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August, 2014

The person who has experienced a traumatic event

The person who has experienced a traumatic event An incident that makes a person fear for his life or causes him extreme distress is a traumatic event. There are different types of traumatic events: • Personal trauma. This is an incident that threatens a particular person, for example being raped, losing a loved one (bereavement), being a […]

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Things to remember when dealing with someone addicted to gambling

Things to remember when dealing with someone addicted to gambling • Gambling can sometimes become an addiction and damage a person’s mental and social health. • Even though gamblers rarely come forward for treatment, many gamblers do recognise that they have a problem. • Some gamblers may be depressed. • Education about the nature of the […]

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How to Stop Casino Gambling

How to deal with gambling  How to Stop Casino Gambling  Questions to ask the person who may have a gambling problem • Have you been gambling recently? What type of gambling do you do? • Have you lost time from work due to gambling? • How has gambling affected your home life? • How do you […]

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When to suspect gambling is a problem

When to suspect gambling is a problem You should suspect a gambling problem when: • a person has repeated problems with the police; • a person you know has begun to show signs of increasing poverty; • a person withdraws from old friends. Whenever you see any person with a drinking problem, also ask about […]

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Symptoms of Pathological Gambling

Pathological gambling and health Symptoms of Pathological Gambling  Pathological gambling can affect health in many ways: • Work is affected because a person has irregular hours and may sleep less because some gambling activities take place late at night. • Because the gambler cannot think of anything other than gambling, she can become irritable, suffer poor […]

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How does gambling become a habit?

How does gambling become a habit? Gambling is when a person bets money on a game where the key to winning is mainly based on chance. Gambling occurs all over the world, even though it is illegal in many societies. Common examples of gambling including betting money on horse races, card games, sports, lotteries and […]

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how to stop smoking cigarettes for free

Ways to cut down on smoking how to stop smoking cigarettes for free Here are some suggestions on how a person could cut down on smoking: • Decide to smoke only once an hour. Then start increasing this time by half an hour. • Make it hard to get a cigarette. Do not keep more than […]

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tobacco dependence treatment guidelines

tobacco dependence treatment guidelines Things to remember when dealing with tobacco dependence • Tobacco is an extremely harmful drug. Never ignore smoking dependence. • Tobacco users rarely complain of their habit as a health problem. You should ask questions of all people regarding their use of tobacco. • Educating people about the dangers of smoking may have […]

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How to deal with tobacco use

How to deal with tobacco use Questions to ask the person who uses tobacco • How often do you chew tobacco/smoke a cigarette? This will give you an estimate of the severity of the dependence. • How has the tobacco use affected your health? Ask specifically about breathing difficulties and repeated coughs. • Do you […]

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When to ask about tobacco use

When to ask about tobacco use You should ask everyone who comes to see you about their tobacco use. This is because most tobacco-related diseases occur only after many years. Thus, teenagers who begin smoking regularly will show signs of disease only when they are in their 40s or 50s. By then, it is usually too late to […]

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