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Is there any kind of psychotherapy that can help improve mental retardation?

Is there any kind of psychotherapy that can help improve mental retardation?

Not exactly: Mental retardation does not change but social skills and ability to cope in the world with "slowed learning" could improve through behavioral modification ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Mental Retardation (Definition)

Mental retardation is an old fashioned term now replaced with the term “Intellectual Disability”. It is defined as a measured intelligence below the normal range (less than 70) combined with inability to perform activities of daily living . For this designation a person must, in addition to having low measured ability, be significantly limited in at least two of the following areas: self-care, communication, home living, social/interpersonal skills, self-direction, use of community resources, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. The four degrees of intellectual disability are mild, (IQ between 55-70) moderate,(between 35 and 50) , severe and profound. In the severe and profound ranges individuals have language, communication and motor impairments and cannot be tested. Profound disability, is usually associated with a neurological condition. In addition to the categories of mild, moderate, severe, and profound, categories are sometimes used to designate those intellectually disabled persons who can benefit from some degree of academic training. Those designated "educable” can handle academic work at a third-to sixth-grade level, and usually have IQs that fall between 50 and 75. The designation “trainable” refers to those who can progress as far as second grade work and can live in a sheltered string without one on one constant care. It is important to know that a measured IQ is not as important as the access to and ability to respond to emotional, ...Read more


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Is there a surgery that can help with mental retardation?

Is there a surgery that can help with mental retardation?

No: Mr is a functional diagnosis. I am not aware of any structureal abnormality or connection abnormality tha tcan be improved with surgery. ...Read more

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Help please! is any type of cure or therapy for mental retardation?

Help please! is any type of cure or therapy for mental retardation?

Unfortunately....: Unfortunately, if mental retardation/intellectual disability is diagnosed, there is little anyone can do to cure it. That said, is the patient is a young child, speech and occupational therapy can increase their skills. The goal should be to help them become the most competent and independent adult they can be. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that can help with mental acuity and concentration in concussion recovery?

Are there any medications that can help with mental acuity and concentration in concussion recovery?

Amantadine: There is a growing literature concerning the use of Amantadine to treat the post concussion acquired attention deficit disorder. In the past doctors have tried using stimulant medication like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall. Speak to a neurologist who specializes in treating patients who have experienced concussion. ...Read more

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Is there any type of cure or therapy for mental retardation?

No cure, but help.: Mental retardation, now referred to as intellectual disability, is defined as having an iq of less than 70 and also experiencing difficulty in social areas. A person's iq does not change over time, but it is important to do everything to help them reach their potential. In many cases, speech, occupational, and/or physical therapies are useful. They also need the best educational setting available. ...Read more

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Is there any yoga or some natural treatments by which we can overcome this depression problem?

Is there any yoga or some natural treatments by which we can overcome this depression problem?

Depends on Cause. : It depends on the cause of your depression. Sometimes it's due to a biological problem, such as low thyroid or low testosterone. Other times it may be due to poor sun exposure, poor nutrition, or not enough exercise. Other times it may be due to unresolved emotional/cognitive problems. You need to find a doctor that will help you figure out the cause. The cause will dictate the treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any good non-medical treatments that help with mental retardation?

Depends on dfn of rx: The primary approach to management of mr depends on level & involves a focus on teaching self help skills, providing individualized life skill assistance with a goal of promoting near independent living if possible. I've seen special diets & alternative rxs offered, none have lived up to their promises. Mr is like the engine in your car, if you have 4 chamber engine it's never going to work like an 8. ...Read more

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Is there are any memory eraser medicine that can erase all of memory specially bad memory in psychology.That can useful in pstd or OCD treatment ..

Is there are any memory eraser medicine that can erase all of memory specially bad memory  in psychology.That can useful  in pstd or OCD treatment ..

No drug erasers: I agree with dr. Pappas. Work with a therapist who is epxerienced with ptsd and consider use of acupuncture as an adjunct (seven internal & seven external dragons). ...Read more

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Is there any exercise that can improve my cognition?

Is there any exercise that can improve my cognition?

Cardiovascular: Healthy doses of cardiovascular activity can improve mood, memory and relax the mind and the body. ...Read more

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Some cognition prblm and some mental retardation due to bacterial meningitis. Is not there any treatment or therapy or medicine for this?

Some cognition prblm and some mental retardation due to bacterial meningitis. Is not there any treatment or therapy or medicine for this?

Unfotunately no: The brain structural damage is permanent. The only hope is that that remaining brain may adequately compensate for ability to function in life. Try caffeine tablet 100 mgm as a test to see if any improvement in mental cognition occur for next 3-4 hours. If so then give caffeine tablets life long. ...Read more

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Is there any medication that can help people get rid of ocd?

Is there any medication that can help people get rid of ocd?

Yes: Several ssri antidepressants, such as luvox, prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) and zoloft, can help with ocd. For best effect, use of such medications would be paired with psychotherapy -- particularly cognitive behavioral therapy. You could start by seeing a psychiatrist for a good diagnostic evaluation, and go from there. ...Read more

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Is there any treatments to overcome worsening of sppech with Parkinsons? Is there any medications?

Is there any treatments to overcome worsening of sppech with Parkinsons? Is there any medications?

Ehhh-Yes BUT---: JUST medications to help with speech changes in PD is far from ROBUST although some people (and some studies) suggest they work...at least for a while. However, combination between optimal medication for PD combined with BEHAVIORAL SPEECH THERAPY is likely far superior in the majority of individuals. Univ. of Indiana has one called TWANG THERAPY. Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) is another. ...Read more

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Are there any natural or medical ways that will overcome extreme anxiety?

Are there any natural or medical ways that will overcome extreme anxiety?

ANXIETY: Some experiences (religion for example) can alter anxiety. Several meds can reduce anxiety but not cure it. Psychotherapy (sometimes along with meds) can really resolve extreme anxiety. I've been working with this for years, and the results are generally good. You reallyought to give it a try. ...Read more

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Are there any good medications that help with coping with a bad sexual abuse situation in the past?

Are there any good medications that help with coping with a bad sexual abuse situation in the past?

See below: Medication will help with managing sx that you may experiences as a result of abuse -- mood, sleep, etc. Discussing your issues with a psychologist or a counselor specializing in sexual abuse and/or traumatic experiences will help you with working through your experiences. Good luck! ...Read more

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Also is there any that cause a lack of emotion while anger exist as the only emotion available to someone?

Also is there any that cause a lack of emotion while anger exist as the only emotion available to someone?

Personality disorder: Some people with personality disorders act as if they would rather be mad than sad. All unpleasant emotions (like sadness, frustration, etc.) are expressed as anger. ...Read more

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What kinds of alternative therapies can be used for learning disorders? Do any of them work?

What kinds of alternative therapies can be used for learning disorders?  Do any of them work?

Special education : Services help a child with average or above iq & learning disabilities. Language-based ld's are the most common: dyslexia & disorder of written expression. Non-verbal learning disabilities can impact math, social understanding & executive functions. Intellectual disability in a child who has measurable cognitive & adaptive abilities significantly below average also is treated educationally. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that can help cure anxiety and allow faster brain function?

Are there any medications that can help cure anxiety and allow faster brain function?

No: I am not aware of any medicine that would allow for a reduction of anxiety yet allow more rapid brain function; unless it allows the the reduction of anxiety to create more normal brain function (less fragmentation of thought, etc). ...Read more

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Is there any vitamin that can help a person with depression and also help fortify the nervous system?

Is there any vitamin that can help a person with depression and also help fortify  the nervous system?

Yes: Many psychiatrists are adding high dose Folic Acid in the form of a medical food to anti-depressant medications, as there can be a major benefit in many. Although less accepted, supplementation of vitamin d-3 may also be of some value. ...Read more

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Are there any natural foods/and or supplements that can help a person cope with depression and mood swings?

Are there any natural foods/and or supplements that can help a person cope with depression and mood swings?

Don't Rely on Herbs: Many seek out st. John's wart for depression from health food stores. Research has show such a wild variation in the active ingredients measured in such minimally regulated products. Products have been actually found to contain none of the active ingredient, hypericum. Such supplements cost more than reliable generic antidepressants. Depression is serious. Don't gamble with herbs. See your md. ...Read more

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Please is there any drugs that can help in clearing of blurred vision?

Please is there any drugs that can help in clearing of blurred vision?

Blurred: Blurred vision can not be cured by medication. There are some systemic diseases like diabetes that can worsen your vision and can improve with proper medication management . You need to see a doctor for a proper evaluation ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Psychotherapy (Definition)

Psychotherapy is one treatment strategy for a variety of mental health conditions. It has also been shown to help a variety of chronic medical difficulties such as chronic pain. There are a variety of therapy types including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), psychodynamic therapy, & interpersonal therapy. Certain therapy is better suited for ...Read more