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Why is ADHD considered as a disorder? Is it not more of a personality trait?

Why is ADHD considered as a disorder? Is it not more of a personality trait?

Disorder for sure!: Brain studies show differences between persons w/ & w/o adhd, particularly in the left prefrontal cortex. Nimh demonstrated that the brains of kids w/ adhd are 3-4% smaller than those w/o adhd. There is also evidence of differences in neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine & Dopamine (altho the differences are complicated). Adhd causes problems w/ learning, school performance & behavior. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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Is it true that depression is considered a neurological disorder?

Is it true that depression is considered a neurological disorder?

Yes, but...: All psychological/psychiatric disorders/symptoms are neurological in the sense that they are all expressed through changes in the brain and nervous system. In that sense depression is a neurological disorder. However, the difference between depression and say parkinson's disease or stroke is that in many instances of depression, talk therapy is effective. ...Read more

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Is it true that clumsiness is a disorder or a behavior?

Is it true that clumsiness is a disorder or a behavior?

Can be a symptom: Clumsiness could be a symptom of a neurological disorder. If a person has a medical condition which is causing damage to the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination and balance, then the person could be "clumsy" as a result of the condition. Most of the time, a person described as clumsy probably does not have a neurological condition, however. ...Read more

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Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Is it possible that it could be genetic as well?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Is it possible that it could be genetic as well?

Yes: There is definite evidence that there is a genetic predisposition for most children that have autism. Though far from specifically identifiable based on genetic tests. More often enzyme based vulnerabilities. More milage in looking at how to moderate the environment to avoid triggering the vulnerabilities. ...Read more

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Why is schizophrenia considered as a developmental disorder?

Why is schizophrenia considered as a developmental disorder?

It's not: Schizophrenia is considered a psychotic disorder -- a different category entirely from developmental ones such as autism and pervasive developmental disorders, etc. ...Read more

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Why is pedophilia considered a mental disorder but gerontophilia is not?

Why is pedophilia considered a mental disorder but gerontophilia is not?

Gerontophilia : While gerontophilia isn't formally classified as a specific mental disorder in dsm-iv, it is clearly a paraphilia and potential criminal behavior. There might be various underlying causes that need to be looked at when diagnosing this problem, but why it hasn't been included as a formal mental disorder may be more a result of its low prevalence rather than the actual reality of it as a disorder. ...Read more

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Is bipolar and depression a disorder or a disease there is no detail

Is bipolar and depression a disorder or a disease there is no detail

Bipolar disorder: They are referred to as disorders.If you google disorder vs disease you will find that some dictionaries distinguish between the terms, with disease indicating something caused by a virus or bacteria and disorder having to do with congenital or mental illness.Some, however, make no distinction and the words have essentially become synonymous in common parlance as well as in the mrdical literature. ...Read more

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Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Ill Personality: Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness and, while it is difficult to treat, it is treated primarily with psychotherapy and, sometimes, with added medications. Unfortunately, people with this disorder may not want treatment or think they need it. Often individuals with antisocial personality disorder are arrested because they have little or no regard for right and wrong. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an antisocial personalty disorder without being a psychopath or sociopath?

Yes: I consider "psychopath" to be a person with little to no conscious meaning that the person can exploit and hurt others freely and without remorse. Antisocial pd is a wider term for people (more men) who live in contrary way toward others and society (e.g. Break laws) but could still feel bad or want to change at some point. A portion of those with apd are also psychopaths. ...Read more

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Why is a schizoid personality a disorder?

Why is a schizoid personality  a disorder?

Schizoid: The hallmark of the schizoid personality disorder is an indifference to interpersonal relationships. In plain English, these folks prefer to be alone much of the time, and are not lonely because of it. The causes of this disorder are unknown. ...Read more

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Is it possible for bipolar disorder to be mistaken for adhd?

Is it possible for bipolar disorder to be mistaken for adhd?

Yes and vice versa: There is a lot of overlap. Mania leads to impulsivity, increased thought process, and possibly increase in activity. Depression leads to pervasive negative thoughts and indecisiveness which interfere with attention and productivity. It may be difficult to sort out, but with BP d/o there are usually periods of "normal" mood and behavior whereas adhd is persistent. ...Read more

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Is it possible to prove a diagnosis of mania or bipolar disorder?

Prove To Who?: Mania is a cluster of symptoms that occur over seven days (or less if hospitalization or incarceration is required). You cannot prove that the mania was not drug induced but if a drug test and thyroid function is normal and there was no head trauma it is widely accepted to be a bipolar mania. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a personality disorder?

Need more info: Personality disorder: enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition and inner experience, exhibited across many contexts and deviating markedly from those accepted by the individual's culture. These patterns develop early, are inflexible and are associated with significant distress or disability. Often multiple sources including heredity, childhood experience, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder)?

Is it possible that I have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder)?

Unknown: If you do not provide any iformation with your question, no proper answer can be formed. Start over from scratch, the ?'s are not linked on the site. ...Read more

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If someone is insecure with eating disorders, is there a personality or mood disorder present?

If someone is insecure with eating disorders, is there a personality or mood disorder present?

For your own: peace and comfort level, please see a mental health professional. He/she can help you address your insecurities (some of which we all have). You may need an eating disorder specialist for your food issues. peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant personality: Disorder. Please read about it here. Psychcentral.Com/disorders/avoidant-personality-disorder-symptoms you need a full psychiatric interview to get this assessed. Please see a psychiatrist. It often coexists with social anxiety disorder, depression, or other anxiety disorders. Hopes this helps and best wises. ...Read more