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My son has pdd-nos is 22 will zeldox help control obsessive behaviour i.E. Texting that is harassment and likely to end up in trouble with law?

My son has pdd-nos is 22 will zeldox help control obsessive behaviour i.E. Texting that is harassment and likely to end up in trouble with law?

Possibly: Zeldox is a member of a family of medications that have shown benefit for obsessive behavior. Speak to a psychiatrist about it and other medications used for OCD. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

A genetic chromosome 21 disorder causing ...Read more


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Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Many: Teachers, speech , physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more

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What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied : Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...Read more

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How do autism and Down syndrome affect language development?

From infancy through: adulthood people with DS have delays in receptive & expressive language, ='in some areas to cognition, usually mild-moderate Intellectual Disability, others lower..Babies, toddlers & children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder may not talk or may have bizarre jargon mixed with babbling, then words, but they lack joint attention, communicative intent & reciprocal conversational skills. ...Read more

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Taking 200mg of citalopram while drinking alcohol is it possible to show aggressive or violent behavior? Also displaying confusion and panic behavior?

Taking 200mg of citalopram while drinking alcohol is it possible to show aggressive or violent behavior? Also displaying confusion and panic behavior?

Celexa (citalopram): 200 mg. Dose is unheard of. Maximum daily dose is 40 mg. Also, combining alcohol with medication can affect your moods & cause erratic behaviors. ...Read more

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How does Down syndrome affect Erikson's stages of psychosocial development?

How does Down syndrome affect Erikson's stages of psychosocial development?

Downs: If not properly mainstreamed into the public education system, those with Downs syndrome are at just as much risk for having a poorly formed identity as those who do not have Downs syndrome. ...Read more

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Help please! is asperger's syndrome and hypersexuality often comorbid?

Help please! is asperger's syndrome and hypersexuality often comorbid?

More awkward: A teenaged male aspie has little in the way of social skills, and is likely to approach somebody he find attractive in an awkward way -- even more so than the next male teen. If there's inappropriate acting-out, junior may be grateful to have someone help him understand what he should do instead before there's serious trouble. Drive's probably the same, but special management problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Alcohol affects: Alcohol, especially when consumed in excess and over a long period of time, adversely affects every organ in the human body except one, the kidneys. If a person has changes in their personality or behavior while intoxicated, that is a big problem already. Such an individual should try and do whatever it takes to refrain from alcohol. Damage from chronic excessive alcohol use is irreversible. ...Read more

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If the behavior manifests itself in self-destructive/sabotage behaviors and should it be treated w/ some form of behavioral therapy?

If the behavior manifests itself in self-destructive/sabotage behaviors and should it be treated w/ some form of behavioral therapy?

Possibly: There are many more possible ways to address self-destructive behaviors than your question considers. However, dialectical behavioral therapy is one form of treatment which can help. It combines mindfulness skills with cognitive behavioral therapy. Understanding the drivers of these behaviors is important also, though. ...Read more

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Repetitive myoclonus getting disruptive. Happens more when sitting and lying down. Unsure of cause? Neuro pathology is migraines, treated w topamax (topiramate)

Repetitive myoclonus getting disruptive.  Happens more when sitting and lying down.  Unsure of cause? Neuro pathology is migraines, treated w topamax (topiramate)

Myoclonus: Myoclonus has myriad causes including hereditary, infection, nervous system injury, drug reaction or tumor etc.. In your history it does not show that you had MRI of brain or spinal . Please see your neurologist and find out the real cause. Thanks. ...Read more

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Restructuring the brain/mind and eliminating behavior patterns, is it possible?

Restructuring the brain/mind and eliminating behavior patterns, is it possible?

Yes.: Some brain imaging studies using spect, pet and functional MRI scans have shown that psychotherapy and meds change the brain at the microscopic structural level in several ways. In one study, psychotherapy was shown to increase the density of serotonin receptors in the brain; whereas, an antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) caused changes in the way Dopamine receptors bind to a central part of the brain. ...Read more

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Is locking an agitated resident in his room until he calms down a deprivation of liberty?

Is locking an agitated resident in his room until he calms down a deprivation of liberty?

See below: It's hard to say not knowing the exact situation and condition of the resident. When a person becomes agitated, something in the environment is overstimulating him. The person needs to be removed from that stimulation. Also, to protect other residents as well and staff a person might be restrained physically or chemically and well-being checks might be done. See comment below. ...Read more

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My son is 2yrs old with sensory processing disorder. We are in ot and st but his behavior is getting progressively worse, mostly anger. What can I do?

My son is 2yrs old with sensory processing disorder. We are in ot and st but his behavior is getting progressively worse, mostly anger. What can I do?

Neuro/psych assessmt: Have your son evaluated by either a behavioral pediatrician or pediatric psychiatrist/neurologist. Sensory processing problems are common in many disorders including some neurological disorders, the autism spectrum disorders and other conditions. Maybe some parent/child training or therapy may be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can separation anxiety be accompanied with anger and frustration when my husband leaves the state to visit his family?

Can separation anxiety be accompanied with anger and frustration when my husband leaves the state to visit his family?

Certainly: Especially if this is a repetition of earlier traumatic separations from primary caregivers. I commonly see patients with attachment trauma struggle to be left even when intellectually they know there is no threat to the relationship. Psychotherapy can help you unravel these feelings. ...Read more

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Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Not a Good Idea: You should not undergo tummy tuck surgery or any other type of elective surgery while in the recovery phase of addictions. Patients should be medically, psychosocially, financially stable prior to proceeding with any type of elective surgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does an autistic child with sudden aggressive behavior indicate it getting worse?

Does an autistic child with sudden aggressive behavior indicate it getting worse?

Not necessarily.: It could indicate the environment getting worse for the child - more stress, perhaps bullying, maybe a new problem they are struggling with. Or they are trying to tell you something that you haven't picked up on. ...Read more

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Can people with asperger's syndrome cry in physical pain more often?

Can people with asperger's syndrome cry in physical pain more often?

Intensely felt: Pain Intensity factors: stimuli (nociceptive qualities), alertness, meaning placed on pain, degree of general stress ( stress = challenges> abilities.) Some with Autism Spectrum have less sensitivity to same stimuli however most do not. Clearly asperger's is a challenge: increased stress, when associated with worry over pain's meaning, insomnia, mood probs, pain may be terrible. ...Read more

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Do people with Down syndrome always have the physical characteristics?

Do people with Down syndrome always have the physical characteristics?

Always is a big word: I have encountered some with very mild features & one that had the features of a dwarf & none recognizable as DS.Since every cell of their body has the same extra chromosome, certain organs/areas tend to have the same problems. Their facial features/hands/feet are similar.Their heart often has a defect,but not always the same one. They share similarities but there is variation within this group. ...Read more

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