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Doctor insights on: Inviting Dependents

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Are we too dependent on technology or will it save us?

Are we too dependent on technology or will it save us?

Technology: Save us, from what? Technology provides tools to make our work and lives easier. But we need to be aware of when & how we're using these tools. In medicine, doctors do not rely on lab tests alone in diagnosing the problems their patients are having, but also do the long-held standard: history and physical exam. This is not high tech, but delivers good care -- with love too. ...Read more

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What can I expect at my first coda (co-dependents anonymous) meeting?

What can I expect at my first coda (co-dependents anonymous) meeting?

Support: Feel free to listen. You may hear how others have found solutions to your problems. Go to six meetings before you decide whether this program might work for you. ...Read more

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How can I stop my dependent from putting himself in dangerous situations?

How can I stop my dependent from putting himself in dangerous situations?

Wandering in elderly: It would depend on the disease the person had. If it is dementia, then using door handle covers would help them from leaving the house. Giving the person a task and redirecting them also may help. Some medications will help if anxiety is associated with the dementia. ...Read more

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How do I take dangerous objects away from my dependent who loves to use them?

How do I take dangerous objects away from my dependent who loves to use them?

Put out of reach: Prevention is key. Dangerous objects should be locked away, or where a young one cannot reach. If the young one has such an object, convincing him/her to trade the object for something more interesting but safer may help. ...Read more

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How can I get my dependent husband to engage in the activities he likes again?

How can I get my dependent husband to engage in the activities he likes again?

Invite his friends: Invite his close friends home so they can invite him to participate in activities (depending upon his disabilities) either outside home (sports) if he is able to get out, or at home like playing cards, scrabble, monopoly or the like. I do not know specifically what he likes to do but fine him fiends that can encourage him to pursue those activities or hobbies. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my boyfriend is dependent on alcohol?

How can I tell if my boyfriend is dependent on alcohol?

Look for red flags: Look for the "red flag" warning signs of alcoholism: drinking in the morning, drinking alone, lying to you & others about drinking, needs to drink to "relax", forgets what he did while drinking, regularly drinks more than he intends to, etc. Unfortunately, you can't force him to get help; he has to want help, and alcoholics often erect walls of denial that can sometimes never be breached. ...Read more

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How long can a person who is dependent on alcohol live?

How long can a person who is dependent on alcohol live?

Alcoholism: Depends on how long they have been drinking, how much, their general health condition especially their liver & brain, and their age & other socioeconomic factors. ...Read more

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How do I caregive for two people that are "co-dependent"?

Setting up boundary: Setting up healthy boundary is the best way to handle co-dependancy. ...Read more

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Addicted and highly dependent on nicotine. Does the patch work?

Addicted and highly dependent on nicotine. Does the patch work?

Yes: Using nicotine patches when you stop smoking increases the odds that you will succeed. ...Read more

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Is the new health coverage for dependent adult children in effect?

Is the new health coverage for dependent adult children in effect?

Depends: Your best source of a specific answer is the source of your insurance. Although the law may allow you to cover a child or children to a specified age, it may require that you call in and add them to an existing policy before they are covered. ...Read more

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How can a person with synesthesia have 'state-dependent retrieval'?

How can a person with synesthesia have 'state-dependent retrieval'?

Synesthesia: Is rare. Its a favorite topic of discussion amongst cognitive neuroscientists especially Behavioral Neurologists. I suggest you contact Dr. Veronica Gross at Boston University (my old stomping grounds) Google: "The Synesthesia Project" it has useful links to other resources. State dependent retrieval is best discussed in the context of specific synesthetic events (hearing colors, seeing sounds) ...Read more

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What does it mean when two people you caregive for are co-dependent?

What does it mean when two people you caregive for are co-dependent?

Ask a Psychologist: Codependency is a behavior a person experience when they do not allow another person to experience the negative consequences of their own choices or acts. People that are excessively pleasing towards others or people who feel guilty for what others are experiencing. Examples are: mothers and their alcoholic, drug addicts, abusive or lazy sons or daughters; wives of alcoholics or drug addicts. ...Read more

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How does an insulin dependent travel with insulin on a train or plane?

How does an insulin dependent travel with insulin on a train or plane?

Carry-on: U may need a note by your physician/presciption of med use, but often these meds can be carried on in your carry-on bags/purses. Insulin pens can be carried in your pocket if so desired. Check with your airline and your doc for paper work if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can my body become dependent on metamucil if I take 2 teaspoons daily?

Can my body become dependent on metamucil if I take 2 teaspoons daily?

No: Metamucil (http://www. Metawellness. Com/en-us/articles/about-metamucil/digestive-health) is a brand of fiber. Don't fall for the advertising. Instead, eat plenty of fruit, veggies & unrefined whole grains, enough to consume 35-45g daily. Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-13722/metamucil-oral/details for more info. And http://goo. Gl/8iAEA3 for info re dietary fiber in general. ...Read more

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What does it mean that "there is mild dependent atelectasis near both bases"?

What does it mean that "there is mild dependent atelectasis near both bases"?

Lung issue: This means the bottoms of the lungs are slightly compressed or collapsed. Think of a sponge standing on end on a hard surface, with the portion on the bottom squished together a bit. Can be alleviated with taking deep breaths in most cases. ...Read more

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Please tell me what dysthymic disorder means, and what dependent personality means?

Please tell me what dysthymic disorder means, and what dependent personality means?

Depression: Dysthymic disorder is the term for a multi-year type of depression that is not quite as severe as a major depression.,

dependent personality disorder is the collection of long-standing traits of a person who is extremely passive and constantly waiting for others to take care of him or her. ...Read more

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What can I do if I'm scared of taking anti depressants and becoming dependent on them?

What can I do if I'm scared of taking anti depressants and becoming dependent on them?

Talk to prescriber: Common antidepressant do not have physical dependence issues when taken and withdrawn according to medical plan. You are on them only as long as believed to be necessary or helpful. If concerned about length ot treatment (or potential) you need to ask your prescriber specifically about that. ...Read more

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Can you get dependent, or have withdrawal effects if you stop, on Passion Flower Extract?

Can you get dependent, or have withdrawal effects if you stop, on Passion Flower Extract?

Not reported: This is a good question, as dependency occurs with most pharmaceutical sleep aids. However, I have never heard of this happening with Passionflower and did not see this reported in many articles such as this one:
http://tinyurl. Com/hsebp2k
Thus, I believe it's safe for you to experiment with. ...Read more

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Can I take one regular strength exlax pill every 10 days without becoming dependent on them?

Can I take one regular strength exlax pill every 10 days without becoming dependent on them?

Beforehand do this: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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Iron level keep falling if I don't get iron injections, how can I stop being dependent on it?

Iron level keep falling if I don't get iron injections, how can I stop being dependent on it?

Iron: First find out why you are losing iron faster than your diet replaces it. Then find out why you are not absorbing enough iron (gastritis, short bowel, deficient diet etc). Then correct the things that can be corrected. The body has a means to balance this nutrient and you need to discover why it is out of balance. ...Read more

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Is how much food you eat dependent on how many times you use your bowels. How often is normal?

Is how much food you eat dependent on how many times you use your bowels. How often is normal?

Varies...: Bms vary with amount and type of food, dietary fiber, other factors including hormones, bowel issues, etc. "normal" varies too roughly 3/day-3/wk; consistency of stool a factor too. Consistency of input affects consistency of output. ...Read more

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I am opoiod dependent and haveing cpntinual pain and. My doctoc abruptlu dc my meds what ca. N I do?

I am opoiod dependent and haveing cpntinual pain and. My doctoc abruptlu dc my meds what ca. N I do?

Opioid dependence: Request referral to addictionologist or someone who can help detox you. Opioids never cure. It is better to detox and start over as there are several methods-pta, non controlled meds and rehabilitation. To restore as much function as possible. Unless have cancer get off narcotics and start over. They use Naloxone but again make up your mind to take controll of ur life. Narcotics not answer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dependent and independent edema? Specifically, what is independent edema?

What is the difference between dependent and independent edema? Specifically, what is independent edema?

Gravity: Dependent edema refers to swelling that is aggravated by gravity. Example if you twist your ankle and don't elevate it the swelling/edema will be worse than if you do keep it elevated. Independent edema is present whether elevation is employed or not. And may imply venous or lymphatic blockage that may be serious. ...Read more

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I want to know how long can I take Valium 10 mg without being dependent. It is prescribed and I'm not taking more pills.

I want to know how long can I take Valium 10 mg without being dependent. It is prescribed and I'm not taking more pills.

Dependency: There is a difference between using diazepam as it is intended and addiction (when you take more than necessary to obtain a positive feeling). Unfortunately, there aren't any concrete rules on how long it takes. Best bet is always to take the lowest dosage of any medicine for the shortest duration possible to achieve an adequate result. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How long does it take to get addicted to 5mg oxy? And was wondering how long it would take before I become dependent/addicted to them

How long does it take to get addicted to 5mg oxy? And was wondering how long it would take before I become dependent/addicted to them

That depends on: How many you are taking in the course of a day. Addiction is NOT the same as dependency. Anyone taking even 3 tablets a day for more than a week or so will experience at least mild withdrawal symptoms when they are stopped, but most will not even particularly notice them. Addiction is when you do it more and more, and it helps less and less but causes more and more problems, AND you don't stop. ...Read more

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I use 400uv sunglasses every time I go out in sun. I'm kinda dependent on it. At night others car headlight beam is causing me discomfort. Is it OK?

I use 400uv sunglasses every time I go out in sun. I'm kinda dependent on it. At night others car headlight beam is causing me discomfort. Is it OK?

I don't know why: ...you have such sensitivity to light. You would need a thorough eye exam by a licensed practitioner to find out. Cataracts are a common cause of light sensitivity but, unless the person is born with them, they seldom cause problems to anyone less than 40 years of age. I urge you to get an eye exam. ...Read more