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Losing Someone In A Dream
Probably: I am sure this has happened to more than one person, it can be very traumatic specially if this person was apparently healthy and his/her death was unexpected. ...Read more
It depends: There are many forms of coma. With light coma the patient can be aware and remember everything that occurs around him. In deeper forms they may be aware but do not remember. In very deep forms there is no awareness or memory. It is very difficult for even highly trained observers to judge the level of coma. No specfic test is definitive. Assume they are aware until proven otherwise. ...Read more
Anything possible: Anything is possible but it is not likely. ...Read more
Several possible: Hearing voices in one's head would be auditory hallucinations, which can come with many types of problems. Psychotic depression; bipolar d/o with mania; schizophrenia;, schizoaffective d/o; brief psychotic d/o;, psychotic d/o related to medications or other medical conditions; drug intoxication or withdrawal; and some others are all possible. See a psychiatrist for evaluation and assistance. ...Read more
Unusual: Typically one's dreams are creations of the mind and do not come true. However, prophets, seers and others who believe they have extra sensory powers believe they can predict the future, and that information is often purported to be given to them through dreams states. Who knows clearly how our minds and senses work? I am not one to dismiss your claim. ...Read more
Probably not: Although there could be mental illnesses associated with that experience, it is, in some form or other, pretty common and probably not caused by a mental illness. In psychiatry, we call this kind of emotional experience transference - emotions that the doctor role (caring, competent, etcetera) evoke, more than a response to how joe doctor or jane doctor is as a person. Uncomfortable not unusual. ...Read more
Likely yes!: I can answer this from personal experience. I spent months in an ICU on a ventilator and i was in a coma for part of that time. I heard a lot more than anyone imagined! believe me, i could write a soap opera. Always assume that someone in a coma can hear you. Talk to the person as if they can, and put your mouth close to their ear. Don't let anyone make you feel silly for doing so! ...Read more
Lost many loved ones, all I see is death or people dying rehashing how they died, in a explosion, in a fire, life is not good, not sleeping or eating ?
Does a bipolar know or realise that he is having a mental disorder, especially in a manic episode?
Yes or no: They may or may not have the insight/ perspective to be aware that they are manic, hypomanic, mixed state or depressed. ...Read more
Remember dream vs no: Dreaming occurs in a later stage of sleep called rem (rapid eye movement) sleep. The stages occur in cycles throughout the night & rem sleep begins relatively short during the first cycle & gets longer with later cycles. Remembered dreams are usually later in the night right before waking. Many people dream & do not remember the dreams partly because they are earlier. Sleep study will show stages. ...Read more
Can someone born with a hole in their heart, who has lived into their early 30s, die suddenly from this condition?
Sudden death: One of the risks of defects in the heart is that of embolism from the venous to the arterial system which can cause stroke or sudden death. This can happen at any age. If the hole is large enough to cause cardiac mechanical or electrical dysfunction, sudden death could also be a risk. ...Read more
Yes: There are many causes to a vegetative state. Stroke is only one of them. In addition the stroke may be ischemic, i.e. Interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain (usually a small area in the brainstem) or hemorrhagic, i.e. Pressure on several areas of the brain from a large hemorrhage. ...Read more
Is it possible for a mentally disturbed person (perhaps in a state of shock) to feel the presence (mentally & physically) of an imaginary person?
This is totally not : my area of expertise, but I have always found it fascinating. "Mental illness" comes in many flavors. When you say "shock" I don't think you are referring to the medical definition, but perhaps derealization or depersonalization. If I am correct, then absolutely, a person in that state can painfully experience that as a hallucination, part of psychosis. TLE seizures cause Shadowman phenomenon too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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