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What are good discussion questions for family therapy?

What are good discussion questions for family therapy?

Ask about the dyads: Any question pertaining to the nature of the dyads in the family (one person to another) can be productive towards deepening the family therapy process. An example: "jimmy, tell us about how you and your mother get along these days." also, children can be extremely perceptive about the sources of family tension, so asking the kid(s) about their views on the presenting issues can be useful. ...Read more

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Provider discussion (Tip)

Ask your provider to refer you to an eye doctor for your yearly exams. ...See more

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What should you discuss with your healthcare provider before taking bromocriptine?

What should you discuss with your healthcare provider before taking bromocriptine?

Taking bromocriptine: Contraception because if you're being given this medication for galactorrhea with elevated prolactin you may start ovulating without realizing it. As about the time of day to take the mediation because it can be associated with nausia. ...Read more

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Which health care professional should I visit for ADHD evaluation?

Which health care professional should I visit for ADHD evaluation?

MANY OPTIONS: Pediatrician (if age appropriate), some general physicians, doctoral level cinical psychologist, neuropsychologist or a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Do you need a referral from your primary care doctor to see a gynecologist for your pap smear?

Do you need a referral from your primary care doctor to see a gynecologist for your pap smear?

Usually not: It can vary based on your insurance plan. A lot of patients use their OB as their primary care doctor. The reverse is true as well. A lot of primary care docs do routine pap smears. ...Read more

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Can a primary care doctor prescribe psychiatric meds?

Can a primary care doctor prescribe psychiatric meds?

Yes: Using medicines requires knowledge of doses, indications, adverse effects, and interactions with other medicines. ...Read more

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Should i go to primary care physician or to university counseling center for mental health care?

Should i go to primary care physician or to university counseling center for mental health care?

Counseling center: Will save some time, although you could consult with your physician if you want to go privately and want a referral. If there are medical issues as well as emotional ones, that might be a reason to consult with your doctor first. Otherwise, the counseling center will get you started in therapy sooner. Good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read more

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How can you best discuss mental health issues with your family?

With courage.: Some families are open and supportive of mental health needs. Other families wish to deny it. So hope for the best but don't be discouraged if your family's response isn't what you had hoped for. ...Read more

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Should you see an alternative healthcare practitioner if your doctor isnt listening to you about your health?

Should you see an alternative healthcare practitioner if your doctor isnt  listening to you about your health?

Yes and no: You should first of all find a new doctor who agrees with your philosophy of health and your health views. Alternative healthcare practitioners also have a role in healthcare but the ideal case involves the teamwork and expertise of both. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor refer a family to his affiliated physician's assistant?

Why would a doctor refer a family to his affiliated physician's assistant?

Team work: Physician assistants are trained to work as a team member with a physician. They are qualified to take care of stable conditions and also able to recognize when the physician should be called back in to address a problem. This allows the physician to spend more time with someone that has a less stable condition. This will become more of a necessity in the years ahead as we have fewer physicians. ...Read more

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Would volunteering at a ob gyn office be good for medical experience?

Would volunteering at a ob gyn office be good for medical experience?

Absolutely!: Well, maybe i shouldn't be so enthusiastic. After all, it depends upon why you want experience. If you want to see if medicine is a good career for you, then hanging out w/any physician should be a good experience. Of course, it helps if you volunteer in office w/energized physician who loves what s/he is doing rather than someone who's burned out! positive staff helps, too! good luck! ...Read more

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Would a pediatric doctor check minors for cancer?

Would a pediatric doctor check minors for cancer?

Yes: There are many signs pediatricians look for to check for cancer, including bruises, large liver or spleen, increase in the size of lymph nodes in the neck, etc. ...Read more

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Please explain who's the proper doctor you should see for ADHD diagnosis?

Please explain who's the proper doctor you should see for ADHD diagnosis?

ADHD: Typically either a neurologist or a psychiatrist, especially those who document that they specialize and are familiar with adhd diagnoses. For pediatric patients, school system can sometimes assist with finding appropriate practitioner. There are formal tests that can be done to assess for this. ...Read more

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Opinions on current health care options for sex workers?

Opinions on current health care options for sex workers?

Please clarify: What are you really asking? About insurance? Sex workers need routine care from a good trusted family physician that knows about STDs and screening for HPV related cancers. One who can provide appropriate birth control as well. ...Read more

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Ask a doctor for free chat online?

?: I don't understand your question. What do you want to do? If you have a medical question, just ask it. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on nurse practitioners as medical providers?

They are valuable : I don't think they should practice independently . They don't have the training to "replace" mds . We have too many professionals "practicing medicine" now days. I understand there are "shortage"and we want "options". ...Read more

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Can your primary care physician give you the abortion pill?

Can your primary care physician give you the abortion pill?

Yes and no: A doctor can prescribe almost any approved medication, but a doctor wants to be sure he himself or another doctor nearby can take care of any follow-up needs or complications that might occur after a patient uses a medication. Also, doctors can choose which conditions they want to take care of, so many primary care doctors refer pregnancy-related issues to the nearby ob-gyn doctors. ...Read more