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Is Marfan syndrome physically limiting for people?

Is Marfan syndrome physically limiting for people?

Over-exertion is bad: Marfan syndrome persons should avoid contact sports. If symptoms are on the moderate to severe side, they can participate in non-contact, non-strenguous activities such as golf, bowling, walking, yoga, or tai-chi. If mild to moderate in severity, they can try non-contact, moderately strenguous activities such as biking or swimming. The national marfan foundation website is helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

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


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Is it true that masturbating less (for adult males) helps you be more mentally focused and driven?

Is it true that masturbating less (for adult males) helps you be more mentally focused and driven?

Huh?: Interesting observation. If you're obsessed with masturbating i guess it'll interfere with focus and drive. But there is no physiologic or neurologic reason for this. ...Read more

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Is global developmental delay considered cognitive, if so how is a child's intelligence determined? What factors besides milestones are considered?

Is global developmental delay considered cognitive, if so how is a child's intelligence determined?  What factors besides milestones are considered?

Definitions: The term "cognitive" confers the idea of the child thinking through an idea like responding to a stranger or formulating speech.The term global implys that both thinking & motor skill sets are involved in a process.Kids can have isolated fine motor, gross motor or thinking delays. Special scales like the bailey or minnesota child development inventory can assess these areas of early child developme. ...Read more

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Is it true that there is a correlation between poorly attached children and obessive complusive behavior?

Is it true that there is a correlation between poorly attached children and obessive complusive behavior?

See below: No. But if you mean a child who does not enjoy the company of others, or does not socialize, interact well with others, then that can be part of the signs seen with autism. And, kids with autism can have obsessive behaviors. ...Read more

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Is intelligence considered to be an aspect of mental health?

Is intelligence considered to be an aspect of mental health?

Definition: If you want to limit intelligence to an IQ score, you can find people with all different intelligence levels who could be considered essentially happy and functioning within normal ranges, which is much more along the lines of how mental heal is defined. Think of them as largely separate issues. ...Read more

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Is having autism and being mentally challenged the same thing?

Is having autism and being mentally challenged the same thing?

No, but Autistic : Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & Intellectual Disability (ID) often co-exist. ID= having an IQ< 70 with commensurately low adaptive skills before age 18. ASD = qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocity + stereotypical movements &/or vocalizations or narrow, restricted areas of interest. Prognosis in ASD depends on level of cognition, degree of ASD & early response to therapy. ...Read more

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What is aspergers and autism classified as. Is it a disability or not classed as anything ?

What is aspergers and autism classified as. Is it a disability or not classed as anything ?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is a categorical diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder. A Chromosomal Microarray may reveal the etiology or cause of your ASD. Neuropsychological testing may reveal that you have a functional disability from your core symptoms of ASD &/or from comorbid psychiatric disorders, making you eligible for SSI & Medicaid funding & Vocational Rehabilitation services. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

One is slang: handicapped covers a whole spectrum of developmental disabilities where retarded is vulgar and no professional uses that term anymore ...Read more

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In physically & mentally fit person hypersexuality ( irrespective of age) is normal phenomrnon or can we label it as addiction ?

In physically & mentally fit person hypersexuality ( irrespective of age) is normal phenomrnon or can we label it as addiction ?

That depends: Some people have a really strong sex drive - if it doesn't interfere with other aspects of their life then it is likely not an addiction. ...Read more

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Is being bilingual healthy for your brain?

Is being bilingual healthy for your brain?

Valuable: Would encourage all English speaking Americans to learn another language, such as the Europeans do. Brain can be considered like a muscle, and any additional intellectual activity can reinforce analytical functions. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy an illness that effects people only physically or does it also affect the person psychologically?

Is cerebral palsy an illness that effects people only physically or does it also affect the person psychologically?

Mostly both: CP is quite variable. Some may never know they have it & only be identified on a thorough neurologic exam. Some are so bad they are severely impaired. It is also sometimes associated wit seizure disorders, speech & language problems, learning issues etc. Those with minimal impairment likely do fine emotionally while those with more are likely to be impacted emotionally. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as being mildly dyslexic in school?

Is there a such thing as being mildly dyslexic in school?

Yes: Yes.There are different forms and degrees of dyslexia which is difficulty comprehending what you read.Thus one may have other strengths that help cope with dyslexia. ...Read more

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Is mental health is more important than physical health?

Is mental health is more important than physical health?

Why do you ask?: Lacking either one will make you, and perhaps those around you, miserable. Almost everyone desires physical health, but part of what makes mental illness so treacherous is that many of these unfortunates do not want to become able to love, work, and play effectively, especially while the disease is controlling them. ...Read more

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What is considered ways of self-harm? Does restrictive eating count?

What is considered ways of self-harm? Does restrictive eating count?

Seek family therapy: You have several good questions. A family therapist may help you find the answers to questions you are asking. Talk to your family about seeing a therapist. ...Read more

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How is someone's daily life affected by autism?

Yours or someone: else's autism? Autism is a general condition that can be mild or quite severe. It is characterized by marked decreases in social skills, emotional intelligence, etc. and marked increases in "odd" behaviors--withdrawal, hyper-focusing on subjects, events, things--to the exclusion of others. Here's a starting reference: http://www.autism.com/pro_research ...Read more

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What is the least restrictive physical restraint?

What is the least restrictive physical restraint?

Depends: If patient is hospitalsied and pose the risk to itsself - as pull tubes, lines, fall.. than someitme physical restrain may be needed.It is last resort but necessary at times. Least restrictive is " 4 point " restrian whic s is soft restrain around wrist and ankles. " SOMA" bed is priotected with mesch preventing falls.Medication for anxiety and antipsychotic are sometimes used in conjucntion. ...Read more

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Ritualistic behavior provide security for which age group? Is it toddler, infant, preschool or afolescent?

Ritualistic behavior provide security for which age group? Is it toddler, infant, preschool or afolescent?

Preschool: Usually it begins in toddlers and becomes more obvious in pre-schoolers. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being mentally handicapped and mentally disabled?

What is the difference between being mentally handicapped and mentally disabled?

None. Both are lay : terms for Intellectual Disability (iD). ID is defined as having a measured IQ< 70 with concomitantly low scores in pragmatic, social & self-help adaptive skills before age 18. The level of these skills can fall in the mild, moderate, severe or profound range. Developmental Pediatricians search for the interaction of genetic, biological & environmental factors contributing to an individual's ID. ...Read more

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Is self harm considered a mental illness/disorder? why/why not. if it is what category would it be example, disorder of stress?

Is self harm considered a mental illness/disorder? why/why not. if it is what category would it be example, disorder of stress?

Self Harm- NAMI: According to the National Association on Mental Illness, self harm is not a mental illness but a sign of emotional distress-a behavior that shows a need for better coping skills. It is also prevalent in people who have gone through a lot of abuse. The goal: therapy to develop enduring adaptive coping skills. https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Self-harm ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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