Patient discussion about lead

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Q. Does lead harm fetuses?

A1Lead is highly teratogenic. it affects the fetus Central Nerve System - the CNS. and unfortunately the fetus is very sensitive and absorbs the lead from the mother body. therefor damage to the fetus is higher then to the mother, that means she can be unharmed and the fetus can be affected. because the CNS is built throwout the pregnancy (after the 18th day) it can do damage if exposed at that time.
i hope i'm not the bearer of bad news...
A2I would have liked more information on how it hurts fetuses. Is lead a teratogen?
A3lead has been found to cause birth defects,it hurts everyone.

Q. What are the chances that chronic depression leads to schizophrenia?

Someone close to me has been battling depression for 17 years now. She is doing a good job, has held on to a demanding job for 4 years now. Though her performance at work are highly erratic. Periods of poor apathetic performance interspersed with periods of high performance. She shows symptoms of chronic depression, withdraws from social life, has low energy, can spend days in bed, is messy etc. She's on medication too. I fear that the next phase will be schizophrenia
A1Sometimes if you forget to take your medication, you can have bad days. It could be from not getting enough sleep, something stressful going on in personal life, job stress, some big change. There's a long list....
I am not an expert on depression, but I don't think it leads to schizophrenia. Not exercising can certainly lead to other health problems. Everything can go into the death spiral if you just ignore everything and quit taking care of yourself.

You mentioned this was about a friend. So maybe, you have to do what a real friend needs to do. Some people will not help themselves and will let others do everything for them. If that's the problem, saying NO may be just the thing to get them to do things for themselves, like they should be doing. So if you are babying your friend, then maybe that's not really in their best interest. I don't know what's really gong on in your situation. So my suggestions could be way off. Its impossible for me to understand it with just the few w
A2no it cannot develop into schizophrenia that’s not possible. it doesn’t work like that.
She probably needs assistance with affairs of daily living; if you are battling depression, you can't keep the house clean, and if you live in a pig sty, it's even harder to battle depression. If you could come in, straighten things up, do some laundry, cook a few meals, it would really do a long way towards making her life tolerable. Don't just jump in and take over, though; she's already suffering feelings of impotence.
A3she should start to reduce medications slowly but surely and check weekly her psychiatrist. too much drugs pumps out the last little life she has. give her my story to read please, so that she can perhaps find some ideas or open herself more towards you.

I am the manager of the topic "depression" and "bipolar-disorder" because i was asked by iMedix to do so. so contact me whenever you want and i will do my best to coach you and your friend.

this is my personal story - believe it or not:

http://www.pulsarsystems.ch/lixurion999-EN.pdf

PS: I am sorry for the English - online-translation from my German original document.

Q. What are the leading causes of depression and anxiety in women today?

Females suffer from anxiety and depression at twice the rate of men. In fact, mental disorders such as anxiety and depression are the leading cause of disability for women. What are the leading causes of anxiety and depression in women? Please provide as credible sources as possible. Thank you.
A1I know from experience, hormones. When I was on birth control it made me nuts - anxiety and panic attacks. Mood swings and crying over nothing. Many of my friends have also experienced this on BC - and some who were never on BC started taking it and it balanced them out. So I really believe that hormones play a huge part. Also thyroid problems too.
A2Premenstrual Problems, Pregnancy & Infertility, Postpartum Depression,
Perimenopause & Menopause;
Sexual & Physical Abuse; Relationship Dissatisfaction. These are some leading causes, but not all.
This website source explains the leading causes of anxiety and depression in women and what can be done to help those who suffer from depression and anxiety:
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_women.htm

Q. What are the factors which may lead to depression in a person?

A1How an individual handles stress on the job and at home.
How an individual handles family and health issues.
How one deals with grief.
How one deals with their anger.
How one deals with guilt.
Hom much you exercise or do physical activities.
How well you sleep or get rest.
How one deals with tragedies, accidents, or misfortunes.
Basically in a nutshell, how one copes with whatever situations occur.


A2there are no concrete causes to depression. but generally you can devide them to 3:
Biochemical - people with depression have physical changes in their brains. The significance of these changes is still uncertain but may eventually help pinpoint causes.

Genetic - depression is more common in people whose biological family members also have the condition.

Environmental - environmental causes are situations in your life that are difficult to cope with, such as the loss of a loved one, financial problems and high stress.


A3A depression may enter a person due to many reasons like (1) Due to intake of some medications like beta blockers which are used to treat high BP. (2) Due to any dispute with any person, basically friends or family. (3) Due to any physical or emotional abuse (4) due to death of any loved one. (5) Due to event like losing a job or income. (6) Aloofness from the society (7) any serious and major illness. These are the possible well known reason for the occurrence of depression in any.

Q. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later.

My elder daughter was diagnosed with autism and I look out for information on raising a child with autism. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later. I need help.
A1Hi there. Mellou here. I have a 19 yr old son that has autism. Yes I believe that children can be taught to live a independant life. My son attends a Independant Living Center to learn how to be self sufficiate and so far he is learning alot. It is just taking awhile for him to get at it and do it.
Hope this helps you hon. Good luck
A2I had autism when I was 5yrs old, but with a lot of medication and help, I can now communicate. I am top in my class and now working in a company. Really, my parents’ hard work helped a lot to achieve the success. Now I am in my 20 and my life is going well. Good luck for your daughter, she will get well soon.

Q. Eczema tic itching leads making his skin reddish and abraded.

My brothers eczema is very vulnerable to allergens. In spite of steps taken to eliminate this we have not succeeded much. His medicines do not help him. They cannot cure this immune disorder. They have started showing some side effects. His fight for eczema tic itching starts again once he stops his medicines. Eczema tic itching leads making his skin reddish and abraded. If any diet can help then please guide?
AThough food can also trigger eczema symptoms. Thus you must avoid cow`s milk, eggs, shellfish. Avoid dusty areas, pollution. His doctor would have told about the allergens to be avoided just follow them. You can also make him have raw food. It’s said that they help reduce on the return of the symptoms. Use anything as natural as possible, like soaps, clothing and anything which is unnatural. This will help for the eczematic impact to reduce.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OUi3KAUCog&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/v6OUi3KAUCog_eczema_tips?q=eczema&feature=player_embedded

Q. Can regular exercise lead to vitamin deficiency?

I am regular with my exercises every day. I don’t like to miss on my exercise. But I do miss on my food. I always take a healthy and good diet. But I fear of my vitamins and energy getting drained due to exercise. Can regular exercise lead to vitamin deficiency?
A1Yes, as I know you supplement your diet with vitamin C. This is reduced when you exercise extensively. And its recovery helps in muscle formation. Excessive body heat and sweat loss during the exercise can reduce the blood plasma levels of vitamin C. Have balanced diet along with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Drink 8-10 glasses or more of water every day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSaH5Sod18c&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/vbSaH5Sod18c_diet_nutrition__best_absorb_vitamin_c_supplements?q=diet%20with%20&feature=player_embedded

A2vitamins no, but minerals yes. working out means sweating and drinking a lot of fluids. this can cause a mineral deficiency. any way, any exercise needs a good nutrition on the side. there is no way your body will be able to build itself without proper nutrition right? so try to avoid missing meals.
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