know doesn't work for me. You are the doctor." I hate having to switch meds because my new doctor thinks they have the best combination or because they are getting some kind of kick back from a pharmaceutical company. But what I hate more is feeling like a pill seeker because they don't know me and I know what has been working for me.
Any advice?

P.s. thank you for taking time out to do this. I understand that people in mental health sometimes have limited social lives, yet you are willing to sacrifice the little time you have to help others :) your patients are lucky to have you!

jaamiii2 karma

We do have limited social lives haha! I love doing this it keeps me wanting to work in mental health and help people after feeling burnt out from my job and I also feel bad for people that have lack of access to health care.

My suggestion would be to have your old doctor write you a letter stating why he choose that treatment method and how long it has been successfully working. If your husband is willing to also have him come in session and also vocalize. In the end even though it is scary you have to advocate for yourself! A doctors opinion is just that, an opinion. Change doctors if he is unwilling to provide you the support you need.

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jaamiii1 karma

I've had a couple people express interest in the past, but my clients understand that it cannot and will not happen, I'm gentle about breaking the news too when it happens.

I most often get clients that want to be my friend. I always feel bad telling them that our relationship is a professional one.

Noobish_Lemur1 karma

I know that there are confidentiality laws in place to avoid embarrassment but if I confess to something illegal during a session, are you legally obliged to not tell the authorities?

jaamiii1 karma

Well, depends. I've heard some stuff that could get some people in a lot of trouble but I am bound by confidentiality not to say anything, so I won't. If you have a consent for a probation officer or a case manager, the therapist can be like "yo, person isn't doing so hot, maybe you should check up more on this person." but as long as there are not consents to people, and it isn't harming yourself or anyone else, we are not mandated to report it.

throwaway2345991 karma

I wonder if I'm late, I've got a question about people who are family/a SO of someone with bi-polar.

Recently my girlfriend (of 8 years) was in hospital for hypermania, she was then diagnosed with bi-polar, it was out of the blue and kinda of unexpected (I knew she was depressed, before the time admissions - but until the day she was diagnosed I actually didn't know that bi-polar was such a huge issue, mania, hypermania etc. it's serious stuff) It was probably the toughest 2 months of my life.

Anyway, she's out and as expected she's going through a huge low. (Which I was told will happen) But we're both struggling, our relationship is falling apart and I have no idea how to approach things, it seems as though I'm not doing anything right even though I try to take on board everything she says.

Anyway enough with the tangent...

What is your advice to someone who's with someone who's got bi-polar? It's probably a broad question and I personally feel a lot of guilt behind it since the event came seemingly out of nowhere and I'd consider myself the biggest part of her life (as I consider her to be mine).

jaamiii1 karma

This is a toughie.

Maybe to improve things on both of your front, what healthy coping skills do you share that you both like? Like, video games? Music? Walks? It may bring you both together and also help reduce mental health symptoms.

If not maybe you guys need to respect each others space and allow one another to take a deep breath and come back after you have both calmed down. Some people prefer to isolate when they are depressed (even if it isn't healthy) so maybe she just isn't vocalizing that she really just wants to isolate. If that is the case, tell her that you love her and that when she needs you, just to ask for you.

Good luck! I'm sourry you guys are going through such a hard time.

jaamiii1 karma

I'll be answering questions I didn't answer throughout the next couple hours! So if I didn't get to you earlier, I will now! Sorry for the wait, had work and family stuff today :-)

Hermiesterberger1 karma

Strangest Phobia encountered or discovered?

jaamiii1 karma

Soy sauce!! It makes me giggle internally every time haha

smlybright1 karma

I am bipolar and I have a really good friend who is (might be self diagnosed but I firmly believe she is) bipolar. I am working hard to be responsible and be honest with my doctor about my moods and stay stable. Especially since my stint in the hospital in January 2014.

She, on the other hand, lies to her dr, saying that she has narcolepsy so that he will prescribe her things to stay awake. These things keep her in hypo mania almost constantly and other than just crashing here and there where she just cries (its more like throwing a tantrum) for a night, she is managing to stay in hypo mania. She is excelling at her job (winning national sales awards in a small community), hardly has to sleep, exercising like crazy, and she is on point with everything. Is this ever going to catch up to her? I'm worried, and a little jealous since it seems like she gets to keep all the good, fun parts while I had to give them up for the sake of responsibility and keeping my family together. I do notice that her husband seems sick of having to deal with her all the time but that's about it.

jaamiii1 karma

I've never met, worked for or with anyone doing negative things and get away with those negative things for too long. Let her learn. She will need to hit rock bottom before she realizes a change needs to happen

jaamiii1 karma

Hey everyone I'm on my way to work (I've been answering questions on the bus haha) to do some paperwork. I plan on continuing until I've answered all the questions so if you haven't heard from me yet, you will.

brav0sierr41 karma

What's the most common disorder people are not generally aware of?

jaamiii2 karma

Depression. For example most men demonstrate depression through anger.

maritzanc0 karma

How is it to treat an schizoid?

jaamiii2 karma

The same as is to treat any other mental illness. A lot of patience and research is involved :-)

mattyshoes0 karma

Many of these comments seem very serious, so maybe to lighten things up in a sick and twisted way, have you had any truly horrible or messed up experiences regarding your patients?

jaamiii1 karma


Not what you are thinking. I've seen some deep bleeding gashes, had clients get aggressive at me and had a client die (recently, health related) bit nothing truly horrible or messed up.

Now have I heard some truly horrible or messed up stuff? Yup.

psycop0 karma

So, any suggestions on how to address the issue of the sociopathic money junkies that make up the entirety of the U.S. Government?

jaamiii3 karma

Not the greatest :-(

I always thought that if everyone got together and only voted for people that truly had their best interests in mind, from small local government and continue to vote for that person as their career excels, we can reduce some of this. However, that doesn't mean that individual won't get power hungry and become corrupted also. :-(

nil_clinton0 karma

As a person with severe, treatment resistant anxiety/depression, whose had few gains from SSRIs, MAOIs, tetra & tricyclics, or 15 odd years of CBT, 'mindfulness', meditation (etc), are there any new approaches/treatments that may help? Neuroplasticity got my attention, but dunno how to apply it. I wonder if TMS might help. Does modern ECT really have good results with the treatment resistant? I get the impression it's only done as a last resort?

jaamiii2 karma

Has anyone tried DBT with you yet? I find that DBT is the absolute best for people who are other deemed treatment resistant.

BlazeBro420-6 karma

HI I 33 yrs old. i have geeting problem about sexually. i am very very week in sex. even sometimes my penis cannot stand. what is the sulotion may i know please?

jaamiii2 karma

I may need more info for this one. But it honestly sounds like you could start by seeing your family doctor and addressing concerns from there. You may need medication.