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Doctor insights on: I Have Trouble Learning New Things

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I don't suffer memory loss but I have trouble learning things example names or new vocab would this be more indicative of add or an actual mem prob?

I don't suffer memory loss but I have trouble learning things example names or new vocab would this be more indicative of add or an actual mem prob?

Hard to say.: It could be neither. Most people, including many doctors have different pathways for learning. Some learn by hearing information, some by reading it, others learn through manual tasks. Consider getting an evaluation to rule out a mild learning disorder before you decide you have ADD or memory problems. If you do have one, there are professionals who can help you figure out the best ways for you. ...Read more

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Please! does this sound like I have adhd? Having lots of difficulty learning new things.

Please! does this sound like I have adhd? Having lots of difficulty learning new things.

Probably not: Adhd is not about learning, it's about behavior. Without knowing how old you are, it's hard to say much. Adhd is not something you "catch" during adolescence or adulthood. If this problem is new, then it's not adhd. Might start by talking to your school counselor, if you're in school. If you're an adult, consult your physician. ...Read more

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I have hashimoto's thyroiditis and pcos. I'm learning new things almost everyday. My main question is, can a miscarrage kick-start both of these?

I have hashimoto's thyroiditis and pcos. I'm learning new things almost everyday. My main question is, can a miscarrage kick-start both of these?

No: Pcos is very common, affecting 5-10% of women. Thyroid problems are also common, and are more common in women than in men. A miscarriage would not cause either of these conditions. Two or more miscarriages is a reason to get checked out for causes of miscarriage, though. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can habituation takes place in children learning new behavior?

Can habituation takes place in children learning new behavior?

Absolutely: Essentially, learning a new behavioral pattern, means becoming habituated to it. Such as a bedtime and nap routine. ...Read more

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On memory tests I score well above average. I have difficulty learning new words though. Is there any disorder which specifically affects vocab memory?

On memory tests I score well above average. I have difficulty learning new words though. Is there any disorder which specifically affects vocab memory?

Learning semantics, : the meaning of words, is a complex task of higher order cognition, as described on http://www.indiana.edu/~hlw/Meaning/learning.html. It may, therefore, be difficult for a person whose neuropsychological function in short-term, active-working & long-term memory is intact. A neuropsychological exam can define the area of impairment. ...Read more

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Can learning a new foreign language help keep my mind sharp?

Can learning a new foreign language help keep my mind sharp?

Absolutely.: In addition to good sleep, aerobic exercise and healthy diet, doing things that challenge the brain like crossword puzzles, riddles, and learning a new language will keep your mind sharp! ...Read more

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Hi, I am a 22 year old I interested in learning things At the same time I think am losing my memory power would like to get some suggestions?

Hi, I am a 22 year old
I interested in learning things 
At the same time I think am losing my memory power
would like to get some suggestions?

Other mechanisms: You're to be commended. There are a number of approaches as noted here, but suggest you read "Moonwalking with Einstein," an interesting perspective on learning new ways to remember things. Best of luck on your learning journey. ...Read more

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Have anxiety and feeling guilty since learning of my PFO with ASA. Could I have caused these things to happen to myself? So worried about stroke.

PFO with or without: PFO/ASA is a congenital abnormality. You were born with it/them. No need to feel guilty. Your docs were remiss in not doing telling you that. This is one of those cases where I WOULD have recommended a web search for more info. (Usually consulting Dr. Google does more harm than good.) See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2599987/. ...Read more

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What are symtoms of a possible learning dissability?

What are symtoms of a possible learning dissability?

Many and varied: Learning disabilities could present with attention, focusing difficulties, poor academic performance, poor self esteem, school/work refusal, anxiety, depression or with no symptoms at all.If your child is falling behind, has difficulty with reading, etc seek help early. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of learning difficulties?

What are the symptoms of learning difficulties?

The answer is: A significant difficulty in one specific area below the person's over skills. For example an average iq person who is two standard deviations below in math but not reading. Or a bright person who is slow in reading but nothing else. Or a person who is borderline iq with a serioous problem in one area only. It is best to have this tested by a psychologist. ...Read more

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How can you get tested for learning difficulties?

How can you get tested for learning difficulties?

Getting tested: you should find a neuropsychologist who can do a battery of tests to determine this if cost is an issue maybe try contacting a psychology training program at a local university who may offer reduced price testing ...Read more

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Is dyslexia a learning difficulty? What about add?

Is dyslexia a learning difficulty? What about add?

Yes, No: Dyslexia is indeed a type of learning disability that affect reading. Add is attention deficit disorder and is in a different class. It can be confused as a learning disability. Both effect how kids progress through school. ...Read more

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How can I help my child to love learning in school?

How can I help my child to love learning in school?

By loving to learn: Children copy their parents. If you show them your love for learning, they'll reciprocate. ...Read more

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How does learning develop before a child starts school?

How does learning develop before a child starts school?

See below: Through interaction with adults and other children. We are constantly teaching are children. We teach them how to walk, brush there teeth, dress themselves, colors, numbers, how to ride a bike, etc. Learning always begins at home, and is continued even when children are in school. ...Read more

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What is the role of the axon in learning and development?

What is the role of the axon in learning and development?

Arms and legs: The neuron is the cell of the brain that is involved in learning and development. They need to be connected to other neurons to communicate. The axon is the arms or legs of the neuron that connect one neuron from another one. Without them, no communication and no learning and development. ...Read more

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Could my anxiety be holding me back with learning to drive?

Could my anxiety be holding me back with learning to drive?

That is possible.: I would encourage you to face your fears. By learning the rules of the road and actually taking driving lessons - you will develop confidence over time and anxiety will likely start to diminish. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a 3 year-old child has a learning problem?

How can you tell if a 3 year-old child has a learning problem?

Hard to predict: While some would suggest a kid may have ld issues if they are speech / language delayed at 3, many areas of learning are not "testable" ntil the kid is older. Just like you can't know if a 3 day old will walk at a normal time, u can't get at spelling, coding, short or long term memory, math or other areas until the kid is old enough to test in those areas. ...Read more

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Good evening, I have Ashtma and I am still learning about this?

Good evening,
I have Ashtma and I am still learning about this?

Asthma: Please ask a specific question about asthma and you have a better chance of getting a response here on Health Tap. Beyond that, please visit your pulmonologist (lung doc) w/a list of questions for more help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: learning difficulties?

Isolated problems: A learning disorder is defined on the basis of a discrepancy between a person's overall intelligence and accomplishments in a specific area of learning such as reading or mathematics. Imagine someone with an iq of 120 (bright) who, despite adequate exposure to the subject, is reading at a level 2-3 years below age level. The combination of overall capacity and specific deficiency is the key. ...Read more

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Can learning another language minimize the degree of stammering?

Can learning another language minimize the degree of stammering?

Not likely: Stammering or stuttering is indepedent of the languages spoken. Someone who stutters in one language will stutter in a second. But stutters can learn many languages. However, i will add that at some points in learning a new language the stutterer may stutter less often or more often in the new language because of the stage they are in. ...Read more

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Would hitting your head hard on the ground affect your learning and memory?

Would hitting your head hard on the ground affect your learning and memory?

POSSIBLE: A head injury could induce a concussion, and post-concussional symptomatology, but might also result in a traumatic brain injury. If you are experiencing problems with learning and memory, there are many other conditions which could be causative, including medication reactions, and recreational drugs. See your doctor and get this diagnosed. ...Read more

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When someone says my learning difficulties are functional what does that mean?

When someone says my learning difficulties are functional what does that mean?

Not structural: Functional vs. Structural/anatomic is a dichotomization that used to be popular but getting outdated. It used to be that if there is no detectable brain lesion, then a disease is considered "functional". For example, brain tumor is not a functional disorder while depression is. Advances in brain imaging technology increasingly show structural changes in all brain disorders. ...Read more

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A friend of mine with learning difficulties was knocked off his cycle. Do you think it hurt him?

A friend of mine with learning difficulties was knocked off his cycle. Do you think it hurt him?

What is his cycle?: Learning disorders that interferes with a person's ability to store, process, or produce information, and creates a gap between one's ability and performance. Individuals with learning disabilities may suffer from problems with speech, language, reading, mathematics, concentration, or reasoning. Falling off a "cycle" (whatever you are referring to) should not have any major issues. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can put a little less my sugar level? I'm from panama, i'm learning english.

Can you tell me how i can put a little less my sugar level? I'm from panama, i'm learning english.

Diet & exercise: Make sure you exercise at least 30 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories. Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night. ...Read more

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Im a 16 year old male will my learning and social disorder affect my life when i move out of my home?

Im a 16 year old male will my learning and social disorder affect my life when i move out of my home?

Depends: on what you have in place to help with the transition. Do you have friends who will be making life changes at the same time? Are you going to attend college? Will you be willing to discuss your learning style with the college counselor so you have an advocate there? Do you have a social safety net? Are you experiencing anxiety about your future and if so have you talked about that with anyone?Are you comfortable advocating for yourself in the school and workplace? Your chances are excellent for a full and happy independent future if you are willing, now, to prepare for it and are aware that at 16 you are still a wonderful work in progress with great potential. ...Read more

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What is the difference between someone having learning difficulties and having mental health problems?

These often overlap: Mental health (mh) diagnoses include learning difficulties (e.g. Adhd), but many other mh disorders can cause learning problems, e.g. Concentration/memory impairment is a symptom of depression. Though in my mind, subnormal IQ is not a mh disorder per se (though the dsm includes "borderline intellectual functioning"), it does explain most of what we label as "learning difficulties" in children. ...Read more

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How can you determine that your child's learning delays are not being caused by a health-related condition?

How can you determine that your child's learning delays are not being caused by a health-related condition?

Genetic testing: You can request a genetic evaluation to see if they are any chromosomal abnormalities or syndromes that are the cause of your child's developmental delays. Birth trauma or hypoxia may be a cause. Depending on the severity of the delays, you may choose to have some blood work done or possibly a metabolic workup as well. ...Read more