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Have You Heard About The Alexithymia And Circumcision
Not related: Alexithmia is a psychiatric term for deficiency in describing or understanding emotions and thus is not related to circumcision. Unless a parent is accused of alexithmia for failing to take into account their child's future emotions for either having been or not having been cicumcised as an infant. ...Read more
Not necessarily: If there is no impairment and no concern for interpersonal functioning, then probably not. A hermit who does not come in contact with others may have no concerns in this area. The other 99.99% of us probably would benefit if improved with this condition. ...Read more
No words for feeling: Alexithymia, or being without words for feelings or fantasy, is found more frequently in those with ocd, autism, schizoid, and those who simply do not express how they emote or view the future. It was a word coined by peter sifneos from harvard several decades ago. ...Read more
Alexithymia: Alexithymia is a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. The core characteristics of alexithymia are marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating. Generally have difficulty in distinguishing and appreciating the emotions of others. ...Read more
Namenda: Although it is off-label, the medication used to treat alzheimer's disease, Namenda (memantine) can help improve verbal functioning in this area. I have personally treated hundreds of autistic (including aspergers) individuals successfully improving their ability to converse, make friends, connect better with others, enhance vocabulary and syntax skills at usual doses. ...Read more
I've heard that there's a high chance of you bleeding to death from female circumcision. Is this true?
Potentially: Since there is no medical indication for female circumcision, it is often done quickly and inappropriately by people with no training or experience -- using crude and unsanitary instruments. It is a sad, backward, uneducated and unfortunate world-wide occurrence that education and common sense have not been able to eliminate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I heard that immersing the penis in salt water helps dissolve the stitches after circumcision. Is it true?
Unnecessary: Gentle cleansing with a mild soap such as cetaphil, removal of crusted blood with dilute peroxide and a light application of ointment is all, that is needed. Salt water may be uncomfortable. ...Read more
Controversial: Religous and personal reasons aside, do the medical benefits outweigh the risks? All reading of the data seem to support the benefits.But is that enough? Should we be doing procedures to minimize very rare conditions such as penile cancer? We need, i think, more substantial research data. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Circumcision: Circumcision would only be done on an urgent basis if paraphimosis was present. This happens when the foreskin gets trapped in the rolled back position and swells to the point of compromising the glans penis circulation. Sometimes a dorsal slit is done as a temporary relief to the strangulation. ...Read more
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