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Am I right for speaking to an attorney instead of our family doctor if I don't want to let parent die?

Am I right for speaking to an attorney instead of our family doctor if I don't want to let parent die?

Yes...kinda: It is important to consider everyone, but most importantly the wishes of your parent. Everything should be done to fullfill their wishes. If this isn't well outlined, then you will need to talk with the physician to discuss the options/outlook/prognosis and with an attorney to outline some advanced directives and plan. ...Read more

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Is it wrong to go to an aa meeting if I am not an addict of any kind?

Is it wrong to go to an aa meeting if I am not an addict of any kind?

Motif?: Your motif for this is what matters, to support a friend or family member, absolutely, make sure it is an open meeting and not a closed meeting which is only for alcoholics or addicts. Just out of curiosity or to people watch, probably not, going into a field such as counseling or social work, maybe. Looking for some support for yourself, look online, there are 12 step meetings for many issues. ...Read more

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I realized I am an enabler. How do I learn to say no to my addicted loved one?

I realized I am an enabler.  How do I learn to say no to my addicted loved one?

Good for realizing.: You know you have the behavior but can't stop, sound similiar to some people with addictions huh? And they usually need help, well no exception for you, you likely need help and support to stop this enabling behavior. Recommend trying alanon and/or seeking professional help with a counselor that can help you in setting healthy boundries. The addicted may or may not change, but you'll be more sane. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to become a chef but i fear that my parents will be ashame of me?

What to do if i want to become a chef but i fear that my parents will be ashame of me?

Ultimately we all: need to be true to ourselves. It is probable that you have generalized concerns about your parent's feelings for you, not just in this case. Make choices that are consistent w/who you are. It takes courage but you can do it. Bon apitite! ...Read more

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What to do if I am physically/mentally addicted to a band?

What to do if I am physically/mentally addicted to a band?

That is not really: "addiction" in the usual sense. People with many underlying psychiatric/emotional issues can get obsessively involved with different things, including music and/or a specific band. This is more likely a result of traumatic early life experiences, or possibly even an obsessive-compulsive disorder. See a mental health professional for evaluation and discussion of ways to treat it. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom is addicted to opiates?

What do you suggest if my mom is addicted to opiates?

Get help: Addiction is a disease. Your mom needs professional help. Take her to a doctor or call a help line. I wish you both the best. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm an introvert and my mum is an love to assume that introverts have no friends?

What to do if i'm an introvert and my mum is an love to assume that introverts have no friends?

Introversion can be: a healthy thing for some folks. If you have no friends, that's a different matter. Some connection w/the larger world is important. Book groups, lectures, etc. can be helpful. Peace and good health. Volunteer, hike. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prove to my psychiatrist. I am not schizophrenic?

Can you tell me how to prove to my psychiatrist. I am not schizophrenic?

Prove?: Schizophrenia is diagnosed when a person suffers a psychotic illness with delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech ; behavior, as well as negative symptoms like lack of motivation and affective flattening. Symptoms must persist for at least 6 months with no other reason for them being present. Your case and diagnosis can be reviewed; you can pursue a second opinion too. ...Read more

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What to do if I am an introvert who can't seem to be confident in myself?

What to do if I am an introvert who can't seem to be confident in myself?

Meet with a : Cognitive Behavioral therapist. They can help you work on improving your self confidence. ...Read more

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Hi i wanted to know if it is possible to consult a doctor that works with genetics. I am interested in someone who i know has fs fshd and i wanted to know if I have kids if there is any way to do tests ahead of time and make sure that they are not disable

Hi i wanted to know if it is possible to consult a doctor that works with genetics. I am interested in someone who i know has fs fshd and i wanted to know if I have kids if there is any way to do tests ahead of time and make sure that they are not disable

There : There are geneticists that can be counseled prior to becoming pregnant. Both you and your partner will be interviewed and based on history genetic testing for certain disease can be done. On the other hand you can wait until you are pregnant and have your doctor schedule a visit with a prenatal genetic counselors. They will be able to determine your baby's chances of having a genetic disorder or birth defect. The role of the counselor is to make sure you understand all the medical and technical information, and to help you navigate through your feelings so that you can make an informed choice if it comes to that. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to convince my doctor i'm not anorexic anymore?

What would be a good way to convince my doctor i'm not anorexic anymore?

You should not have : To "convince" a doctor. A good doctor listens to his patients. If the patient would be lying then it is the patient's choice to do so. He can also examine you and do some blood work to make sure things are well. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to convince my mom I do not have ocd?

What would be a good way to convince my mom I do not have ocd?

Educate Urself, Mom: Ocd comes many guises. U might try learning lots about it so u can better understand ur mom's concerns ; show her how u *don't* have it! gr8 intro 2 ocd via anxiety disorders assn bc: http://bit.Ly/ykpajd >ocd can b like having scared, bossy kid running ur life -getting thoughts u don't want stuck in ur head that trick u 2 do things. Also see http://www.Ocfoundation.Org. ...Read more

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I know someone working as an MA who is a heavy drug abuser. I want to make their employer aware of this but I'm not sure how. Should I stay out of it?

Hard to say.: I don't know the particular circumstances involved, but I would think that if this medical assistant is potentially putting patients' health and well-being at risk because of this abuse, then the employer should be aware. But again, I don't know the specifics. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am addicted to plastic surgery? I didn't realize it was something someone could get addicted to. Is it a bad addiction?

How do I know if I am addicted to plastic surgery? I didn't realize it was something someone could get addicted to. Is it a bad addiction?

Addiction: Complicated question, but if a person finds that he/she is never quite satisfied with his/her appearance and is seeking frequent/multiple interventions or procedures, there may be a problem with “addiction”. Although I am not an addiction “specialist”, i would say that any type of addiction would be classified as “bad”. If you think you have a problem, there are mental health specialists to help. ...Read more

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My dad is an obsessive psychopath. I wanna know how to help him and also i'm scared to be one too. How do you know if your a psychopath?

You can't help him: Antisocial personality can't be treated, and especially not by family members. If he is as you have described, he's incapable of caring about the legitimate rights of others. If you have emancipated, keep a safe distance and do not antagonize him; you may need to pretend to love him. The very fact that you're concerned you may be like him tells me that you are not. ...Read more

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How do I prove that i don't have an eating disorder to the counselor?

How do I prove that i don't have an eating disorder to the counselor?

Psychotherapy is: A collaborative process. If u feel ur therapist is not understanding u and ur problems or disagree with their diagnosis of an eating disorder, talk 2 them about ur concerns. Listen 2 why they think u have an eating disorder with an open mind. Often anorexics do not think they have a problem even when their body is clearly showing they r extremely thin, have lost their period and electrolytes r off. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an internet addiction disorder?

How to know if I have an internet addiction disorder?

As he asked this ?: on the internet. If you are online when you should be doing other things, if you are obsessed with always needing to be connected, if you have anxiety and a strong desire to be online when you aren't, it is likely you have a problem. Internet "addiction" is not one thing - it can be gambling problems, sexual issues, making new personalities in chat rooms and many other things. See a counselor. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my friend who is addicted to getting high?

What can I do to help my friend who is addicted to getting high?

Be supportive: there is not much you can do until they are ready to stop. You can talk to them about stopping and getting into recovery but until they are ready it will not work. ...Read more

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Do you have any advice for people with PTSD who struggle with relationships and isolate themselves? I tend to do this without realizing it. I don't want to or mean to push my husband & family "away," but I realize I am. I don't know what to do.

Do you have any advice for people with PTSD who struggle with relationships and isolate themselves? I tend to do this without realizing it. I don't want to or mean to push my husband & family "away," but I realize I am. I don't know what to do.

PTSD: PTSD is a normal reaction to major and life-threatening trauma from your past. Please see a mental health pro for formal diagnosis and treatment. Please do not self-diagnose because your feelings and behavior may be from something else. PTSD is very treatable, especially w/clinical hypnosis. See www.asch.net for referrals to licensed pros who are trained in this. Peace and good health. ...Read more