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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Stress: Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Antiepileptic: Yes, this is something you need to discuss with your ob. Monitoring can be done, to help determine if there are any anomalies. Do not just stop the medication though, because seizures can cause a bigger problem for the fetus. ...Read more

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I live just over the border in Vancouver BC. However my father is American & lives there. I know Canada & the United States offer different treatment options in some areas. So my question is about Opiate Addiction & what treatment options, new & old u can

I live just over the border in Vancouver BC. However my father is American & lives there. I know Canada & the United States offer different treatment options in some areas. So my question is about Opiate Addiction & what treatment options, new & old u can

Several: suboxone, methadone are substitutes.
Long acting injectible blockers prevent getting high.
Then, there's outpatient (suboxone/blockers). Specialized clinic (methadone) and inpatient and/or residential settings. And 12 step programs.
You might want a directed question to me; I am board certified in addiction. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm looking for a name of a birth defect similar to autism or ADHD but starting with the letter "n"?

What do you advise if I'm looking for a name of a birth defect similar to autism or ADHD but starting with the letter "n"?

Autistic Spectrum: Disorders & the 3 types of ADHD are neurodevelopmental disorders. Each categorical diagnosis is made by specific criteria including history of a specific neurobehavioral pattern & presence of specific observable behaviors for which the etiology may be genetic/ other medical issues or unknown. Another neurodevelopmental disorder is Non-verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD). ...Read more

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10 wks pregnant. Just got a flu. Will it harm the baby? Read about autism, birth defects? What can I do at this point? Please help! Stressed out!!

10 wks pregnant. Just got a flu. Will it harm the baby? Read about autism, birth defects? What can I do at this point? Please help! Stressed out!!

Things to ponder: You can do nothing at this point other than try to maintain a healthy diet, get proper rest & prepare for the work ahead. Every pregnancy has a 4% risk of some unexpected outcome, including all forms of birth defects, prematurity, infection, etc. Emerging data on autism suggest a curious change in genetic information present at conception, not induced by flu or other agents later. ...Read more

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Late 30s couple ttc for 1st time. No family history of autism/downs & both fit & healthy. What is % of risk for autism/birth defects?

If you'll be 39 at: Delivery, the chance to have a child diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth is 1 in 137 (a little < 1%); the chance to have a child diagnosed with any chromosome abnormality (including down syndrome) at birth is 1 in 83 (slightly > 1%). Autism risks? With paternal age, low maternal folate (folic acid) levels esp. At conception-10 wks. & some prenatal infections like rubella or flu. Ask your OB @ screening. ...Read more

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Can a father's drug use during conception cause birth defects - for example cocaine, opioids, depressants, stimulants, LSD/Ecstacy?

Can a father's drug use during conception cause birth defects - for example cocaine, opioids, depressants, stimulants, LSD/Ecstacy?

Major drug abuse: A history of major drug abuse can cause damage to male reproductive health - but it would not be from a single use at the actual time of conception. I'd also think hard about the maturity and responsibility toward a potential child that you might expect from a man who abuses drugs enough to cause harm to his body. Creating a Life is serious business - even more than sex (which is too!) Be safe. ...Read more

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Can having an opiate addiction cause a decrease in sexual desires?

Can having an opiate addiction cause a decrease in sexual desires?

Yes: And beyond that, any drug addition will cause a decrease in all desires, other than the desire to use more drugs. ...Read more

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My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

My baby's father is over 40, will he be more prone to birth defects?

Slightly higher risk: There is a link between paternal age and some birth defects but the overall risk is low. The current scientific explanation is that dna changes occur more frequently in sperm as men ages. The risk is low and increases with the age of the man. ...Read more

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If the father takes antidepressants at conception can the unborn baby be affected or be born with birth defects?

If the father takes antidepressants at conception can the unborn baby be affected or be born with birth defects?

Not likely!: It is highly unlikely that a father taking antidepressants when his wife conceives, would expect any effect on the developing fetus. A large review of women taking antidepressants before and during pregnancy failed to find any major adverse effect. Consider what the effect of a clinical depression, in either mother or father, might have on a developing fetus. Many "self-medicate" w/alcohol, etc. ...Read more

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Does my baby have a higher risk of a birth defect if his father is over 40?

Does my baby have a higher risk of a birth defect if his father is over 40?

Slightly higher risk: There is a link between paternal age and some birth defects but the overall risk is low. The current scientific explanation is that DNA changes occur more frequently in sperm as men ages. The risk is low and increases with the age of the man. ...Read more

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What are some rare birth defects from older fathers?

What are some rare birth defects from older fathers?

See below: Marfan syndrome, apert syndrome, and achodroplasia are associated with advanced paternal age. ...Read more

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Where can I get help with opiate addiction?

Where can I get help with opiate addiction?

Specialists: In addiction medicine can be sourced through your state or local medical society... ...Read more

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How do people use Suboxone to control opiate addiction?

Buprenorphine helps: Buprenorphine (suboxone) is used as a medication for detoxification and/or maintenance for opiate addiction. It works by binding to the opiate receptors, providing partial stimulation to these receptors, but not causing a high. Buprenorphine also blocks other opiate medications from acting on the receptor, so the addict is not able to get high while taking this medication. Mutual support helps. ...Read more

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What nutrients does the body need the most when bouncing back from opiate addiction?

What nutrients does the body need the most when bouncing back from opiate addiction?

Opiates: I am not aware of particular nutrient deficits caused by opioid addiction other than often patients with addiction to drugs/alcohol have a poor nutritional state primarily due to poor diet and self care. Cessation of chronic addiction behavior and resumption of a healthy diet and lifestyle will have the desired effect of improving overall health and mental well-being. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more