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Living with a teen age daughter who is suicidal and bilpolar?

Living with a teen age daughter who is suicidal and bilpolar?

Bipolar: Seek immediate psychiatric help. In fact she should be hospitalized in a psych unit where she can be closely monitored ...Read more

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Being A Twin (Definition)

Under natural conditions, your chance of having a pregnancy with more than one baby is relatively low (approximately a 1.5% chance). However, the number of multiple births has increased dramatically over the past 15 years. There are two specific reasons contributing to this increase. The first one is the use of fertility drugs and in-vitro fertilization. The second is the increase of pregnancies in older moms, who have an increased likelihood ...Read more


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Are teen or adult mental illnesses because of being traumatized as a kid?

Are teen or adult mental illnesses because of being traumatized as a kid?

It doesn't have to. : I use the following mnemonic to organize factors that influence health for a lifetime: gulch. G-genes u-uterine environment l-life (particularly early life) experiences c-choices h-health related habits via myriad mechanisms, these factors determine if, when, and to what extent your diseases play out. ...Read more

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Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Is there any association between children who are "late talkers" and children who become selectively mute later in life?

Not That I am Aware: Speech delay is related to immaturity of expressive language development and the part of the brain that controls that function. Mutism behavior is unrelated as far as i know. ...Read more

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How many children are in foster care because their mother has a mental illness?

How many children are in foster care because their mother has a mental illness?

Why: Does this matter to you? A statistic is not helpful in and of itself. The big picture is more important...Why are there so many people with mental illness? What is happening in society to lead to this? Children in foster care would hopefully all be there because their home environment was not safe at the time. With treatment of mentally ill parent many can be returned home. ...Read more

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What will be the chances of birthdefects in my children if i marry a maternal cousin whose parents are first cousins? No cousin marriages in my family

What will be the chances of birthdefects in my children if i marry a maternal cousin whose parents are first cousins? No cousin marriages in my family

Pre-marital genetic : Counseling will help define your risk of autosomal recessive genetic disorders, in which each parent carries the harmful gene mutation.In pakistan, first-cousin marriage has a 7.9% risk of infant mortality ; a 5-6% risk for birth defects, but having multiple generations of first-cousin marriages increases chances of having a child with a recessive disorder 13 times that of the general population. ...Read more

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Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

See below: They are not at higher risk for complications, unless they have underlying problems (heart and lung, cancer), they may be at more risk for catching the illness due to crowding, such as dorms, and sports, and not being vaccinated. It is the very young and very old that have most of the complications. ...Read more

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Are those afflicted with ADHD classified as a 'vulnerable adult'? This is in regard to the 22 year-old grandson of a close family friend who has adhd.Two years ago, two adult men in their late 40's had asked him to move in with them. They immediately bega

Are those afflicted with ADHD classified as a 'vulnerable adult'? This is in regard to the 22 year-old grandson of a close family friend who has adhd.Two years ago, two adult men in their late 40's had asked him to move in with them. They immediately bega

Unfamiliar term: Not sure of the context of "vulnerable adult" as a specific label. Certainly, adhd that lasts into adulthood is associaated with a wide range of increased risk for bad outcomes, and certain individuals with adhd retain a social immaturity that might make it easier for others to prey upon them. However, that is far from universal and more related to immaturity than adhd per se. ...Read more

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What are benefits to a child who is born to older parents?

Comic Answer: Bwaaa! i had my son at 39, he is now 15, I am 54. Remember late parenting= teen in puberty while you will be in menopause. Dueling hormones can be an experience. And yes you might be more patient because you will be tired. No worries having my son later has been my best experience ever- really:) I have friends who parented at 42-47- happy parents amazing kids. ...Read more

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Is there any case of a pregnant women who suffers by pneumonia with hypoprotinemea and survive with healthy child?

Is there any case of a pregnant women who suffers by pneumonia with hypoprotinemea and survive with healthy child?

Certainly: the pneumonia should be treated with antibiotics that will treat the pneumonia and be safe for baby. The hypoproteinemia also treated with baby in mind. ...Read more

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What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

Watch the child: Red flags: lack of or regression of language development, lack of pointing to objects, lack of eye contact, doesn't play with toys in a 'typical fashion'. More obsessed with the parts of toys (eg wheels) than the toy itself. Intense interest in certain objects. Repetative movements, toe walking, lack or normal bowel movements (either too loose or too hard, or alternating). None for sure, . ...Read more

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What percentage of mothers of young children are also working mothers?

What percentage of mothers of young children are also working mothers?

Go to...Ygoy.com: Year 2008 -59.5 % of women above 16 years were either working or looking for work in the US. 46.5 % of the total labor force of the US are women. Will go up to 47 % in the year 2016. Working women will increase of 49 % in the total labor force between the year 2006-2016. In USA 61% (8th in the world) 1950-1998. ...Read more

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Are two females able to have a child who shares both of there genetics?

Are two females able to have a child who shares both of there genetics?

No: Two natural females cannot and must not create a child who is made up of the genetics from each natural female. To do so would be breaking the laws of nature. Unfortunately, somewhere in the world, there might be somebody hiding in a lab trying to create this type of being. ...Read more

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If 2 ppl, woman(156cm) and man163cm)marry, does this yield a possibility of dwarfism for their children or may result in children being shorter thn thm?

If 2 ppl, woman(156cm) and man163cm)marry, does this yield a possibility of dwarfism for their children or may result in children being shorter thn thm?

Not really dwarfism: That's a 5'1" woman and 5'4" man... Both shorter than average but in the normal range for people. "shorter than average" is not related to dwarfism, because dwarfism is usually due to a genetic problem. Without some type of defect, such normal heights should not be a factor in deciding to marry and have children, unless a parent would have some sort of psychological problem from having short kids. ...Read more

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M indian.If during the conceiving of first child parents were slim and during second child they were obese, more chance of second child becoming obese?

M indian.If during the conceiving of first child parents were slim and during second child they were obese, more chance of second child becoming obese?

Yes, but:: The risk has more to do with parents maintaining an "obese lifestyle." the interesting thing is, when obese children go to a weight reduction camp, come back slimmer and maintain healthy weight a year later, their parents are statistically more likely to lose weight as well, by being influenced by changes in the child's routine. ...Read more

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Will all babies with a parent that is a dwarf have achondroplasia?

Will all babies with a parent that is a dwarf have achondroplasia?

Not necessarily.: Achondroplasia may be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, meaning that getting the gene from 1 parent causes the child to have the disorder. If 1 parent has achondroplasia, the infant has a 50% chance of inheriting the disorder. If both parents have the condition, chances increase to 75%. However, most cases appear as spontaneous mutation, meaning 2 parents w/o it may have a child with it. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...Read more

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Children And Teenagers (Definition)

Children and teenagers are young people: everyone up to ...Read more