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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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


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How do you explain to people that my autistic bipolar 5year old daughter will kill small animals when upset or having a behavior.?

How do you explain to people that my autistic bipolar 5year old daughter will kill small animals when upset or having a behavior.?

It's difficult: I have treated many very disruptive children over the years and it can be extremely trying and frustrating for parents to know how to handle each instance. I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I am also sorry to say she must be kept away from small animals and small animals must be kept away from her. Sadly, there is just no way to explain this particular behavior of your daughter's to others. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of bipolar and autism similar?

Not at all: Bipolar disorder (bd) is a waxing and waning problem with mood--depression or mania. Autism is a sustained problem with impairments in social interaction, language, and odd or unusual behaviors. Autism starts early in life and is not something you can "catch" later; bd most commonly starts in teens or later. Bd is responsive to medication; autism is not. ...Read more

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Could autism/aspergers/bipolar get worse if someone is transsexual?

No: Autism can lead to a lot of difficulties, and so can transgerder status. I don't think one makes the other worse. ...Read more

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My autistic bipolar 5 year old daughter keeps having behaviors were she tries to kill animals with no feelings of saddness us that a normal behavior?

My autistic bipolar 5 year old daughter keeps having behaviors were she tries to kill animals with no feelings of saddness us that a normal behavior?

It's not good: What you described has been considered by some experts as an indicator for more severe problems later on in life. Cruelty to animals is not that uncommon, and there are professionals out there who know what to do about it. Animals must be kept away from your daughter at all times. Also, a system should be in place ahead of time to deal with such behaviors. I am sorry that your daughter has this. ...Read more

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Have an adult daughter, who has autism & bipolar, what psychiatrist in clarksville tn do house visit? {be better for her & us }thanks, deb.

Have an adult daughter, who has autism & bipolar, what psychiatrist in clarksville tn do house visit? {be better for her & us }thanks, deb.

Medical society: Or visiting nurses may be able to refer you to someone who would make a house call to help your daughter. Psychiatrists are difficult to find in some areas, and house calls make it more difficult but they are generally very skilled and caring. Hope you find someone. ...Read more

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How to explain a parent's bipolar disorder to a child?

By good example: Depending on age, bipolar is a brain disease that can affect how someone feels and behaves. It can be managed with good treatment and healthy lifestyle and worsened by drug and alcohol abuse. I think it is important for children to know that they are at risk so that they avoid things that might trigger the illness and get early tx. Some of the best outcomes are in the children who headed parent. ...Read more

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Help please! Is autism genetic, can it be passed from parent to child?

Help please! Is autism genetic, can it be passed from parent to child?

Yes and no: Autism is complicated disorder genetics of which are not well understood. There is no single gene that causes it and there multiple genes responsible. As a rule of thumb if a parent has autism the chances of transmitting to children becomes higher or at least aspects of it get passed on to next generation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a child being bipolar if one parent is but not the other?

What are the chances of a child being bipolar if one parent is but not the other?

Genetic risk: Genes always come into the equation, ao there may be genetic risk without there being a specific gene that causes it. Since the brain is a biochemical "machine" it needs proper fuel so the best approach is preventive by learning the best "god made" diet for all of us. Leave out the "junk". ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a child being bipolar (type 2) if one parent is but not the other?

What is the probablity of a child being bipolar (type 2) if one parent is but not the other?

Unclear..: Research on this is extremely varied, ranging from about 3% to nearly 50%. It does seem as though there's a strong likelihood of a mood disorder but it is unclear how much of this is genetic vs environmental. In other words, it's not a given but parents should keep an eye out for developing mood symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a child get bipolar disorder by having two psychologically different parents?

Not usually: Having very different parents by itself is not a risk factor and can even be considered positive. However its all in the delivery. The match between the parental personalities and yours is crucial. Its long been argued that giving mixed messages, putting children in binds of allsorts and a nnegative environment can contribute. Great questions to explore in therapy. ...Read more

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What are the possible ways a child can become autistic when it doesn't run in either parents family?

What are the possible ways a child can become autistic when it doesn't run in either parents family?

Cause undetermined: The cause of autism has not been definitely defined. While it does tend to run in families, many autistic children are born to families without a history of autism. While there may be a delay in presentation, the cause is determined during fetal life and possibly affected by environmental factors. ...Read more

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Hi can anyone please tell me what happens at feedback appointment /outcome with autism intervention team for child, parent appointment only thankyou?

Parents become not: Only integral members of the intervention team, they inform the team of family priorities, strengths & needs. The professionals explain the child's measured cognitive, adaptive & motor levels & the measured degree of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Then, the entire team creates an individualized treatment plan with outcome measures. See: https://www. Autismspeaks. Org/site-wide/uk ...Read more

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Is there any reason to believe that if parents take good care of a bipolar child, they won't need frequent hospitalizations?

Is there any reason to believe that if parents take good care of a bipolar child, they won't need frequent hospitalizations?

Absolutely: The best privider is always a close relative, spouse, or friend. This is because that person knows the patient better than anybody else, they see the ups and downs of any medical condition. Believe me, we learn so much from patients and care givers. ...Read more

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What happens if a parent suffered major depressive disorder- are the risks the same for the child to suffer either bipolar or depression?

What happens if a parent suffered major depressive disorder- are the risks the same for the child to suffer either bipolar or depression?

Not exactly: Predispositions toward depression and bipolar disorder would be present, but not necessarily at the same level as for the parent. Resiliency plays a strong role in the manifestation of any disorder. ...Read more

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3 year old child, signs of autism, parents told to cut out bottle. 4 days pasted and child has not taken any liquids the child only eats raw whole apple slices and puffs. She will not touch any other food. The pediatrician has said to hold on for another

3 year old child, signs of autism, parents told to cut out bottle. 4 days pasted and child has not taken any liquids the child only eats raw whole apple slices and puffs. She will not touch any other food. The pediatrician has said to hold on for another

Go to urgent care: Now since dehydration Is a concern. Certainly the liquids a should not continue to be refused by your child for hours on end as dehydration is more important to avoid especially in the Summer. An assessment there is needed for dehydration and possible treatment. With an autistic child transitioning as always done slowly. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more