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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Coping With Disasters (Overview)

Coping with disaster is an activity in which a person must quickly plan a course of action to maintain safety and stability for himself and his family during a crisis, such as an earthquake, a big flood, a war, a crime wave, a destructive fire, etc...


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Please share a myth about coping with hurricanes and typhoons.

Size = severity.: " THE AREA AND SIZE OF A HURRICANE DETERMINES THE SEVERITY OF ITS IMPACT" from "5 Hurricane Myths Dispelled" on Science 2.0. See: http://www.science20.com/news_articles/5_hurricane_myths_dispelled-81708 ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
70 doctors shared insights

Coping With Disasters (Overview)

Coping with disaster is an activity in which a person must quickly plan a course of action to maintain safety and stability for himself and his family during a crisis, such as an earthquake, a big flood, a war, a crime wave, a destructive fire, etc...


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Please share a myth about coping with floods and tsunamis.

Floods: What you see in the movies is not what really happens. Documentaries are great sources of information as well as local, regional, and national disaster relief sources. ...Read more

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Coping with disasters (Tip)

Nearly 60% of disaster- related deaths are due to earthquakes. ...See more

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Please share a myth about coping with wildfires.

Please share a myth about coping with wildfires.

Wildfire myth: That wild fires nowadays are larger than in the past, in fact they were much larger in the 18th century. Of course they are a very newsworthy item & thus get lots of publicity. ...Read more

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How to cope with living with someone with mental illness?

How to cope with living with someone with mental illness?

Mental Illness: Coping with living with someone who is mentally ill, depends on what type of illness this person has. National alliance on mental illness has lots of helpful information for families and significant others: http://www.Nami.Org/ also there may be support groups in your community. Ask your doctor and/or your relative's psychiatrist/nurses, etc. Be well! ...Read more

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Please share a myth about coping with tornadoes.

Please share a myth about coping with tornadoes.

Refuge under bridge: During a tornado being under a bridge offers no protection and is dangerous ...Read more

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What are the coping strategies for living with illness or disability?

What are the coping strategies for living with illness or disability?

Remember Humanity: As difficult as it is to live with a recognized illness or disability, the invisible ones (like vision loss, mental illness, etc.) pose the additional challenge of being dismissed by able-bodied folks as minimal. Do not "become" your disability, but rather, seek to find meaning in the ways that you still can heal others, and in so doing, you heal yourself. ...Read more

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Any tips for coping with anxiety/depression?

Any tips for coping with anxiety/depression?

Where do I start!: Yes, a million. But here's the "TLDR" version: 1. Figure out what you tend to avoid, and gradually stop avoiding. 2. Notice how you talk to yourself in your head. If it's not like you would talk to a loved one, rephrase until it is. 3. Get out into the sunlight at least a little every day. 4. Breathe more deeply as often as possible. 5. Decide on your top 1-3 life values, and act accordingly. ...Read more

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Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Marijuanas role in coping with depression, anxiety?

Unsure: While not really a depressant, marijuana may not help a person to feel motivated, which is often missing in depression! it might temporarily mask emotional pain, but in excess can lead to problems. Some research suggests it can potentiate mental symptoms--and results were not simply due to ill people self-medicating. And it can lead to jail. That's depressing / scary. Psychiatrists, gps? ...Read more

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How to deal with social anxiety?

How to deal with social anxiety?

Talk to: a psychologist or counselor who treats anxiety. The most effective treatments are relaxation training (sometimes with the aid of biofeedback) plus cognitive therapy that includes gradual exposure to anxiety-producing situations in imagination and real life. Therapy is sometimes augmented with medication and is quite successful. ...Read more

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How to deal with social anxiety?

How to deal with social anxiety?

CBT therapy: Social anxiety responds well to professional mental health treatment. An effective treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy with an individual therapist. Also it's really important to confront your social anxiety and group therapy may provide you the support and push you need to overcome your fears. ...Read more

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Best ways to handle and cope with ptsd?

Best ways to handle and cope with ptsd?

Treatment...: The best way to cope with PTSD is through counseling therapy and if severe enough medications( SSRIs for example) can help as well. Usually a mode of therapy is cognitive and behavioral focused on the traumatic event. This should not be done without the intervention of a trained psychotherapist. Make sure you get seen by specialist in this field. ...Read more

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4yrs anxiety.Gp suspects ocd&bipolar.Returning to therapy w/a new psychologist.Very anxious about dealing with these issues&seeing someone new? Help?

4yrs anxiety.Gp suspects ocd&bipolar.Returning to therapy w/a new psychologist.Very anxious about dealing with these issues&seeing someone new? Help?

New start: I agree with dr. Cohen, it is very important that you get on the right medication if you have ocd and bipolar. It is normal to be anxious about starting with someone new, especially if you have tried with someone who missed your diagnosis in the past. If you do get on the right medication you have a much better chance of dealing with these issues and having a better life. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do working mothers cope with the stress associated with parental care?

How do working mothers cope with the stress associated with parental care?

Are you caring : For your parents? Between your job, taking care of your parents and your children - it is essential that you somehow find a way to care for yourself. To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi >. ...Read more

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How to cope with intense grief and bereavement?

How to cope with intense grief and bereavement?

Don't stop reaching out.: Don't stop reaching out. Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing just makes it harder in the long run. For true healing, it is necessary to face your grief & actively deal with it. Grief is a roller coaster. Don't let anyone tell you how to feel. Care for your physical health. Express yourself creatively in writing, song or art. Join a support group, find a counselor, keep trying. ...Read more

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Please share some do's and don'ts for coping with hurricanes and typhoons.

Please share some do's and don'ts for coping with hurricanes and typhoons.

Hurricane do/ do not: Your Life and Health is PRECIOUS!
Do:
• Have emergency supplies of food, water, medications, first aid kit, self-charging torch Radio
• Have full gas tank of the vehicles
• Keep Important documents in a safe place and take copies with you
• Evacuate when told by officials
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• Ignore Warnings
• Be impulsive to go outside to check
• Deny the Reality of severity
• Brag about your coping skills ...Read more

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Can a psychiatrist deal with social anxiety ?

Can a psychiatrist deal with social anxiety ?

Yes: Psychiatrists provide evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders including social anxiety. Treatment will likely include use of medication. ...Read more

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I'm dealing with drug abuse and trouble coping during pregnancy?

I'm dealing with drug abuse and trouble coping during pregnancy?

Medical assisted tx: Is it trouble coping with the drug abuse during pregnancy or with the pregnancy itself? Opiate dependent pregnant women can be very safely and successfully treated with Methadone or Buprenorphine. Plus counseling and cognitive behavior therapy. Please visit your OB/GYN and ask for a referral or help finding an addiction specialist. ...Read more

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How can you prevent poor social skills in someone with learning disabilities?

How can you prevent poor social skills in someone with learning disabilities?

Find a counselor : Who works on teaching social skills, or find a social skills group therapy group. ...Read more

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