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Is cutting a sign of a true suicide attempt or just a gesture?

Is cutting a sign of a true suicide attempt or just a gesture?

It Varies: Some people who cut do so with the desire or wish to die. More often, they are not really trying to kill themselves, but are looking for a way to cope with and express overwhelming feelings of distress and turmoil. ...Read more

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
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Is oppositional defiance disorder real or is it just a sign of a lack of discipline at home?

Is oppositional defiance disorder real or is it just a sign of a lack of discipline at home?

Real: Oppositional defiance disorder (odd) is a difficult to manage behavior disorder which has a biologic cause. Severe discipline or lax discipline may worsen the behavior; you may need some advanced parenting skills to manage the behavior . The majority of children with odd also have adhd. Your doctor can recommend a behavior specialist to help you develop a workable behavior plan. ...Read more

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Is cutting yourself considered a sign of depression?

Is cutting yourself considered a sign of depression?

Sometimes: Self inflicted mutilation by cutting is one way that some people cope. It is not a healthy coping mechanism. People may cut themselves because they feel emotionally numb & it allows them to feel something. Some cut to distract from anxiety, depression or stress. Some people cut as a form of self- punishment. Some cut in the mistaken thought that it will let out evil or bad parts of themselves. ...Read more

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Is alcohol and a cocaine stimulant a understandable excuse of a one night stand cheating incident? Or is it because the person actually wanted to.

Is alcohol and a cocaine stimulant a understandable excuse of a one night stand cheating incident? Or is it because the person actually wanted to.

Al Anon: That question is probably the very definition of why someone should attend the twelve step program for friends and families of addicts known as al-anon. The question this doctor is prompted to ask is why would you be in a relationship with someone who is an addict who would put his and your health at risk even if he was impaired on alcohol and cocaine? I recommend al-anon. ...Read more

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Is dreaming a sign of a good sleep or completely the opposite?

Is dreaming a sign of a good sleep or completely the opposite?

Dreaming occurs : Nightly in all healthy individuals. Most dreams are in rapid eye movement (rem) periods that happen about every 90 minutes -- less frequent in early sleep & more frequent later in sleep. Many people don't think they have dreams because they don't remember them. Preventing or disrupting rem sleep causes a rebound increase in rem & has various pos & neg effects, including relief of depression. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to die due to alleged suicide using a small rope made of plastic tying straw?

Is it possible for a person to die due to alleged suicide using a small rope made of plastic tying straw?

Many: There are many ways, some of which are unusual for people to die. If someone is feeling suicidal, there is always help out there and available. All you have to do is ask for it. See a psychiatrist or your physician who can guide you and point you in the right direction to get help. ...Read more

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Help please! is an inability to swallow in a stroke patient a sign that the end is near?

Help please! is an inability to swallow in a stroke patient a sign that the end is near?

No: About 50% of stroke patients have swallowing problems right after a stroke. This usually improves with time with few patients having problems long term. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have thoughts of suicide as a teen?

Is it normal to have thoughts of suicide as a teen?

No: It is never normal at any age. Seek medical help from your doctor or hospital immediately. ...Read more

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I was wondering is addiction really that or is it moreso a lack of self discipline?

I was wondering is addiction really that or is it moreso a lack of self discipline?

Addiction = disease: It looks ; often feels like voluntary behavior, but addiction is a disease. See the video, "pleasure unwoven, " from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch segments on youtube. Hard for many to believe it's a disease because you do not look ill until you are nearly dead. It's like having a parasite living in your head that takes over sometimes ; impersonates you, speaks to you in yr own voice. ...Read more

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In an adult women over 45, would anorexia likely to be a concern and is it possible that a loss of partner through a murder may play a part please?

In an adult women over 45, would anorexia likely to be a concern and is it possible that a loss of partner through a murder may play a part please?

Yes.......: Loss of a "life partner" .... Is a major stressor. It can result in many unhealthy changes. You can not solve this on your own. You need the help of a trained counselor. You can get better.... Call today to arrange this. ...Read more

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Is a PFO just a diagnosis of exclusion for stroke/tia seeing as 25% of population have it anyway or is it a real risk and needs to be closed ?

Is a PFO just a diagnosis of exclusion for stroke/tia seeing as 25% of population have it anyway or is it a real risk and needs to be closed ?

Yes and no: Yes its an exclusionary diagnosis. No real good evidence that closure is beneficial. A recent study published in new england journal of med. Noted no real benefits. ...Read more

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Why is telepathy considered a delusion and a sign of psychosis? Explanations please?

Why is telepathy considered a delusion and a sign of psychosis? Explanations please?

A delusion is a: false belief caused by a mental illness and can be a sign of psychosis. The belief in telepathy in one didn't before, who suffers from mental illness and outside of a certain cultural belief systems, could be considered a delusion. WIthout signs of specific mental illness, believing in telepathy by itself is not a delusion nor is this psychosis. Many folks + cultures feel this way. ...Read more

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Is there a high risk of dying from a grand mal seizure? Also, is it true that you can experience an aura without it leading to a full on seizure?

Is there a high risk of dying from a grand mal seizure?  
Also, is it true that you can experience an aura without it leading to a full on seizure?

Depends!: Grand mal seizures can be due to lots of things! Severe infections, alcohol withdrawal, epilepsy, drug toxicity, etc. Seizures are a bad sign in some cases. In epilepsy, seizures are rarely fatal. Auras don't always lead to a seizure. for some people. See http://www.healthtalk.org/young-peoples-experiences/epilepsy/experiences-different-seizures-and-auras ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to not move on from a death of a loved one?

Loss: At a certain point in time it will be unhealthy as in order to be healthy we need to mourn but also move forward and find renewed meaning in life. This is easy to say but when your the one devastated it is very difficult. You need friends to support and listen to you, and you need to be open and truthful about your experience. Wishing you well. ...Read more

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What is the chance of HIV from working as an OR assistant with no "known"/ "felt" needle sticks. Is this just paranoia? Or should it be a concern

What is the chance of HIV from working as an OR assistant with no "known"/ "felt" needle sticks. Is this just paranoia? Or should it be a concern

Doesn't happen: This simply isn't happening. HIV conversions among health care worker are reported and studied with great interest and we're simply not seeing an increased risk in folks who work around blood. The virus is very fragile, intact skin seems to be an impenetrable barrier to it, mucosa seems to need to be roughed-up by sex before it can be penetrated. Enjoy your work and stop worrying. ...Read more

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Is a sign of a depressed person not making plans for the future?

Is a sign of a depressed person not making plans for the future?

Can be, yes: Lack of forward thinking / "future orientation" can be a sign of depression and an indication of need for professional assistance. ...Read more

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Which of the following is a sign that a man is about to suffer cardiopulmonary arrest?

Which of the following is a sign that a man is about to suffer cardiopulmonary arrest?

None of the above: This reads like an exam question. There is no predicting sudden death ("cardiopulmonary arrest" if you prefer), even if a person is having severe crushing chest pain, has an obvious pulmonary thrombuembolus ("that knot in my leg just vanished -- gasp"), has ventricular tachycardia on an ekg -- there's simply no predicting. Cherish life while it lasts. ...Read more

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Help please! is drooling a sign of having a stroke?

Help please! is drooling a sign of having a stroke?

Sometimes: Possibly if part of a constellation of symptoms. There could be drooling if one side of the face is weakened or somewhat paralyzed. ...Read more