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Is it better to travel far to funeral or not attend if others understand?

Is it better to travel far to funeral or not attend if others understand?

Discuss with family: Atending a funeral from out of town is both a personal and family decision. Discuss this with your family to help you make a decision. ...Read more

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What is effect if you do not attend a family funeral due to being far away?

What is effect if you do not attend a family funeral due to being far away?

It depends: This can be difficult for many. Funerals are a time to come together, and remember the person who has died. F you cannot be there, you miss out on this shared interaction -- which usually includes more than the funeral ceremony alone. Lots of time to be with family, for good or bad -- as everyone may not be at their best. Only you can decide what's best for you, and express it to your family. ...Read more

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How much, if you have to pay, is it to do assisted suicide with euthanasia where it is legal?

How much, if you have to pay, is it to do assisted suicide with euthanasia where it is legal?

Oregon & Washington: Assisted suicide is currently legal in oregon and washington. You can obtain more information from this site: http://public.Health.Oregon.Gov/providerpartnerresources/evaluationresearch/deathwithdignityact/pages/index.Aspx. You must have a terminal illness. ...Read more

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If you no longer go to a MD office and they decide to participate in a health information exchange, how would you know so you could opt out?

If you no longer go to a MD office and they decide to participate in a health information exchange, how would you know so you could opt out?

Good question: My feeling is that if you have not seen this physician for some time or even just yesterday he/she would be reluctant to give out any of your personal health information without your written approval. ...Read more

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Do you as doctors/surgeons explain everything to the patient or if it was terminal would you leave some details out.....Not to cause more stress?

Do you as doctors/surgeons explain everything to the patient or if it was terminal would you leave some details out.....Not to cause more stress?

Human conversations: A doctor-patient conversation is a human conversation, and like all human conversations, never is everything all said, and never is everything left out. Humans also never remember everything that was said, but only parts of conversations. Each doctor and each patient has his or her own style in a conversation. Each can ask the other for more details, but should avoid sounding too repetitive. ...Read more

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Are americans more or less likely to be accepted abroad if they try to learn/speak the language? I am going for surgery.

Are americans more or less likely to be accepted abroad if they try to learn/speak the language? I am going for surgery.

Likely: I hope that this is not repetitive, as I have tired to answer this question before. An american that arrives in any foreign location with some knowledge of the local culture and language shows respect and evidence of an effort made. You will not become an expert in a short time. You will likely find that the healthcare providers in the foreign setting will already have excellent english skills. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it for loved ones to try to "directly help" a patient with borderline pd? How much is safe to get involved other than the therapist?

How dangerous is it for loved ones to try to "directly help" a patient with borderline pd? How much is safe to get involved other than the therapist?

Personality Disorder: It sounds like you could benefit from family sessions with the therapist. Talk to the therapist and get their recommendation one way or the other . ...Read more

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When do you know it is time to go into the hospital for a med adjus? Is it that you don't even know if you will give into the urges to kill yourself

When do you know it is time to go into the hospital for a med adjus?  Is it that you don't even know if you will give into the urges to kill yourself

Consult psychiatrist: Only time you go to hospital er if you are truly suicidal and need crises intervention before you hurt yourself otherwise you need continuous treatment and follow up by your psychiatrist especially with your history of depression and hallucinations and the meds you are on. ...Read more

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Is it acceptable to condescend your kids and and make them feel inferior.. Or is it more about teaching to respect each other rather than control them?

Is it acceptable to condescend your kids and and make them feel inferior.. Or is it more about teaching to respect each other rather than control them?

Respect: As a parent you are the best teacher. Therefore, it is important that you set examples for them. Control will only foster rebellion later on. ...Read more

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I want to get treatment for plagiocehly in adults where do I go? I'm willing to travel as far as I need to and money is not an issue either?

I want to get treatment for plagiocehly in adults where do I go? I'm willing to travel as far as I need to and money is not an issue either?

Plagiocephaly: Plagiocephaly, radiographic evaluation of the skull would reveal unilateral premature fusion of the lambdoid suture in posterior plagiocephaly. Examination would reveal a flattening of one occiput with an apparent bulging of the normal side. In positional plagiocephaly, there is no fusion of the lambdoid suture. Surgery is the definitive treatment in posterior plagiocephaly. ...Read more

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Is a medical doc or others mental professionals required to keep you alive even if you want to die?

Is a medical doc or others mental professionals required to keep you alive even if you want to die?

Yes: Medical providers generally enter the field of medicine to promote good health and well-being. It is not in our nature or work ethic to cause disease or death. Unless a patient has full mental capacity and can show proof of end of life decisions (polst, dnr etc) we will do everything in our capacity to maintain life and health if ethically appropriate. ...Read more

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Where do I learn homosexual sex ed? Of course parents and school are not much help. Is it unethical to see a doctor for that?

Where do I learn homosexual sex ed? Of course parents and school are not much help. Is it unethical to see a doctor for that?

Growing up : Sex is tough. Then there are the social and cultural stuff that goes with being dig preferment than your neighbors. Here are a couple books: "Loving Someone Gay" by Don Clark. Or: "The a Joy Of Gay Sex". ...Read more

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Is furniture-walking ok for independent but frail 92 yo? She doesn't call aides to help ambulate. So is it better to have sturdy furniture near or far

Is furniture-walking ok for independent but frail 92 yo? She doesn't call aides to help ambulate. So is it better to have sturdy furniture near or far

Falling: The only issue here is the risk of a fall with hip fracture. If she is steady on her feet, she should be allowed to walk. If a walker, quad cane, or cane would be helpful, it should be considered. Sturdy furniture nearby may help. Avoid loose carpeting. If she is unsteady and not aware enough to know it, she will need constant watching. ...Read more

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Bdd is closely related to OCD but you wouldn`t go to a hospital to get diagnosed with that. Where are you supposed to go?

Bdd is closely related to OCD but you wouldn`t go to a hospital to get diagnosed with that. Where are you supposed to go?

MH Professional: By bdd I am assuming that you are referring to body dysmorphic disorder. A good place to start would be to seek out an evaluation with a qualified mental health professional. There are local societies of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. Also, you could seek a referral from your primary care physician. ...Read more

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My grandma is 85.she is suffering from depression as if she is waiting to die.she doesn't need to eat or talk knowing that she is not sick.what to do?

My grandma is 85.she is suffering from depression as if she is waiting to die.she doesn't need to eat or talk knowing that she is not sick.what to do?

Elderly & depressed: Good for you to have concern and compassion for your grandma. Just be as kind and supportive to her as possible but set limits if she becomes too demanding. If your grandma has a spiritual philosophy consider inviting a prudent spiritual leader to make pastoral calls if she is open to it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is hypnosis real or fake? If it is real, how is it possible for people to fall in to this spell to become and do things they normally do not do?

Is hypnosis real or fake? If it is real, how is it possible for people to fall in to this spell to become and do things they normally do not do?

It can be very real: People can fake things, but - especially licensed therapeutic hypnosis - is very real and often effective. Things not normally done are not = to things morally offensive. Types of resistance are lower, but not moral/ethical discrimination. The process happens to some degree every day. Being very absorbed in reading, music, fantasy, etc. Is similar. Only the 'guide' of the suggestions is different. ...Read more

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What to do if I have schizophrenia. Is it commonplace to feel someone from the other side is doing things to me?

What to do if I have schizophrenia. Is it commonplace to feel someone from the other side is doing things to me?

Please ensure: That you see your psychiatrist regularly and take your medications as directed. Some times people with schizophrenia do have safety concerns and mistrust for others. ...Read more

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Harming self but not to suicide. Not willing to think in future or fall into relations or get loved. Mostly sick, is it depression?

Harming self but not to suicide. Not willing to think in future or fall into relations or get loved. Mostly sick, is it depression?

Probably: Please call your local mental health hotline or proceed directly to the ER for psychiatric evaluation. Please call 911 and explain that you have been trying to hurt yourself. ...Read more

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Is it possible for ADHD to make someone prone to living in solitude and wanting to avoid human contact?

Is it possible for ADHD to make someone prone to living in solitude and wanting to avoid human contact?

Yes.: People who have ADHD/ADD have problems concentrating and easily get distracted so one of their cop[ing mechanisms is to get isolated. It is especially difficult to concentrate when there is a large crowd and there is a lot of noise and activity. ...Read more