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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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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...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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How much of a role does drug abuse in pregnancy play in adult addiction in baby later?

How much of a role does drug abuse in pregnancy play in adult addiction in baby later?

Family disease: Addiction is a family disease; it may be passed biologically, emotionally and psychologically from parents (or grandparents) to children. ...Read more

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What effect does verbal and mental abuse have on a child later in life?

What effect does verbal and mental abuse have on a child later in life?

The death of trust: A kids self concept is relatively set by the age of 6-8. The parent or parents provide the most important trust relationship in that formative period. If the parent (who they idolize by default) tells them they are worthless or variations of the same, the ability to trust can die & self concept is wounded. Many adult problems or addictions reflect a desire to fill the void left by this wound. ...Read more

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How much of a role does alcohol abuse by parents play in developing addiction in children?

How much of a role does alcohol abuse by parents play in developing addiction in children?

A lot: You sound correctly concerned.Now let's confer with an excellent psychiatrist . For you! for the kids ! ...Read more

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Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant: Personality disorder is a pervasive lifelong pattern of feelings of inadequacy, sensitivity to rejection, etc.. It’s highly doubtful that APD or other personality disorders, would be a result of childhood trauma. Trauma can make one susceptible to mood and anxiety disorders, most commonly. Regardless, seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist is the best recommendation given your history. ...Read more

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Can drug abuse in the past cause hallucinations in the future for a teen, even when the drug abuse has stopped?

Can drug abuse in the past cause hallucinations in the future for a teen, even when the drug abuse has stopped?

Yes: Yes. But this has nothing to do with being a teen. Some drugs simply hang around much longer in the brain (and other tissues) than one would reasonably desire...Whether one is a teen...A middle-aged guy...Or a bona fide member of the aarp...Or not... ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for abuse in childhood to affect you in later life?

Is it possible for abuse in childhood to affect you in later life?

Yes,: A history of child abuse & neglect can impact on an adult's quality of life in fundamental ways. It can make basic day-to-day activities, such as eating, sleeping, working and study, very difficult. Child abuse & neglect can also effect your mental health, physical health, and your relationships with the people around you.bSurvivors are often out of touch with their feelings - and confused. ...Read more

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Is it possible that past hard drug abuse damage the ova (egg cells) in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

Is it possible that past hard drug abuse damage the ova (egg cells) in a woman and cause mental retardation or birth defects?

I have been trying: To find information on this, but the information seems to be focusing on maternal use during pregnancy and not before.It is also heavily focused on alcohol and cigarettes, with results showing that the children of women who smoke or drink have decreased attention spans. I believe, however, that your hypothesis is indeed possible. Perhaps one of my colleagues has found some research on this. ...Read more

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What should a guy do in his late twenties who has been sexually abused as a child to overcome the side effects of child abuse ?

What should a guy do in his late twenties who has been sexually abused        as a child to overcome the side effects of child abuse ?

Consider therapy: Child abuse has many effects on a person, depending on what/who was involved, and what supports there were for the child. A psychotherapist who knows emdr (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) could assist you in dealing with the aftermath -- and help you move forward. http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr.html good for you in exploring your options! recovery = possible. ...Read more

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Is a child who has mood swings and a bad attitude likely to stay that way grow out of by the end of his teen years?

Is a child who has mood swings and a bad attitude likely to stay that way grow out of by the end of his teen years?

Make it a phase: This could be a passing phase or it could be a more chronic pattern that is forming or has already formed. Make sure they are getting a good amount of attention for the things they are doing right but also make sure the right rules and consequences are in place. Talk with your child's counselor or doctor to make sure you set the right balance. ...Read more

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Does lsd have damaging effects on the developing brain of a teenager?

Does lsd have damaging effects on the developing brain of a teenager?

Probably: No extensive information is available on lsd effects on pubertal (teenage) brains, but what we do know is that it is likely that developing brain tissue is harmed by lsd. Some reports state that it is not permanently harmful, but these reports were based on adult brains. ...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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Some doctor told my brother: "one of the causes of the twisted colon can be, if a person was sexually abuse in his childhood. Is this true?

Some doctor told my brother: "one of the causes of the twisted colon can be, if a person was sexually abuse in his childhood. Is this true?

Referencing IBS: I am assuming that by "twisted colon" your brother's doctor was referring to colon spasms as an indicator of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). In patients with ibs, a history of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse is reported more often than in those without ibs. Also, patients with ibs are more likely to report greater lifetime (childhood stress is particularly important) & daily stressful events. ...Read more

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My child was hit by a family member now suffers from PTSD and is petrified of person, can that incident cause a change in their brain. ?

My child was hit by a family member  now suffers from PTSD and is petrified of person, can that incident cause a change in their brain.  ?

Seek counseling: We are all different and traumas all effect us different ways. I'd advise talking to a psychologist that is experienced with PTSD and can share cognitive behavioral therapies and coping strategies. To answer your question, yes, traumas are technically "stored" in the brain and trigger fear responses. ...Read more

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What consequences result from weed on the intellect of someone aged 14-16?

What consequences result from weed on the intellect of someone aged 14-16?

All negative: It can cause inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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What are the chances that a child with selective mutism has episodes later in childhood, life?

What are the chances that a child with selective mutism has episodes later in childhood, life?

Maybe anxiety: Selective mutism is a form of anxiety disorder. Though mutism doesn't typically occur in older children and adults, children with selective mutism are at some increased risk of other kinds of anxiety problems as they get older. ...Read more

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Child Abuse (Definition)

Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment, or neglect of children. It is a ...Read more