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Autistic People Zoning Out
A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more
Possibly: Those autistic individuals who are the most socially functional, such as high functioning autism and aspergers disorder may be very aware of their sutism as it interferes with socialization. If individuals are functioning at lower levels of cognitive function and social ability, they probably are not aware directly. If a person experiences frustration, with communication, they probably are. ...Read more
Not really.: True mutism is a very serious response to what probably is a profound emotional/developmental problem. The symptom (mutism) may go away with time & circumstances, but it's unlikely that the underlying problem will leave forever without a trace. This condition warrants ongoing professional management and monitoring, for years. ...Read more
Certainly can: Concerta is a long-acting for of methylphenidate, a stimulant. Stimulants have been well studied in children and increasingly studied in adolescents and adults. They improve attention, decrease activity levels, and improve impulse control in 65-85% of those with adhd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smart (top of class) but easily confused by social interactions. Have trouble articulating myself. Get obsessed about things. Disorder? HFA?
Couldn't say: until I met you; then.. would be pretty easy. Possibilities include: 1) normal and shy and adolescent 2) normal and anxiety 3) Asberger's syndrome; but... very unusual for someone with it to notice it... so.... a bit unlikely 4) beginning into Schizophrenia (also, very unusual to notice it and would have MANY more symptoms) 5) cultural problems. If newly introduced to a new culture.. happens. ...Read more
Maybe: They are different things. Psychosis refers to failures in reality testing (like delusions or hallucinations). It is possible that someone with a paranoid psychosis might be misdiagnosed with paranoid personality in the early stages of the illness, before psychotic symptoms become evident. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: As in most areas of medicine, medications are prescribed and it is hoped that they will work, but they don't always perform at 100% level. Sometimes we have to change the medication or add in another medication to get improvement up to level that the patient and their family desires. Psychotherapy however should also be an important part of the treatment program so that the patient can learn psychological techniques to avoid the impulsivity. Best wishes. ...Read more
3yo girl: extreme anxiety, violent temper tantrums, scary smart, obsessive OCD type behaviors, night terrors. Should I have her checked out?
Start by giving her: pediatrician a list of specific behaviors, e.g., screaming, hitting, biting, lining up toys, insistence. on routine, + onset, duration, immediate precipitants & consequences for each behavior to guide referral to a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to assess for Autistic Spectrum Disorder or child psychiatrist for mental illness vs. ASD. Also get a (neuro)psychological evaluation & therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Newer studies show that ~ 30% of younger siblings of a child with autism display autistic behaviors early on. Of these ~ 40% are eventually diagnosed with autism, but many of the others have developmental language disorders. It is worth getting the little one evaluated & into early intervention services to re-direct that developmental path as much as possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If people that have schizophrenia are schizophrenic & people that have autisum are autistic, how about people (like me) that have bipolar disorder?
Bipolar: I cannot think of any other term that is used other than bipolar or manic-depressive. ...Read more
Lose focus when people talk, hard to start/finish tasks and stud, disorganized, low grades, poor social skills, anxiety. Just lazy/antisocial or add?
Often: People with autistic spectrum problems have difficulties taking in cues from their environment, interpreting this information, and then responding in a way that is "on target" for the situation. In addition, there is often a lack of emotional response, or an inappropriate emotional response, to the environment. This can lead to an outward appearance of unusual emotional responses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Adhd med right 4 me? Diagnosed as child. Procrastination, organization issues, bored easily, temper, restless, impulsive, but school unaffected.
Probably not needed: if you are able to perform well at school, then you probably don't have a significant in attention problem, and rather some anxiety or other emotional issue. Pl get a new evaluation with the psychologist as you may need behavior therapy rather than ADHD meds. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can ptsd, or OCD cause mania at night not .Hyper but fidgety , exstreme insomnia feeling the need to figure things out, write list, clean organize?
In short, yes: I'm not sure you actually mean mania -- but severe anxiety such as found in ptsd and/or ocd can surely interrupt sleep and cause the problems you describe. Seeing a psychiatrist for full evaluation can be a beginning in finding relief. Many people with ptsd are fearful of going to sleep due to nightmares. If you do have bipolar illness, the zoloft (sertraline) can make it worse. Please do see psychiatrist. ...Read more
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