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Doctor insights on: Activities For Mentally Disabled Adults

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How can I help my mentally disabled brother?

Be a brother: People like your brother may be neglected, and may be ridiculed. You can resolve to spend time with him and try to find out what makes him happy. If someone gives him a hard time, talk nicely and say, "He is my brother. He has trouble with things, but he is nice. I know you didn't mean to..." If that doesn't work, report this as you should. Generally, you're the best gift you can give. ...Read more

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Why do mentally disabled people sometimes hit themselves?

Why do mentally disabled people sometimes hit themselves?

Gene > brain >: behavior is studied by translational research. OMIM, a genetic database, lists 1,077 molecular genetic defects that cause Intellectual Disability, often moderate-severe, +/- Autistic Spectrum Disorder with Self-Injurious Behavior in their Neurobehavioral profiles. SIB used by a non- verbal person to avoid situations or attain desires often responds to behavioral therapy +/- medications. ...Read more

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If a person is severly mentally disabled who will help them get care?

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Mentally ill: Hopefully h/her guardian, caretaker or family member. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being mentally handicapped and mentally disabled?

What is the difference between being mentally handicapped and mentally disabled?

None. Both are lay : terms for Intellectual Disability (iD). ID is defined as having a measured IQ< 70 with concomitantly low scores in pragmatic, social & self-help adaptive skills before age 18. The level of these skills can fall in the mild, moderate, severe or profound range. Developmental Pediatricians search for the interaction of genetic, biological & environmental factors contributing to an individual's ID. ...Read more

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Please tell me who is eligible to open a home care facility for the mentally disabled?

Please tell me who is eligible to open a home care facility for the mentally disabled?

Check with state: Each state has its own licensing and certification processes for things like this. You need to check with your own state's licensing office to find out what qualifications you and your workers need to have. ...Read more

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How do I get my mentally disabled 5 year old child to go to bed?

How do I get my mentally disabled 5 year old child to go to bed?

Not an easy task: Have you discussed this with your doctor and or a behavior therapist? I do not think there is a short answer to this....Understanding how your child sees things my help you find a strategy he/she can accept...Homeopathy and chinese medicine may also be very helpful by looking at the whole picture and finding the root cause. ...Read more

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Please help, what can I do to get my mentally disabled child to sleep?

Please help, what can I do to get my mentally disabled child to sleep?

There is help: There are many possible answers to this question, but i need more info

how old is your child?
What have you tried?
What used to work that is failing now?
What is your child's condition?

Have things changed in your child's life?
Is s/he on meds? (which ones?). ...Read more

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What does it feel like in the mind of someone who is mentally disabled?

What does it feel like in the mind of someone who is mentally disabled?

Mental trip?: At this juncture in time, no one knows what it feels like in the mind of a mentally challenged person. The brain is incredibly complex and science is only beginning to understand some processes/functions inside it. So, i cannot tell you how it would feel because we just don't know much/enough. There is always ongoing research, so stay tuned. Good luck finding the answer. ...Read more

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Does a mentally disabled patient's family & doctors have the right to make decisions on their behalf?

Does a mentally disabled patient's family & doctors have the right to make decisions on their behalf?

Guardianship: If they have been found legally incompetent to make these determinations then a guardian is appointed, who acts on the individual's behalf. Sometimes this is a family member and at times can be someone appointed by the court. Usually this occurs because the individual does not recognize the illness. Only in an emergency can the doctors act without the okay of the patient or legal guardian. ...Read more

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Is a regular IQ test the standard specialists use to measure the intellectual ability of a mentally disabled person or is there special IQ test?

Is a regular IQ test the standard specialists use to measure the intellectual ability of a mentally disabled person or is there special IQ test?

IQ testing at its: best requires individual testing using a test called the WAIS as opposed to a booklet and answer sheet. This is what Disability Boards typically require. The claimant needs to go to a doctor approved to do this by the board. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a child be mentally disabled if the mother has had measles in her past?

Might it be possible that a child be mentally disabled if the mother has had measles in her past?

Depends on situation: If the mother had rubella during the pregnancy of the child that child may be deaf/unable to speak & or mentally handicapped.If the mother had measles in the past, it would not have any effect on a future pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm so clueless of alot of ideas but I don't know where to start getting rehab, counseling, psychiatrists cuz I'm a mentally disabled 36 female w/son.

I'm so clueless of alot of ideas but I don't know where to start getting rehab, counseling, psychiatrists cuz I'm a mentally disabled 36 female w/son.

Finding a doctor: Don't worry, you can find a great doctor near you. Contact your insurance provider and find out what doctors are "in-network". If you need help to get insurance, you can call your city or county health department. You can also google physicians near you and make arrangements with them. Good for you for seeking out therapy to help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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My in laws think my 3 month old might be mentally disabled. They say he has low muscle tone. Are there things I can try to test his muscle tone?

My in laws think my 3 month old might be mentally disabled. They say he has low muscle tone. Are there things I can try to test his muscle tone?

Low muscle tone: I can't stress how important it is not to listen to everyone's opinions about your baby. Three month olds do not have great muscle tone. In addition, Low muscle tone does not imply any child is "mentally disabled". If you are concerned about your child speak to your pediatrician . ...Read more

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Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

Nearly all gone: Separate institutions for mentally retarded (or seriously mentally ill) individuals have nearly vanished in the U.S. Those with mr have quite different needs, depending on the severity of delay. People with mild delays live at home as children and may live indpendently as adults. Adults with severe mr typically live in group homes. Life quality depends on quality of services, not location. ...Read more

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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...Read more

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How to evict adult child with mental problems?

How to evict adult child with mental problems?

Avvo.Com: I would like to refer you to avvo.Com which is a legal site. It will enable you to obtain information from a lawyer in your area for free. ...Read more

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Do schools have to accommodate for disabled adults?

Do schools have to accommodate for disabled adults?

They try: Schools, and all public buildings, have to be designed to accommodate physical disabilities as set forth in the americans with disabilities act. Schools for adults are not required to accommodate for learning disabilities but most do to the best of their ability. Ask a school what office you should talk to for your disability and they will tell you what help/accommodations they can provide. ...Read more

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What is the adult group home for the mentally ill called?

Group Home: Some are transitional group homes. Some are called group homes for mentally challenged. Don't know of another generally accepted term. ...Read more

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What mental illnesses am I at risk for as a disabled person?

What mental illnesses am I at risk for as a disabled person?

Feeling Blue...: Being 'disabled' doesn't raise your risk of mental illness as a whole; generally speaking. However the severity of your disability may lead to a "depressed" state of mind and that can lead to clinical depression if not addressed. ...Read more

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What do you know about a residential care facility for the mentally ill adult?

Ther areseveral of: Them around you have to check out and see for yourself. ...Read more

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What activities can I do with my family to help me emotionally as a disabled person?

What activities can I do with my family to help me emotionally as a disabled person?

Communication: If you are diabled, communication becomes very important. You need to tell your family what you enjoy & you need to know what they enjoy. You need to plan how your disability affects the things they enjoy a minimize & they need to plan accordingly to help you enjoy things your like to do and same for things you all like and would llike to do together. Communication is hte key. Keep lines open. ...Read more

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Mentally retarded adult males and sterilization? Back to days of the titicutt follies?

Mentally retarded adult males and sterilization? Back to days of the titicutt follies?

Hope not : Hopefully there are no more facilities such as bridgewater state hospital or we'll have to rely on mr. Wiseman to expose such crude treatment of people. Male sterilization on someone not competent to sign consent has his conservator or guardian hopefully making the right decision for them. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be mild mentally handicapped and how can it affect me as an adult?

What does it mean to be mild mentally handicapped and how can it affect me as an adult?

Lower IQ: Mild mental handicap means having cognitive or learning abilities that are lower than average for your age. One can help by trying to learn as much as possible about how to manage your daily life and handle your family and/or job. Often helpful to seek personal counseling and help with seeking employment , social services, ways to improve yourself. ...Read more

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Does polyphagia during exams when there is increased mental activity make u gain weight?

Does polyphagia during exams when there is increased mental activity make u gain weight?

Eating too much.: The extra calories you’re eating in this context, a process we might generalize as “stress eating” is not offset by any extra calorie expenditure. So in the long run, all things being equal, this can contribute to weight gain if it happens often enough. ...Read more

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Is it true that masturbating less (for adult males) helps you be more mentally focused and driven?

Is it true that masturbating less (for adult males) helps you be more mentally focused and driven?

Huh?: Interesting observation. If you're obsessed with masturbating i guess it'll interfere with focus and drive. But there is no physiologic or neurologic reason for this. ...Read more

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Is it true that adults need at least 1 hour and 30 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week?

Is it true that adults need at least 1 hour and 30 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week?

Physical activity: It is often recommended that adults get this amount of moderate exercise per week. vigorous is good if the person is conditioned. ...Read more

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Are teen or adult mental illnesses because of being traumatized as a kid?

Are teen or adult mental illnesses because of being traumatized as a kid?

It doesn't have to. : I use the following mnemonic to organize factors that influence health for a lifetime: gulch.

G-genes
u-uterine environment
l-life (particularly early life) experiences
c-choices
h-health related habits

via myriad mechanisms, these factors determine if, when, and to what extent your diseases play out. ...Read more

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What's a good way to mentally prepare for sport activities?

What's a good way to mentally prepare for sport activities?

Visualize!: Get psyched by visualizing you performing your sporting activities! when i mountain bike, i visualize the trails before riding, think of issues ( rocks, grade), before getting there so i can mentally see my path and shift to a lower gear more quickly. Visualization is a most important technique! ...Read more

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What are some activities for adults that improve social skills?

Therapy: Is a start. You could also check out dale carnegie courses or toastmasters in your area. ...Read more

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Is there mandatory mental health screenings for children and young adults?

Is there mandatory mental health screenings for children and young adults?

No there are not: No there are no mandatory mental health screenings for children and young adults. Why do you ask? ...Read more