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Does breastfiding help for depression and anxiety ?

Does breastfiding help  for depression and anxiety ?

No: But it may help you feel closer to your baby. Please talk to your doctor about medications that are safe during breastfeeding. ...Read more

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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How to help raise awarness for self harm?

How to help raise awarness for self harm?

Speak to a doctor: Any awareness of feelings about hurting oneself should be followed up immediately by seeing a mental health professional. If it is easier to first talk to your family doctor that can be the first step. In an emergency you can go to the hospital or call 911 Remember treatment works and you shouldn't have to be alone with thoughts about self harm. Get help before you act on such thoughts. ...Read more

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How can I self medicate for depression?

How can I self medicate for depression?

Please don't: Self-medicate for depression. Visit your doc for an exam and one medical problems are ruled out you can see a mental health professional. A nutritionist or natural doc can help you also. David burns book "feeling good" is an excellent self-help tool. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some good self improvement books for teens?

Can you suggest some good self improvement books for teens?

Yes: Depends on what you intend to improve... Some of my favorites include The Five love Languages by Chapman: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective teens: Almost anything by Joyce Meyer...If you can be more specific, there are other books I can suggest. Self improvement really comes from loving yourself and others... ...Read more

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How does self-efficacy help one to deal and cope with an illness?

Greater control: The more you feel in control of a situation, the easier it is to cope. This is why asking questions and reading to understand can be so helpful. ...Read more

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What therapy techniques might a psychologist use for acne related self esteem issues?

What therapy techniques might a psychologist use for acne related self esteem issues?

Look beyondyour skin: Hard to assess how severe the acne is as you have also listed OCD as a problem, suggesting that you may amplify the condition in your mind.But a therapist would first make sure that a dermatologist is on board w you.Next, a thorough assessment of what you want out of life and how you are going about getting it would help you to put the focus back on achieving the goals that are meaningful to you. ...Read more

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Is a therapist necessary for bipolars? Well, is it? Or do meds alone work? Thanks for your help...

Is a therapist necessary for bipolars?
Well, is it?
Or do meds alone work?
Thanks for your help...

Good idea: Pts who do both generally better--pts with bipolar disorder often have problems with self confidence self esteem & compliance--i've been treating bipolar pts "since christ was a corporal" and i recommend therapy and also suggest they bring a relative or close friend to their appointments with me. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for an anger management self help book that is recommended by psychologists and easy to read?

What do you recommend for an anger management self help book that is recommended by psychologists and easy to read?

A few: "the anger management sourcebook" by glenn schiraldi & melissa kerr; "the cow in the parking lot: a zen approach to overcoming anger" by edmisten & scheff ; and "the dance of anger" by harriet lerner (talks about anger in relationships, especially). ...Read more

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Will levothyroxine help for erectile dysfunction?

Will levothyroxine help for erectile dysfunction?

No: Levothyroxine is used for thyroid dysfunction, and the evidence suggests it is *not* effective for erectile dysfunction (ED). Methods more in line with treating ED are: Viagra, Cialis, Stendra, Levitra, (vardenafil) and their generics, all of which are prescription-only medicines. If you’re interested in any of these, it might be worth contacting your health care provider to determine your suitability to take ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter help for someone with underactive thyroid?

Any over-the-counter help for someone with underactive thyroid?

No: There is no over the counter medication or nutritional supplement that can replace thyroid hormone. Beware of anyone who tries to sell you something to "support" thyroid function. ...Read more

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Does treatment for depression also help with bulimia?

Does treatment for depression also help with bulimia?

Talk therapy - yes: I can't imagine a talk therapist that wouldn't work with you on both issues. I also don't know of any depression medication that would have an impact on bulimia patterns. It might be possible that with the depression relieved, the pattern of bulimia might decrease on its own, but i think cbt would be the best way to learn how to change those behaviors. ...Read more

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What medication is best to take for anxiety, depression, insomnia and to stop constant thoughts about suicide and self harm (counselling was no help)

What medication is best to take for anxiety, depression, insomnia and to stop constant thoughts about suicide and self harm (counselling was no help)

Lithium may help: SSRI are usually used for the symptoms you describe, however, SSRI may increase suicidal ideas. Lithium has shown to decrease suicidal ideas in depressed patients. Talk to a Psychiatrist about this treatment. ...Read more

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What's a good way for us to help people with depression, anxiety or other mental illhealth?

Be supportive: If you have any friends or family with a mental illness, be supportive. It is also important to educate yourself on the illness. Nami is a support organization for mental illness and can be a good resource for education and awareness. ...Read more

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How to get help for your bipolar disorder, once and for all?

How to get help for your bipolar disorder, once and for all?

Work w/psychiatrist: Bipolar disorder can be challenging, but a good psychiatrist can treat you effectively with medications and supportive therapy. You will need to take medications as prescribed, and follow up regularly. You'll also need to avoid alcohol and other substance abuse, and maintain a consistent sleep and wake schedule. Healthy eating and exercise patterns will support your recovery also. ...Read more

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Can a psychiatrist help me get over shyness / lack of confidence without taking meds?

Can a psychiatrist help me get over shyness  / lack of confidence without taking meds?

Possibly: Yes, a psychiatrist with expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy would likely be able to help you, as would a psychologist with these skills. Psychologists do not typically prescribe meds, psychiatrists do. ...Read more

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Self care tips for vitiligo.

Vitiligo care: Two things that are important to do for a person with vitiligo: 1. Protect skin from sun exposure. Areas of vitiligo have no melanin to protect them from damaging sun rays. Also a sunburn can cause new areas of vitiligo to appear. 2. Protect skin from trauma. Just like sunburn, trauma (scratches, etc) can cause vitiligo to appear on normal skin. This is known as koebner phenomenon. ...Read more

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How to help for chronic depression?

How to help for chronic depression?

SOULD BE ABLE TO: A medical examination is a reasonable start to eliminate physical causes like hypothyroid. Once physical causes are ruled out, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology are the next step. Start with doctor, follow with psychologist and or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Home remedies for anxiety and depression don't want pills help?

Home remedies  for anxiety and depression don't want pills help?

How about----: deep breathing exercises (not hyperventilating) but nice, slowly paced, relaxing exercises? How about a relaxing massage to release muscle tension from the face, shoulders, arms, and back? How about soothing natural sounds or music which go well in a darkened & quiet spot? There are apps on iphones and ipads which are FREE for all these things. There is transcendental meditation? Yoga. ...Read more

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