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Is it wrong to go to an aa meeting if I am not an addict of any kind?

Is it wrong to go to an aa meeting if I am not an addict of any kind?

Motif?: Your motif for this is what matters, to support a friend or family member, absolutely, make sure it is an open meeting and not a closed meeting which is only for alcoholics or addicts. Just out of curiosity or to people watch, probably not, going into a field such as counseling or social work, maybe. Looking for some support for yourself, look online, there are 12 step meetings for many issues. ...Read more

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Can a woman go through post pardom depression without knowing it? I ask because i think its happening to me. If this is possible what red flags should I look for and is it possible to handle it without medication?

Can a woman go through post pardom
depression without knowing it? I ask because i think its happening to me. If this is possible what red flags should I look for and is it possible to handle it without medication?

Get checked: If you think you could be having post-partum depression then you should get checked. It is even more important to get checked immediately if you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, especially your baby. ...Read more

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Hi, in a case where you find it difficult to swallow a capsule to cure an infection when there is no alternative, what do you suggest I do?

Hi, in a case where you find it difficult to swallow a capsule to cure an infection when there is no alternative, what do you suggest I do?

Make a liquid: In many instances, a compounding pharmacist can work with your physician in order to provide a liquid formulation. You should check in your local area to see if there is a compounder in your area. ...Read more

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If someone has an addiction of some sort, is it ever appropriate to tell a friend about it?

If someone has an addiction of some sort, is it ever appropriate to tell a friend about it?

It Depends: I can tell that you're concerned, or you wouldn't have asked the question. Have you told your friend of your concerns? He or she may not appreciate you sharing the issue and doing so, could cause resentment. It also depends on the nature of the addiction, like if you believe it could be life threatening. In that case, it may be better to involve family members who could be better able to help. ...Read more

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What is a quick way to stop diarrhea? I wanted to see if i could help my dad from it. If there is a type of medicine, i recommend to use it.

What is a quick way to stop diarrhea? I wanted to see if i could help my dad from it. If there is a type of medicine,  i recommend to use it.

Peptobismol: You can buy peptobismol. Take care to find out what caused diarrhea. Sometimes you should let the diarrhea run its own course. Just taking small sips of water to stay hydrated. And lots of rest. Imodium (loperamide) is stronger and only a single dose should be taken. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I know someone working as an MA who is a heavy drug abuser. I want to make their employer aware of this but I'm not sure how. Should I stay out of it?

Hard to say.: I don't know the particular circumstances involved, but I would think that if this medical assistant is potentially putting patients' health and well-being at risk because of this abuse, then the employer should be aware. But again, I don't know the specifics. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was going to die on the spot. Is there any alternative out there to vicodin and percocet?

What do you advise if i was going to die on the spot. Is there any alternative out there to vicodin and percocet?

Dont understand ?: Are you saying that if you knew you were about to die, you would want to make sure you left this world while you were high? Or if you were suffering from a painful terminal condition, what could be used to treat the pain? If the former, i think you need to focus on living rather than dying, and if you are suffering from depression, get some help. If the latter, there are many alternatives. ...Read more

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What to do if my mother is on the road to becoming an alcoholic?

What to do if my mother is on the road to becoming an alcoholic?

You can't MAKE her: Not drink. You can express your concern, and try to communicate caring, love and wanting her to be happy and healthy, as can other family members. Unfortunately, this is often seen as 'nagging' and she may distance herself from you and others. Try attending alanon meetings, where you can learn to deal with your own anger, guilt, shame and other emotions, which may help you(not her).Family therapy. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I am a food addict?

Is there a way to know if I am a food addict?

Overeaters Anonymous: There is a set of self-evaluation questions on the oa web site at www.Oa.Org. Oa uses the same 12 steps as aa. It is not a "diet club, " but is an effective way out of the misery of compulsive eating. As one oa member described, "in oa i can face my stuff instead of stuffing my face.". ...Read more

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Am I allowed to go to an aa meeting with a significant other if i'm not an alcoholic?

Yes: Your can definitly go for support, what you need to make sure is that the meeting you go to is an "open" meeting and not a closed meeting which is for alcoholics only. ...Read more

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I have anemia and I am trying to see if there is a way i can find out what kind of anemia it is and how to fix it without it coasting me a lot?

I have anemia and I am trying to see if there is a way i can find out what kind of anemia it is and how to fix it without it coasting me a lot?

Go to see PMD: Go to see your pmd. You just need a few basic blood work and regular test for anemia to easily find out the cause of anemia. Pmd should be able to do it without the need to send you to see a specialist in majority of cases. The basic work up will not be expensive. If the case is more complicated then you will need to be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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I need help seeing if I am pregnant or not, it is kind of a long story I need to explain to someone.

I need help seeing if I am pregnant or not, it is kind of a long story I need to explain to someone.

See doctor....: See your gynecologist who can listen to your story as well as do testing to see if you are pregnant. Then, depending in whether or not you're pregnant, appropriate treatment can be rendered. So, see your doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to drink alcohol if I am going to the dentist?

Is it possible for me to drink alcohol if I am going to the dentist?

Maybe: Some patients self medicate with alcohol because of fear of the dentist. Suggest a consultation with a dentist to learn about alternative methods of dealing with the fear. I have had success with hyonosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I don't want to go to the university cause I have social anxiety knowing that it is about to start

What to do if I don't want to go to the university cause I have social anxiety knowing that it is about to start

Anxiety/avoidance: It is important that you speak to someone regarding anxieties and get treatment. You could call 1-800-273-8255 ( the suicide hotline), they can help you find help in your area for your concerns/ anxiety. Almost everyone is nervous in starting University it is a new phase in life- you are wise in noting it . Can also call Healthtap prime bet 9-5 and speak to a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm only a teenager, is it possible for me to have an heart attack!?

What to do if i'm only a teenager, is it possible for me to have an heart attack!?

Not like old folks: If you have progeria, the advanced aging syndrome, you might have a heart attack as a teen. You don't, so look to what causes chest pain for teens. Most have heartburn, which is a common term for the pain that happens at your stomach entrance from irritation. Caffeine, carbonated beverages, acidic drinks, spicy foods & occasionally viral infections can trigger this. Take some Tums & talk with doc ...Read more

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Is there a way to be sure I have an anxiety problem ? I've talked to my dr about it but he directs me in an condescending manner . If so , please help

Is there a way to be sure I have an anxiety problem ? I've talked to my dr about it but he directs me in an condescending manner . If so , please help

Here's a reference: to do this yourself: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html You might also check out depression, as anxiety comes along for the ride in 75% of major depression cases. In either case, you need to work with a mental health pro to guide you. ...Read more

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I need to know where and how to get an abortion without parents finding out and I was also wondering if it could be a quick thing to do?

I need to know where and how to get an abortion without parents finding out and I was also wondering if it could be a quick thing to do?

Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood is probably your best and safest bet, they have a longstanding good reputation.Also,since you are 18 and technically an adult, there's no reason your parents would have to find out unless you choose to tell them yourself.If you use the abortion pill option, it's about a 2 day process, with two different pills.There's also two in-office abortion procedure options-1 day procedure. ...Read more

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If I know that I'm going to be stabbed and can't avoid it, what is the best way to take it? hypothetically, this is for a story.

If I know that I'm going to be stabbed and can't avoid it, what is the best way to take it? hypothetically, this is for a story.

Into the stab-proof: Take it in the stab-proof vest, unless you're not wearing one. Otherwise, into the thick wallet in the left front jeans pocket, or into the iPhone in the right front jeans pocket, or into the little Bible in the left front shirt pocket,... or into that 4-inch wide rodeo belt buckle. Other than that, you're doomed. ...Read more