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QUESTION: Hello: how 'good' is it to pressure someone to do something like move across the country all alone, instilling fears in them because the person on the other end is going to die, rushing them, because someone i know is very impatient and has a bad temper, when this person suffers from anxiety? The father is not helping very much financially either, very minimally, promises to help but is reluctant to give them a lot of money. I know this sounds like i am criticizing but i am only wondering. I just wonder about the capacity these people have, both of them, it just isn't working. how bad/good is it to do?


ANSWER: People need to make their own decisions about their own lives and should not make decisions when pressured by others.  

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QUESTION: hi: this person their daughter is suffering from PTSD and anxiety from that, i mean fears. The answer may look obvious don't do it, but how bad is it to do this? I am a concerned relative.



First, you take care of yourself.  If you have the time, finances, health, etc., to help, then of course you help.  If not (which seemed to be the premise of the original question, since "pressure" in involved -- which implies you do NOT have the time, finances, health, etc., to help), then you decline.

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Daniel S. Harrop, M.D.


Dr. Daniel S. Harrop received his B.A. and his M.D., both from Brown, and his M.B.A. from the Edinburgh Business School, Scotland. Board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry, he is a past president of the R.I. Psychiatric Society and a member of the Committee on Medical Quality of the American Psychiatric Association and the Committee on Continuing Medical Education of the R.I Medical Society. He serves as a consultant to four of the top five major medical management companies, including OptumHealth/United Healthcare, Magellan Behavioral Health Services, ValueOptions and APS Healthcare, and maintains a private practice in Providence, R.I. He also serves as chief psychiatric consultant on the Medical Advisory Board at the R.I. Workers Compensation Court. He was formerly on the faculty at the medical schools at both Brown University and Harvard University.

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