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Poor self image: I don't remember how many teens I have seen over the years who want me to clear up their acne for prom --in 3 days--. All of us feel vulnerable at times and those who have an ld feel more vulnerable than those teens because it sets them apart during a period when they are building self concept.A sense of vulnerability may lead to isolation & desire to avoid additional exposure to failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Anxiety can exacerbate problems with learning because it can interfere with attention and concentration. People can become anxious about anything, including being in a classroom or responding to a teacher, so an anxiety disorder can make those experiences harder to bear. Anxiety probably does not cause a learning disability, though learning disabilities can contribute to anxiety. ...Read more
Not structural: Functional vs. Structural/anatomic is a dichotomization that used to be popular but getting outdated. It used to be that if there is no detectable brain lesion, then a disease is considered "functional". For example, brain tumor is not a functional disorder while depression is. Advances in brain imaging technology increasingly show structural changes in all brain disorders. ...Read more
Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?
Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more
No: Whether aromoatherapies have any major benefits is a topic for someone else to discuss, but they certainly do not cause--or help--learning disabilities. There is no suggestion that they have any impact on brain structure or function, and learning disabilities definitely result from parts of the brain not functioning as we would like them to. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes!: Loss of interest, withdrawal, isolation are some of the common symptoms of depression that have an evident effect on one's social life. Sense of worthlessness, inadequacy and low self esteem, are other symptoms that clearly affect one's social skills. In contrast, self confidence characterises socially skilled individuals. ...Read more
I am experiencing impulsive or reckless behavior, socially withdrawn, impaired social skills, compulsive behavior, emotional problems and personality changes.
Recommend assessment: You have described a lot of symptoms that could potentially affect your life and/or that could get worse if not addressed. There are ways to manage those symptoms, but it is important to be assessed by a mental health professional (psychologist or psychiatrist) who can help you to figure out what is causing those symptoms and how to best address them. ...Read more
Cured no,control yes: Their are many medications for epilepsy. Many forms of epilepsy! you need a neurologist to determine clinically and usually with the help of an eeg monitor, not just a one time reading but one that is worn perhaps for a week or longer, and perhaps brain imaging studies. Neuro-psychological testing by an experienced psychologist will help determine the specifics of ld and rx needed. Med rx for life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: This depends very much on the nature of his learning difficulites. There are some very specific learning problems that can be coped with more easily compared to a more generalized problem. If his learning difficulties are causing severe problems in multiple areas, then this would be a problem. The answer would also depend on your son's current age - if young, there is time to work on the problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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