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how can you tell the difference between a suicide attempt and a gesture

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Takes a professional: An attempt means that someone tried to actually kill themself. A gesture is posturing about the action. We are very concerned if someone has a plan f ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Gesture for help: Cutting is a gesture for desperate help and also releases endorphins in brain and associated stress - in holistic medicine we bury sadness at the leve ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
56 years experience Psychiatry
Same: Please make sure this very hurt person gets excellent treatment from a really good psychiatrist. When? Tomorrow 9:00 am.
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Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Holding back: important information will not help therapy and only slow down the healing process. Draw upon your inner courage and it will help you make progress. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Drescher
48 years experience Psychiatry
The line is blury: In a classical (physical) addiction the body changes by creating more receptor sites for the drug to which you get addicted. In a mental (emotional) ... Read More
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Dr. Seth Derman
32 years experience Fertility Medicine
Pregnancy test : It is often hard. The only way to know is to check a pregnancy test. If you have a positive pregnancy test and are bleeding it is a good idea to follo ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Can be difficult: During the acute phase of either condition it may be difficult to tell the difference. Over time it might be easier, but the more important thing at t ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience Neurosurgery
Consciousness: Coma implies absence of response to pain and usually other noxious externally administered stimuli. Fugue state (which is different than catatonia) in ... Read More
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Dr. Howard Hack
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Different responses: Relapse refers to when a process such as a hepatitis infection responds to treatment initially, but is followed by recurrence of the process/disease. ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energ ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hong-phuc Tran
9 years experience Geriatrics
Group home: Is smaller; also called board and care. Assisted living is larger; people living in assisted living need to be more independent (e.g. Being able to fe ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Reasons Vary: It depends on how much breast tissue you have and thhe size of the implant. You can feel the implant in a lot of cases. Silicone implants are more o ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson answered
38 years experience Psychiatry
ADD or dim: Add folks are distracted but not necessarily unable to understand concepts due to limited intelligence. They may underachieve in many arenas including ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Hemispherectomy: Hemispherectomy is a removal or a disconnection of one of the hemispheres of the brain, of which you have two. A split brain procedure is when the sur ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Dialysis cleans: A blood transfusion is the delivery of blood to a patient to restore the hemoglobin level as well as blood volume. Dialysis is taking blood out of the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Here's an example: Acetylcholine gets into the synaptic cleft, stimulates the neuromuscular junction and muscle contracts, but to relax, the chemical needs to be decreas ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
41 years experience Psychiatry
Additional training: All psychiatrists finish medical school as do all physicians, and then go on to several years of general psychiatric training in their residencies. F ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andre Panagos
21 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: A sprain is of the muscle tendon and a torn muscle is of the muscle itself. Muscle injuries heal much faster (several weeks) than tendon injuries (sev ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Infection: By "reaction" am assuming you mean inflammation. That can be due to infection or to many other factors, including reactions to medications, lotions, ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Be seen: If you suspect a stroke, you should be seen immediately.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chen
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Where is the line: Mental retardation has two primary criteria. An IQ score that is 2 standard deviations below the mean and difficulty with adaptive functioning. On t ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
18 years experience Neurology
Seizure 2 do's: Normally, a seizure lasts 30-90 seconds, so safety is important. If a person has a seizure lasting more than 5 minutes, call 911. It is best to he ... Read More
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