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Does tough love work with an alcoholic?

Not always: Nothing works in every situation. Many experts indicate that an alcoholic must "hit bottom" or have nothing else to lose before they are willing to seek help. There may come a time when family and friends have done all they can and have to sever ties with the alcoholic to prevent themselves from being harmed. ...Read more

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Does tough love work with addiction?

Does tough love work with addiction?

Not by Itself: Addiction problems generally respond best when a multi-faceted approch is used. Kicking a family member out of your home will not cure their addiction. Use community resources-don't try to do it by yourself. ...Read more

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Registered addiction specialist question - do they work only with drug addicts, or with others such as chocolate addicts?

Registered addiction specialist question - do they work only with drug addicts, or with others such as chocolate addicts?

Yes: I am an addiction psychiatrist and i work with people who are recovering from any addiction or compulsive behavior, as well as anyone who has a family member with an addiction or compulsive behavior. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with abnormal grief, major depression and anorexia does this make me a really bad person and don't deserve help is it possible to cure alone?

Diagnosed with abnormal grief, major depression and anorexia does this make me a really bad person and don't deserve help is it possible to cure alone?

No, not bad person: No, these problems do not make you a bad person who doesn't deserve help. It sounds like you also need to be working with a psychiatrist in addition to a psychologist and nutritionist, for best results. Trying to cure your problems alone is not the answer, but you can do many good things for yourself along with treatment. Medications for depression can help many people -- possibly you too. ...Read more

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What approaches work best to get through to an alcoholic who's on a major drinking binge?

When some one is: Drinking or drunk - they may not listen too well. It is usually easier to talk to someone when they are sober. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why do people with autism love swimming/water?

Could use expert help with why do people with autism love swimming/water?

Not all do: Not all people with autism love swimming in water. I've known some who seemed very afraid of it. People with autism have problems in 3 crucial areas of development: social interaction, language and behavior. Beyond that, their autism symptoms and severity can vary greatly. They may perform repetitive movements and have specific rituals -- getting upset with even slight changes. ...Read more

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Help please! when someone is an alcoholic do they usually have another underlining mental illness as well?

Help please! when someone is an alcoholic do they usually have another underlining mental illness as well?

Not necessarily: About a quarter of people with alcoholism have underlying depression, about 10% also have anxiety disorders, and about 5% may have bipolar disorder. People who didn't start out with a problem may develop mental health issues BECAUSE of their drinking as well. All in all, about half to 2/3 of people with alcohol problems have other psychological issues. ...Read more

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Help please! when one is an alcoholic does the alcohol help their emotional problem?

Help please! when one is an alcoholic does the alcohol help their emotional problem?

No, it masks it: Alcohol doesn't truly "help" and certainly does not solve any problems, emotional or otherwise. What it does is cover whatever issues there are with a haze, and might temporarily reduce anxiety/depression about it, but ultimately may well make it worse, particularly if the alcohol use becomes more extensive and brings its own problems. ...Read more

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Is it better to confess my love for someone who does not love me & does not want a serious relationship. Or is it best to just avoid him & not confess?

Is it better to confess my love for someone who does not love me & does not want a serious relationship. Or is it best to just avoid him & not confess?

Be Strong and honest: Being honest about your feelings to someone whom you believe doesn't share those feelings is hard. It takes an inner strength to gamble rejection for the sake of honesty and the slim chance that they misread a benign friendship. Accept kindly that the other person "has a right" to not be in love. Strength and honesty build character, no matter what the other person does or says. ...Read more

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Is it illegal that a factory does not provide a mask to people who work with strong glue?

Is it illegal that a factory does not provide a mask to people who work with strong glue?

Yes: Osha requirements require material safety sheets as well as protective equipment for inhalation , gloves etc. Proper venting is also required. ...Read more

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Have social anxiety how can I deal with it. Therapy doesn't work with me i tend to quit after a month . It's hard to make friends or have friends .?

Have social anxiety how can I deal with it. Therapy doesn't work with me i tend to quit  after a month . It's hard to make friends or have friends .?

Social anxiety: In addition to cognitive behavior therapy, there are medications such as ssris & snris that might be worth discussing with a psychiatrist. Good luck 2u. ...Read more

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I need help finding a place for a child who is 16 no respect for anyone or thing violent no concious and does drugs and doesn't care where or who?

I need help finding a place for a child who is 16 no respect for anyone or thing violent no concious  and does drugs  and doesn't care where or who?

Freedom VIllage: Freedom village run by fletcher brothers, not too far from ithaca, ny. One of the best places in the country for a youth such as you describe to get out of such a destructive lifestyle. ...Read more

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If someone is a drug addict can i have them committed to some type of rehab center against their will? Just as u can do with ppl with mental problems

If someone is a drug addict can i have them committed to some type of rehab center against their will? Just as u can do with ppl with mental problems

No: not against their will unless they becomes dangerous to themselves or to others. The corner stone of rehab is a commitment from the patient if they are minor the guardian might be able to commit them ...Read more

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Can you tell me why an individual with a compromised immune system (for example, a person with aids) may be unable to?

Can you tell me why an individual with a compromised immune system (for example, a person with aids) may be unable to?

Suppressed immunity: THere are many reasons for a compromised immune system. This can cause increased susceptibility to infections of various kinds. As such, one must take extra care to avoid things that will increase infection risks, such as direct contact with someone who is ill. As well, some live vaccines may be contraindicated, and certain types of travel may be ill-advised. ...Read more

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I am struggling with love addiction. I wanted to attend a treatment center, but nothing is affordable. Any suggestions to get similar help?

I am struggling with love addiction.  I wanted to  attend a treatment center, but nothing is affordable.  Any suggestions to get similar help?

Love addiction: Love addicts anonymous is an outpatient 12 step group for people in your situation. Information about this group and its meetings here: http://www.Loveaddicts.Org/laahomeindex.Html if there isn't a meeting in your area, perhaps codependents anonymous might be a reasonable step. If you mean sex addiction, there are 12 step groups for that also. You can google these terms and find them. Be well. ...Read more

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Hi! I'm bipolar and would like to know is it possible for people with bipolar disorder to fall and stay in love with somebody?

Hi! I'm bipolar and would like to know is it possible for people with bipolar disorder to fall and stay in love with somebody?

Absolutely: It's definitely possible, you just have to find the right person who will be open minded about your disorder and will be supportive even through the rough times. Life as a bipolar patient is not always miserable and you are perfectly capable of having a happy, intimate relationship with someone, and definitely capable of feeling love. Best of luck to you :-) ...Read more

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I will explain as soon as we talk I just thing I, crazy like there's something wrong with me mentally will someone please video chat or Skype ?

?What is the issue: You would find it difficult to have someone chat or Skype without knowing what the issue is - at least in brief. ...Read more

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How do you find a good cardiologist who treats mentally ill pat. As if they are real humans and don't act like taking an antipsychotic is elective med?

How do you find a good cardiologist who treats mentally ill pat. As if they are real humans and don't act like taking an antipsychotic is elective med?

I'm sorry...: That you've had that experience. I hate when that happens, but i've heard that from my patients many times: "if you would just get off that seroquel, (quetiapine) you'd be fine!" or something similar. Some can switch to a different med--latuda seems to have a better se profile than others; but many people struggle for too long to find a drug that works for them and can't just switch. Ask md to refer you elsewh. ...Read more

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Naive family and conservative school staff is useless. Unable to see therapist. I don't even leave home. No 1 can help me with fear of death! Advice?

Naive family and conservative school staff is useless. Unable to see therapist. I don't even leave home. No 1 can help me with fear of death! Advice?

Depression : The symptoms of depression can make you feel helpless, hopeless and ashamed. It can feel as though no one is available to help you. See your medical doctor or discuss with your parents so they can find the support and treatment that you need. ...Read more