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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Therapy: If your child is just "taking a walk on the wild side" good discipline techniques work fine. However if he is pathologically stealing all the time, he ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Marvit
56 years experience Psychiatry
Stealing: This is a form of compulsive maladaptive behavior to feelings of loss deprivation and conflict. Cognitive behavioral treatment is best ssri if depres ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
21 years experience Psychiatry
Too complex: There probably is no one cause for this disorder. It appears to be psychological in nature which means the reason will be different for each person w ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
21 years experience Psychiatry
Seek help: It is not likely that one can cure their own psychological disorder. One must have insight into why a behavior is done to change it. Very few people ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Hieber
49 years experience Pediatrics
Pinworms: Until recently, mebendezole (vermox) 100mg chewable tablet once for affected patient and all household members was considered the drug of choice. Now ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Seriously: Ataxia suggests that there is a serious problem in the cerebellum, part of the brain. It needs neurological investigation. Sometimes there is a bioche ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Guffanti
44 years experience Occupational Medicine
Biofeedback is best: Biofeedback is recognized as good as drugs, but it has no side effects. Play attention uses a similar mechanism as biofeedback and you can use it at h ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Depressive sx's may: Include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings o ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andres R Villar
39 years experience Pediatrics
Aggressive child: It really depends on what is causing the behavior.Abnormal development? Poor communication skills? Stress? Frustration? Once the underlying factor for ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Olsen
50 years experience Psychiatry
Honesty and caring.: Mental disorders are difficult to treat in the best of circumstances. Part of the problem is the person may not believe that they have a problem. Gi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
Severity: If a person is so depressed, he or she becomes suicidal, or so depressed that he or she is not eating or caring for themselves, or so depressed that t ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Support group: Join a local or on-line support group. It is very difficult when someone you love has a severe mental disorder. The support groups will educate you, h ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bassam Amawi
48 years experience Psychiatry
Establishing rapport: With the patient is essential . In addition family involvement can help.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Abusive: Counseling and setting limits, involve supportive family members.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Change lifestyle: Provide structure at all times, firm and loving limit setting, break down commands to single ones, modify his diet, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, p ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
43 years experience Child Psychiatry
Do not over-protect: And, do not visibly worry yourself. Instead, empower the child. Build strength & confidence. Safely and gradually, expose and enrich thru enthusiasm & ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Difficult: Do not expect any real warmth from the person; if they can still express it, that's good. If one is a family member, make sure the other family member ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Erectile dysfunction: Thanks to viagra, many men with ed or erectile dysfunction are much happier. There are other medications like Cialis and Levitra (vardenafil) that can ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Hard choices: Not an easy position. The depth of the relationship is key. If shallow, keep a safe distance. If deep, consider supportive therapy for yourself or a ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Age? Level of Fcn?: If 3yo & under, many areas have early childhood (child development)programs thru the state.After 3y school districts have "child find" programs that l ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
27 years experience Pediatrics
Cooling measures: By overheating, does that mean that they are in a hot place or they are playing sports? Generally getting to a cooler place, removing and making cloth ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Combination therapy: Children with neuroblastoma (cancer) are treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Exposure: Medicine is not the answer. The best approach is exposure to other children thru play dates, programs, school etc. Therapy is necessary only for sever ... Read More

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