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I can't face dealing with the loss of my parents. How can I prepare?

I can't face dealing with the loss of my parents. How can I prepare?

You really cant: It is very hard to lose your parents....That is natural and normal and no matter how prepared you are it is often still very hard. So "preparing" means accepting and going through the stages of grief. Get help if you need it. Talk to them and have them tell you their story...It is so amazing. And you will get through it.... ...Read more

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What's a common way people go about dealing with large amounts of stress, and the loss of loved ones (parents, siblings etc)?

What's a common way people go about dealing with large amounts of stress, and the loss of loved ones (parents, siblings etc)?

Accepting grief: Grief is a natural reaction to loss and involves various stages: denial, bargaining, anger, depression and finally acceptance. We all go through stress when we experience loss. It all takes time so we need to be patient with ourselves and the process. Accept the pain and hurt. Allow yourself to experience the grief because you need to go through it to get through it. ...Read more

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What are some strategies for dealing with a parent who doesn't want to admit to serious memory loss?

What are some strategies for dealing with a parent who doesn't want to admit to serious memory loss?

Why is it necessary?: You're not likely to win that argument, & if you do, the parent won't remember it! so, why push it? I'm only half-kidding. You have to deal with safety & happiness issues -but you do not need to emphasize inadequacy & advancing age. Aging is hard enough. Plus the elder is either competent or not; if so, leave them alone, & they'll adjust. If incompetent, admitting their limits won't help. ...Read more

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When I was first diagnosed with Anorexia, my mam put the weight loss down to growing. Why do parents do this? It made me feel like I was making it up!

When I was first diagnosed with Anorexia, my mam put the weight loss down to growing. Why do parents do this? It made me feel like I was making it up!

Forgive them: The key is getting you well. Nobody grows up in a perfect environment. You are almost an adult, and you can decide in the future whether you will remain emotionally close with your parents. But your own experience has taught you something of humankind. All of us have episodes of DENIAL. I know I have. I'm sorry your illness was not diagnosed sooner. Understand the past, look to the future. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the protocol for a psychiatrist when dealing with a schizoaffective parent?

Could you tell me what is the protocol for a psychiatrist when dealing with a schizoaffective parent?

No set protocol: Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental illness where both psychosis (breaks from reality, delusions, hallucinations) and mood symptoms are prominent. Treatment is antipsychotic medications for psychotic symptoms and mood stabilizers or antidepressants for mood symptoms. Sometimes only one agent is needed. The choice of one agent over another is based on which symptoms are more prominent. ...Read more

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What are some strategies for a parent who doesn't want to admit memory loss?

What are some strategies for a parent who doesn't want to admit  memory loss?

Depends on how bad: The memory loss is. Go with your parent to a doctors appt. Let the doctor know your concerns before you go n. Get brain stimulating games (nintendo ds and brain age are fun_). Do some research on things that slow memory loss. Omega three fatty acids are one.. See an acupuncturist..Chinese medicine practitioner as this can help balance the body and improve health. Crossword puzzles, word games, etc. ...Read more

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How might i get parents to be more supportive of weight loss?

How might i get parents to be more supportive of weight loss?

There is: No easy answer, but try to impress them with the effort you are putting forth to improve your lifestyle. Maybe they would want to attend support sessions (like weight watchers) with you, or even participate in a weight loss program of their own if they're overweight. ...Read more

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Does a parents' having schizophrenia mean loss of child custody?

Does a parents' having schizophrenia mean loss of child custody?

NO: I have had patients with serious mental illness get custody of their children even when the other didn't have mental illness. They must prove that they are the better parent. This includes regular psychiatric treatment and compliance with medications. It also depends upon what the other parent is like. ...Read more

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Elderly parent with memory loss, what is normal aging and what is not?

Elderly parent with memory loss, what is normal aging and what is not?

See below: With aging, it's normal to see some less recall with recent memories and slower recollection of names/details. There are some screens and more detailed tests, which a professional can do to figure out where in the age group your parent's score falls. This is a difficult question to answer without talking and assessing your parent directly as well as without a collateral from a family member. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is good for weight loss .My parents won't buy healthy stuff . What are diets i can follow?

Can you tell me what is good for weight loss .My parents won't buy healthy stuff . What are diets i can follow?

Diets: World health organization rates the mediterranean diet as the most effective for weigh loss and health. If you goggle this diet you find an abundance of information about this plant based diet. Best. ...Read more