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How Can You Tell The Difference Between A Suicide Attempt And A Gesture
Take acts seriously: Especially with children and adolescents, there may be a poor understanding of what an action can do. For example, an overdose of tylenol (acetaminophen) may be intended as a "cry for help, " but high enough doses can destroy the liver, which may lead to death. Any suicide attempt, no matter how unlikely to cause harm, merits detailed attention to what is making like seem so bad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often together: The 2 of these often come together. "addiction" signifies a behavioral pattern of using a substance despite obvious harm to the person's life, work, and relationships. They use more than intended; lie about using; and spend lots of time using it. Physical habituation (having withdrawal symptoms when missing dose) can happen without addiction, but may come with mental/behavioral patterns as above. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Difficult to tell: It's often difficult to distinguish a normal period from a miscarriage just by your bleeding. First, a pregnancy test should be performed. However, a positive pregnancy test doesn't necessarily mean miscarriage is the setting of bleeding. To tell for sure, you should be evaluated by an obgyn. He or she can perform an ultrasound and trend your beta HCG and determine what's going on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be difficult: During the acute phase of either condition it may be difficult to tell the difference. Over time it might be easier, but the more important thing at the moment is to find a safe place to relieve the intense distress and other extreme symptoms. After the storm is over, a good evaluation will help diagnosis and a treatment plan can be begun. Get help now! then plan for the future. Best wishes! ...Read more
Consciousness: Coma implies absence of response to pain and usually other noxious externally administered stimuli. Fugue state (which is different than catatonia) involves an amnestic conscious state similar to an alcoholic blackout in which behavior may appear purposeful but not be remembered subsequently. ...Read more
Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more
Group home: Is smaller; also called board and care. Assisted living is larger; people living in assisted living need to be more independent (e.g. Being able to feed, dress, bathe themselves, walk to dining room). However, less independent people can still live in assisted living if they get private caregiver or make arrangements for more help. I prefer board and care for my frailer patients. ...Read more
ADD or dim: Add folks are distracted but not necessarily unable to understand concepts due to limited intelligence. They may underachieve in many arenas including school, work or in relationships - they can do it but get distracted by a hyperfocus, procrastinate, or are bored with the whole proposition. On effective treatment they can more consistently perform up to their capacities - reflecting their true iq. ...Read more
Please let me know if there is a difference between a hemispherectomy and the split brain procedure?
Hemispherectomy: Hemispherectomy is a removal or a disconnection of one of the hemispheres of the brain, of which you have two. A split brain procedure is when the surgeon cuts the nerve fibers that connect the two hemispheres together - a structure called the corpus callosum. Both procedures are used in the treatment of severe intractable epilepsy. ...Read more
Can you tell me the main differences between a children's psychiatrist and a psychiatrist for adults?
Additional training: All psychiatrists finish medical school as do all physicians, and then go on to several years of general psychiatric training in their residencies. For those who specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry, they take an additional two or three years of sub specialty training to become more expert at the developmental needs of children and adolescents. ...Read more
Sprain implies a: Ligament injury. A torn muscle can be a strain which is essentially a stretch just beyond the normal elastic recoil with resultant injury while a true tear of a muscle means usually that the muscle unit is grossly disrupted similar to when a laceration occurs. A ligament sprain can be partial grade 1 stretch, grade 2 which implies stretch beyond elastic limit or a rupture ( grade 3). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection: By "reaction" am assuming you mean inflammation. That can be due to infection or to many other factors, including reactions to medications, lotions, allergies, insect bites and so on and so on. You may not be able to tell the difference yourself and if not, see a doctor and let them examine this. ...Read more
Where is the line: Mental retardation has two primary criteria. An IQ score that is 2 standard deviations below the mean and difficulty with adaptive functioning. On the weschler intelligence scales, that means an IQ score below 70 (with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15), and a documented difficulty with functioning in daily life activities. The vineland scale of adapative functioning is a test used. ...Read more
What is the correct way to handle and help someone who is having an epileptic seizure? The steps I can take?
Seizure 2 do's: Normally, a seizure lasts 30-90 seconds, so safety is important. If a person has a seizure lasting more than 5 minutes, call 911. It is best to help a person with a seizure to the ground, so they cannot fall. Turn them onto one side, to prevent choking. Do not put anything in their mouth. Do not try to resist their movements. Watch them, but also give them some space. They should recover. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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