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Why is it important to keep being social when I have a disability?

Why is it important to keep being social when I have a disability?

We are human: Human beings are social beings. We are healthier when we have regular contact with others. Many studies support the fact that in general the more social we are the healthier and happier we tend to be. Living with a disability can be very challenging and can sometimes be isolating. It is important to maintain social connections to stay healthy and avoid depression. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard for people with hydrocephalus to get a job?

Why is it so hard for people with hydrocephalus to get a job?

Call 800-993-8982, : NY's agency that implements the Americans with Disabilities Act 2008 revision through the ACCES-VR program. Functional limitations vary greatly in people with congenital or acquired hydrocephalus. Companies can't ask about or deny employment because of a disability, if a person can otherwise do the job. If they have 15 or > employees, they must grant all requested reasonable accommodations. ...Read more

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I cannot seem to focus on a task unless I am stressed, could this be adult add? I know this may seem like an organization issue, but currently at work, and in the past at university i seem to have this problem: it is extremely difficult to stay focused

Certainly: Add is not just a disease of kids. It is a genetic variant, and is present in adults. One characteristic of add in kids and adults is that strong emotion helps to focus attention resulting in last minute heroic efforts that are suddenly easier to begin and carry through.. Go online-there are innumerable sites that offer various check lists of symptoms and "tests". Then check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Who is qualified to decide whether someone really needs a nose job? I have a friend who is really obsessed about his nose shape. I keep telling him that is it not so bad. I meet people with much more serious problems. I think it is more of a psychological

Who is qualified to decide whether someone really needs a nose job? I have a friend who is really obsessed about his nose shape. I keep telling him that is it not so bad. I meet people with much more serious problems. I think it is more of a psychological

Your : Your question is actually quite complex and the answer is not always an easy one. The process of finding a physician to perform nose surgery is a personal one. What one person sees as a problem may not be obvious to anyone else but a trained professional so it is important not to superimpose your own feelings on someone elses situation or motivation. With that said, every board certified (american board of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery) facial plastic surgeon is trained to identify patients with body dysmorphic syndrome, unrealistic expectations or personality traits that may lead to poor outcomes for both physician and patient. Remember that most patients seeking changes to their appearance do so for self esteem enhancement...Not vanity... They are making changes for themselves... Not to please others. The physician develops a relationship with the patient and understands the motivation behind the surgery as part of the surgical work up... If there is a real anatomical issue and good motivation then the procedure usually proceeds but there are many times when a physician may not feel that the desired surgical goals of the patient are warranted or realistic and surgery is declined... I hope this helps -bwc. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have felt tired and confused your whole life, unable to maintain a social and professional life?What does it mean and what can be done?

Is it normal to have felt tired and confused your whole life, unable to maintain a social and professional life?What does it mean and what can be done?

No, not normal: It's very painful and limiting to feel tired and confused your whole life -- and many possible things could be causing or contributing to this. The best way to get solid answers to your questions, would be to see your own physician for a general health checkup -- and also a psychiatrist for an evaluation of your concerns. Help is possible, once learning what's really going on with you. Be well. ...Read more

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I feel uncomfortable talking about this because it is hard to admit that I need help with my focus, I'm always procrastinating, not paying attention to detail at work. Also, I have the same problems in life and relationships I have always known tha?

I feel uncomfortable talking about this because it is hard to admit that I need help with my focus, I'm always procrastinating, not paying attention to detail at work.  Also, I have the same problems in life and relationships

I have always known tha?

Counseling: I suggest getting getting screened for adult attention deficit disorder by a certified psychologist and additionally, a comprehensive physical examination to rule out any underlying medical conditions, ...Read more

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Have been wanting to say something to therapist and doctor for a long time but each time I can't, is it acceptable to write or is this too weird ?

Have been wanting to say something to therapist and doctor for a long time but each time I can't, is it acceptable to write or is this too weird ?

No, Not Weird.Honest: This is the age of e-mail and it shouldn't hurt to ask if you can send them something that way.That may start a meaningful conversation. If you don't have e-mail then you could use handwriting and take it or send it to the doctor and therapist.It's too bad you don't feel comfortable talking face to face,but that happens.The important thing is to settle whatever issues you have. With anyone, really ...Read more

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For a long time now I have been having trouble being able to concentrate less and not being able to focus on things that involves my career worried?

For a long time now I have been having trouble  being able to concentrate less and not being able to focus on things that involves my career   worried?

? Stress: sometimes stress, depression or other mood problems can cause trouble with concentration Make sure in addition to working on stress you are getting adequate sleep, eating well and eating healthy can help. If you have other concentration problems, other symptoms or do not improve with attention to healthy habits an evaluation by doctor or consult with therapist could help. ...Read more

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I can hear sound very well but I find it difficult to actually understand what is being said. I have to watch a person's lips to understand them.

I can hear sound very well but I find it difficult to actually understand what is being said.  I have to watch a person's lips to understand them.

Hearing loss: often starts with being able to tease sounds apart from each other (conversations with background noise). get an exam to make sure it's nothing external (earwax!!) and then a hearing test. ...Read more

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What do you do when you have a bi polar child who is very smart but the school is singling him out as trouble?

What do you do when you have a bi polar child who is very smart but the school is singling him out as trouble?

Get an IEP or 504: If your child has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder then he has by definition a medical illness and requires special help in school. You need to request that the school obtain an evaluation for special services, including an iep or 504 plan. Iep stands for individual educational plan and entitles your son to get special services as set by meetings with his teachers. Either way you need to ask. ...Read more

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Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Consider Depression: The dividing line between "normal" exhaustion as address by dr. Brown, and the neurotransmitter depletion that results in depression is a very blurry one. Any mammal that is under chronic stress may become depleted in 3 to 6 months and then show the signs of depression. An evaluation by your primary care physician or a mental health professional would be a good idea. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have borderline when sme is still able to think about how to hide selfaflicted injuries and tortures best ?

Is it possible to have borderline when sme is still able to think about how to hide selfaflicted injuries and tortures best ?

Yes: Borderline in my opinion may be the worst of illness one can have because by virtue of the disorder they rarely if ever seek help. In an ironic way they get relief with there behaviors and those closest to them suffer the pain reguardless of what they do you seek therapy yourself the damage that a borderline does to those around then is often profound psychologically. ...Read more

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What is the reason for me to keep loosing focus when I am trying to study as well as forgetting it so quickly?

What is the reason for me to keep loosing focus when I am trying to study as well as forgetting it so quickly?

Study tricks: One key to successful study is to think of the fact intended to be remembered and to immediately tie it to an image that suddenly pops into mind. It does not matter what the image is, even if it is not socially correct. Another trick to embed the fact as a remembered thought is to repeat it in the mind, as a thought, rapidly in several successions. Successful remembering can be rewarding & fun. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia. Because this condition is not very prevalent outside us, my family thinks its an excuse to not work. How do I cope up.

I have fibromyalgia. Because this condition is not very prevalent outside us, my family thinks its an excuse to not work. How do I cope up.

Fibromyalgia: Perhaps if you find pertinet articles, check out fibromyalgia support sites, and read or share the articles with them they may see this is a real illness. Also your local doctors may be able to help your family understand as well. Best. ...Read more

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How to become a fast learner? If i don't feel the motivation nor the interest in what is being explained then i tend to not grasp fast what is said.

Sleep and diet: Get an adequate amount of sleep. Eat a balanced breakfast. Try to review the material to be covered the day before the lesson to make it easier to follow. ...Read more

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Can a person with only slightly above average intelligence make it to Medical School? I really want to be a doctor but im not a genius

Can a person with only slightly above average intelligence make it to Medical School? I really want to be a doctor but im not a genius

Hare & tortoise.: Do you remember the old fable of The Hare and The Tortoise? The tortoise was not the fastest, but was walked steadily through the race and was not distracted. The faster bunny, goofed off and didn't pay attention and lost the race. True with any field of study. Very smart people who don't study don't pass. People less smart, can with regular, persistent study can no more than most and do well. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and at this age you can imagine how important this is for me and i feel rather embarrassed asking but why is my genitalia so small will it grow?

I'm 17 and at this age you can imagine how important this is for me and i feel rather embarrassed asking but why is my genitalia so small will it grow?

Small Genitals: This phenomenon may be a condition that can be treated with hormones. I am very happy you were brave enough to bring us this question. May we encourage you to get to a good pediatrician or urologist to determine what they can offer to help you normalize or feel normal. ...Read more

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What is it called when you get physically tired in social situations but when you're alone you have a lot of energy?

What is it called when you get physically tired in social situations but when you're alone you have a lot of energy?

Anxiety defense: Provided there is nothing physiological going on, I wonder if being tired in social situations is a defense against anxiety in social situations. Ask yourself, does the mere thought of crowds raise your anxiety? How do you experience crowds? How long have these reactions been going on? These questions are best explored with a competent psychologist, after medical phenomena have been ruled out. ...Read more

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What to do if it is so hard living with a woman that gets depressed and has migraines. What to do?

What to do if it is so hard living with a woman that gets depressed and has migraines. What to do?

Take care of you too: Make sure you have "you time" when you get a break. Hydrate well, eat a healthful diet, try to get 8 hours of sleep, stay physically active and do things to bust stress. The better shape you are in mentally, physically and spiritually - the better you are equipped to take on challenges. Take care. ...Read more