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How do you tell the difference between shyness and something else?

Impairment: Most of us are shy in at least some settings. If you are shy but it doesn't interfere with how you live your life, don't worry about it. It shyness starts to rule--avoiding situations, refusing to go somewhere you really want to go, becoming a "homebody, " then it well may be more than just shyness and time to seek help with a professional. ...Read more

Dr. Ned Kalin
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Shyness (Definition)

People range in how they interact with others from very introverted or shy to very outgoing. Those that are shy tend to want to be by themselves, a introspective and thoughtful, anxious in their interactions with others and may prefer solitary activities rather than social ones. These are style differences and fall in the range of "normal." Some people are shy sometimes ...Read more


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How do you define the difference between OCD and worry?

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How do you define the difference between OCD and worry?

Somewhat alike: Worry and OCD are both qualitatively and quantitatively different. Ocd is more unwanted, repetitive, and about types of harm that are very specific. Worry tends to be more general, rational and not followed by rituals. Of course there can also be overlap. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between IBS and something more serious?

How can you tell the difference between IBS and something more serious?

Rome 3 ; testing: Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion. Rome 3 criteria helps. For example, mucus (a colon lubricant) when present in large volume may signal not only problems with colon spasm (ie. Irritable bowel syndrome), but also partial obstruction, infection, ; even sloughed colon lining. Testing distinguishes ibs from inflammatory bowel diseases (crohn's, ulcerative colitis), infection, ischemic gut. See doctor. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between paranoid and just not knowing what the person is thinking?

How do you know the difference between paranoid and just not knowing what the person is thinking?

Paranoid: "paranoid" means being suspicious of others' motives, such as thinking they mean harm to you. These fears are irrational and extreme -- beyond initial, expected cautiousness in getting to know new people. Someone who is paranoid would likely be reluctant to let others know what s/he is thinking. ...Read more

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What is the difference between anorexia and bullimia? And how do you know if you have it?

What is the difference between anorexia and bullimia? And how do you know if you have it?

See below: Anorexia is not eeating to the pint of starvation while bulemia is vomitng of food after eating with the same end result you should closely exam yourself to see if yoou fit in either of these groups for if you do youneed help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between ADHD and autism?

Can you tell me what is the difference between ADHD and autism?

Each is a neuro-: Developmental disorder with its own set of symptoms ; observable behaviors required for diagnosis by dsm-v criteria. Each is a categorical diagnosis, meaning that they are not etiologic diagnoses that explain the genetic or other medical condition that causes the symptoms in a individual. 40-70% of children ; teens with ASD also have adhd ; require multi-modal treatment for both. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between depression and bipolar type 2?

What can you do to tell the difference between depression and bipolar type 2?

Important: Bipolar 2 disorder most often presents as depression because patients often don't come in for their hypomanic symptoms because those are not often troubling. For this reason, many people with bipolar disorder have been treated as though they are unipolar. It is important for the treating clinician to do a thorough history to rule out periods of hypomania. Treatment is very different for the two. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between dermatillomania and dermatophagia?

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I want to know what is the difference between dermatillomania and dermatophagia?

Dermatillomania: Dermatillomania is an impulse control disorder with compulsive skin picking. Dermatophagia is impulse control disorder with compulsive biting of skin. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between thrush and vaginosis?

What can you do to tell the difference between thrush and vaginosis?

Yeast itches and bur: Can burn and irritate the vulva and usually discharge is think white and clumpy, BV smells is grenn or brown or yellow or multi colored , does not itch and if u are sex active have to make sure no stds like gon, chl, or trich please see your gyn for a culture. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between bird flu and ordinary flu?

What can you do to tell the difference between bird flu and ordinary flu?

Lab tests: The clinical signs and symptoms are similar. To be sure it would require testing of the virus. Knowing the circumstances of infection, e.g., exposure to birds and/or pigs would point to bird flu. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between munchhausen's and hypochondria?

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I want to know what is the difference between munchhausen's and hypochondria?

Hypochondria/Factiti: Hypochondria is health phobia or health anxiety. It is excess worry about having a serious illness. Munchausen is a factitious disorder whereby the person feigns symptoms or illness to draw attention or sympathy. They are called 'frequent flyers' in the medical profession. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between stuttering and normal learning to talk?

How do I tell the difference between stuttering and normal learning to talk?

Don't Wait, Evaluate: Stuttering - tend to repeat syllables four or more times (a-a-a-a-as opposed to once or twice for normal). They mmmay also prolong sounds. & stuttering kids react - blinking, side glances, raising voice pitch. True stuttering is frequent, >3% of the speech. Normal? > when tired, anxious, or excited. Stuttering? Most of the time - & concerned, frustrated or embarrassed. Any ? Evaluate now not later. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between asthma and being out of shape?

How do you tell the difference between asthma and being out of shape?

Pulmonary functions: Pulmonary function testing while symptomatic can usually be used to confirm the presence of asthma. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between bird mites and bedbugs?

What can you do to tell the difference between bird mites and bedbugs?

Bird mite vs bedbug: A bird mite bite may not cause a lesion or it may be very tiny & cause the feeling that something is crawling on the skin as well as severe itching. They tend to heal slowly. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be tell-. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between your instinct & paranoia?

How can you tell the difference between your instinct & paranoia?

Can be tough: Instinctive wariness is an important tool for self-preservation. Paranoia is excessive fear beyond what is reasonable for the situation or based on faulty logic, e.g., all strangers are aliens. Being cautious makes sense in some settings; persistent, excessive worry about safety may be a sign something about you is not working right. That's when talking to a professional can be of real value. ...Read more

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Do you tell the difference between eczema and fungus?

Do you tell the difference between eczema and fungus?

Pointers: Ringworm affects body, feet, groin, scalp.Eczema affects knees, elbows, neck etc.They are both itchy.Ringworms looks like raised red scaly rings.Eczema feels dry, thick patches, may ooze and have bleeding blisters from intense itching.Ringworm caused by fungus.Eczema happens in response to allergens, climate or illness. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between testicular cancer and just epyditimitis?

How can you tell the difference between testicular cancer and just epyditimitis?

Pain, tenderness.: Usually, epididymitis is painful while testicular cancer presents classically with a painless mass. Fever, tenderness and swelling can also be present. The major cause in heterosexual men < 35 years old is chlamidya trachomatis, accounting for 70% of cases. A course of appropriate antibiotics clears it up. Testicular cancer can be worked up by taking AFB and b-hcg levels, chest x-ray, and ct. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between addiction and disease?

I want to know what is the difference between addiction and disease?

Addiction = disease: See http://www.Asam.Org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction for te short and long term answer. In a nutshell, addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between adjustment disorder and normal bereavement?

How do you tell the difference between adjustment disorder and normal bereavement?

Impairment: Bereavement is a natural consequence of loss; it allows us to mourn that which we have lost and readjust our world view. Although it makes us sad and may disrupt sleep and concentration for a time, it has a pretty predictable course. Adjustment disorder is a reaction to some sort of situation that causes disturbances in mood and/or behavioral that causes problems for the person and others. ...Read more

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