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Doctor insights on: History On Parents With Mental Illness Raising Children

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Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Will un-born children be mentally affected by parents history of mental illness?

Possible: There are genetic predispositions for some mental illnesses. A consultation with a geneticist would give you more specific answers. ...Read more

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Mental Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder is psychological condition or set of behaviors that either causes the individual emotional distress and/or results in impairment in various ...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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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

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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...Read more

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Can the children of bipolar parents have behavioral issues as well?

Can the children of bipolar parents have behavioral issues as well?

Any of us can: Have behavioral issues. While not well understood by genetics experts, if one or both parents are bipolar it is more likely that a child may be as well. If that is the case, family therapy may provide helpful communication skills development for all. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do a lot of children with oppositional defiant disorder go on to develop anti-social personality disorder?

Do a lot of children with oppositional defiant disorder go on to develop anti-social personality disorder?

About 1 in 16: 25% of children who have oppositional defiant disorder develop conduct disorder, and 25 to 40% of those children go on to develop antisocial personality disorder. According to loeber, r, et al (1985) journal of abnormal child psychology, 21, 377-410 and zocccolillo, m., et al (1992) psychological medicine, 22, 971-986. ...Read more

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I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee. Is this ok?

I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee.  Is this ok?

Not recommended: Children don't really need caffeinated beverages of any type. It's best to avoid coffee, caffeinated tea, sodas, etc. It can cause jitteriness, trouble sleeping, irritability, dehydration, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. ...Read more

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What role do social workers play in children with mental health problems?

What role do social workers play in children with mental health problems?

Several roles: Social workers can play many roles in the lives of children with mental health problems. Two of the more common is helping to gain access to helpful services and providing direct counseling services. This can be done through both private and public agencies, within and outside of a hospital or clinic. ...Read more

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Should parents have any problems raising a child with sickle cell trait?

Very unlikely: Most children with sickle trait are asymptomatic except their hemoglobin levels, so called iron count, stay a bit lower than normal. ...Read more

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Could an abusive (physical, emotional and mental) childhood make you as an adult be abusive toward your own children?

Could an abusive (physical, emotional and mental) childhood make you as an adult be abusive toward your own children?

Yes: Family violence is often a multi-generational problem.Realizing that tendency and having a therapeutic intervention is one way to break the cycle. ...Read more

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I needcontract with adult child living at home. Both mother and son have extreme anxiety issues, including depression and lack of self-worth.

I needcontract with adult child living at home. Both mother and son have extreme anxiety issues, including depression and lack of self-worth.

SOUNDS DIFFICULT: Whatever the way of living has been, it doesn't seem successful. Anxiety and depression are hard to bear & hard to live with. Maybe time to take all to a therapist and see what can be done to change things. This does not have to be permanent. Sometimes one personalone cannot find a better way. The chances improve when a thearpist witha different view joins in. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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How do working mothers cope with the stress associated with parental care?

How do working mothers cope with the stress associated with parental care?

Are you caring : For your parents? Between your job, taking care of your parents and your children - it is essential that you somehow find a way to care for yourself. To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi >. ...Read more

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If a child experiences severe stress and depression growing up, will this affect his i.Q.?

If a child experiences severe stress and depression growing up, will this affect his i.Q.?

No: Iq is a measure of inherent potential that is genetically and ohysical health determined.Stress and depression may affect performance, but not iq. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Name that diagnosis: Your question is very complex as is your child. It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause. ...Read more

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How many children are in foster care because their mother has a mental illness?

Why: Does this matter to you? A statistic is not helpful in and of itself. The big picture is more important...Why are there so many people with mental illness? What is happening in society to lead to this? Children in foster care would hopefully all be there because their home environment was not safe at the time. With treatment of mentally ill parent many can be returned home. ...Read more

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Do mental health facilities hire people who have history of domestic violence or child abuse?

Do mental health facilities hire people who have history of domestic violence or child abuse?

Background Check: Usually, facilities (hospitals, nursing homes) run a background check on potential employees. ...Read more