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Is alcoholism related to child abuse?

Is alcoholism related to child abuse?

Abuse increases risk: Not everyone who has a history of abuse will become addicted. However, a history of child abuse or childhood trauma can increase the risk of later alcoholism/addiction. The vast majority of patients in treatment for addiction have a history of past abuse or trauma. Childhood trauma apparently "primes the brain" to become addicted. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism and addiction hereditary?

Is alcoholism and addiction hereditary?

Absolutely: Irrefutable evidence from multiple different methods support both a biologic basis and a genetic basis (including but not limited to hereditary factors) in addictions. Eric Nestler, MD, PhD is the world's leader in this arena and has many great review articles. ...Read more

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Is chronic liver disease usually caused by alcoholism and poor diet?

Is chronic liver disease usually caused by alcoholism and poor diet?

Liver disease: There are many causes of liver disease; alcohol is just one of them. Infectious agents for example, can cause problems such as hepatitis a, b, and or c. A chronically fat liver can also cause problems for the patient long-term. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a disease?

Is alcoholism a disease?

Alcoholism a disease: Alcoholism a disease due to: Short Term Health Risks •Motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, •Homicide, Suicide, Sexual assaultAlcohol Poisoning •Risky sexual behaviors leading to pregnancy or STD Long Term Health Risks •High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease •Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon •Memory problems, DementiaDepression, Anxiety ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a genetic disorder?

Is alcoholism a genetic disorder?

Very often yes: Alcoholism does have a very strong genetic component, there is much research to indicate that many alcoholics brains are different than non, even before their first drink, however the degree of genetic influence would very between persons. The environment or life circumstances however are also part of the disease's expression. It is usually a combo of nature and nurture. ...Read more

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Which health care professionals? Deal with congenital heart disease?

Which health care professionals? Deal with congenital heart disease?

Congenital heart specialists: As a infant/child/teenager, patients with congenital heart are typcially cared for by pediatric cardiologists/cardiovascualrr surgeons. A new field of adult congenital heart is evolving in which internal medicine congenital heart cardiologists who have specialized training in congenital heart disease care for patients over 21 years of age. ...Read more

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Can asymptomatic liver disease caused by drug overdose present as mental illness due to toxic buildup?

Can asymptomatic liver disease caused by drug overdose present as mental illness due to toxic buildup?

Yes: Our liver is extremely important to keep our bodies in balance. By filtering and "getting rid" of substances that can harm our bodies, a healthy liver contributes to our overall health. Many patients with renal and liver problems, that are not properly treated or diagnosed, usually experience mental changes (in reasoning, memory, judgment,etc), that if left untreated can become permanent. ...Read more

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I'm diagnose with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,any tips on reversing this matter?

I'm diagnose with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,any tips on reversing this matter?

Fatty liver: I presume the diagnosis was made by your doctor. If he/she has not fully explained this to you it would be wise to make another visit so you have a better understanding. If you have not seen a liver specialist (gastroenterologist) about this you must have your doctor refer you. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a diease or addiction?

Alcoholism Disease: Alcoholism is both a Disease and Addiction. Health Risks • High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon • Memory problems, DementiaDepression, Anxiety It is Addiction due to: • Craving • Denial • Giving excuses • Tolerance • Continued use even with severe impairment of functioning • Withdrawal symptoms ...Read more

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Is mental deficiency associated with obesity?

Is mental deficiency associated with obesity?

No : Obesity is not related with mental deficiency, but is related with multiple medical issues like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol that could provoke brain aterosclerosis and lead to dementia and strokes that will after mental status. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism more genetic or environmental?

Is alcoholism more genetic or environmental?

Yes: It varies for each individual. It has both genetic and environmental components. I am not sure it matters. If one has the problem, the treatment is the same regardless of which component is contributing more to the problem. ...Read more

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How come wilson's disease (hepatolenticular degeneration) considered a genetic disorder?

How come wilson's disease (hepatolenticular degeneration) considered a genetic disorder?

Because it is: No disrespect is intended. Two defective copies of the gene atp7b, one from each carrier parent, renders the person incapable of unloading copper from cells that need to lose it. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Yes: The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot. And it may not be drugs alone ...Gambling, food, sex, porn...And so forth may replace your drug of choice...But, in the end, however you slice it... You stand at the same, spot....Alone, miserable, disoriented...And once in a while thinking, where... Did all friends and loved one disappear.. ...Read more

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Is mental illness genetic?

Is mental illness genetic?

Genetic factors: No currently-defined mental illness is 100% genetic, as shown by the fact that 1 identical twin can have the disorder, & the other doesn't. But there is genetic risk, i.e., an increased likelihood, for many disorders. We don't know the full cause of mental illnesses; our current models include genetics as well as other factors. Try searching "diathesis-stress model". ...Read more

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Can someone drink alcohol with gilbert's disease?

Can someone drink alcohol with gilbert's disease?

Gilbert's Disease: Those with gilbert's may have mild elevations of bilirubin, due to a reduction in metabolism. This appears to be the only change, and you should metabolize alcohol normally. ...Read more

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Is there a disease that causes impaired social skills?

Is there a disease that causes impaired social skills?

Many reasons: Some mental illnesses and neurological conditions may make it harder, but in the end, social skills are just that - skills. Some perfectly healthy people don't learn the same social skills as us growing up, for example if they came from a troubled childhood or just a culture that is very different from ours. The good news is that skills can always be learned and improved at any time in our lives! ...Read more

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Can alcoholism be inherited?

Can alcoholism be inherited?

Yes: Having one parent with alcoholism increases one's chances of having this problem. Your chances increase if both parents are alcoholic. Being aware of this and avoiding drinking too much will help. It may be best to figure out a way to have a happy life without having to drink at all. There are lots of very happy people who do not drink. (like me). Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Do patients with wilson's disease face any particular social stigma?

Do patients with wilson's disease face any particular social stigma?

Not from diagnosis: It is unlikely that the diagnosis itself of wilson's disease (inherited tendency to accumulate and deposit copper in organs including liver and brain) carries a social stigma, but the psychiatric disturbance and neurologic signs that can accompany wilson's unfortunately may. I am hopeful that our society is moving towards the point at which psychiatric illness no longer carries a stigma. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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