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Whole family mental health problems! could mine be hereditary?

Tendency may be : The tendency to develop mental health issues may very well be inherited, but the environment you live in and your approach to problems also plays a big role. You can overcome the possible heredity issues by working to manage your environment and developing healthy coping skills for addressing problems. ...Read more

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Why do problems arise among family members who have always had sibling rivalry?

Why do problems arise among family members who have always had sibling rivalry?

Rivalry: Due to unresolved issues with boundaries, dominance, unrealistic expectations , limit setting & control. ...Read more

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Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?

Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?

Grandparents too!: When considering close family history, i also want to include grandparents. Although uncles, aunts, cousins may not be as important, include their information if you have it. ...Read more

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Is a family medical history important? 

Is a family medical history important? 

VERY VERY IMPORTANT: Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation. I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, . ...Read more

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Mental health issues with geriatric ladies==are they common?

Mental health issues with geriatric ladies==are they common?

Depends: Seriously, the variation is not so much age as it is the underlying resiliency. We are all individuals, avoid grouping. ...Read more

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What social problems are linked to health issues?

What social problems are linked to health issues?

Depends: How disease is viewed depends on time, society and context. Usually, higher socio-economic status correlates with better access to healthcare. For example, diabetes in poor areas might be associated with poor access to healthful foods and education, while in affluent areas, might be due to sedentary life-style and overindulgence. ...Read more

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How can family members support someone with adjustment disorder?

How can family members support someone with adjustment disorder?

Realistic support: Persons with emotional disorders need support. However, they also need to have mirrors so that they can see what others see. Part of emotional disorders is the inability to truly see oneself. ...Read more

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Any advice for dealing with an adult family member with vascular dementia?

Any advice for dealing with an adult family member with  vascular dementia?

Complex: Although behavioral issues may be similar to alzheimer's, here meds are a bit more involved. Need antiplatelet drug to prevent more strokes, and clopidogrel or Aggrenox may be useful. The best tested drugs for this kind of dementia are donepezil and galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide). ...Read more

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Can my controlling parents have psychological problems?

Can my controlling parents have psychological problems?

Of course. but: There may be little you can do about their problems other than caring prompts that you wish they's find ways to feel more content. It's so much more important that you pay attention to your quality of life. If you feel that you could be doing better but can't do it yourself, find help of some sort. Most folk have left over issues from their childhood that need to be overcome. It's possible. Best! ...Read more

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What family members get autoimmune diseases?

What family members get autoimmune diseases?

No certainity: Although autoimmune disease have high genetic transmission rates, I do not know if you can say who will get what until signs/symptoms appear. So the best advice i can give is that you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of conditions which are prevalent in your family and be vigilant and honest in recognizing them and taking action to be evaluated by a medical professional. ...Read more

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What role do social workers play in children with mental health problems?

What role do social workers play in children with mental health problems?

Several roles: Social workers can play many roles in the lives of children with mental health problems. Two of the more common is helping to gain access to helpful services and providing direct counseling services. This can be done through both private and public agencies, within and outside of a hospital or clinic. ...Read more

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I have congenital hypothyroidism family support, experiences from families who have children with hypothyroidism, any suggestions?

I have congenital hypothyroidism family support, experiences from families who have children with hypothyroidism, any suggestions?

Good resource below.: http://www.circleofmoms.com/moms-with-kids-who-have-congenital-hypothyroidism Is a place for providing and obtaining support. ...Read more

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I'm having issues describing neuropathy to a teacher?

I'm having issues describing neuropathy to a teacher?

What are you saying: Neuropathy refers to damage to nerves and in the case of peripheral neuropathy nerve of the peripheral nervous system. This may be caused either by diseases of or trauma to the nerve or the side-effects of systemic illness. There are central neuropathies also which can be related to the damage to the nerves of the central nervous system. Are you saying this to the teacher? ...Read more

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Family history of colon cancer. Do I start seeing GI before or at age parent diagnosed?

Family history of colon cancer. Do I start seeing GI before or at age parent diagnosed?

Earlier colonoscopy: If you have a significant family history of colon cancer, you would start your colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest family members diagnosed with colon cancer. Significant history - if there are multiple family members with colon ca; if a very young age of diagnosis of colon ca in some family members; diagnoses of other, associated cancers in family members. ...Read more

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Are mental problems linked to age?

Are mental problems linked to age?

Not directly: Of course, some types of mental problems are increasingly common in older people (e.g., dementia), but it is not the age, per se, that causes it. Instead, some types of brain disease processes can begin to show up as a person ages. These diseases are sometimes manifested as memory or other cognitive problems or difficulties. Other mental disorders also tend to have onsets within specific ages. ...Read more

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Does family history of diabetes or endo disorder cause polycystic ovaries?

Does family history of diabetes or endo disorder cause polycystic ovaries?

Increases risk: Pcos is a disorder of Insulin resistance just like type 2 diabetes. Women with a family history of diabetes are at increased risk of developing pcos. ...Read more

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How can family members or loved ones deal with a borderline personality disorder?

How can family members or loved ones deal with a borderline personality disorder?

Be there. Be real.: Try to be consistent. Be supportive and empathic, but also remind the other of the reality of the situation. ...Read more

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