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What could happen to my physical state as a caregiver?

What could happen to my physical state as a caregiver?

Caregiver drain: This can be both physical or emotional. It is important to take care of yourself, so you can continue to care for those you love. Make sure and get enough sleep, give yourself breaks, and try to keep things in perspective. It is important to tell the patient's physician about barriers you are encountering, as they may be able to recommend support services or medical interventions. ...Read more

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What can I receive from a doctor as a disabled person that I could show potential employers?

What can I receive from a doctor as a disabled person that I could show potential employers?

Disabled Documents: I'm not sure you need to show potential employers anything, since this would imply discrimination on the basis of your disability and that is against federal law. If you're trying to explain your limitations because of your disability, that would seem proactive on your part and i'm sure a prospective employer would appreciate your disclosure. First be sure the job is something you can do. ...Read more

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What's the relation between anexity and depression? Can someone have them both? Is there a certain alerting symptoms as a must to see a therapist. I am concerned about my mental and emotional health and stuck in a country that doesn't really support seek

What's the relation between anexity and depression? Can someone have them both? Is there a certain alerting symptoms as a must to see a therapist. I am concerned about my mental and emotional health and stuck in a country that doesn't really support  seek

Anxiety & Depression: Anxiety & depression can occur together in the same person. Also, chronic anxiety with no relief can lead to depression. Some of the ways people try to medicate themselves for anxiety (alcohol, marijuana, etc) can lead to depression. Antidepressants like celexa, zoloft, (sertraline) and others can help anxiety. Sounds like seeing a therapist would be good idea for u -- and if suicidal, it's an emergency. ...Read more

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What effects does long-term (many years) unemployment have on a persons mental state? What can be done to reverse it or re-establish good self-esteem?

What effects does long-term (many years) unemployment have on a persons mental state? What can be done to reverse it or re-establish good self-esteem?

Unemployment is: Hard on self esteem and depressing. It is important to find a way to fill your time productively . Sometimes volunteer work can lead to work. Even if it does not it can give you a sense of purpose or help you explore new kinds of work. It also helps to speak with a therapist to help you explore options and keep searching for work. Consider going back to school on scholarships as well. ...Read more

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A dementia pt may show separation anxiety when friend gets ready to leave. Would this be a reason for the friend to be prevented from visiting?

A dementia pt may show separation anxiety when friend gets ready to leave.  Would this be a reason for the friend to be prevented from visiting?

Separation anxiety: People with dementia need companionship and love just like anyone else. How upset does this person become? Is s/he being treated well and loved by others than the friend who visits? Losing one's ability to remember and process daily events is frightening -- it may not be just "separation anxiety" going on. Mental health consultation can be done in nursing homes, and this may be needed here. ...Read more

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What can I do for a child who gets headaches from spinning in dance class? Is there something she can do to avoid this from happening?

What can I do for a child who gets headaches from spinning in dance class? Is there something she can do to avoid this from happening?

Learn to spot: Dancers keep from getting dizzy by learning to 'spot'. This is a technique where the eyes are focused forward for as long as possible during a spin, then rapidly turning the head to focus in the original spot. Ask her dance teacher to work on this with her, and consider having a visual acuity exam with an optometrist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of injury, non-skin related, would cause a person to be put in a body-cast?

Can you tell me what kind of injury, non-skin related, would cause a person to be put in a body-cast?

Body Cast: A body cast (hip spica cast or spica cast) immobilizes the hips and thighs of child to allow for healing. ...Read more

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How can I use my health tap answers in court for an example to why something caused something else, as a possibility?

Legal question: You can ask this question for free on-line at avvo.Com for legal advice. I don't think it is a good idea - that is what medical experts are for. Medical information provided on -line as a public service does not replace a comprehensive evaluation or an expert witness. ...Read more

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What is my rule as a sonographer when i see a patient with sign of domestic violence (abuse)?

What is my rule as a sonographer when i see a patient with sign of domestic violence (abuse)?

Document what you: saw in writing. Fax it confidentially & urgently to her doctor, stating your concern that the pattern of injury may be compatible with non-accidental trauma. Save your fax report & call her doctor's office to confirm receipt. ...Read more

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Why does your arm or leg "go to sleep"? I'm curious - what causes a persons limb to go to sleep. I imagine it has something to do with a persons circulation, but i've never been given the exact answer.

Why does your arm or leg "go to sleep"? I'm curious - what causes a persons limb to go to sleep. I imagine it has something to do with a persons circulation, but i've never been given the exact answer.

Pressure : Pressure on a nerve or pressure on a blood vessel will make a limb "fall asleep" a nerve has blood vessels on it and the acute pressure affects the circulation to the nerve. The nerve cells also are sensative to pressure as deforming the cell membrane interferes with the cellular chemical reactions that transmit the nerves electrical signals. The article i reference below gives a nice more detailed answer as well. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the name for the mental disorder where a person feels the need to be "in power"?

Could you tell me what is the name for the mental disorder where a person feels the need to be "in power"?

Controlling persons: Not enough info to be accurate but usually Narcistic Personalities as well as Sociopathic Personalities as well as those with OCD can have as their symptom constellation controlling/need to be 'in power.' It is also important to distinguish whether the 'power' is coming thru manipulation or domination/force and intimidation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is the right time to get a new mental health counselor ?

Can you tell me exactly when is the right time to get a new mental health counselor ?

Trial period: It is important that a patient have a good rapport with their counselor.The first few visits are usually about gathering information and getting to know you. After that time period, the counselor should start going into therapy mode. If after that time you still are not connecting with the therapist, you could discuss with them about the need for a change and get their recommendations. ...Read more

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I can't sleep without someone next to me. Is this a mental condition?

I can't sleep without someone next to me. Is this a mental condition?

Possibly: If you lived in an unsafe environment, your sleep issue might make sense. In the absence of safety issues, it may represent a learned behavior, dependency needs or if with a constellation of other symptoms - a possible mental health issue. ...Read more

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Post traumatic stress disorder I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, 2 times in my life by henry ford hospital. If i go to a doctor, or therapist i'm sure there will be a third diagnoses. What can I do to help me move through this.

Post traumatic stress disorder I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, 2 times in my life by henry ford hospital.  If i go to a doctor, or therapist i'm sure there will be a third diagnoses.

What can I do to help me move through this.

Although : Although post traumatic stress disorder may resolve completely, it can also become more symptomatic with new traumas. The three main categories of symptoms are avoidance, reliving and hyperarousal. Avoidance is a hallmark symptom. You might want to avoid people, places, sounds, smells, events that trigger feelings or memories associated with the traumatic events. Reliving can take the form of nightmares or during the daytime you may have memories of old traumas, or feel like you are back there again. The most significant form of reliving is called flashbacks. These are vivid and the person actually believes they are back in their traumatic situation. It can be accompanied by hallucinations. Hyperarousal means that you may be more reactive. You may have insomnia, be irritable, your heart rate might sore as if you were about to respond to danger when it isn't present. The good news is that ptsd is treatable. You might wish to see a therapist who is experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) or cognitive processing therapy (cpt). Sometimes medications are indicated. Medical acupuncture is also used to treat ptsd. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens at a pain management clinic during a psychological test?

Could you tell me what happens at a pain management clinic during a psychological test?

Psychological Test: A comprehensive medical, family, and social history is performed. In addition, numerous questions are asked to get a complete profile of the patient. Once this information is available to the psychologist, he or she can then help patients develop to cope with their pain better in a more functional way as well as to learn physical biofeedback skills. ...Read more

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Have a lot going on being a caregiver&having some stressful life situations.Not depressed.Just need someone to talk to? What kind of the therapist?

Have a lot going on being a caregiver&having some stressful life situations.Not depressed.Just need someone to talk to? What kind of the therapist?

Many kinds: Of course, family and friends are often the first people to talk to. If you need more, there are many kinds of trained counselors and psychotherapists, any of whom would be fine for this. Many churches/temples, schools, and hospitals offer counseling too, often for free. It's impossible to make a more specific recommendation here; your 1st contact may refer you to someone more suitable. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my sister is an alcoholic and it has become a matter of life or death. can our family get a court order to have her committed in a facility?

Depends on state: All states generally have rules regarding involuntary commitment, but the requirements vary considerably state to state and even court to court. Generally, the person has to be clearly a danger to themselves or others, and some courts require that they be shown to be incapable of making appropriate decisions as well. I would strongly recommend getting a lawyer with familiarity with your laws. ...Read more

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Going to a family therapist today. What can I expect the interrogation to be like?

Going to a family therapist today. What can I expect the interrogation to be like?

Family Therapy: You should not think that way, it is not like going to court and therapist are not going to interrogate you you both have to go with a positive attitude and therapist will talk to yo both to get an idea of what the conflict is all about and come up with therapeutic intervention, which may help you both to resolve the problem good luck. ...Read more