Patient discussion about family

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Q. United happy family but now...

We are a united happy family with married brothers, sisters and their families. Our father died when he was suffering from Bipolar1. Now one of my sisters is diagnosed as Bipolar II. We are afraid that our family happiness will vanish soon. Please let me know about the difference between bipolar1 and bipolar11 and what the treatments available are?
A1Hey pete,
Any family that is dealing with Bipolar disorder will have some difficult and trying times. you obviously love your sister so just be patient and supportive to her. Encourage her to take medications as perscribed and encourage her to get theropy, I think these steps are invaluable to a person with bipolar. Bipolar ii is less severe than bipolar 1. Bipolar ii is usually free of the hillucinations etc... However is still very serious and needs to be treated appropriately.
I hope your family stays strong through all your struggles, with the right support and theropy/meds and the love of her family your sister should do well in learning to manage the illness...
A2I do not know the different classifications of these disorders. I suffered from episodes of severe depression for many years. The Anti-depressive medications did not help. I was starting having manic episodes about every 3 years. They got worse each time until the last time I ended up in the psychiatric hospital. Since then I have been on some new medications: Resperidol and Lamictal. I had been taking Effexor for years so the doctor kept me on that. I would like to know what medications are taken by other bi-polar 1 patient.
A3No, I didn’t because I have been diagnosed with bipolar 1 with hypomania & my diagnosis was released to my employer by kaiser yet I am still employed as an lvn 30years. The chief of Psych. Kaiser Riv. Ca J. Witkowski released that diagnosis, but failed to diagnose my ptsd. Had Kaiser not contracted out with another hospital that stopped shock tx? DR Chief is been reported for abuse to pts and is pending state hearing but is now moved up in my company as an administrator at Kaiser Riverside Ca.

Q. Most of my family members are suffering from some disorder.

Most of my family members are suffering from some disorder. I doubt it as bipolar. Is bipolar disorder a family problem?


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Q. As family members could we make him stop drinking?

Our father who is 45 yrs old is an alcoholic. As family members could we make him stop drinking?
A1SET UP AN INTERVENTION WITH SOMEONE FROM A REHAB,in your town, alcoholics anonymous 800#..for information.....good luck
A2I am very sorry to say ‘No’. It is important to know that an alcoholic needs help to stop drinking, but no one can be forced to accept the help, no matter how hard you try or what you do. It is also important to know that family members by themselves cannot provide the help that an alcoholic needs. An alcoholic needs the help of people trained to treat the disease.

Q. My family doctor has suggested to go on a diet.

Do you hate food? Your answer will be ‘NO’. So I am not shy to say that I love foodie. But the fat in the food loves my body even more. I have put an immense amount of weight and my family doctor has suggested to go on a diet. I feel deprived though I know that a diet is necessary for me.
A1GOD BLESS YOU...I HAVE BEEN SMALL ALL MY LIFE..SO I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS TO TRY TO LOOSE WEIGHT....but in do know that it is killing alot of people,keep doing what you are doing,you will get there.....the hardest part for you will be seeing all the junk.,that is out there....i often the people who make this in themselves..or give it to there children?..peace...mrfoot56
A2I have some more chocolates in my kitchen which tastes so good. Do you need that? If so how can I send it to you Elizabeth? lol. I do not think diets are all that bad. I think you have to be creative as your diet is concerned. I went to the supermarket yesterday and got a veggie burger and a salad instead of fries and a glass of water with a lemon and it was pretty good. I by no means got this by choice it was a matter of health, I recently found out my cholesterol was well into the 300’s which is really bad. I started getting used to the stipulated portions that a diet requires. And yes, I get very creative with my food. In three weeks I have lost 9 pounds and am now eating whatever I want.
A3p.s here is something you should no;;;;diet plays a big part in breast cancer...the disease is rare in japan,because they have a low fat diet...japanese women living in the united states,and eating an american diet have the same rate of breast cancer as american women---tall,heavy women have more breast cancer than short thin ones---breast cancer is more common among women who have previously had non-malignant cysts and tumors removed from their breast...mrfoot56

Q. ) Hello everyone…..breast cancer is genetic to my family as my mom had one surgery.

Hello everyone…..breast cancer is genetic to my family as my mom had one surgery. I know I am also on the risk but I am having migraine and I have been told that this reduces the impact of breast cancer….how come? Any clues?
A1You may not have inherited it from your mother. Your father's DNA matters just as much.
A2"It is too soon to make any judgments about a possible causal relationship" as it said in the article. but the study is a nice idea and should be investigated more.

here is an article about the study:
A3Yes it is indeed found through some study that a migraine reduces the chances of breast cancer. The reason given was that as high levels of estrogen are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and women who suffer migraines appear to have low levels of the hormone, which may account for the reduction in breast cancer risk.

Q. is cancer genetic? if one in the family has/had cancer does it reflects on the other family member's chances?

AUnfortunately yes… some types of cancer have a clear genetic tendency, that means that if your mother had breast cancer- your chances to having it too is 10% bigger then anyone else. this is why if you know there’s a cancer tendency in your family, you should take even more care then others. Lower risks, get checked more often…that kind of things.
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