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Should cancer survivors consider getting life insurance?

Should cancer survivors consider getting life insurance?

Personal choice: Insurance companies have rules about issuing policies to patients with history of cancer. It usually involves higher premiums and depending on how recently the person was treated for cancer, insurance may be denied. ...Read more

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Introvert coping techniques for big party besides boozing it up?

Introvert coping techniques for big party besides boozing it up?

Party game: Hey, introverts like parties too! they just don't participate in the same way as extraverts do. Perhaps what you're concerned about is anxiety. If so, here's a quick tip: you can't feel anxious unless you're thinking about yourself. So, think of your focus or attention as a hot potato. As long as you keep it on someone else you won't get burned. ...Read more

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25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

Not necessarily: I am a neurologist and to my knowledge your description of things is not sufficient to diagnose Asperger syndrome though certainly some features may be present. Other things should also be looked at and ruled out. I would be happy to help direct you in this regard. Write me-www.healthtap.com/DR-Saghafi ...Read more

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What's a life coach's role?

Achieve goals: A life coach helps a person identify and achieve personal goals. They help their clients alter perceptions about beliefs that seem to limit them. They also help their clients develop strategies and action plans that will help them achieve their goals. ...Read more

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Are developing and maintaining relationships essential to living a happy life?

For most: There are some people who are true loners. However, for most of us - our lives are enriched by sharing it with others. ...Read more

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Is sex necessary for happy life

Is sex necessary for happy life

Happy life: Sex is not a necessity for a happy life. There is a lot more than sex in a happy life. Sex is just one component. There are many happy people that do not actively have sex. ...Read more

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Is a sex addict capable of real love?

Is a sex addict capable of real love?

Jury is out: Sex addiction is a concept that has significant controversy. Many would say that, untreated, the sex addict cannot form a relationship with the commitment that is generally accepted as part of true love. Many would also agree that counseling would better the chances of overcoming this condition and achieving patterns associated with love. ...Read more

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Does music help you achieve(/motivate towards) your life goals?

Does music help you achieve(/motivate towards) your life goals?

Yes: There are many things that facilitate learning and stimulate brain development. Music, Reading, Exercise, Looking at art, conversations with others, writing. Achievement of life goals is helped by all of these but the rest is "showing up". Take each day and live it, show up for classes, activities, social activities. Meet people, get to know them. Build friendships, share your life. ...Read more

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Are all relationships spiritual or emotional rewards?

Are all relationships spiritual or emotional rewards?

Relationships: Our relationships offer us endless opportunities to grow and evolve. This may not always feel pleasant at the time. People tend to choose each other for unconscious reasons, and then struggle over issues that are sensitive to both. The most mutually satisfying relationships provide love, trust, connection, and affection that extend over time, no matter what stresses are also going on. ...Read more

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What might b good way 2 approach spouse addiction 2 internet(OBSESSED w news&posting on political msg boards)w/o making him defensive&angry?PLZ HELP!

What might b good way 2 approach spouse addiction 2 internet(OBSESSED w news&posting on political msg boards)w/o making him defensive&angry?PLZ HELP!

Alanon? Therapy?: Many discover that there is little we can do to change others. It is hard enough to change ourselves! You can find possible support at an Alanon meeting or from a psychotherapist. Then, you might find the voice to use to invite spouse to help you with your problem. I know this sounds backward. It's not. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is enjoying porn a mental disorder or can perfectly normal people enjoy porn?

Is enjoying porn a mental disorder or can perfectly normal people enjoy porn?

Porn: As you can see, different professionals may have different opinions. From my experience and orientation (see my profile) use of porn is counterproductive and detrimental to the marital bond and is an unhealthy way to promote sexual union. ...Read more

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Is poverty or being jobless a major life stressor?

Is poverty or being jobless a major life stressor?

Yes: Many life events are considered major stressors. Poverty, loss of job, change in job, moving, divorce, marriage, death of a loved one, and more... These can affect people in ways that leave them feeling powerless, helpless, paralysed.. Please see a good counselor to evaluate your stress ...Read more

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Is celibacy a healthy life style since it's peaceful, relaxing & stress free?

Is celibacy a healthy life style since it's peaceful, relaxing & stress free?

Sex is not important: to everyone. Some people are more at peace with celibacy but it might drive others a bit crazy. ...Read more

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I feel like i've ruined my life. I'm 29, live with my parents, no friends or relationship, no job. I'm home all day thinking about death. Help.?

I feel like i've ruined my life. I'm 29, live with my parents, no friends or relationship, no job. I'm home all day thinking about death. Help.?

CALL 800-273-8255: You have major depression which can be treated with medicine but takes time. If you are using medicine, call your doctor right now or if not. Have a trusted person take you to an emergency department asap. If there is no one call the national suicide prevention hotline, 800-273-8255. It is confidential. People will talk to you as long as you want to. Other option is to call 911 to go to hospital. ...Read more

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Can a neurotic have truly satisfying interpersonal relationships?

Can a neurotic have truly satisfying interpersonal relationships?

Relationships: Absolutely as most of us have a little neurosis contained in our personalities. Also neurotic behavior is based mostly on fiction and can be corrected if people are committed to doing so. Read the insightful articles regarding anxiety, stress and balance on the soundmindz.Org website. ...Read more

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Ocd messing up loving relationship any ideas how to fix it previous relationship love being pulled by ocd making life hard and making relationship har?

Ocd messing up loving relationship any ideas how to fix it previous relationship love being pulled by ocd making life hard and making relationship har?

Get in therapy: It sounds like these symptoms are ongoing and interfering with your life, but they are quite treatable. You haven't provided a lot of info, but it almost sounds like the symptoms increase in response to being in a relationship? If so, it could be that the OCD is an expression of some emotion -- such as fear, inadequacy, resentment, or anger. ...Read more

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Is life more worthwhile if you possess beauty or intelligence?

Is life more worthwhile if you possess beauty or intelligence?

What's worthwhile?: To paraphrase dorothy parker: beauty is only skin deep, but stupid goes clear to the bone. Personally, i think how you treat others is more important than how you look or how smart you are. ...Read more

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Get stressed watching cnbc and money channels, but want to preserve my retirement fund and manage money. Is ignorance bliss?

Get stressed watching cnbc and money channels, but want to preserve my retirement fund and manage money. Is ignorance bliss?

Get advisor: Get a trusted advisor (financial planner, accountant) to do the day to day worrying. Check in with them frequently for updates. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I am feeling so lonely. I'm afraid i'll be alone forever. Is life worth living?

Absolutely it is!: Many people go through these difficult periods and things seem hopeless and lonely, only to get out the other side of these rough times and have happy, great lives! your life is always worth it. If you are even thinking about harming yourself, please see someone immediately. You are only 32 and have great life ahead of you! see someone as soon as possible to help you through this rough patch. ...Read more

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I can't take life anymore, I don't even want to live. Not worth trying?

I can't take life anymore, I don't even want to live. Not worth trying?

Suicide hotlines: Passive suicidal ideation such as felling like not wanting to live is common in depression, and depression is very treatable. Seek a psychiatric or psychological evaluation and see a medical dotor to rule out possible medical causes. If suicidal ideation perisists or becomes intense or starts involving plans go to er or call a suicide hotline. Florida hotlines & national: http://cpancf.Com/artic. ...Read more

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I feel at war with myself. One minute I can be perfectly happy, and the next I feeling like life isn't worth living. I don't know what to do?

I feel at war with myself. One minute I can be perfectly happy, and the next I feeling like life isn't worth living. I don't know what to do?

Recomend starting: with a medical evaluation by your primary care provider to search for any medical causes. Working with a therapist may be very beneficial. Depending on eval - medication or referral to a psychiatrist might be indicated. ...Read more

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I have ADHD and dyslexia, but have never taken any medication for it. I've been fairly successful in life but wonder is it worth trying the medication?

I have ADHD and dyslexia, but have never taken any medication for it. I've been fairly successful in life but wonder is it worth trying the medication?

Perhaps: If the diagnosis of adhd was made by a qualified neuropsychologist, then medications can definitely be helpful. Their potential benefits and side effects should be explained to you. ...Read more

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I'm on chantix n i'm filling really depressed n filling like life not worth living is this normal ?

I'm on chantix n i'm filling really depressed n filling like life not worth living is this normal ?

Chantix RISKS: I completely agree with dr. Berkowitz. I have treated several patients who have become suicidal and one who became homicidal while on chantix. I strongly discourage any of my patients with mood disorders to take chantix. Please tell your prescribing provider promptly. If you have suicidal thoughts please be seen asap at the nearest emergency room. Take care. ...Read more

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Can a person with depression be dependant for life to antidepressants? If that's the case what other threatments can be worth trying?

Can a person with depression be dependant for life to antidepressants? If that's the case what other threatments can be worth trying?

Possibly: If there is a family history of endogenous depression possibly but so much depression os exogenous that is caused by something many people can dosomethig to help themselves through change of job, couseling, medications, new friends, relationships etc many times change helps give a new perspective on life. ...Read more

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73 yr old male with vision in one eye.. Have cataract that is impacting life style. Is it worth the risk for surgery and is laser surgery preferred?

73 yr old male with vision in one eye.. Have cataract that is impacting life style.  Is it worth the risk for surgery and is laser surgery preferred?

Cataract Surgery Ris: Depending on other risk factors (length of eye: if very short; history of other eye, h/o trauma, diabetes, on aspirin, flomax, (tamsulosin) general health, etc) cataract surgery is generally very safe and recommended in monocular (have vision in 1 eye only) pts. LENSX/Laser intralase surgery is generally the best option as it decreases many post operative issue/risks. ...Read more

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Is the Slimfast diet worth trying?

Is the Slimfast diet worth trying?

Try this link...: HealthTap doctors are asked not to endorse commercial products, but the following link may provide some useful information to help you decide: http://www.webmd.com/diet/slim-fast-diet ...Read more

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Are GNC multivitamins worth taking?

Are GNC multivitamins worth taking?

Any multivitamin: Although healthy food has all or most of required vitamins , supplement is advised with presumption of inadequate in take of vitamins. All vitamins tablets ( or capsules ) are same unit for unit, the cheep over the counter ones or the expensive hyped up advertisement ones. Over use will have side effects. ...Read more

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Are childbirth classes worth taking?

Are childbirth classes worth taking?

Yes in many cases: It is usually worthwhile to orient yourself to what will happen during your birth experience and have some coping mechanisms or plans on how to handle labor. This can ease anxiety and tension when it is time to deliver. ...Read more

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Are whitening strips really worth it?

Are whitening strips really worth it?

Yes and no: In order for whitening strips to work you need to apply them for many days however some patient become sensitive and they would have to stop. ...Read more

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Are vitamins worth taking?

Are vitamins worth taking?

Maybe: I advise my patients on vitamins by using this analogy: vitamins are like your car insurance; you hope you never need to use it but it's nice to have when you do need it. If one always eats a variety of foods, 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, low saturated fats and high fiber, then one probably does not need vitamins. That being said, i recommend one multivitamin daily. ...Read more

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Is it worth while going to a chiropractor for the pain of sciatia?

Is it worth while going to a chiropractor for the pain of sciatia?

Sciatica: Chiropractic does play a role. Before you go make sure you are fully evaluated by an md. ...Read more

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Are air jordans worth the price?

This isn't the kind: of question that HealthTap was designed for. This site is for health information. ...Read more

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