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How can I tell if my dad is being poisoned by alcohol?

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How can I tell if my dad is being poisoned by alcohol?

Alcohol as a poison: Alcohol becomes a poison if a man drinks more than 2 beers/day or woman >1b/d. One day of drinking rarely kills as the body can only absorb so much a day. A patient 18yo girl drinks regularly 24beers/d and lives... But her life will be cut very short as her liver cannot do overtime "48h/day" too long, when it shuts down (end of cirrhosis...) life shuts down along. ...Read more

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What can I do if my boyfriend's mom has cancer, smokes and is an alcoholic. How can I help them?

What can I do if my boyfriend's mom has cancer, smokes and is an alcoholic. How can I help them?

Don't offer advice: One of the most important lessons that life has taught me -- the hard way -- is that "relationships are more important than being right." if he's decent to you and your mother, and you actually like him, the best gift you can give him is your time and what warmth you can. As things advance, you can help him with the physical stuff like getting to appointments & staying comfortable. Thanks 4 asking. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my friend is schizophrenic?

How can I tell if my friend is schizophrenic?

It may be difficult: It is difficult to tell sometimes, as many with paranoia are able to "hold it together" around others. Some with schizophrenia and while they are psychotic may talk to themselves or may say some bizarre things which don't really make any sense. It can be difficult to tell whether or not certain folks have schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my brother is addicted to drugs?

How can I tell if my brother is addicted to drugs?

Changes sudden: Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain. Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination. Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness. Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare. Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands. Puffy face, blushing or paleness. Smell of substance on breath, body or cloth. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mother was a cocaine addict while pregnant with me. How can that affect a person?

What can I do if my mother was a cocaine addict while pregnant with me. How can that affect a person?

Less than we thought: Surprisingly little data have emerged suggesting long term deleterious effects of maternal Cocaine abuse. That is not to say that there are no such effects; we simply do not have great data. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my boyfriend is dependent on alcohol?

How can I tell if my boyfriend is dependent on alcohol?

Look for red flags: Look for the "red flag" warning signs of alcoholism: drinking in the morning, drinking alone, lying to you & others about drinking, needs to drink to "relax", forgets what he did while drinking, regularly drinks more than he intends to, etc. Unfortunately, you can't force him to get help; he has to want help, and alcoholics often erect walls of denial that can sometimes never be breached. ...Read more

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My mother is schizophrenic and my brother has inherited this from her. Is there anyway to tell if I am also going to get this and can I prevent it?

My mother is schizophrenic and my brother has inherited this from her. Is there anyway to tell if I am also going to get this and can I prevent it?

Inheritance factor: Is obviously important but is not the whole cause. Environmental factors, especially diet, do enter the picture. The new science of epigenetics tells us that our genes are manipulated by diet and lifestyle. So the answer to your question of prevention lies that part of life. ...Read more

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What can I do if my best friend has social anxiety. How can I be there for her without being annoying?

What can I do if my best friend has social anxiety. How can I be there for her without being annoying?

Get informed & ask.: What a sensitive question! I suggest 1) learning more. Symptoms of social anxiety include physical (heart racing, sweating); intense awareness of physical symptoms; thoughts of embarrassing self/feeling ashamed; avoiding social situations. Symptoms interfere with daily functioning, ability to form relationships, etc. Watch: http://ow.ly/EXbBU ALSO 2) Ask your BF if they want your help & what kind! ...Read more

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How can I make my dad take care of himself if he is alcoholic?

How can I make my dad take care of himself if he is alcoholic?

Get him treatment: Alcoholism is a medical illness and not a character problem. Do what you would do if he had diabetes or hypertension. Take him to a specialist who treats addiction. It can be treated on an outpatient basis in most cases. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby when he is being effected by stress that I am having?

How can I help my baby when he is being effected by stress that I am having?

Destress yourself : Infants are very tuned in to their primary caregiver because they do not distingush the environment from themselves. Parenting a baby is intense. Support dwindles. Sleep deprivation, returning to work, isolation all increase stress. Identify stressors. Seek help and respite. Exercise. Use relaxation tools. Join a play group if possible. Watch for depression. Your baby can sense the lower stress. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend is anorexic and i'm not sure how to help her?

What can I do if my friend is anorexic and i'm not sure how to help her?

Difficult: True anorexia is a deep seated, psycho-sexual problem resistant to much therapy. No drugs can help. It needs an intensive, and well organized program of counseling and supervision. You can only encourage her to seek help, but in fact the mortality rate with this serious problem is quite high. ...Read more

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What can I do if my dad has parkinson disease and i'm very curious. How can you distinguish it really?

What can I do if my dad has parkinson disease and i'm very curious. How can you distinguish it really?

Motor Symptoms below: There are various symptoms, but some of the most common are: resting tremor--this is a tremor that is worse when the patient's limb is resting, and it disappears when he moves it. Rigidity--the arm is stiffer than normal. Note that the above symptoms are usually asymmetrical, particularly at the start of the disease. There may be reduced armswing when walking. There may be a general slowness. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child is spoiled and how do I help if he is?

How can I tell if my child is spoiled and how do I help if he is?

Help child learn: "spoiling" is a term understood but hard to quantify. I like to think of it as a child demanding attention/things/activities which only benefit the child and which are beyond the developmental norms for a particular age. As parents, we need to teach our children respect for others, their time and resources. Teaching new behaviors takes time but is worth it, your doctor can suggest techniques. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have died by being hit by a rock?

How to tell if I have died by being hit by a rock?

Guess it depends: How big the rock is , how fast it is going and where it hits and what baseline health status is. If you are a big tall giant philistine and you see a slingshot ...Run. As a medical doctor i can say unequivocally that I do not recommend getting hit in the head by any rock. ...Read more

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I was wondering is anhedonia real and how do you know if someone has it?

I was wondering is anhedonia real and how do you know if someone has it?

It feels real.: Anhedonia is generally defined as the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable, e.g. Exercise, hobbies, music, sexual activities or social interactions. For someone who has it, the experience is real. This could be a learned response to one's perceived life, or it might be a symptom of depression or something else. Best to talk to a counselor, or such. ...Read more

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My sister witnessed a cat being killed and is traumatised. How can I help her?

My sister witnessed a cat being killed and is traumatised. How can I help her?

Trauma from cat: Witnessing a traumatic event can sometimes lead to a more serious problem such as post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) manifested by nightmares, increase startle response, angry outburst, recurring flasback of the event provoked by some that mimic the renactment of the trauma. There is now new mecication treatment for ptsd. If not treated it can lead to other anxiety conditions. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mother made me a "munchausen by proxy" kid, and i'm trying to get better, but i'm afraid.?

What can I do if my mother made me a "munchausen by proxy" kid, and i'm trying to get better, but i'm afraid.?

Talk to MD: I recommend that you talk to a mental health professional. Not to "treat" you, but to help you work through this issue. Having a person who can listen and guide you to a better future will be invaluable. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband was a chain smoker. But now he has quit smoking all of sudden.But he is feeling lazy and lathrgic. Can anyone tell me how can I help him ?

My husband was a chain smoker. But now he has quit smoking all of sudden.But he is feeling lazy and lathrgic. Can anyone tell me how can I help him ?

Nicotine Replacement: One third of patients addicted to tobacco will live longer and "better" if they take nicotine replacement for the rest of their lives. Buy him a nicotine patch and see how he feels/does. Encourage him to get professional help. Tobacco addiction is a serious disease and most people benefit from professional support and oversight. It's not just a matter of will power. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my dad is being poisoned by alcohol?

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Alcohol as a poison: Alcohol becomes a poison if a man drinks more than 2 beers/day or woman >1b/d. One day of drinking rarely kills as the body can only absorb so much a day. A patient 18yo girl drinks regularly 24beers/d and lives... But her life will be cut very short as her liver cannot do overtime "48h/day" too long, when it shuts down (end of cirrhosis...) life shuts down along. ...Read more

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How can a person tell if they have alcohol poisoning?

How can a person tell if they have alcohol poisoning?

Serious condition: That could lead to death. Excessive drinking will effect your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure that is consider medical emergency. Major treatment is observation for airway deficiency and potential choking. Prevention is a key. Drink in moderation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for alcohol poisoning so I can tell my kid?

What are the symptoms for alcohol poisoning so I can tell my kid?

Alcohol Poisoning: Alcohol poisoning symptoms include: confusion, stupor, vomiting, seizures, slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute), irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths), blue-tinged skin or pale skin, low body temperature (hypothermia), unconsciousness ("passing out"), and can't be roused. A person who is unconscious or can't be roused is at risk of dying. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how doctors treat acute alcohol poisoning?

Can you tell me how doctors treat acute alcohol poisoning?

Supportive care: mostly. The major danger in alcohol poisoning, like that of any other sedative, is that breathing slows down and can result in lower oxygen levels and brain damage, and ultimately the heart stops too. In the US, people who are alcohol poisoned are intubated and put on a ventilator , until the alcohol levels come down. Dialysis is widely used in Russia to rapidly reduce blood alcohol. ...Read more

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Intoxication or alcohol poisoning, how to tell the difference?

Intoxication or alcohol poisoning, how to tell the difference?

When you pass out: And slow down your breathing, it moves from intoxication (which actually means poisoning) to true alcohol poisoning. Please don't do this. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone had alcohol poisoning, what's the medical procedure?

Procedure: Alcohol poisoning is usually treated by monitoring the patient & ensuring that he or she does not choke of vomitus or stop breathing. The person is given intravenous fluids (& possibly glucose or thiamin) & supplemental oxygen. Accidental ingestion of methanol or isopropyl alcohol may require dialysis. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a hangover and alcohol poisoning? I drank a lot last night. Symptoms: vomiting, rapid heart rate, weak/shaky

How can you tell the difference between a hangover and alcohol poisoning? I drank a lot last night. Symptoms: vomiting, rapid heart rate, weak/shaky

They can go together: You should have a physical exam to be sure your medical condition is stable. Depending on the amount and duration of your drinking as well as the exact nature of your symptoms some medication usually short term may be prescribed. Hopefully there will be a discussion of your drinking pattern and how it is impacting your life . ...Read more

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What to do about alcohol poisoning?

What to do about alcohol poisoning?

Go to a hospital: True alcohol "poisoning" is when you drink enough to not just fall asleep, but to go into a coma, and have your breathing slow down. You would not be typing your question online if you were alcohol poisoned. If you are drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly, you at greater risk of cirrhosis, heart damage, pancreatitis, many kinds of cancer and other complications than you are of poisoning. ...Read more

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What's considered alcohol poisoning?

What's considered alcohol poisoning?

Life-threatening: The person consumed a toxic amount of alcohol usually over a short period. Their blood alcohol level (bal) is so high it is considered toxic (poisonous). Person may be extremely confused, unresponsive, disoriented, have shallow breathing, & can even pass out or go into a coma. Alcohol poisoning can be life-threatening and usually requires urgent medical treatment. The amount varies per person. ...Read more

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What are signs of alcohol poisoning?

Liver failure: Cirrhosis is classical, such as jaundice, large belly filled with fluid, etc. But, from the perspective of a neurologist, tremors , incoordination, gait imbalance, numbness, weakness, confusion, disorientation, epileptic seizures. Of course, coma, delirium. Sudden death. Not a pretty picture. ...Read more

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How to know if I have alcohol poisoning?

How to know if I have alcohol poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning: Alcohol poisoning signs and symptoms are: • Confusion • Vomiting • Seizures • Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute) • Irregular breathing • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin • Low body temperature • unconsciousness Please see a Psychiatrist • To understand your Alcoholism and • Have Treatment so that you do not develop Alcohol Poisoning. • Attend AA Meetings and have AA Sponsor ...Read more

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Is alcohol poisoning a long painful death?

Is alcohol poisoning a long painful death?

Depends...: Dying of acute alcohol poisoning, as in the case of a youngster playing drinking games, is probably painless but is a terrible waste. Dying of the long-term effects of alcoholism involves either serious brain damage or the nausea, itching, and disfigurement of liver failure. Those who die of alcohol hurt others in the process and after. Thanks for choosing to use it wisely or not at all. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

Serious: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Drinking too much can lead to a coma and loss of protective reflexes that prevent you from aspirating and keep you breathing. People can vomit and aspirate it into their lungs. They can be so drunk, they can stop breathing. These effects are magnified if alcohol is used with other meds that are sedating, like opioids or benzodiazepines. Be careful! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

Unresponsive: Alcohol poisoning essentially refers to so much alcohol in the system that normal bodily funtcions are disrupted. In this condition a person is usually unresponsive or "passed out". In its most extreme state, alcohol poisoning can cause a person to stop beathing or to lose their gag reflex which can cause choking problems, particularly if vomiting occurs. ...Read more

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