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Interested to know if people with mental retardation know that they are retarded?

Interested to know if people with mental retardation know that they are retarded?

Some do some don't: Most older kids and adults will be aware of their learning and performance difficulties when they have milder forms of intellectual impairment. The more profound the impairment, the less likely they are aware of the ramifications.

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Mental Retardation (Definition)

Mental retardation is an old fashioned term now replaced with the term “Intellectual Disability”. It is defined as a measured intelligence below the normal range (less than 70) combined with inability to perform activities of daily living. For this designation a person must, in addition to having low measured ability, be significantly limited in at least two of the following areas: self-care, communication, home living, social/interpersonal skills, self-direction, use of community resources, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. The four degrees of intellectual disability are mild, (IQ between 55-70) moderate, (between 35 and 50), severe and profound. In the severe and profound ranges individuals have language, communication and motor impairments and cannot be tested. Profound disability, is usually associated with a neurological condition. In addition to the categories of mild, moderate, severe, and profound, categories are sometimes used to designate those intellectually disabled persons who can benefit from some degree of academic training. Those designated "educable” can handle academic work at a third-to sixth-grade level, and usually have IQs that fall between 50 and 75. The designation “trainable” refers to those who can progress as far as second grade work and can live in a sheltered string without one on one constant care. It is important to know that a measured IQ is not as important as the access to and ability to respond to emotional, ...Read more


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What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

One is slang: Handicapped covers a whole spectrum of developmental disabilities where retarded is vulgar and no professional uses that term anymore

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I have been told I have early signs of menopause but want to have an other baby is that possible?

I have been told I have early signs of menopause but want to have an other baby is that possible?

Possible: As long as you are having your period and are ovulating, it is possible for you to get pregnant. Clarify if these are happening with your obgyn and you will have an answer individualized to your specific situation.

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What are early signs of having a mental health problem?

What are early signs of having a mental health problem?

It depends on: What problem. The symptoms are different for each disorder. Could you be more specific. What problem are you concerned about?

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I am showing early signs of schizophrenia, but am not saying that is what it is. I am scared to talk to my doctor. I am scared to talk to my doctor in fear he will lock me up in a mental institution when I do not need it. I have seen things that others ca

I am showing early signs of schizophrenia, but am not saying that is what it is. I am scared to talk to my doctor. I am scared to talk to my doctor in fear he will lock me up in a mental institution when I do not need it. I have seen things that others ca

Get help now: If you are right you can save yourself a great deal of grief by getting treatment before the symptoms become too severe. Generally psychiatric hospitalization isn't needed unless someone becomes dangerous to themselves or others and except in the case of real danger your doctor cannot lock you up against your will. You have a chance to save yourself a lot of misery --- use it.

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What are the signs of mental retardation at age 16 months? My sons says 7 words, and doesn't make sentences yet

What are the signs of mental retardation at age 16 months? My sons says 7 words, and doesn't make sentences yet

Language development: Varies a great deal. Not all toddlers develop language at the same rate or in the same way. By 2 years of age, children typically begin to connect words, such as “go” and “bye, bye” to make the simple sentence “Go bye-bye.” By 3 years, many toddlers are able to form a variety of sentences with three or four words. Developmental testing by a trained professional can help identifies delays.

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Do MRI scans show signs that someone may have an intellectual disability (otherwise known as mental retardation)?

Do MRI scans show signs that someone may have an intellectual disability (otherwise known as mental retardation)?

No: MRI scans show views of the anantomy of the brain. It cannot tell intellectusl ability, but it can detect abnormalities of brain structure that can help identify specific patterns related to mental retardation, and areas of abnormal development or damage.

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What are common early signs of MS?

What are common early signs of MS?

Early: Difficult to say as it varies from person to person. Usually there are strange neurologic symptoms. Bell's palsy (half of face is paralyzed) can be a sign.

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What are some early signs of labor?

What are some early signs of labor?

Cramping, nausea: Most frequently women are going to say that they have menstrual cramping or tightening. Sometimes women notice loose stools or nausea as a sign as well.

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What are some early signs of leukoplakia?

What are some early signs of leukoplakia?

A White Patch: Leukoplakia encompasses a group of diseases. It is characterized by a white patch or or plaque that cannot be rubbed of the mucosa.

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What is the early signs of toxic shock syndrone?

What is the early signs of toxic shock syndrone?

Cill, fever? Pain: It starts as any bacterial infection but enters the blood stream rapidly. U are sick changing rapidly 4 the worse. Without IV antibiotics fast, you get 2 a stage of toxic shock and vital organs begin 2 shut down and death follows. So with any rapidly changing chill, fever, body aches that r increasing by the minutes 2 an hour, head 2 an er.

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Can you please describe the early signs of herpes?

Can you please describe the early signs of herpes?

...: Most people with genital herpes have no symptoms or mild non-specific symptoms that are not enough to cause them alarm. The “classic” symptoms are blisters or ulcers on the genitals, rectum or mouth. These can take 2-4 weeks to heal. The first episode can be accompanied by fever, headache and body aches. Repeated outbreaks are common. There is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk.

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Could you tell me what are early signs of diabetes?

Could you tell me what are early signs of diabetes?

Maybe none: The classic symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes are excessive urination, thirst and hunger with unexplained weight loss but that is not the time to diagnose diabetes. It is best to diagnose in its early stages before symptoms develop or in the prediabetes stage. People at high risk for diabetes (overweight, family history, inactivity, high bp, etc) need to be screened and diagnosed early.

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Could you tell me what are some early signs of schizophernia?

Could you tell me what are some early signs of schizophernia?

Sxs: Schizophrenia has positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on.

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What are some early signs of hiv?

What are some early signs of hiv?

Nonspecific: A few weeks after infection, people often have the worst "viral illness" of their life (fever, big lymph nodes, aches, maybe rash), or may have nothing. The infection is asymptomatic for years afterwards, then can announce itself by big lymph nodes, diarrhea, candida on the tongue. If you're concerned, get with your personal physician. Best wishes.

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How to know it is asthma early signs?

How to know it is asthma early signs?

Get tested: Often symptoms that seem like asthma can be something else. A good history of your attacks including how often they occur is vital. A spirometry test is also used to determine if your attack is asthma or something else. Good luck.

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more