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What can I do to help someone who is an alcoholic?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of al-anon for the families and friends of problem drinkers. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to convince an anorexic person to eat?

What would be a good way to convince an anorexic person to eat?

You can't. : You'll be in better position 2 help her/him by learning about anorexia & other eating disorders & by seeking expert help/support 4 yourself & other family members/loved ones. Check the "get help" page of website of the national assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders: http://bit.Ly/16crmyh. Call their helpline: (630) 577-1330. Understand that treatment 4 anorexia doesn't = just eat! ...Read more

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Is there a best way to suggest to an alcoholic to get help? Hard to watch someone waste away

Is there a best way to suggest to an alcoholic to get help? Hard to watch someone waste away

Several stages.: the first is to be able to have detachment/distance enough from behavior to say ones behavior is not working out. If there are NO bad consequences of the drinking (including weight gain, and some blood pressure elevation, arguments, conflicts) then there wouldnt be a problem. Mostly there are problems. MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING would be a way to NON CONFRONTATIONALLY draw attention to issues. ...Read more

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Is it wrong to go to an aa meeting if I am not an addict of any kind?

Is it wrong to go to an aa meeting if I am not an addict of any kind?

Motif?: Your motif for this is what matters, to support a friend or family member, absolutely, make sure it is an open meeting and not a closed meeting which is only for alcoholics or addicts. Just out of curiosity or to people watch, probably not, going into a field such as counseling or social work, maybe. Looking for some support for yourself, look online, there are 12 step meetings for many issues. ...Read more

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Please explain why people say it is bad to be an alcoholic?

Please explain why people say it is bad to be an alcoholic?

You can't be serious: Are you really serious? It is a serious addiction which can cause major liver, heart and neurologic complications leading to an early death. It destroys lives including those of family members who have to live with an alcoholic. ...Read more

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How to determine when someone is an alcoholic?

How to determine when someone is an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: The synonym cage is best indicator; c.........Cut down a..........Annoyed g..........Guilt e..........Eye opener. ...Read more

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How to determine if someone is an alcoholic?

Behavior: This biggest clue to a potential drinking problem is does the person continue to use despite negative consequences. Harm to their physical, mental or emotional health, or causing problems with work, at home, with other people. Then the denial that goes along with this; not seeing these as a problem from drinking. Defensive about their drinking, blame others for drinking. Can't stop at one drink. ...Read more

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What could you advice someone who is about to do a liver transplantation?

What could you advice someone who is about to do a liver transplantation?

Just one thing: Don't screw it up! it's a complex procedure nd requires all full attention and dedication on the surgeons part. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is possible for someone to have an ADHD brain?

Please tell me if it is possible for someone to have an ADHD brain?

Brain disorder: ADHD is a brain disorder. This biological disorder begins in childhood. To begin in adulthood if an individual idid not have symptoms as a child, it can be triggered by brain trauma or brain infections. Some medications can produce side effects mimicing ADHD ...Read more

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How to know is someone is an alcoholic?

How to know is someone is an alcoholic?

Depends: Some people with alcoholism are almost always intoxicated, lose family and friends, can't hold a job, and have every area of their life ruined by their drinking. Other people are very skilled at hiding it, drink alone and can still maintain work and family, but usually it catches up to them. It is less a matter of how much or how often people drink than what bad things alcohol does in their lives ...Read more

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What to do if i want to speak to someone regarding alcohol addiction treatment. What can I do?

What to do if i want to speak to someone regarding alcohol addiction treatment. What can I do?

If you are insured: You can call your insurance company and speak with an intake person who will give you referrals to both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs you can talk with an intake person and they will explain these types of treatment that they offer you could also make an appointment with a psychologist in your area who specializes in addiction. You can also search the internet for alcohol treatment programs in your area and call them anyone there would be very willing to talk with you about your concerns. ...Read more

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I know a friend who have Asperger and he is feeling down i would like to help him. Would it be an idea to talk to him about getting ssri ? Thanks

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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I know a friend who have Asperger and he is feeling down i would like to help him. Would it be an idea to talk to him about getting ssri ?
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Yes - talk is good: The real answer is "it depends". Perhaps all your friend needs is your company, shoulder & ear to share concerns. Unfortunately, it's tricky finding right ssri for each individual. Worse, ssris don't work for everyone. Even so, they shouldn't be dismissed out of hand but preferably used in conjunction w/professional counseling. But in the end, you can never have too many friends. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to convince someone to quit smoking?

What would be a good way to convince someone to quit smoking?

Difficult: Smoking is usually an addiction and as such it needs to be treated accordingly. Seeing a close friend or relative dying from consequences of tobacco smoking is probably the best motivator. Like an addict, the smoker will give you all kinds of excuses on why he or she cannot quit. ...Read more

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What to do with an extremely depressed person who refuses to go for help? Knows exactly what's going on around him..

What to do with an extremely depressed person who refuses to go for help? Knows exactly what's going on around him..

Suicidal?: Thank you for asking about your very depressed friend. If he is thinking of hurting himself, or wants to die, it is important to call the police. I know this sounds harsh , but you may be preventing his suicide. The police can take him to a psych hospital where someone can evaluate his depression and if his is at risk of hurting himself, they can keep him under a 5150 order. Please call, now! ...Read more

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How to know if I have an allergic reaction to alcohol?

How to know if I have an allergic reaction to alcohol?

Couple things: Couple things here-first of all, there are medications well know to interact with alcohol: 'disulfiram reactions'. Common one: Flagyl. I saw this on an airplane; little old lady was beet red after a mixed drink. No harm. Also some people develop nasal congestion - wicked stuffed up - trick is certain drinks bother them, and not others. Or simply exaggerated flushing, such as with Rosacea. See MD. ...Read more

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My brother is an alcoholic. How do I talk to him about it?

My brother is an alcoholic. How do I talk to him about it?

The Addict: The addict brain leads to self centeredness, denial, dishonesty, and minimization. It will do no good to talk during a time your brother is intoxicated. Offering a frank and honest appraisal of what you see him doing or living like and how you feel about it is a good beginning. Not reacting to anything that sounds like a lie or a minimization may help. Do not appear judgmental. But, concerned. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a loved one is an alcoholic?

How can I tell if a loved one is an alcoholic?

Daily drinking: If a person feels a need to drink daily, that is a signal that there is a problem. The cage questioneer can also help. Do they feel a need to cut down on their drinking? Are they annoyed when you say they drink too much? Do they ever feel guilty about their drinking? Have they used an eye opener drink in the morning? Answering yes to one or more of these may indicate a problem. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is possible to have an accidental relapse?

Please tell me if it is possible to have an accidental relapse?

Not usually: Relapse is usually a conscious decision.Start working harder on your recovery program. Attend 12 step meetings, read recovery literature, discuss your problems with someone else in recovery. Improve your spirituality. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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