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Is it true that a child that does not point must be autistic?

Is it true that a child that does not point must be autistic?

No, not true: A child who is growing fine, developing skills on time, interacting with other people, emotionally nice to be with, and smiles happily is likely normal. Such a child may point or not point, but it shouldn't matter, as the rest of his life looks normal. However, if a child has several odd traits or behaviors, and one of those behaviors is "not pointing", then he might (not must) be autistic. ...Read more

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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


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If a mother is allergic to mortin, does that mean their child/children can not have it also?

If a mother is allergic to mortin, does that mean their child/children can not have it also?

Not Exactly: What is passed genetically from parent to child is the propensity to develop atopy (such as eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergies) but usually not sensitization to specific allergens which the parent is allergic to. The exception, which is a controversial topic, is drug allergies, but this is usually dependent on metabolism of the drug which is inherited rather than the allergy. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a kid have bipolar tendencies if their parent is bipolar and not have it?

Would it be possible that a kid have bipolar tendencies if their parent is bipolar and not have it?

Sure can: Well anyone can have bipolar tendencies, and if there is family history there is increased risk. Some beleive bipolar has become grossly overdiagnosed, especially in children - there is a 70% overlap with adhd symptoms. A good pediatric clinical psychological or pediatric psychiatric evaluation can help with proper assessment. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

How likely is it that a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by a doctor?

Sure: Children with asperger's can be extremely bright and high functioning. This might not be readily diagnosed in all cases. ...Read more

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Is it true that autism can now be found in a fetus?

No.: Autism spectrum disorders can only be diagnosed (or overdiagnosed) during childhood. No prenatal test or risk factor can predict this. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a child born prematurely have autism - or can it simply be a development delay?

Is it possible that a child born prematurely have autism - or can it simply be a development delay?

The lower the birth : weight, the higher the risk of having any neurodevelopmental disorder, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay with either Intellectual Disability or Specific Learning Disabilities at school age, Cerebral Palsy, &/or ADHD. Early Intervention from birth-3 & Early Childhood Special Education from 3-5 can significantly alter the developmental trajectory. ...Read more

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Is it true that tea might not be good for someone with septal defect?

Is it true that tea might not be good for someone with septal defect?

Tea: Tea and its components (especially caffeine) will have no effect on someone with a septal defect. ...Read more

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Does it matter if a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by his doctor?

Does it matter if a child has a mild form of autism and it not be recognized by his doctor?

Mild autism: While mild is better than severe, being on the pdd spectrum still places any child at risk for educational and social challenges. Best to get a good, comprehensive evaluation of the child's strengths and weakness and promote the strengths, but provide support for any weaknesses discovered. ...Read more

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Does a person that is schizophrenic know that they have an issue?

Does a person that is schizophrenic know that they have an issue?

Not always: And that is one major problem. If a person does not believe they have anything wrong with them, they are much less likely to want to take any treatment and/or stick with the treatment. That leads to the psychosis becoming worse. One main goal is for the person to gain insight into his or her condition. Sadly, this may not always happen. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a person be aware of their cancer before it is diagnosed?

Is it possible that a person be aware of their cancer before it is diagnosed?

Yes: A person may be aware of signs and symptoms that may predate the official diagnosis of cancer. For example, the person may feel that odd lump or mass in the body or may have nausea and weight loss way before the official diagnosis is made with an x-ray or biopsy. ...Read more

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Is it possible that of being premature as a baby can effect me to not have kids or is it still possible to actual conceive?

Is it possible that of being premature as a baby can effect me to not have kids or is it still possible to actual conceive?

Still possible: A standard infertility evaluation with your ob/gyn or an infertility specialist will help determine the cause of difficulty conceiving and possible treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it true that when you have braces, there is a possiblity that you'll have malocclusion?

Is it true that when you have braces, there is a possiblity that you'll have malocclusion?

Malocclusion is why: Malocclusion is latin for "bad bite". If the teeth do not fit together ideally and they are not lined up correctly, then that is call a malocclusion. Malocclusion is what orthodontists treat. After braces the malocclusion no longer exists and a good occlusion (or bite) is what one has. ...Read more

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Is it true that a phycopath is not mentally ill, nor physically ill or emotionally ill, but in fact it's that they've chosen to be the way they are?

Is it true that a phycopath is not mentally ill, nor physically ill or emotionally ill, but in fact it's that they've chosen to be the way they are?

Not true: The term psychopath or sociopath are used in different ways and are not diagnostic terms. They are often used to describe people who others believe behaved negatively, manipulatively, or harmfully without remorse. People tend to fall on a wide spectrum regarding any label or personality trait, including the ones you are referring to. As used originally, a psychopath was mentally ill. ...Read more

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Is it true that a spleenectomy is more dangerous as a child. Why?

Is it true that a spleenectomy is more dangerous as a child. Why?

Yes: In children, having a functional spleen is important for the development of long-term immunity to certain bacteria. If you lose or have to have your spleen removed early, you may be more susceptible to these bacteria. If the spleen is lost when you are an adult, however, you have already built up immunity to most of these organisms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have OCD but not actually carry out the tasks?

Obsess not compulsiv: I think you are asking if you can be diagnosed with ocd, bit not have the compulsive ritualistic behaviors. This would leave you obsessive thinking, and.Possibly other troublesome thought processes, such as number counting, superstition and perfectionism. At any rate, the answer is yes, assuming you meet the other diagnostic criteria. ...Read more

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What is the possibility that a child will be a manic-depressive if her mother has that disorder?

What is the possibility that a child will be a manic-depressive if her mother has that disorder?

It varies: Many things may influence this and there may be different forms of bipolar that have different levels of heritability. For some families, it can be as high as 50%. ...Read more

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Reverse pedophile is not always from sexual abuse as a child. This is a personal fact. What is it called if it is just a natural attraction.?

Reverse pedophile is not always from sexual abuse as a child. This is a personal fact. What is it called if it is just a natural attraction.?

It depends: It depends on how young the person is -- if not yet adult, sexual relations with an adult (especially much older) would be seen legally as statutory rape. If the person is of legal adult age and attracted to older partners, that could be natural variation. However, age spread greater than 10 years may lead to lifestyle challenges as the older person ages sooner than the younger one does. ...Read more

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