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Are having a bad attention span and being a bit childish mean signs of adhd?

Are having a bad attention span and being a bit childish mean signs of adhd?

Could or not: Certainly bad attention span is a symptom of adhd, but not unique to it. Being childish or immature are usually perjorative terms for being impulsive, impatient, fidgety having low frustration tolerance, not attending to social cues. These also are not unique to adhd, but many children slapped with labels of immaturity in early grades are now recognized as adhd. Thorough assessment is needed. ...Read more

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Attention Span (Definition)

One definition would be the length of time a person can remain focused on a single subject, object or topic in an uninterrupted fashion. ...Read more


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My 15 month old has an attention span of like 2 seconds and is very mean to other kids her dad has ADHD bipolar and ptsd is the cause for concern?

My 15 month old has an attention span of like 2 seconds and is very mean to other kids her dad has ADHD bipolar and ptsd is the cause for concern?

No, yes, and maybe.: A toddler with short attention is not a concern, but yes a toddler who's mean to others is a problem. Parents with such a child can work with a pediatrician plus learn special parenting skills to get rid of the meanness. A history of psychiatric illness is both bad and good. It's bad to have, but it's good that the illness is known, so parents can try to prevent the child from getting the illness. ...Read more

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Is negatively thinking about things like death and what life means a symptom of depression? My thinking has no answers so would a therapist be useless

Is negatively thinking about things like death and what life means a symptom of depression? My thinking has no answers so would a therapist be useless

NOT useless: A therapist would be USEFUL to you if you're frequently thinking of death. Yes, this could be symptoms of depression. Please talk to your parents, a therapist, your doctor, a school counselor, a pastor, etc. Help is available. ...Read more

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If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis. It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities. Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings. If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read more

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Would a sensory integration disorder be a symptom of Asperger's syndrome? my now 11yr old daughter was diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder 1yr ago. however when I'm speaking to others about her symptoms the first comment I hear usually is 'oh

Would a sensory integration disorder be a symptom of Asperger's syndrome? my now 11yr old daughter was diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder 1yr ago. however when I'm speaking to others about her symptoms the first comment I hear usually is 'oh

Hi, : Hi, concur with dr. Rinker. Aspergers syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. Autism, is the most impairing of the autism spectrum disorders. Pervasive developmental disorder comes next and children with aspergers are usually the highest functioning of three. Children with autism spectrum disorder usually have sensory overload which includes tactile stimulation. I recommend talking directly with your daughter's psychiatrist about how best to deal with her tactile sensitivity. One quick option is the use of a camisole that is made of smooth or silky material as an undergarment. It is likely to create less friction against the nipples without highlighting just her nipples. Additionally, pulling bandaids off of skin repeatedly could be quite painful - especially in a child who is already sensitive. I hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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My brother is almost 15 and has a lot of anger problems. I'm concerned it may cause health issues in his future. Is this a valid concern?

My brother is almost 15 and has a lot of anger problems. I'm concerned it may cause health issues in his future.  Is this a valid concern?

First, I think its: Great that you are worried and caring for your brother. That's a great sister. If he only has teen anx, then he should be okay. However, if this is a longer time issue, he may have anxiety and anger issues that can contribute to heart disease and hypertension in later life, as well as contribute to other psychosocial issues. Be there for him now, itll go a long way. ...Read more

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If you've been neglected as a child, and always have been seeking love and attention. Is there a psychological disorder for that?

If you've been neglected as a child, and always have been seeking love and attention. Is there a psychological disorder for that?

Yes many: depression anxiety disorders poor self-esteem aggressive behaviour suicide attempts eating disorders use of illicit drugs alcohol abuse post-traumatic stress dissocation sexual difficulties self-harming behaviours personality disorders. ...Read more

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His breath on my face. Is there a signs that indicate a sexual behaviors or actions?

His breath on my face. Is there a signs that indicate a sexual behaviors or actions?

Can you clarify?: I'm afraid your question isn't clear. Can you rephrase it? We're ready to help. ...Read more

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Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

Most melanomas are brought to a doctor’s attention because of signs or symptoms a person is having. What are they?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What are the signs of being a sociopath and having aspergers syndrome?

What are the signs of being a sociopath and having aspergers syndrome?

Different motives: Here's a simplistic account from a non-psychiatrist who's seen a lot. Both treat others badly. Sociopaths are indifferent to the feelings of others, and cause pain because they enjoy doing it. They don't care. Aspies cannot understand the feelings of others and do not mean to be jerks. They are very grateful when guided to being more diplomatic and able to read others. ...Read more

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It seems high intelligence is almost a warning for a mental disorder, not always bad. What is your take? I wonder the % of high IQ w/ normalcy..

It seems high intelligence is almost a warning for a mental disorder, not always bad. What is your take? I wonder the % of high IQ w/ normalcy..

Not necessarily: Mental disorders happen across the board. The impression one gets when hearing about some high achieves who suffered mental illness may distort the picture. On the other hand hi intelligence does not protect against severe mental illness. It is worth mentioning though that the association of hypomanic states with hi level of intelligence have been historically linked to high achievements. ...Read more

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What are examples of a normal person having an impulsive imagination?

What are examples of a normal person having an impulsive imagination?

Question unclear: What do you mean by an "impulsive imagination"? Nearly everyone will at times suddenly wonder how life would be different if this or that happened. Imagination is not something you can (or need to) control. Thoughts hurt no one. If they lead to impulsive actions, especially ones that are potentially dangerous or self-destructive, then it's time to seek professional help. ...Read more

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My son, who is 10 and showing early signs of puberty, is having increasingly angry mood swings. Am i to worry or is this typical for his age?

My son, who is 10 and showing early signs of puberty, is having increasingly angry mood swings. Am i to worry or is this typical for his age?

Since the behaviors: Harmfully impact your son's functioning @ home & school, assessments by a child psychologist & child psychiatrist are needed for accurate diagnosis & treatment, with parent & teacher reports of onset, duration & frequency of verbal/physical aggression, environmental stresses, illnesses + a 3-generation family history of medical & psychiatric disorders & evaluation for learning disabilities. ...Read more

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I have been very tired, experience somewhat of a brain cuttoff (can't think of what i'm trying to say) sometimes, and other symptoms. Any ideas?

I have been very tired, experience somewhat of a brain cuttoff (can't think of what i'm trying to say) sometimes, and other symptoms. Any ideas?

Are you under stress: Lately? If there have been major stresses in your life ( death or serious illness in your family or pressure at work) it might explain the symptoms. If you are not under stress or just to be sure there is not a physical reason, speak with your physician and get a check up. Good luck and let us know how you are doing. ...Read more

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What are the effects later in life of having been a very spoiled child?

What are the effects later in life of having been a very spoiled child?

SPOILED CHILD: It depends on the child. Some grow up appreciative of the love and care of the parents. Others get what they want all the time. Their future depends on how responsible the person is. ...Read more

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I have a very intelligent 7-year- and 9 months old girl. However, there seems to be a lack of concentration in class and in completing homework?

I have a very intelligent 7-year- and 9 months old girl. However, there
seems to be a lack of concentration in class and in completing homework?

70% of girls who : have ADHD have ADHD-Primarily Inattentive Type ( formerly ADD) which impacts their academic performance. After a valid diagnosis, multimodal treatment is as useful in managing symptoms that cause harmful dysfunction as it is in the other types of ADHD, even in academically gifted young ladies. For accurate information & resources, see CHADD.org. It is a quality of life issue. ...Read more

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Being worried all the time about close people and afraid that they might have cancer or other serious condition is a sign of obsessive compulsive dis?

Being worried all the time about close people and afraid that they might have cancer or other serious condition is a sign of obsessive  compulsive dis?

Urge Rx: I'm not a psychiatrist but i'm familiar enough with the tricks that our brains can play on us to recommend evaluation and possibly a short course of treatment. You were very brave to write this, and wise enough to recognize that these thoughts are not really the ones you should be having. Ask your physician about a referral to somebody smart, perhaps for a short course of cbt. Good luck. ...Read more

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

A brain disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. ...Read more


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