What are the symptoms of schizophrenia? My teenage daughter’s behavior has become strangely erratic. I’m scared because schizophrenia runs in my family. Is it possible I’m doing something to make the situation worse?
Life Changes Q&As
I’m a worrier, and the problem is getting worse. I’ve heard people talk about “anxiety disorders,” but I don’t know what that means. How can I tell if my worry is normal or if I have an anxiety disorder? And what should I do?
What does depression look like? My husband has been unusually withdrawn and seems emotionally “low.” His sadness has become a regular part of life in our household, and I’m concerned. What can I do?
What is bipolar disorder? I’m worried about my son. He’s showing symptoms of depression or some other mental illness, but I don’t know enough to be sure. If he is bipolar, does he have any hope of leading a normal life?
What exactly is a narcissist? I’ve always assumed this is just a popular way of describing an extremely egotistical person. But lately I’ve heard the word used as a technical term – as if someone could actually be diagnosed with narcissism. My spouse is very self-centered, and his behavior has hurt our relationship in many …
How can we help ease the transition of moving our aging loved one into a full-time care facility? I’ve heard of something called “transfer trauma,” but I don’t know exactly what it is or how it’s likely to affect my mother. Can you give me some idea of what to expect?
What can I do to establish and maintain an effective relationship with my doctor? I’ve had some pretty lousy experiences in the past, but I’m having some health problems and I know I shouldn’t put off getting the attention I need. A friend just told me about a new doctor that I’m considering seeing. What …
What can I do when the task of caring for my aging parent leaves me feeling tired, discouraged, confused, and torn in several different directions all the time? I guess I didn’t realize it at first, but this is an exhausting job! I’m already burned out! How can I survive without losing my mind?
Is it ever a good idea to use retirement accounts to fund projects? My husband and I recently retired, and we need some financial advice. We’re both artists, and we’d like to convert our garage into a studio. The projected cost is $10,000.00. Should we use funds from our CDs or tap into our 401(k)s?
How do we find the medical and social services we need in order to care effectively for my elderly father? He recently suffered a paralyzing stroke, so we’ve brought him home to live with us. Needless to say, we’re desperate for some outside assistance. Where should we look?