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Doctor insights on: Do Children With Aspergers Have Difficulty Making Friends

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Why do people with ADHD have trouble focusing?

Why do people with ADHD have trouble focusing?

The brain's own : neurochemicals dopamine & norepiphrine don't circulate long enough in the synapses, the spaces between neurons, in the areas of the brain that inhibit behavior & sustain attention in people with ADHD. Stimulant medications prevent their rapid re-uptake by the neurons that release them or rapid uptake by neurons that receive them. Non-stimulants keep norepinephrine circulating in a different way. ...Read more

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Can parents who both have undiagnosed learning difficulties have kids with them?

Can parents who both have undiagnosed learning difficulties have kids with them?

Yes, it's possible: In many cases, the cause of a learning disability is not known. Learning difficulties that accompany this disability aren't the result of the way the child takes in information --sight & hearing are fine -- but rather the result of the way the brain processes the information.Certain types of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, can be inherited. Those w/ld often have ave or above ave intellig. ...Read more

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Do children who have been abused have problems with getting in trouble at school?

Not necessarily: Children who are abused many times will have a number of social difficulties because of the horrible circumstances that they have been in. However in a supportive environment and with proper counseling they can thrive. Child abuse is preventable- if you or your child are being abused (physical, emotional or sexual) please get out and get help. ...Read more

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Do people with mental illness that r depressed have trouble with their feelings or expressing them?

Do people with mental illness that r depressed have trouble with their feelings or expressing them?

Focus on ideas: Everyone varies somewhat in their ability to speak up fluently in some contexts. This is not a big problem, per se. Situational anxiety caused by temporary increases in self-consciousness or "self-focused attention" interferes with the smooth flow of speech and the articulation of genuine opinions. This happens, whether the person has a diagnosed mental disorder or not. ...Read more

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Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction? Do they bond with family members?

Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction?  Do they bond with family members?

Schizoid PD: People with schizoid pd consistently lack desire for intimate human connection. They may have families and jobs, but keep people at a distance. They mostly appear cold and dull in affect. They would be unlikely to seem outgoing or socially engaged, but are able to respond to carefully selected others whom they need intensely. Some of these could be family. ...Read more

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How do people with autism cope with making public presentations?

How do people with autism cope with making public presentations?

Autism: Persons with autism are not all mentally retarded. Some have excellent personality inspite of weird repetitive behaviors and problem of communications.I think they can do presentatons ...Read more

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Why advice do you have for raising healthy kids with ADHD and autism?

Why advice do you have for raising healthy kids with ADHD and autism?

1st have evaluations: by a developmental/behavioral pediatrician for genetic & other medical causes & a child neuropsychologist to determine strengths & weaknesses. Cont. educational/behavioral therapy 25-40 hrs./week + parent training + social skills group therapy at 6 & >.Find a DBPede, child psychiatrist or neurologist adept at medication doses for kids with ASD & ADHD. Care for your own mental & physical health. ...Read more

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How do people with asperger's cope with a romantic relationship? Do they get romantic at all?

How do people with asperger's cope with a romantic relationship?  Do they get romantic at all?

Depends on Severity: People with asperger's often become involved with romantic relationships, but this depends on how impaired they are in the area of social skills and relationships. Anyone who gets involved with a person with asperger's needs to be aware of their tendency towards quirky reactions along with a diminished awareness or regard for social cues. ...Read more

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Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Usually some: By definition, kids with asperger's disorder have relatively intact language ability. A child with more severe language problems would be diagnosed with a more severe autistic spectrum disorder. That being said, kids with asperger's often have difficulty maintaining "normal" conversations, regulating tone of voice, catching other people's social cues and body language, and understanding humor. ...Read more

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Can people with ADHD or autism ever overcome their social problems?

Yes: There is a big distinction between the social problems of an adhd person & someone with autism. Adhd pts usually gain social skills later, but completely, compared to normals if treated with stimulant medication. Autism patients rarely attain "normal" social abilities. Both groups benefit from social skills training & counseling. Self confidence is most important in this area. ...Read more

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What social problems do people with ADHD have?

What social problems do people with ADHD have?

Varies a lot: Not all people with adhd have social problems, though many do. Peers often reject children with combined-typed adhd because they are impulsive and lose focus. With adolescents and adults, the ready boredom, impulsive behaviors, and high distractibility can be a problem; but, many have good friends and are popular because of their spontaneity, risk-taking, and high energy. ...Read more

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I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee. Is this ok?

I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee.  Is this ok?

Not recommended: Children don't really need caffeinated beverages of any type. It's best to avoid coffee, caffeinated tea, sodas, etc. It can cause jitteriness, trouble sleeping, irritability, dehydration, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Why do so many children get diagnosed with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

Why do so many children get diagnosed  with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or adhd?

Trendy, w/ a reason: Med diagnoses often are fed by trends. The trend often starts however w/ a large unmet need- such as too many kids struggling in our society. Then we find we actually can do something about it- there are excellent meds, approaches, treatments now that can make a difference. So people seek care & drs diagnose in order to provide treatment. Plus, the definitions for these conditions have broadened. ...Read more

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Do teens with ADHD mean and pick fights with parents and friends?

Do teens with ADHD mean and pick fights with parents and friends?

It is not the ADHD: Picking fights is not usually caused by adhd. Adolescence is often a period of turmoil in families. Frustration in school and mood disorders may contribute. Medication for adhd can cause adolescents to have a mood disorder. It is important to consider your friends earlier relationship with his family and friends. Has a change occurred? ...Read more

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How do I help the child with ADHD become better organized with her school work?

Structure/consist: Children with adhd lack the internal processes that those without adhd develop by 4th or 5th to efficiently organize their lives; this may get better with time, or not. Medications help slightly with increased focus and attention to detail, but the major success is external, consistent expectations tailored to where the child fails. Lots of excellent books on this. Check out www.Chadd.Org. ...Read more

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Do teenagers with hypogonadism have learning difficulties?

Do teenagers with hypogonadism have learning difficulties?

No: Not that i recall unless the cause of hypgonadism is a know genetic disorder such as turners or noonan syndrome. ...Read more

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Why do 47xxy people have difficulty having children?

Why do 47xxy people have difficulty having children?

Genetic dysfunction: 47 XXY is a genetic condition that sometimes can cause hypogonadism and developmental delay. For those planning families, it's important to remember that there is a split of the x and y chromosomes in the sperm, and usually it's an equal split, some with x and some with y. With 47xxy, a lot of sperm, 2/3 most likely, will have either xx or xy, leading to non-viable sperm-egg combinations. ...Read more

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Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Do children with autism have bigger heads?

Sometimes: Children who go on to develop autism can experience an acceleration in the growth of head circumference around 6 to 12 months of age. Not that their head was large to start with, but that it grows faster than expected. However, the overlap between this and normal head growth is so large that it is not useful information as far as diagnosing a particular person. ...Read more

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School problems with anxiety. Why do some kids get nervous about school?

School problems with anxiety.  Why do some kids get nervous about school?

Fear: Most anxiety is rooted in some basic fear. Some are afraid of failing. Others afraid they cannot make friends. Some feel different. Some have been bullied. Some may feel insecure about their academic abilities. If you have anxiety, see someone who can help. A counselor, your doctor. Acupuncture and chinese medicine as well as homeopathy can also help anxiety a lot! ...Read more

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I heard this, People with aspergers have no problem with talking to new people. Is this true, as I seem to have difficulty. Or am I just shy/introver?

I heard this,  People with aspergers have no problem with talking to new people. Is this true, as I seem to have difficulty. Or am I just shy/introver?

No, it is not true: There are many reasons why people are uncomfortable talking to new individuals; being an introvert, being shy, social anxiety disorder is also a possibilty; It is a good idea to see a mental health professional to get it checked out; ...Read more

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I need statistics on aspergers syndrome. How many people have it (children, young adults, adults). ?

I need statistics on aspergers syndrome. How many people have it (children, young adults, adults). ?

Not Well Established: The prevalence of asperger syndrome (as) is not well established. Experts estimate that as many as 1 in 88 children age 8 will have an autism spectrum disorder. No studies have yet been conducted to determine the incidence of asperger syndrome in adult populations, but studies of children with the disorder suggest that their problems with socialization and communication continue into adulthood. ...Read more

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I'm a kid with aspergers and I want to know how to be happy. I don't really know what to do with my family and friends and I need some advice?

I'm a kid with aspergers and I want to know how to be happy. I don't really know what to do with my family and friends and I need some advice?

Happiness comes from: accepting oneself as unique and special and how we can share our talents with others rather than expecting others to make us happy. Talk with your PCP who may assess you for depression and make referral for therapy. Your school may have a counselor. it is easier to make friends in small group activities in school or volunteer in your community. Avoid street drugs, tobacco and alcohol. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the signs for aspergers syndrome in children?

Doctors, what are the signs for aspergers syndrome in children?

See an expert!: Most children with asperger's present a group of specific signs: having repetitive and unusual behaviors; having ritualistic behaviors and pre-occupations (obsessions) with certain topics; difficulties "reading" social cues and difficulties empathizing (sensitivity to other's feelings); in general, difficulties relating to others. Please, seek a specialist to diagnose this condition properly! ...Read more

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Does being sensitive to noise have to do with aspergers? i have other symptoms too like being asexual, not relating to people good, not having friends

Does being sensitive to noise have to do with aspergers? i have other symptoms too like being asexual, not relating to people good, not having friends

See a psychiatrist: How about depression? What other symptoms do you have?

Are you on any medications?

You can send in a question with all the details. ...Read more

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What is the best way to tell my children about our divorce? Our son hugo has aspergers and our 14 year old has celiac and type one diabetes

What is the best way to tell my children about our divorce? Our son hugo has aspergers and our 14 year old has celiac and type one diabetes

No one best way: I believe it's impossible to predict the BEST way to go about telling children about a divorce. The method should be one agreed-upon by both parents and I would think should involve either a family meeting or at least one parent telling both children at the same time. And then, the other parent having a conference if it's not possible to have the whole family together. Best of luck to you all. ...Read more

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My wife & daughter have aspergers the difficulties of which have caused me to become depressed my wife refuses to acknowledge the situation guidance ?

My wife & daughter have aspergers the difficulties of which have caused me to become depressed my wife refuses to acknowledge the situation guidance ?

Tough time: I have so much respect for you. You need support. I don't think you'll be able to get your wife to admit it. I hope you have a lot of family and friends who can agree with you and spend time with you. ...Read more

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What is aspergers?

Autism spectrum disorder: I found an excellent concise and very helpful explanation of asperger's at the following website.Asperger syndrome - national library of medicine www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov asperger syndrome is often considered a high functioning form of autism. It can lead to difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and clumsiness. ...Read more

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How common is aspergers?

Aspergers: Some say 1:88 for autism. I think much more for aspies. They are awesome and if you have an iphone, mac, or windows machine, plus facebook. Then thank an aspie! http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=g7ke5d_115e. ...Read more

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What is aspergers syndrome?

What is aspergers syndrome?

Aspergers is a mild: Form of autism. Autism is a disorder that interferes with a person's ability to communicate or relate to others whichs starts early in childhood. When people speak about the autistic spectrum they are speaking about a range of degrees from mild to severe autism. ...Read more

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Can aspergers last forever?

How long aspergers: Aspergers disorder is considered a life long condition. However, with learning social pragmatic skills and reduction of anxiety, individuals often seem more like those with non verbal learning disabilities as they get older. Key is to learn social pragmatics and how to control anxiety, either with cognitive behavioral training or with the help of medication. ...Read more

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What does having aspergers mean?

Communication/Social: Aspergers is an autism spectrum disorder, characterized by varying levels of impairment in social interaction (ability to read social cues) , social imagination, and language difficulties. It is hard to summarize in a clear understandable way the symptoms of asperger's. However, there are good online resources such as www.Aane.Org & nimh aspergers page ...Etc. Check them out , they are helpful. ...Read more

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What to do if you had aspergers?

What to do if you had aspergers?

Great question: Remember the many plusses. Choose your intellectual focus in something that helps others & will get you a good job. Science & tech -- find what you like best. Get a strength or endurance sport rather than one with teammate interactions. Keep life simple. Say only nice things. Relationships are more important than being right. Tell folks, "i'm just me" rather than "i have a disease." u'll be liked. ...Read more

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I think my nephew has aspergers?

Maybe he does: There's no magic cure for Asperger's. I'm going to assume that Junior isn't just withdrawn and awkward because Dad's an ineffective model / teacher. Asperger's offers many advantages especially in the computer age. The key is getting guidance learning how to talk to people, read people, choosing a strength or endurance rather than coordination or ballgame sport, and achieving to be respected. ...Read more

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Is aspergers a curse or a blessing?

Is aspergers a curse or a blessing?

It's not magic: On the whole, it's probably a plus. Choose a sport that's about endurance / strength rather than coordination / teamwork. Say only nice things. Get guidance with social skills that others learn naturally. Focus on science / tech rather than comics / train schedules and you'll go far in life. If being alone / single is okay with you, you're extra-fortunate. Embrace who you are. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of aspergers?

What are the symptoms of aspergers?

Asperger Syndrome : is now Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-V. The same deficits in facial recognition, joint attention & Theory Of Mind impair social reciprocity/communication & cause narrow, repetitive areas of interest in anyone on the spectrum. IQ > 70, in the normal range, poor conversational skills, atypical speech inflections, awkward social interactions &, in many, non-verbal learning disabilities. ...Read more

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Can you die from aspergers syndrome?

No.: Asperger's syndrome (which actually no longer a diagnosis in the new dsm-v) is an autisitc spectrum disorder characterized by poor social skills, a lack of understanding social interactions and interpersonal skills as well as being disconnected from others. In now way is fatal. ...Read more

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How do you treat aspergers syndrome?

How do you treat aspergers syndrome?

Maybe with Oxytocin: Early trials with oxytocin have been encouraging. It will take some time however, for this treatment to effectively go mainstream. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for aspergers?

What are the symptoms for aspergers?

Social impairment: An impairment in social interaction with problems using non-verbal behaviors such as eye gaze. Can't develop peer relationships. A lack of social or emotional reciprocity. Repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. Keep in mind that many people have some symptoms of asperger's, yet do not have the disorder. Diagnosis should only be made by a trained professional. ...Read more

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