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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
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Coping With Disasters (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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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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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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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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12hrs of ruminating & dysfunctional 24hr post Crisis in marriage triggered by external stressors; work, environment, inlaws, chores. Have I snapped?

12hrs of ruminating & dysfunctional 24hr post Crisis in marriage triggered by external stressors; work, environment, inlaws, chores. Have I snapped?

We obsess: when we try to control situations that feel out of control. it does not help. The most constructive thing you can do is see a mental health pro like a clinical psychologist to learn ways to manage stress more effectively. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What might b good way 2 approach spouse addiction 2 internet(OBSESSED w news&posting on political msg boards)w/o making him defensive&angry?PLZ HELP!

What might b good way 2 approach spouse addiction 2 internet(OBSESSED w news&posting on political msg boards)w/o making him defensive&angry?PLZ HELP!

Alanon? Therapy?: Many discover that there is little we can do to change others. It is hard enough to change ourselves! You can find possible support at an Alanon meeting or from a psychotherapist. Then, you might find the voice to use to invite spouse to help you with your problem. I know this sounds backward. It's not. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the best book about understanding and living with loved ones suffering from bipolar disorder?

What is the best book about understanding and living with loved ones suffering from bipolar disorder?

Several: There are several good ones. A few: "an unquiet mind" by jamison; "the bipolar disorder survival guide, second edition: what you and your family need to know" by miklowitz; and "when someone you love is bipolar: help and support for you and your partner" by cynthia last. ...Read more

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Grappling with elder issues in family. Who evaluates and deems someone incapable of making decisions? The courts? How?

Grappling with elder issues in family. Who evaluates and deems someone incapable of making decisions? The courts? How?

Difficult issues: If your family member recognizes the need for help, s/he may agree to delegate power of attorney on health, legal, & financial issues to you. If not, & you can see there are difficulties, the process is harder. As dr. Rao says, neuropsychiatric evaluation is needed. If this diagnosis supports incapacity but the elder person disagrees, you will need court involvement for guardianship. Painful. ...Read more

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Global health organisation warn families to prepare emergency family plan with medicine and supplies.?

Global health organisation warn families to prepare emergency family plan with medicine and supplies.?

Six basic supplies: 1 water mke sure you have water for basic needs for 3 days 2 food non perishable for st least 3 days 3 first aid and supplies 4 clothing and beddings appropriate 5 tools and special items like flash lights and fresh batteries 6 battery powered communication devices and dont forget copies of important documents like drivers licence, passports., list of phone numbers prescription medicines. ...Read more

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I am a writer, need medical insight. Scene: youth suffers punctured lung, barbed hook on ship at sea. No modern medicine; none trained. Best response?

I am a writer, need medical insight. Scene: youth suffers punctured lung, barbed hook on ship at sea. No modern medicine; none trained. Best response?

What available: Alternatives are to enlarge hole in chest wall to create an open pneumothorax and prevent tension from trapped air, or to create valve type mechanism with some type of tube and flutter valve or water submersion of tube to allow air out of chest cavity but not allow it back in through tube. ...Read more

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Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living?  Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?

Yes: Most all very serious, long standing or non-curable, genetic, even uncommon conditions have support groups and links for help. Are we not blessed and cursed with the age of the internet and technology ? Start with aspergersyndrome.Org. ...Read more

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What are health challenges faced by people with rural lifestyles?

What are health challenges faced by people with rural lifestyles?

Rural Life style: In the Journey of Life, some people have chosen Rural Lifestyle. At some point in our life, people enjoyed City Lifestyle and had Specialist medical care when there was need. Some Health problems were due to air pollution, water pollution, traffic congestion, and Rush life style. Less Specialist medical care in rural area is a health challenge. Peace and Spirituality in rural area is a Blessing! ...Read more

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What are the best ways to help control flashbacks from ptsd? (childhood sexual assault survivor)

What are the best ways to help control flashbacks from ptsd? (childhood sexual assault survivor)

PTSD flashbacks: Psychotherapy with emdr (eye movement desensitization & reprocessing) can be very helpful for these flashbacks. http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr.html this is done in the context of an ongoing therapeutic relationship to help you work through and release the painful aspects of what has happened to you. History can't be changed, but your future can. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Who helps prepare for natural disasters?

Internat. agencies: Many international organizations prepare for natural disasters and provide relief if possible. This includes a number of un agencies, international red cross, medicins sans frontieres, and a number of other agencies. Many charitable agencies spring up in the wake of natural disasters including religious related ones and citizen generated ones. ...Read more

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How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships

How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships

Get support: A person's emotional problems can be just as stressful as physical illness in a relationship. Suggest you see a mental health professional for guidance and support. Be sure to make time for yourself. Connect with others for help. Look into NAMI or local support groups: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers . I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does durable power of attorney for health come into coonflict with hipaa?

Does durable power of attorney for health come into coonflict with hipaa?

No: No. A durable power of attorney gives someone the right to make medical decisions on someone else's behalf. Implicit in that is the permission that he medical care must be discussed with that person who has the power of attorney. It would be a violation of hipaa to talk with people who were not involved in the patients care about the patient. ...Read more

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Phobia leads someone to believe that among our ancestors, those who feared animals, darkeness, and heights would likely live long enough to reproduce?

Phobia leads someone to believe that among our ancestors, those who feared animals, darkeness, and heights would likely live long enough to reproduce?

Irrational fear: A phobia is an irrational fear--we know what we fear is probably not dangerous. Behavioral psychologists view them as learned and treatment is to desensitize or unlearn them. An atavistic trait is something we inherit that can keep us from danger but is not necessary in today's world. This could be a fear of bugs, snakes, heights, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could 20 yrs of army service as bomb dog handler/military police non combat, cause gad and panic disorder with agrabaphobia?

Could 20 yrs of army service as bomb dog handler/military police non combat, cause gad and panic disorder with agrabaphobia?

It depends: How you end up after such a long experience depends on your genetics, your background, your supports, and your ability to deal with frightening situations. I don't know about the diagnoses you've listed, as ptsd might be more expected than those. At the very least, you could easily be in for some kind of anxiety -- undiagnosable without full evaluation. You could see a psychiatrist & find out. ...Read more

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Want to plan family, suffer from anxiety and hypochondria. Are OBs open 2 Q&A about worries and plans for these added hurdles in addition to therapy?

Want to plan family, suffer from anxiety and hypochondria. Are OBs open 2 Q&A about worries and plans for these added hurdles in addition to therapy?

Planning Family: Each person / physician is different. As a physician it is my job to help educate patients. However, it is important to work with your anxiety & hypochondria before becoming pregnant. I have seen a few patients w hypochondriasis who called incessantly with the same questions & concerns. Often attempts to reduce their angst & anxiety were fruitless. When somatic concerns & anxiety take over - it ...Read more

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Man Made Disasters (Definition)

Man-Made disasters are large scale catastrophes caused by industrial or scientific accidents, engineering flaws (ie a collapsed bridge), or war, ...Read more


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