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Do most assault victims avoid eye contact?

Do most assault victims avoid eye contact?

Yes: The typical fight /flight response will cause an individual to look away from a traumatic event. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Eye Contact (Definition)

Babies love looking in their parents' eyes, and eye contact can help strengthen the parent-child bond. Just don't be too eager; respect babies wishes when they've had ...Read more


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Why do I avoid eye contact except when emotional?

Why do I avoid eye contact except when emotional?

Check it out: There can be various social and/or psychological causes. An initial evaluation by your md with referral to a specialist of his/her choosing is advisable. ...Read more

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Why does my son avoid eye contact? He is not really shy.

Why does my son avoid eye contact? He is not really shy.

Pediatric exam: A visit with his pediatrician is indicated, less likely that it is caused by an eye problem. ...Read more

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Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Could be normal: As they say, there are no "pathognomic signs" -- nothing which definitively establishes that a person has this or that disorder. So it could be normal; it could be not normal but not autism; or it could conceivably be autism. However, it would be unwise to be concerned that avoiding eye contact alone, as an isolated feature, points to autism, when it may be, as you suggest, nothing. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my one month old baby to avoid eye contact sometimes?

Is it normal for my one month old baby to avoid eye contact sometimes?

Yes: Your 1 month old can see clearly a foot or so and will gaze into your eyes for a time before deflecting.It is as if they fill up with the vision and must look away for a period before they can look back. Their ability to hold a gaze will gradually increase over time. ...Read more

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10 week old sometimes avoids eye contact (particularly while being held). Other times, he coos,smiles n tracks well but mostly while lying down. Help?

10 week old sometimes avoids eye contact (particularly while being held).
Other times, he coos,smiles n tracks well but mostly while lying down. Help?

Development varies: slightly with each infant, and if he is making good eye contact while lying down, cooing and smiling, it sounds like he is on track. It may be that when he is upright, there are so many more sights to see that his eye contact with you is intermittent, compared to looking at you vs a boring ceiling when lying down. Keep talking and interacting with you baby, but share concerns at next check up. ...Read more

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Is there medication for people with social anxiety i'm comfortable with the people i live with but when i go out i just want to go&i avoid eye contact?

Is there medication for people with social anxiety i'm comfortable with the people i live with but when i go out i just want to go&i avoid eye contact?

Medications: (such as Selective Serontonin Reuptake Inhibitors - SSRI's) can be beneficial. However, non-medication interventions are just as important if not more important in addressing the problem. Please talk with your parents about this so that you can get the help you need. Take care. ...Read more

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Lately I avoid eye contact with people. Due to job loss ?

Lately I avoid eye contact with people. Due to job loss ?

Psychology, not eye: Question better addressed to a psychologist or psychiatrist. Not an eye problem specifically. ...Read more

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10 mth baby boy seems very shy. He'll press his face into my chest to avoid making eye contact w/others he doesn't know or cry. What can I do to stop?

10 mth baby boy seems very shy. He'll press his face into my chest to avoid making eye contact w/others he doesn't know or cry. What can I do to stop?

Child Development: This is absolutely normal, on schedule, and as it should be for a ten month old child. He will grow out of this as his brain continues to develop and there will be a time when he becomes 'too' curious and you will worry the other way. There is nothing here to worry about at all. ...Read more

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Why is it that i avoid people and no eye contact?

Why is it that i avoid people and no eye contact?

Avoidant personality disorder: It is important that you are asking the question. Time to see a psychiatrist and talk about it. Social anxiety to this degree is very unpleasant. There is help. Cognitive therapy and sometimes drug therapy can be a big help. ...Read more

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Baby makes almost no eye contact?

Baby makes almost no eye contact?

How old?: No eye contact for first month or two not necessarily abnormal, as vision system still very immature. Speak to your pediatrician for reassurance. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone gives you little or no eye contact ?

What does it mean when someone gives you little or no eye contact ?

Shy: I would say the most likely thing is that the person may simply be shy. We have all seen young children who hide behind their mothers legs and will not look at you. Certaninly other types of behavior can lead to this also. If a patient has an eye disease of certain type, such as inflammatory eye disease, they may be light sensitive and not look at you simply due to lighting situations. ...Read more

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No eye contact from smart kid at 19, please tell me what you think?

No eye contact from smart kid at 19, please tell me what you think?

???????????????????: Your question does not provide enough information /background material to provide an answer.The public site is not a chat room, so every question should supply relevant background material and a clear question. ...Read more

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No eye contact with parent unless angry: is this common?

No eye contact with parent unless angry: is this common?

Yes: Whether or not you are comfortable making eye contact with people is a physchological phenomenon. Several conditions can make it difficult to maintain eye contact - anxiety, depression, social phobias, etc. Discuss this with your primary care doc since those conditions have treatments. ...Read more

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How would you handle handle treatment with someone whose culture states no eye contact.?

I would not: I have never come across someone who came to my office with such a requirement. I probably would suggest he or she go to the competition down the block, . ...Read more

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Do those who have aspergers have eye contact problems?

Do those who have aspergers have eye contact problems?

Socialization issues: Effective communication between humans involves eye contact. It's considered to be one more of many features of autistic spectrum disorder, the new way of describing what we use to diagnose as asperger's. But, remember that other disorders such as those under the amxiety disorders "umbrella" and even psychotic disorders with paranoid ideation can also cause people to have "avoidant" eye-gaze. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a patient refuses to make eye contact?

Could be many things: Making eye contact opens a person up and that makes some people uncomfortable. There are endless possibilities why so guessing is not a good idea. The best way to find out is to ask but ask in a way that is not accusatory. Since the word "refuses" is used i wonder if you are frustrated that the patient is not listening to you. Ask the patient if they know they are not making eye contact with you. ...Read more

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