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Forgetting how to spell the simplest words. Is this a mental condition?

Forgetting how to spell the simplest words. Is this a mental condition?

See below: Without an evaluation, both neurospsycholog, and medical it's hard to say what's happening to you. Please start with your primary care doctor, and take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is dysgraphia (whole words), forgetting things like a coworker's name, your own zip code, paying bills, etc, common in perimenopause?

Is dysgraphia (whole words), forgetting things like a coworker's name, your own zip code, paying bills, etc,  common in perimenopause?

Dysgraphia is a : specific learning disability that presents at school age. Signs & symptoms include, but are not limited to, illegible handwriting, inconsistent spacing, poor spatial planning on paper, poor spelling, difficulty composing writing & thinking & writing at the same time. Menopause can be associated with short-term memory & concentration problems, but not the long-term memory deficits you describe. ...Read more

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Is aspergers a curse or a blessing?

Is aspergers a curse or a blessing?

It's not magic: On the whole, it's probably a plus. Choose a sport that's about endurance / strength rather than coordination / teamwork. Say only nice things. Get guidance with social skills that others learn naturally. Focus on science / tech rather than comics / train schedules and you'll go far in life. If being alone / single is okay with you, you're extra-fortunate. Embrace who you are. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is the word fractured a medical term?

Is the word fractured a medical term?

Yes and no: It is used in orthopedic to dsecripe the status of the bone. A bone fracture is a medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone. It could be used also in other to discripe the same. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as a visual problem that you tend to skip a word when you're reading a sentence?

Is there such thing as a visual problem that you tend to skip a word when you're reading a sentence?

Probably not: When reading fast, or difficult material or when you are distracted, you may skip words. You would skip them consistently with certain retinal pathologies but this would be obvious and would affect all viewed in put. ...Read more

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What defines a learning disability as one?

What defines a learning disability as one?

Testing: Learning disabilities are formally diagnosed by psycheducational testing where someone with normal cognitive functioning scores > 15 points below their iq score in a particular subject. However, the term is used non-officially for someone having trouble learning a particular subject despite normal learning skills and reasonable effort. Some schools even use it for students who have general learnin. ...Read more

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Is mommy baby yoga a fad or something of value?

Is mommy baby yoga a fad or something of value?

Both: Although not scientifically proven, the stress relief and the exercise can not be harmful to the mom, her body and the pregnancy. Is it also a fad--sure. ...Read more

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Is necrophilia a real mental disorder or just stuff you see in the movies?

Is necrophilia a real mental disorder or just stuff you see in the movies?

Movie Stuff: Yes it is just about always movie stuff. However, people with severe mental illness can lose touch with reality and conceivably confuse what they see in the movies with what is real. Even in such a case, acting out such bizarre behavior would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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Cant spell. Is this a learning dissability?

Cant spell. Is this a learning dissability?

Maybe: A ld is a neurologic condition that interferes with a person's ability to read, write, speak, spell, do math or reason in spite of normal intellect. This definition from learning disabilities association of america. That said, many people can't spell correctly, but aren't learning disabled. Many doctors can't spell but aren't ld. Many (profession) can't spell but aren't ld, etc, etc., . . ...Read more

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I read one word niddm. Is it another word for diabetes type 2.

I read one word niddm. Is it another word for diabetes type 2.

Yes: Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (niddm) used to be synonymous with diabetes type 2. However, we all know type 2 diabetics who require Insulin so it is not a good description of the disease. The difference is that type 2 diabetes is not due to a lack of Insulin production but rather an inability to respond adequately to Insulin - so more Insulin is needed to overcome that limitation. ...Read more

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What is a speech language pathologist?

What is a speech language pathologist?

The American Speech-: Language-Hearing Association defines the scope of practice for Speech/Language Therapists at http://www.asha.org/policy/SP2007-00283/#sec1.5: They address deficits in Speech,the motor aspect of language;Resonance, pitch & vocal quality; Feeding & swallowing issues; Receptive &/or Expressive Language Delays; Deafness; Social Communication, etc. caused by a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders. ...Read more

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I'm wondering is handwriting your letters backwards a symptom of dyslexia?

I'm wondering is handwriting your letters backwards a symptom of dyslexia?

Dyslexia: Dislexia is a disorder of symbol identification. Reversing the orientation of letters is seen in some cases but is not diagnostic. It may be due to not consistently recognizing right or left. It can be seen in young children as they start to write words and letters, confusing them with b-d, p-q etc. It usually is outgrown by 4th grade but can persist into adulthood. ...Read more

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When a doctor uses the term elf-like facial features, is there a specific meaning?

When a doctor uses the term elf-like facial features, is there a specific meaning?

Elf: Many genetic conditions have typical appearances. Elf-like facial features can describe someone with williams syndrome. They have small upturned noses, wide mouth, small teeth with wide spacing. They also have characteristic starburst appearance to their eyes, making them look like they are twinkling. While this description is used to easily describe without details, it does not make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm a natural loner who enjoys solitude. Is this abnormal behavior?

I'm a natural loner who enjoys solitude. Is this abnormal behavior?

A good thing: Einstein called himself a "natural loner" but was wise and kind in addition to his tremendous achievement. Many loners are similar. Most of the happiness life gives comes from meaningful caring for others, and this need not include a lot of socializing. Different people's brains give them different preferences; not everybody is a party animal. If you're hurting no one, embrace who you are. ...Read more

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At what age a child speaks a language perfectly?

At what age a child speaks a language perfectly?

Difficult issue: Acquisition of understood speech and what you consider as "perfect" are separate issues. Most toddlers produce speech that is 50% understood by strangers at 2 , 75% at 3 and 95% at 4. Some blends and other issues can persist until school age. ...Read more

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What exactly is a nonverbal learning disorder?

What exactly is a nonverbal learning disorder?

Visual spatial realm: Non-verbal learning disorder is similar to visual perceptual disability. The problem is dealing with visual/spatial ordering, organization, problem solving, comprehension, sequencing or attention. Being unable to understand things in space and time, but having no problem in language (or verbal) based processing. Certain conditions have this as prime symptom such as turner's syndrome. ...Read more

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