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Is there any danger to become kidney donor if my close family members are all diabetic?

Is there any danger to become kidney donor if my close family members are all diabetic?

Low danger: If you are not diabetic, then i would venture that it is a minor concern. Yes, it is possible that you could become diabetic someday, but with good glycemic and BP control, your risk of kidney damage would be low. It is a truly beautiful and altruistic thing to donate a kidney. A family history of diabetes is a concern, but may not get in the way. ...Read more

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My sister says she has cocaine abuse. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has cocaine abuse. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Genetic addiction: As noted by dr liebowitz, it is not known how much of a genetic component there is to addiction. Addiction clearly runs in families and anyone who has a family member addicted to a substance is likely more prone to addiction to that substance. That being said, everyone is addicted to something. Though drug addiction is more dangerous, the behavioral patterns are the same for all addictions. ...Read more

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Im paranoid all the time i always think people are out to get me, don't trust people including my family is this schizophrenia?

Im paranoid all the time i always think people are out to get me, don't trust people including my family is this schizophrenia?

Get help now: Paranoia or having false beliefs can occur for many reasons besides schizophrenia, eg. sensory deficits, past trauma, anxiety, brain injuries, certain drugs etc. Start by seeing your pcp or ask for referral to a mental health professional. You need an evaluation to identify what's causing your paranoia. Paranoia is debilitating and can be helped. Go to urgent care if necessary. Hope this helps you ...Read more

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What can you do about the ignorance of family members who abuse and criticize you b/c they don't believe that your disease exists?

What can you do about the ignorance of family members who abuse and criticize you b/c they don't believe that your disease exists?

Join a support group: Isolation is never a good situation and sometimes you must seek out a community of similarly affected patients to understand how to deal with this.You don't mention the issue but your doc may have a lead on a local group or you can look to the web for one.Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you get genetic testing for cancer? Every family member older then me ie parents aunts and uncles have all died with cancer and now younger bro

How do you get genetic testing for cancer? Every family member older then me ie parents aunts and uncles have all died with cancer and now younger bro

Its more complicated: Currently,more than 1% of all human genes are implicated via mutation in cancer.Many people think that the risk of Ca is always passed on through families as a single "cancer gene".However,like other complex diseases, changes in many genes that each play a role in the development of cancer are much more likely to be the cause of familial cancer than a change in a single gene.So,see a geneticist ...Read more

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If hitting and screaming at your kids is "abuse" then why do so many of my friends parents do it and my dad and all his friends were raised the same?

If hitting and screaming at your kids is "abuse" then why do so many of my friends parents do it and my dad and all his friends were raised the same?

Definitions vary: I remember interviewing a mom whose neglected kids were frail ; undernourished.Asking about her thoughts about abuse or neglect, she told me her grandparents chained her to a stake under the porch as a kid, so she knew what abuse was. Her neglect was not intentional and she didn't see it as such. People raised with this may not accept it as abuse.That does not mean it is not. ...Read more

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What to do if a family friend's son is a gambling addict. Looking for rehab center and how much they are?

What to do if a family friend's son is a gambling addict. Looking for rehab center and how much they are?

Gambling: Many questions. Great that you're concerned about your friend. Of course if they do not want help ? Long-term or 30 days 60 day not necessarily as a good therapist. Personal life situation, they have to be involved -have to like the situation and be ready. Please use internet to search out places in your area if that's what you need. If can go anywhere in the world same. Ask around for quality. ...Read more

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What happens to a child's mental health if their parents are both drug addicts?

What happens to a child's mental health if their parents are both drug addicts?

Leads to neglect: When both parents are addicts, there is a high likelihood of the children using drugs as well. Parents who are involved with drugs tend to be neglectful of their children and provide a very poor model for the children's development. ...Read more

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I quit talking to friends and relatives because they are very naive about depression. I can't see a therapist at the moment. Do I just suffer with it?

I quit talking to friends and relatives because they are very naive about depression. I can't see a therapist at the moment. Do I just suffer with it?

Find a therapist: Why can't you see a therapist? Talk to school guidance counselor, social worker for support and guidance. If no health insurance, go online to your state mental or behavioral health website and find a low-fee clinic near you. You can also get help there to obtain health insurance. There also may be other low-fee clinics near you. Depression is treatable. Good you're asking for help here. ...Read more

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I have extended family members who deal with alcoholism, however nether one of parents my do. Is the chances of me being an alcoholic high or low?

I have extended family members who deal with alcoholism, however nether one of parents my do. Is the chances of me being an alcoholic high or low?

Family disease: Whether or not you drink, you are likely to have been affected by alcoholism in your family. You might consider attending a meeting of al-anon for the families and friends of alcoholics. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if there are any aa meetings for the children of alcoholics (the kids not being alcoholics)?

Does anyone know if there are any aa meetings for the children of alcoholics (the kids not being alcoholics)?

Yes: Yes i agree with other answer, al-anon is for any family member or friend affected by someone else's alcoholism, however there is also a specific 12 step group for adult children of alcoholics. If in a big enough city it is actually amazing how many different kinds of 12 step meetings there are. There is also ala-teen and ala-tot for kids and teens. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my family member is having hallucinations help?

What do you suggest if my family member is having hallucinations help?

Help quick: hallucinations are a psychiatric emergency. if you have a university hospital nearby then go to the ER - they will likely have a psychiatry consult service that can be called. if the person already has a psychiatrist then get them in immediately. hallucinations could be signs of schizophrenia, drug intoxication, severe depression and more. not a symptom to put off. ...Read more

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My sister says she has calluses and corns. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has calluses and corns. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Yes: It tends to be common in families but there is no specific gene. It also has to do with what kind of shoes you wear. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are places like rehab for verbal abuse?

Do you know if there are places like rehab for verbal abuse?

Your options: 'Rehab' typically implies a situation in which a person's behaviors -- usually dangerous ones such as compulsive substance use or eating disorders -- can be controlled in a residential setting for a period of time. If you need an inpatient setting to gain self-esteem, ask your physician or therapist -- but seeing how you do in the real world between help sessions may also be a recovery key. ...Read more

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Why do I have to deal with these childish behaviors of my spouse at 65?

Why do I have to deal with these childish behaviors of my spouse at 65?

You choose: Starting point: wrong question-you chose this person, the responsibility for your reaction to what you're dealing with is yours, not your spouse's. Next point: what are you calling childish, and what about it bothers you? Could it be projection (disowning of shadow) or judgement rather than fact? Next point: what do you want, why do you want it? Next point: how do you communicate about it? ...Read more

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What should people watch out for in spouses/friends that are unemployed?

What should people watch out for in spouses/friends that are unemployed?

Changes in behavior: Many unemployed people do not get any psychological nor behavioral problems due to losing jobs. However, one may get anxiety symptoms due to worrying about how to pay his bills for food, housing, gas, etc... One may get depression symptoms due to feeling hopeless, unappreciated, worthless, etc... Family interactions may worsen if there were already problems at home. Substance abuse may increase. ...Read more