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How do I cope with wanting my old life back when being a caregiver?

How do I cope with wanting my old life back when being a caregiver?

Being care giver ?: Being a care giver is part of growing up . Older children take care of their younger sibling, take care of their own children and when the parents get old and sick they take care of their parents. But sometimes this can be 24 hours work and can be very demanding , than u need to ask for help ...! ...Read more

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How do I handle my emotionally unstable life and being a caregiver?

How do I handle my emotionally unstable life and being a caregiver?

Not quite sure??: "emotionally unstable life" is a very wide area, and it's hard to know just what you mean by this. I also don't know what kind of issues the person for whom you're caring, has -- and what you're dealing with. To get a better response for your own particular situation, please ask your physician -- s/he will know of resources that might be useful for you. ...Read more

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I am a wife and full time working mom with a toddler. I sufferfrom bulimia and addiction to porn. I'm worried about my addictions. How can I overcome them?

I am a wife and full time working mom with a toddler. I sufferfrom bulimia and addiction to porn. I'm worried about my addictions. How can I overcome them?

Behaviorl addictions: Addictive behaviors are not limited to alcohol and drugs. Overeaters anonymous (www.Oa.Org) and sex addicts anonymous (www.Sexaa.Org) offer lots of support and information helpful for these issues. A therapist who treats behavioral addiction can help too. ...Read more

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Having constant worries about my mom's well-being. Always imagining her death and how i wouldn't be able to cope with it. Its killing my mood everyday?

Having constant worries about my mom's well-being. Always imagining her death and how i wouldn't be able to cope with it. Its killing my mood everyday?

You need help: It is good to worry about your mom , not good to fix on it always , speak to your family members , besides her you need help , don't be afraid to see a psychiatrist to take your fears out of you. ...Read more

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How can I let my parents know that I am having a tough time caring for them?

How can I let my parents know that I am having a tough time caring for them?

Love always: Saying everything positive first sets the mood. Loving parents is natural. Care may be assigned to others. Personal care assistants are trained to give care. When others give care, children can spend time with parents for enjoyment. ...Read more

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Im a prisoner to my pain i want to recover my life not spend my life in recovery and stop complaining. How?

Im a prisoner to my pain i want to recover my life not spend  my life in recovery and stop complaining. How?

Go see your doctor: 1st go see your family doctor for a complete evaluation. Tell her/him what's going on, where you hurt, when it started, what makes it worse/better, what you've tried etc. Depending upon your answers, s/he may have several options available to you. Or s/he may refer you to a pain specialist. But rather than be controlled by your pain, go see your family doc & take control of your life. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a severe antisocial personality. Ive been mute, shy and too frozen to even move my leg for PE lessons from kindergarten till grad. I even at times feel shy from my mom. I dunno how to speak nor act. But i find clever ways to get around. Idea ?

I have a severe antisocial personality. Ive been mute, shy and too frozen to even move my leg for PE lessons from kindergarten till grad. I even at times feel shy from my mom. I dunno how to speak nor act. But i find clever ways to get around. Idea ?

Symptoms: I would suggest an evaluation with a psychiatrist or psychologist to determine a course of treatment for your social isolation. It appears that you have a history of depression and ADHD, which may be contributing to your current difficulties. Treatment may include changing or increasing your current medications, and therapy depending upon your specific issues. Good luck! ...Read more

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How could i stop being obsessed with someone im overemotional and i get to obsessed with the person i love how could i forget about him ?

How could i stop being obsessed with someone im overemotional and i get to obsessed with the person i love how could i forget about him ?

Obsessed: When relationships end, it can be very difficult to let go. We invest so much of ourselves in our relationships that it can sometimes seem easy to become "obsessed." I recommend is that you return to the things (hobbies, friends) that you enjoyed previously. Give yourself time to grieve the end of this relationship. If you find that you still cannot "get over" this person, seek professional help. ...Read more

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I miss my male teacher but it has become a daily thing to cry or think about him he made impact on my life what should I do ? I am depressed-hs grad

I miss my male teacher but it has become a daily thing to cry or think  about him he made impact on my life what should I do ? I am depressed-hs grad

Discuss w/therapist: Hopefully you can discuss your feelings with other trusted adults in your life -- like parents, other family, etc. It's not uncommon for students to develop romantic feelings for teachers. Teachers need to maintain healthy boundaries with these relationships, while caring for & assisting the student in appropriate ways. Talking w/therapist can help you further work through this, & move on in life. ...Read more

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My partner died when murdered. I don't deserve to eat i feel like a bad person and a burden on my therapist and i fear weight gain. Is this anorexia

My partner died when murdered. I don't deserve to eat i feel like a bad person and  a burden on my therapist and i fear weight gain. Is this anorexia

Grief, depression: Death of a spouse or significant other, is a major loss. Duration of patient's symptoms is important. Grief is usually 2 months in duration and feelings of not deserving to eat, a burden on the therapist, thoughts about being bad are more consistant with depression or grief. Just fear of gaining weight is not enough for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa.Thanks. ...Read more

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I live in illinois, I am the caregiver to my 86 yr old parent but my older sister has power of attorney. How can I get her to help me with expenses?

I live in illinois, I am the caregiver to my 86 yr old parent but my older sister has power of attorney. How can I get her to help me with expenses?

Make appointment: Maybe consider making an appointment with a good family therapist or social worker for you and your sister to see for some assistance in sorting things out. As long as your sister will go, the therapist can act as a referree to keep things on track and prevent them getting too out of hand. I work a lot with families teaching them how to have a 'fair fight.' good luck. ...Read more

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I am not sleeping at all for the past 3 days, trauma from my sociopathic ex gf who mentally and physically abused me 3 years ago keeps upsetting me as I am finally in a healthy good relationship with someone else, how should I deal with this ?

I am not sleeping at all for the past 3 days, trauma from my sociopathic ex gf who mentally and physically abused me 3 years ago keeps upsetting me as I am finally in a healthy good relationship with someone else, how should I deal with this ?

Sleep hygiene: Do your best to maximize your opportunity to sleep through self help sleep hygiene measures like avoiding stimulants in your diet inbthe evening, etc. Also consider talking to a therapist or physician about your concerns regarding your abusive relationship. Sleep is essential and going more than 2-3 nights without sleeping well can cause all sorts of physical and mental issues ADDRESS NOW! ...Read more

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I argue with my mind a lot of the time, i can have outbursts, speak randomly without wanting to and controlling myself. What should I do?

Psychiatrist: I think seeing a psychiatrist and discussing your problems may be helpful. You have too much on your mind and you need help to understand the underlying crisis in your mind. ...Read more

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How can I let my wife know that I am struggling caring for my elderly parents?

How can I let my wife know that I am struggling caring for my elderly parents?

Honesty: Be honest and tell her how you feel. It is not always easy to care for older parents , especially if you have your own immediate family responsibility (i.E wife and kids), but if you tell your wife that you feels responsible to care for them because they cared for you when you were a child, but you are struggling , she probably will help you do what is right , she may even share the burden. ...Read more

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How can I help my wife who is recently disabled without feeling overwhelmed?

How can I help my wife who is recently disabled without feeling overwhelmed?

It is not easy , : But u r obligated to do that. And u need to remember that she would have done the same to u if u were the disabled . If u have close family members that can help , ask for help. May god be with you. ...Read more

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I feel depressed whenever i remember how my husband left me and my kids for another woman right after i gave birth to our 2nd baby. How can I cope?

I feel depressed whenever i remember how my husband left me and my kids for another woman right after i gave birth to our 2nd baby.  How can I cope?

It is always hard: To recover from an unwanted divorce. Have you spoken with a therapist about what happened? Given that you had just given birth you may not have had a chance to work through your feelings about what happened. It is important for you and your children to process the divorce better. Good luck and let us know if you have other questions. ...Read more

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What to do if I am losing my temper a lot. Especially with my mom. I feel very sad. Please give me tips to control my temper?

What to do if I am losing my temper a lot. Especially with my mom. I feel very sad. Please give me tips to control my temper?

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy can help you sort out your feelings and take control of your temper. You can take a look at your relationship with your mother and why you. Are not getting along with her. ...Read more

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My 3 year old is afraid of me, i once spanked him bcuz i was in a terrible mood and now feel so bad, help how can I get him to trust me again?!

My 3 year old is afraid of me, i once spanked him bcuz i was in a terrible mood and now feel so bad, help how can I get him to trust me again?!

Love and Tenderness: You have to control yourself and not to spank him again.Love patience, tenderness and pursuation will restore the trust.There are other ways to discipline children than spanking. ...Read more

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How can I forgive my mom for being emotionally and verbally abusive to me throughout my childhood?

You've started to: You should be very proud of yourself for beginning the pursuit of forgiveness. This is a big step. Each situation is different, but you should try to objectively look at the situation. There may be circumstances in your mom's life which made her behave the way she did. "walking in her shoes" might give you a different perspective, which should help as you work through this challenging process. ...Read more

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