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Thick blood?: I would not accept this diagnosis, but would insist on knowing exactly what's wrong with me. At age 26, polycythemia vera and Waldenstrom's are both very unlikely, and if you have hypercoagulability from some cause (a real misuse of the term "thick blood"), it's not interfering with your erections. Have you been checked for hemochromatosis? Prolactinoma? ...Read more
Possibly: It depends on your illness, and its treatability. Many people deal with psychiatric illnesses, and still work and support themselves and their families. On the other hand, some people with severe and persistent mental illnesses are so incapacitated that they cannot work. You would need a full psychiatric evaluation and much paperwork with the disability office to determine this. ...Read more
MANY REASONS: There are a lot of possibilities for insomnia. Stress, anxiety, caffeine, change of routine, depression, alcohol, drugs, medications. So depending on what the cause determines the treatment. Work on sleep hygiene like set wake and sleep and reduce caffeine and do not eat too late in the day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recognizing Control: I am reminded of the serenity prayer often recited at 12-step meetings, "god grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change, courage to change the things i can, and wisdom to know the difference". Attributed to theologian reinhold niebuhr. It is difficult to remain calm when one tries to control something uncontrollable. Take a deep look inside and see what you can and can't control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am having speech problems. Making up words/using wrong words. Speech a bit slurry. All of a sudden. What can be the cause?
See physician: Seeing your primary care physician could get you started at figuring out what's happening with you. S/he can explore your concerns, examine you, and check any indicated studies. Certain anxiety disorders can cause over-concern about health, and anxiety can also be part of depression. These are medical diagnoses, yes -- and psychiatrists are the medical specialists who most often treat them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lot. Homeless-: ness is a severe stress, and piling that on top of a mental condition (which handles stress less well) is potentially like pouring salt on a wound. A lot of homeless people suffer from severe mental illnesses, which is likely a contributing factor to their plight. Just ask them how easy life is--IT ISN'T. Try to find a program with the County/State to help and get some support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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