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Is being "emo" a sign of child abuse?

Is being "emo" a sign of child abuse?

Not necessarily: It is a bit of a "red flag" to have a child to adopts an odd posture like emo, or punk, or goth, or something counter culture. However there are always other things that can lead a child there. Some are just drawn there, others gain acceptance by friends. Some children are outcasts for personality or sexual reasons. Childhood traumas can lead to odd personality quirks, but other things do too. ...Read more

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Dr. James Saccomando
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Misbehaving Child (Definition)

A child, usually in the toddler age-18 months - 4 yrs of age, child may display behaviors out of normal range: tantrums without stopping, not being consoled thru usual means, hurting others or themselves, any unusual consistent misbehavior. This should be assessed by a developmental pedi MD for other signs of abnormality as well ...Read more


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Is it considered child abuse to neglect a child of a bed?

Probably but depends: For most of human history there were no beds as we know them and in some cultures a child not having a bed may not be abuse per se. On the other hand in california one would have to ask why a child is not having a bed. Parental neglect is considered child abuse, as it deprives a child of what is needed for his/her development. ...Read more

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Is oppositional defiance disorder real or is it just a sign of a lack of discipline at home?

Is oppositional defiance disorder real or is it just a sign of a lack of discipline at home?

Real: Oppositional defiance disorder (odd) is a difficult to manage behavior disorder which has a biologic cause. Severe discipline or lax discipline may worsen the behavior; you may need some advanced parenting skills to manage the behavior . The majority of children with odd also have adhd. Your doctor can recommend a behavior specialist to help you develop a workable behavior plan. ...Read more

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Is repetitive behavior a sign of mental illness?

Is repetitive behavior a sign of mental illness?

It may be,: Depending on the age of the person and what the behavior is. ...Read more

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Is ADHD an actual excuse for a lot of misbehaved children?

Is ADHD an actual excuse for a lot of misbehaved children?

Nope: Adhd is an inherited neurobiologic disorder affecting frontal lobe function worsened by intrauterine neurotrauma/alcohol/ nicotine exposure. Mri studies have shown it to exist. In fact if it goes untreated, the person's brain will never grow to normal size.See health my files on adhd or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/complete-index.Shtml. ...Read more

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Is bed wetting a symptom of major dyslexia?

Is bed wetting a symptom of major dyslexia?

No: They are not related that I am aware. Bed wetting occurs in many without dyslexia and is normal. There is often a first degree relative (mom, dad, uncles, etc) who wet the bed. Most kids outgrow it by 9-10. After age 7, a bed wetting alarm can be very helpful in resolving the problem. ...Read more

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Is constantly swearing at a child considered a form of child abuse?

Is constantly swearing at a child considered a form of child abuse?

Yes: Verbal abuse is more common and more damaging in many ways than physical abuse, please report it to your local child abuse hotline. ...Read more

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My daughter needs help with fine motor skills. Is this a sign or symptom of a learning disability?

My daughter needs help with fine motor skills. Is this a sign or symptom of a learning disability?

Not necessarily: Delay of fine motor skills in and of itself does not necessarily correlate to cognitive delay. It may be neuromuscular in nature or a developmental delay that simply requires some therapy. Important information would include delay in other milestones. Please speak with your pediatrician for further evaluation and guidance. ...Read more

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Are attachment problems a sign of child abuse?

Often not: Although child abuse certainly can lead to attachment problems, most children with attachment issues were not abused. Most commonly, it results from a mismatch of child needs and parenting style. Other contributing factors can be adoption or parent illness or death when children are very young. ...Read more

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Is there a mental diagnosis for an adult who throws temper tantrums the same way a child does?

Is there a mental diagnosis for an adult who throws temper tantrums the same way a child does?

Intermittent expolos: Intermittent explosive disorder is a condition where a person has sudden outbursts. It can exist by itself or be a symptom of panic disorder, anxiety, adhd, dementia, seizures, neurologic disorders, as well as bipolar and psychotic disorders. Evaluation and appropriate treatment can greatly help but the cause needs to be determined. ...Read more

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Will frequent nosebleeds be a symptom of behavioral diagnoses in children?

Will frequent nosebleeds be a symptom of behavioral diagnoses in children?

Many causes...: Nose bleeds in kids can be caused by a number of things. The number one cause by far is nose picking. Dry skin inside the nose can also be a problem (a little vaseline can help). Friable blood vessels in nose can be cause (need to see ENT to get treatment). Lastly, low platelets can cause pretty severe nose bleeds (>20 minutes). Treatment depends on cause of low platelets. ...Read more

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Is insecurity a sign of mental illness?

Is insecurity a sign of mental illness?

Not unless severe: "mental illness" is a judgment call. Severe mental conditions, e.g., schizophrenia, are clearly illnesses, while moderately bad depression is debatable, and most would agree mild to moderate insecurity is not. But if a person has severe insecurity that interferes with everyday life, it might be considered an illness. Whether it's an illness or not, counselors & therapists can help. ...Read more

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Fear of gaining weight is it always a sign of emotional immaturity or neediness?

Fear of gaining weight is it always a sign of emotional immaturity or neediness?

Causes - weight gain: Wow thats harsh! weight gain can be from normal aging and maturation weight gain can be from hormonal imbalances such as thyroid disease weight gain can be from heart disease or cancers weight gain can be from anxiety and overeating weight gain can be from eating to quell the pain of an ulcer and on and on and on get checked by a physician and don't be judgemental as there are many causes. ...Read more

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Is toe-walking a sign of autism?

Is toe-walking a sign of autism?

Not necessarily: Some kids are toe walkers by choice. They do it for a while and then they stop. Kids with CP tend to be toewalkers more than autistic kids. This is not to say that autistic may not be toe walkers. To answer your question, just being a toe walker does not mean that your kid is autistic. ...Read more

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What are signs of a child becoming autistic after a flu illness?

What are signs of a child becoming autistic after a flu illness?

Variable: We have reason to believe that one or more "stress factors" like flu and even vaccination can tip the balance of genetic risk. The symptoms are very variable e.g. Sudden loss of speech, bizarre behavior, changes in bowel activity, flapping of hands, sound sensitivity etc. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a school-aged child with depression?

What are symptoms of a school-aged child with depression?

Many: Social withdrawal, change in school performance, diminished enjoyment or participation in doing things for fun, irritability, anxiety, changes in sleep, etc. Any suspicion of depression should be evaluated by a physician. ...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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Is echolalia a common symptom of pdd?

Is echolalia a common symptom of pdd?

Yes: Echolalia is normal in you infants and may occur in a few other disorders, mostly language delay, but it is especially common in autism and other forms of pdd. It can be both immediate (echoing back something just said) and delayed (echoing a word or phrase from an earlier time such as from a watching a movie. In some, it is quite elaborate, including not just words but tone and gestures too. ...Read more

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