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How should I support a friend who is going through a depressive episode?

How should I support a friend who is going through a depressive episode?

Encouragement : Encourage them to get appropriate treatment, to get out and exercise, to take part in social activities, to get therapy and most of all help them to realize depression is a temporary state of mind which is very treatable. ...Read more

Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

A condition in which a woman experiences a loss of a pregnancy, typically prior ...Read more


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My friend is carrying triplets and she would like to do a home birth, is this a good idea?

My friend is carrying triplets and she would like to do a home birth, is this a good idea?

No: Absolutely, 100% no. Triplets are one of the highest risk pregnancies we as ob/gyns see. Consider that 25% of her cardiac output is going to uterus. Guess how much time it takes your friend to bleed to death if something goes wrong? Minutes. What happens when placenta for baby c's abrupts? Breech delivery? Way too risk for babies and mother. Not to mention prematurity & difficulty baby breath. ...Read more

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My mom passed easter sunday unexpected no warning been sevely depressed since dealing with a mothers death is hard how to ease the grief process safel?

My mom passed easter sunday unexpected no warning been sevely depressed since dealing with a mothers death is hard how to ease the grief process safel?

Grief: I am very, very sorry to hear of your loss. Confide in friends, don't avoid sadness, it is normal and an important part of the grieving process. Talk about your mom, your memories of her but don't dwell, you have to give yourself a break during each day to get away from your sorrow and then when able return to the emotions you have. It takes time, be patient with yourself, losing a mom is tragic. ...Read more

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Any hope for a lasting relationship with a bipolar woman? A year ago i met a wonderful woman. We're in our early 60s. She told me she is bipolar and had a psychotic episode in her early 30s that required hospitalization. She's been through years of therap

Any hope for a lasting relationship with a bipolar woman? A year ago i met a wonderful woman. We're in our early 60s. She told me she is bipolar and had a psychotic episode in her early 30s that required hospitalization. She's been through years of therap

You should be fine: yes, many bipolar people marry and stay married. If they stay on medicine and /or seek therapy for their health you are in good shape. Any illness like Bipolar is on a spectrum and cases need to be evaluated case by case. Give it time and trust your intuition. Be aware and take any precautions like knowing her doctor if that is helpful or works. ...Read more

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How can I help a friend who is experiencing a crack cocaine addiction that is ruining her life?

How can I help a friend who is experiencing a crack cocaine addiction that is ruining her life?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of al-anon or codependents anonymous (coda). ...Read more

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Ive been given a second chance in life been offered a VERY good jobim willing to quit drugs n go straight how can i pass a urine test plz help?

Ive been given a second chance in life been offered a VERY good jobim willing to quit drugs n go straight how can i pass a urine test plz help?

Part of going: straight is to be honest w/self and others. Consider going to NA meetings and work the 12 steps. That way you will help yourself now and in the future. If a urine test is positive tell them what you are doing. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I want to go thru an abortion so, I was wondering if a person with friedreich's ataxia can go thru a pregnancy & give birth?

I want to go thru an abortion so, I was wondering if a person with friedreich's ataxia can go thru a pregnancy & give birth?

Yes: But you must consider whether you're physically able to do this in whatever shape you're in. Most people would urge you to get prenatal testing so as to be sure you do not pass this grim disease on to the next generation. Your physician is your best guide. ...Read more

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How can I support a loved one who has had a miscarriage?

How can I support a loved one who has had a miscarriage?

Be there for her: Miscarriage , can be very stressful.See what she need and be there for her by word and action. ...Read more

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Is it wrong to ask a doctor or therapist for a hug. Lost partner when murdered 2 years ago, mum died 12 months ,lost house and job and dad wont talk ?

Is it wrong to ask a doctor or therapist for a hug. Lost  partner when murdered 2 years ago, mum died 12 months ,lost house and job and dad wont talk ?

Hug and Professional: There probably are as many theories on this as there are doctors and therapists. Personally, I see nothing wrong with it as long as it is done with the door open and with permission. I often have patients, particularly older ones ask for a hug, likewise when someone has had a particularly hard experience I will ask their permission if I can give them one. It is human contact that often helps. ...Read more

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How do you deal with a gf that is angry while going through her monthly?

How do you deal with a gf that is angry while going through her monthly?

UNDERSTAND WHY IT : Happens. Read a bit on it, it is a lot easier to deal with when you know why she gets like that. ...Read more

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I'm a mum. Child lives with dad. I attempted suicide, lost a leg and having issues. During family mediation, Dad and I agreed I would cut off from daughter. How can I help daughter cope with this?

I'm a mum. Child lives with dad. I attempted suicide, lost a leg and having issues. During family mediation, Dad and I agreed I would cut off from daughter. How can I help daughter cope with this?

Continue Therapy: The best thing you can do for your daughter is to work hard on getting yourself well. Since you are required, for now, to not interact with your daughter, it's best to honor that agreement and let Dad give her a stable daily home environment. Once you are in a place, mentally and physically, of health, peace and stability, you can request a change in your interactions with your daughter. ...Read more

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Can having a tooth out bring on labour early is baby ok with me going through an extraction?

Can having a tooth out bring on labour early is baby ok with me going through an extraction?

Good question: Discuss this issue with both your own dentist and Obstetrician. Together they can better answer your question based upon the urgency of the extraction and your medical history and specific circumstances. ...Read more

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A friend has started suicidal ideation and talking about being depressed. He's bipolar with a previous attempt and has a therapist. What should I do?

A friend has started suicidal ideation and talking about being depressed. He's bipolar with a previous attempt and has a therapist. What should I do?

Talk with him: You are clearly being a good friend. Talk with him, and encourage him to contact his therapist about his depression and suicidal ideations. Is he also taking medications? If so, these may need adjusting. If not, he may need to be working with a psychiatrist also so that his needs are addressed on more levels. Help him avoid alcohol, etc. If concerned that he will imminently self-harm, call 911. ...Read more

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How likely am i to catch a cold frm a family member who i live with who has a child with cold symptoms.Im 32 weeks pregnant and worried of harming bub

How likely am i to catch a cold frm a family member who i live with who has a child with cold symptoms.Im 32 weeks pregnant and worried of harming bub

Hard to say: Your relative susceptibility to any such process depends on many prior life experiences and your degree of exposure. Regardless, the risk to your fetus is minimal.Only those infections with the ability to enter your blood can cause harm to the fetus and a cold would not qualify. ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

Pregnancy loss = unintended loss of a pregnancy which could result ...Read more