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Imaginary Friends In Adults
Yes: While common in children, it is rare in adults but not necessarily part of a psychosis. And not all psychotic symptoms are schizophrenia. If there are none of the other diagnostic signs, it's not schizophrenia. If no other disordered thinking, it's not a psychosis. Some writers experience such relationships w/ their characters. Don't worry. ...Read more
Do children get annual blood work like adults? I have friends whose pedis do some workup every year; mine does not (both kids healthy). What's standard?
They do not: Good news, there is no benefit to performing routine bloodwork in healthy children and even adults. There are certain ages (1 year-old) where tests for anemia or lead levels may be performed (and a few others for adults at certain times). Otherwise testing without a reason is more likely to cause undo harm because lab error becomes more likely than randomly finding an occult treatable illness. ...Read more
Pressing reality: The push to avoid the dreaded tonsillitis had been commonplace for a hundred years, before antibiotics & general anesthesia. It was a socially acceptable approach to a frequent problem & we had little research to counter demand, similar to bloodletting & purges. Once the process was studied & detail & we understood the immune system better, the docs pushed back. ...Read more
Between 3 and 7: Usually by age 5 they stop with their imaginary friends. Some may go a little longer. Imaginary friends can be very helpful to children...They help them cope and provide hours of entertainment. They can help them express thoughts and feelings that they may not be comfortable expressing directly. ...Read more
I've had super realistic imaginary friends since I was very young, within the past year they have begun to merge with reality... Any idea as to why?
Psychosis: It is time to see a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist since the merging of fanatasy and reality are certainly signs of psychopathology. I advise immediate evaluation. ...Read more
My sister is 16, and she has an imaginary friends when 7 'til now. Is it normal for a 16yo to have imaginary friend? What could I do to help her?
Talk to her: It's not normal to have imaginary friends at 16 so I would encourage her to see her doctor. In the meantime, try to encourage her to meet and talk with real friends. ...Read more
A 2 year old who panics from loud sounds such as sirens racing heart & fast breathing, and may be seeing more then imaginary friends. Worried?
Don't worry yet: Two year olds are very reactive, sensitive to stimuli, particularly if new and abrupt. Aversion to siren noises, etc. Is quite normal. Usually such episodes are very brief and go away very soon after the stimulus stops. If the episodes start to last longer than 30-60 minutes, or if the "imaginary friends" start to bother him/her, then I would seek the advice of a pediatrician. ...Read more
I'm talking to imaginary people sometimes even out loud I cry and laugh with em. I can't focus in real world cause busy talking to my imaginary friends.
Psychiatrist: For peace of mind consult a psychiatrist or psychologist for evaluation. You may not have a serious psychiatric problem if you realize that these images are imaginary and don't interfere with your activities of daily living. Although you seem to have sensible insight into your behavior, I still would like a specialist to confirm that there is no significant psychiatric problem going on. ...Read more
No.: Pandas is an acronym which stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disease associated with streptococcal disease. No. By definition, pandas is a pediatric disorder. It is possible that adolescents and adults may have immune mediated ocd, but this is not known. The research studies at the nimh are restricted to children. ...Read more
It is possible:
If the squint comes and goes then it may be possible to watch and see if it gets any worse.
Sometimes it is possible to treat the squint with glasses or exercises.
If these do not work then it may be that we need to consider doing an operation to move the muscles which control the eye to a better position to straighten the eyes
up. ...Read more
Wait or weights: Some of your friends will be bigger than you, some smaller. You cannot change your genetics. At 14, it may be an issue of when your puberty starts. Some boys start maturing earlier than others. It will all even out by about age 19 or 20. If it is muscular development you seek that takes both maturity and exercise. If it is size of something else, work with you've you've got. ...Read more
Commitment: The uniformed services university of the health services (my medical school) had a number of olympic athletes. My intercollegiant volleyball coach (fran plunkett) was also an olympian. They made a committment to their sport. They made this a priority in their life and were very disciplined with their training. They were willing to make sacrifices. It means willingness to give more than 100%. ...Read more
Man is social being: It helps to have good friends with similar beliefs and goals. Having mutual non demanding relationship is healthy and good for your mental healthy. Bad friendship will actually do more mental and medical harm than non. ...Read more
Greater than 101:
98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is normal for adults. Give or take a few degrees.
If it goes about 101 - now a fever and need to treat it with acetaminophen, rest, and doctor visit. Infection is occurring and needs to be found. It can quickly spread to sepsis so get medical care soon if this applies to you. ...Read more
Adult add/adhd is becoming more prevalent, and much research has been taking place in this area. The following link provides a good basic review of some common symptoms seen in adults with attention issues. Best wishes.
http://www. Webmd. Com/add-adhd/10-symptoms-adult-adhd. ...Read more
Learn Tolerance: We all struggle with anger and frustration every day. Learning to get perspective, take deep breaths, and be as tolerant as possible is good for you on many levels: stress reduction, blood pressure control, improved relationships, etc. If you have any faith in a higher power, try the serenity prayer... My mantra: "bless them, change me.". ...Read more
Very uncommon: Sudden adult death, or perhaps, sudden Cardiac death, is actually very rare in adults without structural heart disease or heart attack. These are caused by electrical problems with the heart. They are first diagnosed by an EKG with your doctor, and are referred to a specialist, lie myself, who specializes in that. ...Read more
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