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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. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...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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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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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 it possible that I have an autistic spectrum disorder?

Is it possible that I have an autistic spectrum disorder?

Asd: It might be possible if we knew your symptoms. Please resubmit your question so we can give you a proper answer. ...Read more

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Is autism a developmental disorder?

Is autism a developmental disorder?

Yes: Most parents are concerned by 18 months and most children are seen by age 2. ...Read more

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Is there really an autism spectrum disorder epidemic?

Is there really an autism spectrum disorder epidemic?

Yes, by numbers: A recent report from the centers for disease control (cdc) estimated ASD at 1 in 88 live births, the highest estimate yet. This contrasts with estimates from 20 years ago of 5-10 in 10, 000. What is unclear is why this has changed so much. Some believe it mostly is because of changing definitions and increased recognition of the problem; others insist it is a true change. Time will tell. ...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 : Bipolar disorder is a condition in which an individual experiences marked highs and lows in their energy level and mood. Depression and bipolar disorders are both considered mood disorders. Depression is what occurs at the low end of a bipolar disorder, when the person is not feeling activated. A unipolar depression on the other hand, does not require the person to have up periods. An older name for bipolar disorder is manic depressive disorder. I hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Terms are changing: For several decades, pdd (pervasive developmental disorder) was the broad term that included autism asperger's disorder, and several other rare but similar disorders. Gradually, the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has gained favor, and the new manual appear to be doing away with pdd in favor of ASD as the broad term. Also, autism and asperger's disorder by go away as distinct diagnoses. ...Read more

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What is a personality disorder.?

What is a personality disorder.?

Longstanding traits: Personality disorders are characterized by longstanding behaviors that lead to impairments because of a person's interactional style and temperament. There are several "clusters": a) isolative, distrustful interactions with others; b) intense and/or destructive relationships, and c) unusual styles of interactions. The key is that these are chronic styles, not episodes such as depression. ...Read more

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What is aspergers and autism classified as. Is it a disability or not classed as anything ?

What is aspergers and autism classified as. Is it a disability or not classed as anything ?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is a categorical diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder. A Chromosomal Microarray may reveal the etiology or cause of your ASD. Neuropsychological testing may reveal that you have a functional disability from your core symptoms of ASD &/or from comorbid psychiatric disorders, making you eligible for SSI & Medicaid funding & Vocational Rehabilitation services. Discuss with your Dr. ...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 attention defeset disorder a form of autism?

Is attention defeset disorder a form of autism?

No: These are two completely different disorders. They can co exist, however. ...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 split personality is a genetic disorder?

Is split personality is a genetic disorder?

Multiple personality: is often called "split personality" in the movies. It is often the result of trauma during youth and not genetic. One aspect of the personality will develop to deal w/a part of life and another to deal w/other things. The may be a dozen or more of them. Clinical hypnosis can be used as treatment. See www.asch.net for licensed referrals. Peace and good health. ...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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more