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Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Possible but rare: Polycythemia, which mostly is an increase in red blood cells but can affect other blood cell lines as well, has multiple complications, mostly physical. There are rare reports almost always in adults of acute onset of psychiatric disorders such as psychosis or depression. This could be secondary to strokes, which can occur because the blood is "too thick.". ...Read more

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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...Read more


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Can extreme shyness and a fear of people, in a young child, lead to early mental illness?

Can extreme shyness and a fear of people, in a young child, lead to early mental illness?

Not necessarily: But it is important to seek help.A behavioral therapist could be very helpful in helping your child overcome these issues.Uncorrected yes, they could lead to mental illness. ...Read more

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Can stress of a person's suicide cause illness in others?

Can stress of a person's suicide cause illness in others?

A suicide impacts: Everyone who knew the person. It can be very traumatic for those left behind. The body can express these emotions & this may lead to medical problems. ...Read more

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Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

No, but: There are no studies that associate the development of schizophrenia to early child abuse. While the causes of schizophrenia are unclear, some evidence supports a genetic link, a link to chronic and early marijuana use, and effects from a fetus being exposed to certain viruses. However, childhood abuse can lead to symptoms that may look like schizophrenia, including hallucinations. ...Read more

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How does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?

How does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?

Lots of variables: Your excellent question is hard to answer, because it depends on who died, age of child, effect on rest of family, and many other variables. Research shows that children who lose their mother before age 11 are at increased risk of depression as adults, but there are many possible explanations. Broadly, helping children grieve in age-appropriate ways is best way to minimize lasting impairment. ...Read more

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Could a trauma to the testicles in childhood cause fertility problems in adulthood?

Could a trauma to the testicles in childhood cause fertility problems in adulthood?

Possibly: If the testis both grew in size and produced hormons that sustained a normal puberty, it is likely they are fine frrom a fertility standpoint. If one or both sustained enough injury that one or more withered, there would be a probem.Assessment at a fertility center could give you more information. ...Read more

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Generally, just how often is it that a healthy spouse/partner will soon suffer a major illness directly due to the demise of the other spouse/partner?

Generally, just how often is it that a healthy spouse/partner will soon suffer a major illness directly due to the demise of the other spouse/partner?

This is a very: interesting question. We can't quantify the risk, but an apparently healthy surviving spouse or partner is at risk for major illness or death after the passing of a loved one. Broken Heart Syndrome (Stress Cardiomyopathy) is one of the few that come to mind as a direct result of such profound shock and grief. Suicides & motor vehicle accidents also tick up in the aftermath. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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A child of what age can be affected from cerebral malaria or malaria?

A child of what age can be affected from cerebral malaria or malaria?

Any age: As far as i know, a human of any age can be attacked by a vicious mosquito and get infected. Cerebral involvement is most common with falciparum variety. ...Read more

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Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc) during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc)  during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Speaking as a: psychologist, the liklihood of onset depression goes up during the teen years if there is trauma or loss during the critical window of age 2 to 4. This is because of a developmental stage--constancy--that is interrupted, and then re-visited during the teen years, when it is again interrupted through individuation. Physical illnesses can accompany this, but consult an MD for more specific info. ...Read more

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Can past hard drug abuse damage the ova in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

Can past hard drug abuse damage the ova in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

No: The ova is already formed before any environmental influences. However, after conception, current drug use can affect the baby, but not previous activity. ...Read more

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Can a heart condition at birth cause any problems with the brain later in life?

Can a heart condition at birth cause any problems with the brain later in life?

Absolutely!: Congenital cardiac defects frequently deprive the developing brain of oxygen and result in microcephaly (hlhs) and/or distinct areas of brain infarction. It is rather common for infants affected by such defects to demonstrate neurodevelopmental delay of varying degree as they grow older. Repetitive major cardiothoracic surgeries do little to protect the already vulnerable brain in such cases. ...Read more

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Does having a learning disabilities cause depression in the family?

Does having a learning disabilities cause depression in the family?

Possible: If the child's learning disability is causing a lot of family conflicts, this may lead to impaired family functioning and stress. Which, may cause depression. ...Read more

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Can extreme stress cause a type of encephalitis in your brain?

Can extreme stress cause a type of encephalitis in your brain?

No, no and no: Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain. Inflammation is almost always caused by infection. Encephalitis is usually due to viral infections. This notion of "stress" as the cause of everything bad is nonsense, or that "stress" in modern. You don't think the sight of a saber-tooth cat leaping out of the underbrush was stressful to our ancestors? ...Read more

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Can a kidney infection affect a child's behaviour and emotional state?

Can a kidney infection affect a child's behaviour and emotional state?

Yes: A kidney infection can produce unpleasant physical symptoms and discomfort that affect short-term mood and behavior, or until the infection is resolved. Other symptoms and complications if untreated, such as uncontrolled fever or the inability of kidneys to effectively process waste and balance the system, can also alter mental and emotional status. ...Read more

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Can severe boredom in children be a medical condition?

Can severe boredom in children be a medical condition?

Boredom Is A Symptom: Boredom in a child in and of itself is not a medical condition however it can be a symptom in children with learning disorders, visual/hearing disorders, ADHD, and more. Crucial information was not given such as child's age, past medical/developmental/social/family history, and more. See doctor for full medical/developmental assessment. Further referral to developmental specialist may be needed. ...Read more

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Could exposure to agent orange to a child's dad or grandfather cause learning disorders in future generations?

Epigenetic factors,: Like the herbicide in agent orange can change the function, but not the structure or sequencing of genes in germ cells (eggs & sperm). The functional differences may be passed to future generations. The veterans' administration position paper on this subject is on http://www.Vva.Org/committees/agentorange/position-paper-birth-defect.Pdf. The mind institute at uc davis has done animal studies, also. ...Read more

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Can anything besides child abuse cause ptsd in a youngster?

Yes: Just about anything "horrible" can do it. (car accidents, fires, you name it). But, at the same time, who gets, and who does not get, ptsd, is a very very difficult thing to predict. It really depends on the kid. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is failure to thrive in a child?

What sort of disorder is failure to thrive in a child?

Could be a Problem: This is either a child whose physical growth-both height and weight are delayed well beyond age predicted values or a serious delay in emotional or intellectual development or both.This term describes a condition, but not the cause which needs looking into. Consult your pediatrician. ...Read more

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