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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Belladonna+ arnica: Belladonna "b"and arnica each has topical pain relieving effects on the skin, for conditions deeper down like muscle spasm, pain or other tissue pains. Not dangerous but u are not to swallow it, ever! topically, there are no dangers to intact skin. If the pains are too major, this usually homeopathic strength gel may not bring all the relief you need+may need to take other pain meds.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Belladonna+ arnica: Belladonna "b"and arnica each has topical pain relieving effects on the skin, for conditions deeper down like muscle spasm, pain or other tissue pains. Not dangerous but u are not to swallow it, ever! topical b. May quiet inflamed nerves, thus reducing pain. If the pains are too major, this usually homeopathic strength gel may not bring all the relief you need+may need to take other pain meds.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Schizophrn.+violence: Contrary to popular myth, most schizophrenics rarely get it together for assault or capital crime. So majority of time, sc folks keep to themselves, may show odd, disorganized speech+behavior, have poor social/work function. Sc paranoid type, tho, due to anger and suspiciousness can "misinterpret" people and things around them, and lash out from fear or false belief others up to no good, mean harm.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Catatonia refuse med: Catatonia can go with schizophrenia or bipolar states. They occur as overexcited, confused acting indiv, or the seeming opposite, frozen like a statue you can put into a pose and they hold it='waxy flexibility'. If catatonia leads to grave disability or unable to really care for self, invol civil commitments cd help get meds. Courts can order some commitments to take psych meds. Not easy process.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
How long: disability: How long to receive disability on the basis of a mental disorder varies from state to state. In my california, the social sec. Or "ssi" office is seriously backed up, and my patients wait anywhere from 2 months [on the "fast" side!] to 2-5 years, once you go thru appeal process. The more evidence, old records, reports u can give ssi, the better. Schizophrenia, serious illness lesser time maybe.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Schizophrenia+speech: Sc diagnosis requires "gross disorganization of speech or behavior, " so it is common to see abnormal speech content [due to the thinking disorder] and style, due to odd emotional tone and poor social skills. Involves hallucinations often, paranoid delusions="fixed false beliefs" the patient does not reality test. It often effects a downward work+social spiral+ loss of interpersonal function.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia(fm) versus arthalgia (muscle pain). Fm symtpom cluster is more specific: pain, allodynia [pressure sensitive], joint stiffness, fatigue insomnia, 9 paired 'tender points' on body, swallowing, bowel, bladder dysfunction. Depression is a common go along. 9:1 male to f ratio. 2-4% of pop. Might have it. Considered difficult to diagnose and treat at times. Arthralgia=simply muscle pain.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
BelladonnaDepression: Belladona is a plant alkaloid, from italian 'beautiful woman" as it causes the pupils to dilate enhancing the eye appearance. It easily achieves toxic levels of berries or leave are eaten. Poisoning with it causes eye dilation, constipation, confusion, flushing, cardiac and brain malfunction. It is not used for depression. Atropine or equiv are the useful analogs to it, e.g. In eye doctor dilation.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
VA state psych laws: States have some provision various types of involuntary civil commitment. A short term one: like the ca "5150 hold" to a mh facility ; it requires danger to 1) self, 2)others 3) or gravely disabled or substantially unable to care for self. In va usually this is argued by family, mental health practitioner or law enforcement and heard by admin law magistrate. 5250 type holds in va go 14 days.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Mixed Bipolar state: Bipolar mood disorder-bmd- has two extreme mood poles: depressed low sad and so forth versus "manic" - too high, excess activity, energy, sexual activity (sometimes more reckless than normal). When a person has a mixed episode, believe it or not that have both at the same time: low, depressed, helpless plus wired, too high, frantic, over energized, a painful combination. Treatment needs given.
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