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A 38-year-old member asked:

my sister has a strange obsession with cutting dolls/teddies. should i be worried?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Yes: Depending on her age, iq, and physical health status, i would have questions about a history of abuse (that you may or may not know about), & possible diagnoses such as borderline personality, schizophrenia, substance abuse, etc. It is not a large step from what she is doing to self cutting. Referral to a mental health professional or family physician is indicated.

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My brother is stealing money from me to fuel his addiction. Who should I tell?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Your brother: Tell him you dont appreciate it. You should be emotionally supportive, but not financially. I wouldn't let him in your house to have access to anything he can steal. Make it clear he will be held accountable for stealing, and if you do no press charges, you are supporting his addication. He should be accountable for his actions.
A 43-year-old member asked:

My brother has hocm. Is there a cure?

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HCM cure?: There is no cure for this condition. Treatment is aimed at symptom relief and protection from sudden cardiac arrest. There is a strong genetic component to this disease and you and any other siblings as well as any children he has should be screened for this.
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A 16-year-old member asked:

Can you go to family counseling where everyone goes together (mom, dad, brother)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Family counceling by definition involves the whole family. Some therapists (lpc, psychologists) specalize in family work. Those that do will ocassional do work with one family member separately while also working with the family to help identify issues that may need individual help.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What will happen to my families relationship if I report my dad's abuse of my sister?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Family can heal: Abusive relationships are complex, involving mixed feelings of love & hate for people important in your life. Honest revelations of ongoing abuse is one of the few ways families can go thru any healing process. Find an abuse hotline or confide in a trusted neutral party to help you thru the process. There is help waiting for you. Think less of this year & more of the years ahead as all can benefit.
A 31-year-old member asked:

When should I start to inform my sister about her first period?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Educating sister: Generally, the development of breast buds is the first stage of pubertal changes in a young girl. Any time after that starts is a good time to start talking about the other changes that go with it including periods.

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