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Hyperventilation In Autism
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
Not that we know.: However, if asking whether it's genetic or not, there seems to be a genetic component to all of those disorders with odd (opositional defiant disorder) having no known link. Anxiety, especially panic disoder and agoraphobia, have a somewhat stronger link but not to the degree tourettes and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) have. No brain "development issues" have been found in these disorders. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Similar to children:
Social awkwardness, subtle communication differences, narrowed pedantic interests. But aspies are awesome people, just different, not deficient. See< http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/asperger/detail_asperger.Htm#211353080> &
Might the hyperexcitability of brain in epilepsy be related to the hyperactivity of people with asperger's?
My child has:decreased REM sleep & frequent wakings, migrational abnormality in brain that causes seizures, & behavioral probs.Is all of this connected?
Yes, an underlying: Neurological impairment likely causes all symptoms. Seek evaluation by a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to search for a genetic or other medical cause. There are known syndromes with lack of rem sleep, the most common of which is down syndrome. Comparative genomic hybridization & a dna probe for fragile x are genetic tests used when there are no physical findings of a specific syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraine with aura-can causes b faulty willis circuitry in the brain, open p.F.O in the heart? Can cumulative vascular damage occur untreated attacks?
Yes: People with pfo tend to have problems with headaches. Generally it is thought that fixing the pfo helps. ...Read more
Aspergers: Research is suggesting spectrum kids may be awash in serotonin in utero. There is speculation that ssri's may not be the best route in treating some of the difficulties associated with the spectrum because there may already be too much serotonin. Hopefully, future research will clarify. This is my take on the spectrum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more
Is bipolar disorder in children possible? Most of what I've read says bipolar disorder develops in adults.
Bipolar disorder in children is possible: It's most often diagnosed in older children and teenagers, but bipolar disorder can occur in children of any age. As in adults, bipolar disorder in children can cause mood swings from the highs of hyperactivity or euphoria (mania) to the lows of serious depression. Emotional upheaval and unruly behaviors are a normal part of childhood and the teen years, and in most cases they aren't a sign of a mental health problem that requires treatment. All kids have rough periods — it's normal to feel down, irritable, angry, hyperactive or rebellious at times. However, if your child's symptoms are severe, ongoing or causing significant problems, it may be more than just a phase. Here are some signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder in children: Severe mood swings that are different from their usual mood swings, Hyperactive, impulsive, aggressive or socially inappropriate behavior, Risky and reckless behaviors that are out of character, such as having frequent casual sex with many different partners (sexual promiscuity), alcohol or drug abuse, or wild spending sprees, Insomnia or significantly decreased need for sleep, Depressed or irritable mood most of the day, nearly every day during a depressive episode, Grandiose and inflated view of own capabilities, Suicidal thoughts or behaviors in older children and teens. Children with bipolar disorder experience symptoms in distinct episodes. Between these episodes, children return to their usual behavior and mood. Keep in mind, a number of other childhood disorders cause bipolar-like symptoms, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety disorders and major depression. Diagnosis can be challenging because these and other mental health conditions often occur along with bipolar disorder. If your child has serious mood swings, depression or behavior problems, consult a mental health provider who specializes in working with children and teens. Mood and behavior issues caused by bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions can lead to major difficulties. Early treatment can help prevent serious consequences and decrease the impact of mental health problems on your child as he or she gets older. . ...Read more
Possibility: Persons with autism spectrum have a 30 to 35 percent risk of developing epilepsy. Experience is that most cases develop by adolescence. Generally if you have passed adolescence and child bearing, you have passed the risk period. Be cautious anyway and practice good health habits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No good data: This is not quite rare, but also not common. It is more often reported in children but can occur at any age. It is not a mental illness, but a physical perceptual distortion and is usually not part of a dangerous condition. It may be associated w/ migraines or tle and a neurologist might help. Try not to worry about 'craziness' - it is not that. Wish i could offer #s, but i can't. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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