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Doctor insights on: Explaining Depression To Children

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Adult temper tantrums? Rage? Anger? Who can help someone with them and not inform authorities?

Adult temper tantrums? Rage? Anger? Who can help someone with them and not inform authorities?

Seek Tx: Usually information you provide during treatment stays confidential. However, there are some limits to confidentiality with being in danger to yourself or others are some of them. If you feel you cannot control your sx anymore, either dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, you might want to consider making an appointment with psychiatrist and psychologist to start your treatment. ...Read more

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Which resources are available to help children understand about mental illness?

Which resources are available to help children understand about mental illness?

NAMI: National alliance for the mentally ill (nami) is a very good resource. Go to www.Nami.Org. ...Read more

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Why may ssris "cause suicide in teens, children or young adults"? What about this age cohort makes them different responders to ssris

Why may ssris "cause suicide in teens, children or young adults"? What about this age cohort makes them different responders to ssris

Changing brain: It may be some time before we know. However, the young and adolescent brain is going through dramatic changes in is linkages/interconnections that does not occur after ~ age 25 when the brain reaches maturity. Ssri's at any dose alter neurotransmitters, and its effect on the changing brain is unpredictable even in experienced hands. ...Read more

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Please offer some ways to cope with depression over unwanted child?

Please offer some ways to cope with depression over unwanted child?

Not sure I : Understand. Are you having an abortion? Have you had an abortion? Are you raising a child that you never wanted to have? Are you pregnant with an unwanted pregnancy? Were you an unwanted child? Can you clarify ; re-ask so that we can better help you. Take care. ...Read more

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Should a parent share their abusive past with their children to help explain his/her emotional problem?

Should a parent share their abusive past with their children to help explain his/her emotional problem?

Depends: This depends on several factors related to the current situation. The parent would need to examine his/her motives for sharing such information. The appropriateness of this would also be impacted by the age and/or maturity level of the children. I would suggest discussing the matter with a therapist before making a decision about this. Such a disclosure could be helpful, but there are risks. ...Read more

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Can major depression cause someone to distrust their spouse, their spouses inentions and to blame spouse for them having depression in the 1st place?

Can major depression cause someone to distrust their spouse, their spouses inentions and to blame spouse for them having depression in the 1st place?

Psychotic depression: Some depressions have psychotic features, including delusional thoughts like one's spouse isn't trustworthy. This is a more complicated form of depression than the usual variety, and may need antipsychotic medication along with antidepressants. If the person has been suspicious all along, this may also be an accentuation of ongoing views of life. Not pleasant for spouses or others, i'm sure. ...Read more

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Are parents who abuse their kids psychopaths? What can be done to change their behavior?

Are parents who abuse their kids psychopaths? What can be done to change their behavior?

NOT NECESSARILY: Many parents have a conscience and are ignorant and frustrated and don't know what to do. But it takes courage to ask for help and devulge a problem. And some abusive parents are troubled themselves or addicted to drugs or alcohol. When you speak of humans, each case has to be examined before you know the answers. ...Read more

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Did you hear about autism parents flocking to colorado for cannibis oil to treat their children having seziures?

Did you hear about autism parents flocking to colorado for cannibis oil to treat their children having seziures?

Although studies on : efficacy & safety have barely begun, parents of children with intractable epilepsy, with or without Autism, have purchased CBD oil in Colorado. Since medical marijuana is now legal in Nevada, affected families don't have to leave home. My hometown has always promoted cohort situational behaviors in visitors, leaving the visitors feeling slightly naughty & happy & us with no state income tax. ...Read more

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Doctors recommendations for medication to treat explosive aggression in autistic adults?

Doctors recommendations for medication to treat explosive aggression in autistic adults?

Antipsychotics.: Antipsychotics such as Risperdal amongst others is very effective against the aggressive and violent behavior, . ...Read more

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How to deal with a boss who belittles others in order to boost his low self esteem?

How to deal with a boss who belittles others in order to boost his low self esteem?

Work Stress: Difficult situation but the best you probably can do is to assert yourself without anger, be direct and tactful and remember to try to not personalize his or her responses as you they are driven by insecurity. Read my book, "managing the stress of success" featured on the soundmindz.Org website as i address workplace bullying specifically. Best. ...Read more

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Please explain which food to give to children with autism?

Please explain which food to give to children with autism?

Green and organic: Any child can be sensitive to artificial ingredients. I think the biggest offenders are artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. So as organic as you can reasonably find is good. Other than that, unless they have an allergy to a food, give them whatever they will eat. The gfcf diet usually does not improve autism unless there are gastrointestinal problems. ...Read more

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What are some ways to cope as a caregiver to alzheimer's afflicted husband?

What are some ways to cope as a caregiver to alzheimer's afflicted husband?

Love him: Do not disagree with him, talk to him about past memories, try to do some activities with him. ...Read more

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How to explain a parent's bipolar disorder to a child?

How to explain a parent's bipolar disorder to a child?

By good example: Depending on age, bipolar is a brain disease that can affect how someone feels and behaves. It can be managed with good treatment and healthy lifestyle and worsened by drug and alcohol abuse. I think it is important for children to know that they are at risk so that they avoid things that might trigger the illness and get early tx. Some of the best outcomes are in the children who headed parent. ...Read more

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What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best. ...Read more

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Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

Are parents to blame for global developmental delay?

very unlikely : In most cases of developmental delay parents are not directly or indirectly responsible. Exceptions might include substance abuse during pregnancy, head trauma from abuse or severe neglect leading to failure to thrive but these will have other associated findings not just developmental delay. It is best to speak with the provider to make sure a thorough evaluation is done. ...Read more

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Don't we actually need organizations that would assist suicidal people with asperger's syndrome commit suicide?

Don't we actually need organizations that would assist suicidal people with asperger's syndrome commit suicide?

I am not sure if: You meant this the way it came out. Supportive organizations do exist for people with aspergers & other autism spectrum disorders. I doubt you are asking about organizations to help people to commit suicide (that obviously would be a horrible thing). ...Read more

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Are autistic children able to speak?

Historically, 50% of: children with classical Autism are non-verbal, meaning they have a functional vocabulary of 50 or fewer words at or after age 6. With the lumping of PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome & Autism into a single diagnosis in the DSM-V of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Levels 1,2 &3 , 30% of children with ASD are non-verbal. Finding other ways for them to communicate is important, if their cognitive level allows. ...Read more

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What are some books to help kids with sick father cope with cancer?

What are some books to help kids with sick father cope with cancer?

Books and website: When someone you love has cancer: a guide to help kids cope by lewis; because...Someone i love has cancer by the acs; www.Experienceproject.Com/groups/have-a-father-with-cancer/33116; the last lecture by pausch. The age of the children will help determine which is most appropriate. ...Read more

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Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Is it mental abuse for daycare workers to argue with parents in front of children?

Certainly no help: Whether or not this constitutes mental abuse is probably a matter of degree and definition. The obvious question is why this conversation was begun in the presence of the children, and how it degenerated into an argument. Neither party appears to be acting like thoughtful adults, and the children will certainly not benefit from observing and then potentially copying this behavior. ...Read more