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How Do I Know If My Son Has An Addiction
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
Get an opinion : First step is to discuss your child's symptoms with your pediatrician. If she has the cardinal symptoms-inattention, impulsivity, distractibility, disorganization, hyperactivity, academic failure, behavioral problems-then a thorough neurodevelopmental assessment could determine the cause. Your pediatrician can guide you here. Adhd is a significant neurobiological disorder that should be addressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pinworms: If you see white short threads around the anus, they are pinworms. You can press a scotch tape to capture it/them and set on a glass slide. . If you do not see the worms, do the same procedure. Bring the slides to a lab or to the doctor for confirmation under a microscope. The second tape will show the eggs. Best time to do this is late night when worms come out lay eggs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
White plaques: Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth. There would be white patches on the sides of the mouth on the mucous membranes, and the roof of the mouth and on the tongue. Many people confuse the whitish coating on the tongue for thrush - it's not. But if there are brighter white patches throughout the mouth and on top, then likely thrush. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History: History of symptoms tends to be very important in children. Cough with exertion, laughing or crying, cough with uris, wheezing, or cough at night, all can be clues to childhood asthma. A physical exam helps and then as the child gets older, specialized lung function tests can be done to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Symptoms, tests: Symptoms of pediatric asthma are cough, wheeze, and/or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath that is recurrent and commonly triggered by colds, exercise, cold air and at night. If over 5 yrs old a breathing test called spirometry will be done. Albuterol that treats asthma can be used and if symptoms improve, that is suggestive. Chest x-ray usually normal. Allergies commonly coincide. ...Read more
I know he has a genitic problem. My daughter is in denial. I want to help him and do not know how. what can I do?
Your father has to: recognize that he has a problem and he has to want to do something about it. Families often feel helpless, hopeless, angry, ashamed and guilty, in various combinations. Concerned family members can present their worries to him trying to help him see the problem, but this often results in denial and anger on her part. Attend Alanon meetings for your own sake, not hers, it may help with enabling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Positive side: It is always good to present first the positive side of the issue being presented. So it might be helpful to help him identify difficulties that you see as possibly caused by a potential problem like aspergers, then explain to him that effective help is available to address and help resolve these difficulties, then a suggestion to seek a diagnostic evaluation help may follow good luck. ...Read more
Ask: If your friend is an adult, short of getting specific blood tests and checking for shrunken testes, there's no way to know for sure. ...Read more
Depends on age: This is a broad subject. Without knowing his age, I can't give you specific advice in just a paragraph. Please refer to this link which covers speech milestones and development by age from infants to 5 yrs of age. I hope it helps. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/pediatrics/age-appropriate_speech_and_language_milestones_90,P02170/ ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Change in behavior: You might notice changes in behavior -- could be irritable and agitated when using, rushed, and intense. When coming down (or crashing) he could sleep for long periods, and be very depressed. Unexplained absences from school, slacking off in studies, spending more money than usual, perhaps stealing from you. Drug testing too. Please talk w/your doctor about all this. ...Read more
Motor Movements: First are involuntary motor movements. If there are complex symphonies of movements (arms, head & shoulders moving in stylized fashion) then mm is more serious. If complex movements are above & below waist, it is more severe. Finally if vocalizations are included in the tic complex, you've reached maximum complexity. If these tics disrupt behavior it's more worrisome. See competent expert for dx. ...Read more
Children suffer: There is a higher prevalence of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and suicide attempts among coas than among their peers. In addition, coas are 3-4 times more likely than others to become addicted to alcohol or other drugs themselves. There is a link for your benefit - talks about parental view of this situation - http://www.Coaf.Org/family/parents%20in%20recovery/affectkid.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can i make sure that my son is at the begining of drug addiction without he get's aware,any medical tests?or somehow at home?
Be careful: I'm really urging you NOT to try to find out w/out his knowing. It can appear to put you in the wrong and perhaps still not give you a solid course of action anyway. If you can't mention your concern in the safety of another's presence (or alone) then that in itself is a problem. 'Beginning' is better than 'late', but it doesn't matter. You can't do this alone. Time for real professional help. ...Read more
My son was given a trial pack of zubsolv for oxycotin addiction. Told to take 2 a day. Should they be taken together or every 12 hours?
Either Way: The FDA advises once a day dosing however, unlike antibiotics or bp meds, the only thing that matters is how the patient "feels". Buprenorphine/Naloxone is intended to satisfy the craving for opiates without the dose dependent "high" provided by oxycodone. The smallest dose that accomplishes the goal of abstinence taken at once or in divided doses is best determined by the committed patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Adult child in trouble with addiction in california a friend's son (33 years old) went out to ca to a specific type of client for an addiction issue.
It appeared that he was going 'great' but apparently it was a lie. He is on the street and back using.
A disease of lies: Addicts lie, it's a fact. But this is not b/c they are bad people but b/c every positive motivation they have is hijacked by the need to use. Deciding to stop is good but not enough. The 3 things that move us are thoughts, feelings & biology. We think the mind is the captain but the emotions or the body can easily overrule a mental decision. When the 2 gang up vs. The mind it's like possession. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Son was prescribed Suboxone for opiate addiction & lexipro for mood. He's having bad nightmares. He has a health phobia & is worried about dreams.
Possible side effect: Both suboxone and lexipro are reported to cause nightmares in about 1% of those taking them; it seems to be a bigger issue for those on lexipro. It is possible that it is also a coincidence as many not on meds also have nightmares. Your son should discuss this with the doctor who prescribed these meds and explore alternatives- i'd try a different antidepressant first. Counseling may help too! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Help with unintentional benzodiazepine addiction? Can't find dr who knows anything about slow taper. The ashton manuel? Anyone?
Addiciton to computer my son is 43 years old and is addicted to the computer from the time he is off work until he goes to bed. He watches everything his girl friend does, from facebook, to her friends and what they are saying. He continually watches he
I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?
Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more
"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm.. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Recovery program: For any addiction, you need help from your physician, often also an addiction medicine doctor, and a support group that works with the substance or behavior you're using addictively. If the addiction medicine doctor is not a psychiatrist, you also need a psychiatric evaluation so that any conditions complicating your recovery can be treated. Bottom line: don't do it alone, and you don't have to! ...Read more
Let's treat cause: An evaluation by a well trained psychiatrist should clarify the depth, strength, causative factor(s) involved. An addiction similar to opiates or ''speed'' is unlikely. I suspect anxiety of a general to specific nature or a difficulty related to depression or compulsive behavior is more likely. All these are easier to treat than chemical addictions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impossible: To teach all here . With substance abuse, your brain cells change. Stop the substance and you get very sick, and some, can die. Example: alcohol wd (withdrawal), and benzo (valium like drugs)wd both can kill you. Its why jails are not allowed to keep these addicts but must admit to hosptal for safe detox, then jail. The body, esp brain cells change in an addict. Requires treatment. Google abam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Like other addict.: Latest research suggests that the underlying mechanisms of food addiction are likely similar to other substances like drugs& alcohol. Especially rich sugary foods can cause spikes in dopamine which is very reinforcing to the body and leads to seeking out more of the food to get that boost again. ...Read more
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