Month: May 2018

Navigating Mental Health with your Teen [Mental Health Awareness Series#4]

I have teenagers. I get it. No one tells them, anything, ever, because they know it, all. Cue eye roll, sigh, sad shake of the head; isn’t mom dumb? But the funny thing is that we are still their case managers, their guides, the prime decision maker when it comes to their health, and mental …

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Ask Aviva #21: If my dentist can’t deal with my wisdom tooth, who can?

Dear Aviva, My husband has a dental problem. The dentist does not want to deal with it because it requires a serious operation of the wisdom tooth. In the meantime; it is continually painful with a recurring infection that has a bad odor. How can we locate a professional and capable dentist who can help? …

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Navigating Mental Health in the Elderly [Mental Health Awareness Series #3]

Apparently, doctoring octogenarians is pretty unpopular in the medical community. That means that there are very few medical experts in the field who specialize in the unique healthcare of those over 70. How do I know this? In addition to spending my free time reading medical literature, I happen to be coordinating a study for …

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Navigating Mental Health in Young Children [Mental Health Awareness Series #2]

A few weeks ago, I posted an Ask Aviva question about getting permission for a certain medication for a nine-year-old child with bipolar disorder. My answer addressed how to get permission, but one reader was shocked that a nine year old had been diagnosed with bi-polar. “Get a second opinion!” this reader advised, their underlying implication …

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PPD: What Does It Mean? And How Do You Diagnose It? [Mental Health Awareness Series #1]

  To quote myself in a post after the tragedy in Jerusalem: “Post-partum depressive order, which includes anxiety, panic, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, are also technically considered post-partum if they are diagnosed within four weeks of delivery. However, most providers agree that if an incident occurs within one year of delivery/pregnancy, it’s post-partum related.” Statistically, 1 …

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Ask Aviva #20: How do I ask my doctor a follow-up question after the appointment?

Dear Aviva, I have a follow-up question for my family doctor after our appointment last week. Can I call, or write him somehow?  Is this a thing in Israel or you need to make another appointment and go in person? Sincerely, On Hold in Haifa   Dear on Hold, Aah, the quandary of the follow-up. …

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Ask Aviva #19: Can I establish advanced health directives in Israel?

Dear Aviva I receive your newsletter and have a question. How does one in Israel establish advanced health directives in the case of cognitive impairment, DNR orders and so on? I am very ill with a number of significant health problems but my situation is quite stable. My wife’s health is very good. We have …

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