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How can I tell if someone I know may have a form of dystonia?

How can I tell if someone I know may have a form of dystonia?

Get formal eval: Dystonia is basically sustained muscle contractions causing unusual postures of the neck, face, or limbs, though even frequent blinking (blepharospasm) or a strained voice (spasmodic dysphonia of the vocal cords) are forms of dystonia. If there are concerns about possible dystonia, try to see a neurologist. Dystonia is somewhat rare, and most doctors outside neurology are unfamiliar with it. ...Read more

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Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Definition)

A neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle ...Read more


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How to know if I have a form of retardation?

How to know if I have a form of retardation?

Testing: from a developmental specialist, psychologist or neuropsychologist will help to answer the question. ...Read more

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Help docs! How to tell if I have a form of depression?

Help docs! How to tell if I have a form of depression?

Many Ways to Tell: Depression can manifest in many ways. Here are the main symptoms: feeling bad about yourself, losing interest in things that used to bring you joy, fatigue, poor concentration, poor self-esteem, guilt, pessimism about the future, wanting to die or hurt oneself in some way, sleep problems, eating problems. You don't need all of the symptoms to be depressed. Consult with a doctor when unsure. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a mild case of autism?

How can I tell if I have a mild case of autism?

Many variations: Technically, the answer can be yes but best way to sort this out is to see a person who specializes in testing for autism and other 'autism spectrum' disorders. A thorough interview and exam, plus some formal testing will likely sort this out for you. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have some form of ibs?

How to tell if I have some form of ibs?

Talk to a physician: Explain to him your story and symptoms and arrive at the conclusion together. Not all abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, etc is ibs. The history is the most important tool we have in helping patients. ...Read more

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How to know if I have some kind of personality disorder or something?

How to know if I have some kind of personality disorder or something?

If you are: concerned about possible personality issues a clinical psychologist can test and give you a professional opinion and support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have a cold or a flu?

Can you tell me how to know if I have a cold or a flu?

Flu vs cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, marked aching of muscles and joints & significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. ...Read more

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What to do if i may have a personality disorder, can someone give me advice?

What to do if i may have a personality disorder, can someone give me advice?

The important thing: is that you believe the diagnosis and want to work on getting help. Personality disorders ranges from mild to more severe cases. Find a good therapist and learn how to strengthen your personality. That would entail starting by working on the parts of your behavior that U are aware of and want to change. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a learning disorder?

How can I know if I have a learning disorder?

Requires Testing: A formal diagnosis of learning disorder requires a psychological evaluation that includes educational testing. ...Read more

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What to do if i might be experiencing a type of kidney failure. How do I know?

What to do if i might be experiencing a type of kidney failure. How do I know?

Kidney failure: can be easily determined by your personal physician with some simple laboratory and possibly radiographic tests. ...Read more

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I need to know whether i suffer from autism or not. How can I tell?

Why do you ask?: Please forgive my frankness. Nowadays most folks think of autism as a continuum with just being shy or scholarly. The criteria are ever-changing (now it's "one person in 50") and the frequency of the diagnosis varies greatly in different jurisdictions depending (some say) on the benefits. Why not enjoy who you are, practice your social skills, and cherish the special things you like doing? ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have pyromania or have a mild version of it?

How can I tell if I have pyromania or have a mild version of it?

See therapist: The best way is to talk with a therapist about your specific concerns. S/he will need to know what you are doing, or feeling like doing, that causes you to wonder about this. If present, this is a serious issue that can cause great harm both to you and others. Your primary care physician may know a helpful referral resource. Please don't wait on this. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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How can you tell you have a kidney infection? I think i may have one. What are the signs/symptoms?

How can you tell you have a kidney infection? I think i may have one. What are the signs/symptoms?

Frequency, fever: Frequency, fever, chill, pain, change in urine color, smell.......At the beginning. Flank pain, nausea, weakness, hematuria, pus in urine, not able to pass urine....... ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a question about neurofibromatosis, can it treated in any kind of way or does it have to require surgery by a doctor?

What do you advise if i had a question about neurofibromatosis, can it treated in any kind of way or does it have to require surgery by a doctor?

Neurofibromatoma: NF is a disease of many manifestations and a wide range of severities - it is typically treated only when a tumor has shown significant growth, pain or signs of degeneration. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs if I have depression?

Can you tell me what occurs if I have depression?

Depressive sx's may: Include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. You can get help from your physician, a psychologist or a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to know if I have a split personality?

Can someone tell me how to know if I have a split personality?

Too vague: "split personality" is not a recognized diagnostic term and can mean many different things to different people. I'm guessing you are aware of contradictions in your thoughts, feelings, or behavior. See a qualified psychotherapist (probably a psychologist) for an expert opinion, who can to help you resolve/reconcile your inner contradictions so you can live more fully, richly, and authentically. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have a type of disorder?

What type?: If you are concerned try getting assessed medically. ...Read more