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    Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that sees the afflicted patient suffering from psychotic symptoms. Read more →

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    Autism and Asperger Syndrome

    Autism and its milder form Asperger Syndrome, often referred to together as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) are conditions which make it hard for sufferers to communicate or interact with others, or to develop what most people would consider 'normal'… Read more →

    My son is 6 and has a few grey hairs, he has in the past had problems with his thyroid but soon as his blooda were normal they didnt repeat them. He also has suffered with a menigitus type rash since he was a baby and has blood tests but havent found out why hes like this. He also has behavioural issues.





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    My son who is 13 years old has been having behavioural, social, communication problems since the age of 2. He has violent outbursts with no provication which can last for 3 hours. 2 weeks ago he had a break down and told his mum that he was and had been hearing voices telling him to break things. He is waiting for an evaluation but i was just wondering if he is diagnosed as being Schizophrenic how effective will any treatment be for someone his age.





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    Hi. I'm a teenager living with what I think is Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I'm constantly on edge and worried and anxious. I have large number of stomach rumbles and gastrological noises, which are very awkward and embarrassing. I think this is IBS. And IBS is making my GAD worse and vice versa. What do I do? I've tried Cognitive behavioural thinking and I don't really want to see my GP. I have a friend who is a psychologist and spoke to her but that wasn't a real diagnosis. I need help and don't want to live like this any longer???! Thanks.





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    Hi. I'm a teenager living with what I think is Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I'm constantly on edge and worried and anxious. I have large number of stomach rumbles and gastrological noises, which are very awkward and embarrassing. I think this is IBS. And IBS is making my GAD worse and vice versa. What do I do? I've tried Cognitive behavioural thinking and I don't really want to see my GP. I have a friend who is a psychologist and spoke to her but that wasn't a real diagnosis. I need help and don't want to live like this any longer???! Thanks.





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    Hi, im an 18 year old girl, i have anxiety and also IBS, like you. The IBS was triggered when i was 15, just about to do my exams and i couldnt complete my exams because i heard rumbles in my tummy, and thought that everyone could hear them, the truth was, no one could. Maybe 1/20 times they would hear them. Then after this became a problem i gained anxiety, the fear of needing to throw up and having no where to do so was an issue for me. The only thing i find can help you, id yourself, i drink aloe vera juice from Holland and Barratts and that calms the stomach. My GP gave me anti-depressants and they made me feel high as a kite, and i didnt want that to be an everyday thing. I cant go out the house, except for to go to work, and even then i miss at least a day a month. So i hope you can find help because i cant, then when you do, if you do, let me know. Hope everything settles down.

    watching tv tonight & your programme there is a test for autism, is there a simple on line test for adhd? my son is 10 and not sure if i want to commit him to the mental healthcare programme. Although i cant be completely impartial i dont see he has any exaggerated tendencies regarding behavioural patterns that differ greatly from most other children his age, however school are intimating otherwise. We Have been to doctors and they are equally unsure, but there does not seem to be a halfway house between soft research/ diagnosis techniques and entering our son into the mental health programme, please can you help as this is all very unsettling for me and my partner, and comes at a critical time in his accademic development at school with high school just around the corner.





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    There is no simple on-line test for ADHD. It is a complicated disorder and requires a professional diagnosis. If your son has a mental health issue get him help. If he does need help and you deny him the opportunity to receive it, how will you feel in x amount of time, thinking "what if"? Start the ball rolling. you are not "entering your son into the mental health scheme" you are trying to get him the help (if he needs it) that he deserves and therefore doing the best for him. I was diagnosed at a young age, and am very grateful to my parents for what they have done for me, providing me with all the support I needed and leading to all the opportunities I have had in life so far. It has not been easy, but without them, I would not have done as well as i did at school, let alone be able to go to university, get a very well respected degree from a good university.

    I'm enquiring as to what I need to do to apply for a gastric band on the NHS. I have a condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & have desperately been trying to lose weight. A couple of years ago I successfully managed to lose 6 stone (from just under 18 stone to just under 12) with the aid of the atkins diet & 2 hours of intense exercise every day. All was going well until the symptoms of CFS started kicking in & gradually over the past year most of the weight has creeped back on. I am now unable to exercise. I am on daily medication for pain management but it doesn't help the lack of energy & I seize up. The atkins diet no longer has any effect & it's not a diet that is healthy in the long term. I tried weight watchers & still continued to gain weight, I have also tried many other (some drastic) diets but to no avail. It has now got me to the point of dispair. I am utterly depressed. With the limitations of my illness I also have 2 children who need their mum to be fit & strong. Especially my 11 year old son who has severe autism, he's incontinent, non verbal & has severe behavioural problems. I simply can't afford to be any more disabled than I already am. I am completely aware that my weight is making my illness significantly harder to handle than it would do if I was lighter & this I feel hinders my performance as a mother & carer. I am absolutely terrified of getting worse & being no use to my children at all & all I'm asking for is help. Having exhausted as many avenues as I can I have come to the conclusion that weight loss surgery is now my only option, although the decision to do this has not been taken lightly & I have done extensive research into the surgical process. I would very much appreciate any advice you could give me on how to go forward with this before I approach my GP. 





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    Can you please confirm what lightening cream Dr.Christian gave the man with skin pigmentation problems on tonights show (25th March). I have skin problems and would like to try the cream. I think my problems are from sun damage & i've been told the hormones from taking the contraceptive pill has darkened my skin above my top lip





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    hi,i used a skin treatment to get rid of my freckles but it also reduces hyperpigmentation and sun damage, it was prescription only and was called obagi nu derm system. its quite expensive but really worked for me, hope this helps

    In Daniel's episode he was prescribed a cream called Pigmanorm for his hyperpigmentation. This cream should only be used under medical supervision and after a correct diagnosis has been made, so please talk to your GP or Dermatologist in the first instance.

    hi, i am 42 yrs old, i have one child who is 9, and i would like to know if there is anything that can be done about my problem. For quite some time now, i have had problems with my vagina, mainly inside. During intercourse i have very little sensitivity around that area, and also if i laugh hard or cough i can sometimes loose some urine. This is causing me problems now, as i will not go out with friends as i am bothered about weeing myself and also it is causing problems within my marriage as i will do my best to avoid intercourse, as i just dont enjoy it anymore. I have been to see my GP about this, but all i was given was some exercises and some cream to try, which didnt help at all, and if anything just made me more frustrated, please help as this may be my last resort, thankyou





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    Hi I'm Jess (age 21) and my Mum is obese. She has been obese for as long as I can remember. There is no reason for her weight, other than she eats too much and does little exercise. Her laziness and attitude to diet is driving me crazy. She is suffering from lots of health problems- joint problems, breathing problems. She even started snoring a few years ago, to the point where I can't even sleep in the same house as her. We went to disney this year- and I couldn't enjoy myself as her seatbelt wouldn't fasten on the plane and she struggled to fit on the rides. What can I do to help. When I say anything I just get attitude from her. Thanks





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    Hi Jess. I'm really sorry for your situation and the unfortunate thing is that as much as we can want people to change, they must want it too to do it fully themselves. Does your mum know how much you worry about her? Try and explain this to her without giving her a lecture, as I'm sure she is already beating herself up about her weight. I'm sure she wants to change but may not know how. Why don't you dry and get involved with her weight loss? the 2 of you could go to zumba class which could be really fun. Or ye could join weight watchers together. Whether you need to lose weight or not the healthy recipes will still benefit you. I hope this helps.x

    I am 46 years old and have found a pea sized lump in my right breast just under the nipple I have known about this for four weeks but am afraid to do anything as I am experiencing circulation problems and have a few family problems and do not want to worry anyone but I am scared





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    You shouldn't feel scared to confind in your family they are there to support you, you should tell your doctor immedietly about this or go to a specific breast cancer hospital a lot of women have gone through this horrible experience and have come through it, there's even placed that do private councelling for breast cancer maybe go along and learn more about It and get checked out for your self

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    We have been through add related problems for the last two years with significant behavioural issues at school. The most significant change for us has been from the adoption of the Royal Prince AlfredHospital Elimination Diet ( nsw Australia) to discover the food related behavioural triggers eg. Eating high salicylates causes my 5yr old to be hyperactive and loose concentration and foods such as yoghurt with natural colouring. 160B annatto causes irritability and aggression. We have been through behavioural therapy, music therapy, Brain Gym and medication (which did help). But the biggest gain was cutting out all food adduced (Failsafe Diet).





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    I got 48 and i am 30 yrs old, female and never been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder however i had been diagnosed with behavioural problems, hyperactivity, OCD, anxiety and depression, and some specific learning difficulties. I had seen psychologists when i was a child and psychiatrists but it was pointless. A place at a school for kids with my problems was offered but it was too far away and my mother did not want me to leave home, neither did i. The worst thing is the loneliness. I have problems everyday with social situations and change. I have never had a relationship and hardly had friends.





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    I AM THE SAME MY MUM AND DAD DONT UNDERSTAND IT MAKES ME WORSE I HATE HAVING TABLETS FOR IT AND I WISH THERE WAS A WAY TO STOP IT COMPLETELY AND BE LIKE EVERY 1 ELSE.

    hi,i suffer from panic attacks and have behavioural problems brought on after choking on a capsule.this made me so afraid to eat or drink and when it began i lost over 3 stones in weight.i have had these problems for over 15 years and it controls my life,seen clinical physcologists lots of times all to no avail.i am 52 and female and i have all sorts of fears that never gets any better,i feel i dont have a life like nearly everyone else because i have bad health as well and undiagnosed illness which is just a total nightmare.i wish i could be encouraging to others but i cant?wish i had better health and some kind of a life.i can only ever eat in my own house and cant go out for a meal etc.





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    your main problem seems to be the fact that this is ruining your self esteem and you now deem yourself "stupid" which i seriously doubt is the case! it sounds a bit more like a symptom of OCD, or behavioural disorder. I reckon if you spoke to your doctor (who will not laugh at you, or make you feel ridiculous, but genuinely want to help you) they will probably prescribe you a course of cognitive behavioural therapy, which is a sort of councelling, to get to the route of the problem, and then re-program the brain to think differently, and to deal with the issue in a more effective way. As you are 16, your doctor legally has to keep everything confidential, so can prescribe counselling in private, but i would urge you to speak to your parents, or a trusted friend, as you may be surprised at how supportive they can be. :)

    I Have been getting Panic Attacts in the last two years.i am 17 and they come randomly but not too offten. ( sometime have months gaps between) Should i think about behavioural therapy? or something?





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    I have had OCD since I was eight, it took me until I was 37 to seek help. It is now managed by Sertraline, and I recommend seeing your GO, it transformed my life. Repetitions that were debilitating, and left me housebound are now minimal. I am awaiting cognitive behavioural therapy.





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    i am 26 years old and suffered a very abusive relationship which has resulted in me being diagnosed with PTSD. I frequently self harm and am currently undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy but I need help with the scars and how to hide them





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    You should go and talk to someone and get your ex boyfriend arrested you should also try to stop self harming with the person you feel you can trust.

    I too suffer from OCD,i have been taking medication and have undergone cognitive behavioural thearpy which i found very useful and although i do still wash my hands more reguarly than most people and do have the odd set back i feel that i now control it instead of it controling me.





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    I think people just like to find problems with themselves. I'm 26, lead what i consider a fairly normal life and certainly do not have autism. I scored 16. I dont like pubs and nightclubs, and enjoy staying in with my friends sometimes, but not cuz I'm autistic, its because loud pubs arent really my scene anymore and enjoy more meaningful time spent with my mates and the other half. Mainly cuz i did all that drinking and dancing when i was 17-21 and got tired of it. Dont read into these results and if your that concerned go to the doctor, but i think our society is using autism and ADHD and other behavioural disorders as a cover up for the fact that kids these days are just badly behaved and lacking in discipline from their parents. as a nation we've become a soft touch that thinks everything can be solved by pills





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    I suspect this is a performance anxiety and is very common. Cognitive behavioural therapy can be a great help. The fact that masturbation produces normal orgasm is evidence of this. Your body is working fine it's probably in your head. Your GP should be able to assist in arranging CBT. I've gone through it and come out the other side ok.

    Its true. Aspergers is highly comorbid with OCD and anxiety, and already has fixations and compulsions in general. Someone on the spectrum doing CBT can easily become more mentally ill if they already have an illness, or have one triggered by overanalysing every thought they have, turning the CBT into a form of OCD. DBT(dialectal behavioural therapy) is MUCH better for someone on the spectrum.

    my son was diagnosed with aspergers at the Maudsley Hospital. they said he should have cognitive behavioural therapy, 2 years on we have not been able to access it from our GP. we have contacted the Maudsley and are now on the waiting list for an appointment,we have been waiting about 6 months for this, hopefully it will help him





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    Hi hun, I think you might need some therapy to help you feel better. I felt like you did for 10 years then was diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Cognitive behavioural therapy has helped me love myself and life regardless of how my body looks. It might be worth talking to your GP for an assessment. All the best x

    I've had OCD, and had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for it, which did help to a degree and cut down some of the things I did. But I do still have some OCD behaviours, but are not taking over my life. Dirt is the main one overall, and DO NOT like using phones and putting them to my ear for one, that other people have used, erg! But the few things I still have hand ups about don't control my life, so can get on mre so. I will say I don't think I will truly ever be totally over it.





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    I've been bulimic since I was 14. I'm 31. I have 2 little girls of my own now. I've tried antidepressants, Cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, nutritionists. Its not about weight-I'm a personal trainer !! But I'm now terrified for my long term health, and my daughters finding out. Whats the answer.....I cannot control myself, and I dont know who to tell. My husband left me because he couldn't handle it, and I am too scared to tell my new partner. No one knows. Except you....





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    my daughter has ADHD and was diagnosed 2 years ago.I'm seriously considering medication as I'm really struggling to cope at the moment with her behaviour,but would love to try behavioural therapy first as I don't want her to have meds unnecessarily. how do you discipline a child with ADHD as me child seems to be quite happy on the 'naughty step' with her own thoughts!!





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    My son was diagnosed with mild Adhd around Christmas time 2013. We decided against medication as he is only 6 years old. Although we can deal with most things through behavioural therapy and a healthy diet, the impulsiveness we find hard to deal with, does anyone have any advice as I feel we have been left alone since we decided against medicating.





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    I suffered badly with OCD as a child. I was about 7 when it was at it's worst which made things very difficult. It completely took over my life and was really hard for my parents as well. They took me to our doctor who refered me for behavioural therapy (I think!) and it changed my life so much. It helped hugely and I would reccomend to anyone suffering or who knows someone who is suffering to go and see a doctor.





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    All of you younger self harmers I feel your pain and hope you can get the help while your still young. I'm 31 now and first self harmed at 13 but not much (also suffered with eating disorders since age 12 until now). Anyway mine was in response to adoption and bullying issues and as time has gone on I've tried to overdose 12 times and still on a waiting list for psychology and dialectical behavioural therapy. I really want to be able to help others when I'm better and want to train as a mental health nurse in camhs, really hope you all get the help you deserve.xxx





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    My sister has the checking thing really badly and an inability to throw out rubbish !! She has had a diagnosis of OCD for many years and has found behavioural therapy some help! I belive it never really goes, I think it is some type of insecurity , but the BEST thing about you is that you are not in denial and you will have to learn 'coping mechanisms ' and confide in those that can help. More than anything, learn to trust someone , confide with them and 'laugh' about it . Sounds silly but you will get some relief!

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    Embarrassing Old Bodies Special

    The Embarrassing Bodies clinic has opened its doors for a one off special looking at the conditions and problems that affect older people. Read more →

  • Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    Episode 11 - Under the Skin

    The doctors revisit famous cases of skin problems, finding out how their patients are getting on now... Read more →

  • Asymmetric  breasts

    Episode 3

    Patients consulted and diagnosed by the doctors in Episode 3 included sufferers with Asymmetrical Breasts, Urinary Incontinence, a problem toenail, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), as well as some irritating ingrowing hairs. Dr Jessen also embarked on a… Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

  • Man boobs

    Breasts

    In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Piles

    Episode 4 - Hull

    The doctors visit Hull with their breast health roadshow, and deal with cases of piles, putrefying feet and vaginal pain. Read more →

  • TX 4

    Episode 4 - Series 7

    In the clinic Dr Pixie helps a young man with a six year posterior problem that started with a tiny hair but ended up as a gaping hole. Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Night terrors

    Episode 2 - London

    This week's Embarrassing Bodies takes on the capital as the mobile clinic hits old London town! Read more →

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