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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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What do I do if my partner is emotionally unstable?

What do I do if my partner is emotionally unstable?

? Emot. Unstable: It depends on what he has . Usually u can see a family counselor for advice or have him see his pcp for evaluation . Than he either pride him medication or refer him to mental health professional. ...Read more

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How can I cope with a husband that is emotionally unstable?

Family therapy : Can talk about what uike about each other and what u don't like and how to change it. Or convince him to see his pcp for evaluation and work up. ...Read more

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Anyone who's emotionally unstable must be diagnosed with something. Right?

Anyone who's emotionally unstable must be diagnosed with something. Right?

Not necessarily: A person may appear emotionally unstable if they are having a healthy, appropriate response to an abnormal situation, or if they were raised in a different culture or a dysfunctional home and did not learn the same social skills as you expect. For example, normal grief may appear "unstable" from the outside. Not everyone whose behavior surprises you has a disease, so best not to judge. ...Read more

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Are my meds the cause for my "heightened emotions"? I feel emotionally unstable, what should I do?

Are my meds the cause for my "heightened emotions"? I feel emotionally unstable, what should I do?

What medications?: I'm sorry, but you haven't shared the medications you're taking. Please see a psychiatrist about these concerns, since a whole history can be taken and a personalized answer supplied. There are many excellend psychiatrists in your city (musc also has an academic psychiatry department.) best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if on lexapro) I just feel emotionally unstable. how long do these withdrawal symptoms last, and will I ever feel happy again?

Can you tell me if on lexapro) I just feel emotionally unstable. how long do these withdrawal symptoms last, and will I ever feel happy again?

Don't understand ?: You say you are ON lexapro (escitalopram) and then ask when the withdrawal symptoms will be gone, so am not sure if you are on or off. If you are tapering and experiencing symptoms, then the taper may be too fast for you. SSRI discontinuation symptoms can go on for weeks, sometimes a month or more. However, if you taper by 5 mg a week (so 20 mg, 15 mg, 10, 5 mg and off) it's usually ok. ...Read more

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A psychiatrist tells me psychosis is just around the corner for me as I am having mood swings and am emotionally unstable. What does he mean?

A psychiatrist tells me psychosis is just around the corner for me as I am having mood swings and am emotionally unstable. What does he mean?

Warning Signs: Psychosis can occur in many different psychiatric illnesses such as bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia. Often there are warning signs that psychosis is about to break through. Changes in mood, erratic behaviors, difficulty relating to others can be warning signs. At this point it is very important for one to work closely with her/his psychiatrist to avoid any psychosis. ...Read more

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I binge but I do not purge. I am emotionally unstable & I believe I have an obsessive compulsive behavior, I pull out & eat my hair. how do I stop?

I binge but I do not purge. I am emotionally unstable & I believe I have an obsessive compulsive behavior, I pull out & eat my hair. how do I stop?

See a psychiatrist.: You are describing an Obsessive Compulsive behavior which includes, compulsive eating, trichotillomania, pulling your hair, anxiety when you try to stop these behavior. This condition can be treated with a combination of medications and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Your PCP can refer you to one. ...Read more

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Delayed period. Dizziness. Emotionally unstable. Cant work properly. How to know when my period will actually start? How to manage routine chores till

Delayed period. Dizziness. Emotionally unstable. Cant work properly. How to know when my period will actually start? How to manage routine chores till

Gyn Endocrinologist: Consulting a specialist who might be able to modulate your discomfort by subtle adjustments to the hormonal 'soup' your body has due to your dysmennorrhea is probably the best way to go. ...Read more

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Mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted 1st time 4wks ago, been having extreme mood swings for last 2wks, very emotionally unstable, could this be related? History of pmdd

Mirena (levonorgestrel) inserted 1st time 4wks ago, been having extreme mood swings for last 2wks, very emotionally unstable, could this be related? History of pmdd

Could be related : The active ingredient is Progesterone and can cause mood symptoms for some women. There is evidence women with a history of pmdd are particularly sensitive to hormone fluctuations that occur during their monthly cycle. If you can tolerate the adjustment, it is possible the Mirena (levonorgestrel) will actually help alleviate your pmdd symptoms because it will prevent those hormonal fluctuations. ...Read more

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How can I handle my anger as a caregiver?

How can I handle my anger as a caregiver?

Many ways: Exercise. Getting out for short breaks. Church and prayer. Have a friend come and visit. Look into agencies to handle care part of the time. Consider paying someone to help. Even a few hours a week can be the make the difference in your stress level. ...Read more

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How can I handle my stress as a caregiver?

How can I handle my stress as a caregiver?

Care for Yourself: It's easy as a caretaker to lose sight of your own health. In fact, the average caretaker runs the risk of having his/her own health problems. Thus, it is imperative that you get good sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Make some time for your own recreation as well. Rather than feeling guilty, recognize that the more emotional & physical health you have, the more you will have to give your loved one. ...Read more

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How can I handle my new responsibilities as a caregiver and husband?

How can I handle my new responsibilities as a caregiver and husband?

Listen to your gut: My parents are older. My children are 3-23 yrs old. My patients are 9-99! knowledge comes with time, but love and guts will get you through anything. You may not always be right, but at the time you are faced with decisions, you will do the best you can. No regrets, lots of luck and face it, we are not perfect. So let's do for others what we feel they would do for us when love is in the heart... ...Read more

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How can I handle caregiving for multiple family members?

How can I handle caregiving for multiple family members?

Support system: Sounds like it could be a challenging task. Suggest you take steps to develop a support network to help you help others. It's also important you don't neglect yourself in the process so include time to do the things you need to take care of yourself. Look into home health/home companions. Check 4 local resources through religious orgs, public sector. Doctor's office may point u in right direction. ...Read more

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How can I handle caregiving for a husband that has increasing demands?

How can I handle caregiving for a husband that has increasing demands?

Therapy?: As we age, more and more demands are placed upon us...And how we cope with those demands is crucial to both ourselves and our spouses. You need to have some time for you! if this doesn't help the overall situation then a sit-down with your husband is in order; but(if it comes to it) sometimes a couples therapist can make a good mediator and help you both be aware of each other's needs. ...Read more

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What to do if I feel trapped in my life as a caregiver any advice?

What to do if I feel trapped in my life as a caregiver any advice?

Reach out to others: Can you ask others for help? There are groups that can help you find more help for your loved one and yourself. Adult day care, home health aides, assisted living and long term care may all be an option for you. Can you ask your loved ones doctor for referrals ? Call your local division on aging, the Alzheimers association or local caregivers coalition. There is more help out there then most know ...Read more

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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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Is it reasonable to think that my life will not change that much as a caregiver?

Is it reasonable to think that my life will not change that much as a caregiver?

No: Dependingt on he patients disease & condition , many challenges you will face.Join a caregiver support group. ...Read more

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