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How Can You Tell If Someone Is A Binge Drinker
Formal diagnosis: The diagnosis is a formal one, made by a mental health professional like psychiatrist or psychologist. Hypochondriasis is a disorder where the person is fearful of and obsessed with having a serious illness, despite appropriate medical examinations and doctors' reassurances to the contrary. People with this type of anxiety over-focus on body sensations and become very frightened by them. ...Read more
Malingering: Malingering is intentional deceptive behavior. There is an external/secondary gain present as the main motivation for the behavior. To tell if the headache is fake-a noticable difference between the level of distress/disability claimed by the individual compared to information obtained "objectively" through observation/task performance ability over a specific time period. ...Read more
Daily drinking: If a person feels a need to drink daily, that is a signal that there is a problem. The cage questioneer can also help. Do they feel a need to cut down on their drinking? Are they annoyed when you say they drink too much? Do they ever feel guilty about their drinking? Have they used an eye opener drink in the morning? Answering yes to one or more of these may indicate a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: If your drinking has caused legal, physical, social, emotional or other problems, then it has become a problem for you. Use cage. Have you felt a need to cut down, have you been angry when others say you drink to much, have you felt guilty about drinking, or needed an eye opener drink in the morning? Answering yes to one or more many indicate a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call NEDA, Ask Q's: Speak w/someone re ur specific concerns @nat'l assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (neda) helpline: (630) 577-1330. 4 educat'l info re eating disorders: neda website (http://bit.Ly/16crmyh) & website of eating disorders info network (http://myedin.Org). Signs include: poor body image; probs enjoying food; eating/exercise habits; trouble expressing emotions; moodiness; self-harm. ...Read more
You can't: Unless you know the criteria for addiction and the individual was honest with you. Addiction involves using more of the drug than intended more often than intended, giving up important obligations because of drug, using at times when it is dangerous, craving the drug, unable to cut down/stop the drug, spending excessive time getting/using and physical dependency. A professional needs to make dx. ...Read more
Worry about fat: Anorexia or eating disorder is a very complex disoder which is being still researched , and more is being learnt in this decade, unipolar depression which is associated which is anorexia and is very hard to treat, vs bipolar disorder which is associated disorder which is associated with binging and purging and is completely different kind kind of eating different eating disorder.Orexin is the. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr diagnoses: Schizophrenia has positive (+), negative (-) & cognitive sxs. A person with + sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. - sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on. Dr diangoses. ...Read more
Turgor: You can check the volume status of elderly individual with skin turgor. The best site to check skin turgor on an elderly person is the skin on the clavicle or "collar bone". Checking skin turgor is done by slightly pinching and raising the skin and observing how quickly the skin returns. The slower it returns, the more dehydrated the patient is. And even better way, check urine output and color. ...Read more
Cutting: Rate for Anorexia in the population is 0.4% for females. For bulimia it is 1-1.5%. Less is known about men. Accurate numbers on persons who cut in non-suicidal ways is difficult to ascertain since few seek medical help. In my clinical experience over the last few years I am seeing more adolescent and young adult males for cutting than I have seen in 20+ years. ...Read more
Addiction: They use meds when they do not have pain, they take at times more than they should, they take meds by the clock and either on or before the hour. They lose control over themselves. They take the meds without realizing any harm. ...Read more
No exact amount: Not just about amount, granted many alcohols have high tolerence and can drink significant amounts of alcohol, amount that could kill someone without that tolerence. Its more about what kind of behaviors someone has with alcohol, strong obsession, strong craving, using despite negative consequences, affects relationships, causes conflict with others. Uses to relieve negative feelings. ...Read more
If you are: worried then confront this individual about your concerns and maybe enter a voluntary detox program. Honesty is very helpful, however be read for a backlash. Many people that are lost in their addiction will be very angry and resentful towards this honesty. If needed, ask their family for help. Lastly, you can even call the authorities if they pose a risk to society or themselves. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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