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What percentage of adults who experienced sibling physical and psychological abuse as children have PTSD?

What percentage of adults who experienced sibling physical and psychological abuse as children have PTSD?

PTSD: I feel empathy for those going through sibling physical and psychological abuse as children It causes intense fear, panic and helplessness Frequent and intense episodes of abuse with injury; and lack of love and support from the parents can lead to PTSD. There are no scientific studies to show the percentage of adults with PTSD due to abuse as children See a Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication ...Read more

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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can parents who both have undiagnosed learning difficulties have kids with them?

Can parents who both have undiagnosed learning difficulties have kids with them?

Yes, it's possible: In many cases, the cause of a learning disability is not known. Learning difficulties that accompany this disability aren't the result of the way the child takes in information --sight & hearing are fine -- but rather the result of the way the brain processes the information.Certain types of learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, can be inherited. Those w/ld often have ave or above ave intellig. ...Read more

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How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

How many families in the us have children with learning disabilities/developmental disabilities?

US Dept of Education: From dr. Mark batshaw's book, children with disabilities, the national center for education services in 2011 reported that over 6. 6 million students received special education sevices in 2007-08, of which 2.5 million were classified as having specific learning disabilities. And that's just school-aged children. ...Read more

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Should a parent share their abusive past with their children to help explain his/her emotional problem?

Should a parent share their abusive past with their children to help explain his/her emotional problem?

Depends: This depends on several factors related to the current situation. The parent would need to examine his/her motives for sharing such information. The appropriateness of this would also be impacted by the age and/or maturity level of the children. I would suggest discussing the matter with a therapist before making a decision about this. Such a disclosure could be helpful, but there are risks. ...Read more

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What percentage of individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome get married? Who do they marry?

What percentage of individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome get married?  Who do they marry?

Unknown: As far as i'm aware, those statistics are not known. The percentage for autism would be much lower than for both asperger's and for the general population. I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage for asperger's was similar or only slightly lower than the general population. ...Read more

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Do kids whose parent is a hyper mensa type have a higher risk of asperbergers?

Not Normally: I am not aware of any such research that would support that hypothesis. Individuals with asperger's disorder do not display any cognitive impairments and while they are speaking may be for a formalized, it does not necessarily mean they are themselves highly intelligent tend to be fairly intelligent. ...Read more

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Approximately what percent of children with disabilities have multiple disorders?

Approximately what percent of children with disabilities have multiple disorders?

Few in the beginning: Certain syndromes have multiple problems: genetic disorders affecting all organs. Secondary disorders such as obesity, osteoporosis, fractures and cancer may depend on the disease, lifestyle, and life expectancy of the original condition. Cerebral palsy may have both mental and physical components but is one disorder. Disability of hearing always comes with speech disorders. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

What percentage of kids with autism have sleep problems?

It's common: While i don't have a specific percentage, it's pretty common, and most of the kids i see have a sleep disorder of some sort. Sometimes it's difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep, winding down, or having a correct day/night cycle. There are medications that can help, but consult with your pediatrician and / or a sleep expert to get a specific regimen. ...Read more

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Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

No More Than Others: There is currently no research supporting the notion that the older the mom, the more likely that their kids will have learning disabilities. ...Read more

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In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

In what ways are kids or adults diagnosed with autism every second?

Statistics: Its a way of rephrasing the statistics. The cdc states 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism by age 8. ...Read more

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Hi, if two people both with g6pd condition have children, what are the health implications for the children?

Google G6PD genetics: This requires a rather long answer.The best place to get it is on the home page of g6pd genetics on line. ...Read more

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I have congenital hypothyroidism family support, experiences from families who have children with hypothyroidism, any suggestions?

I have congenital hypothyroidism family support, experiences from families who have children with hypothyroidism, any suggestions?

Good resource below.: http://www.circleofmoms.com/moms-with-kids-who-have-congenital-hypothyroidism Is a place for providing and obtaining support. ...Read more

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Is there a higher incidence of shopping addiction in people who are learning disabled with impulse control issues?

Is there a higher incidence of shopping  addiction in  people who are learning disabled with impulse control  issues?

Probably not: I have never seen any research on this. However, usually "shopping addiction" is a way to reduce anxiety or fear which can stem from various sources. ...Read more

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Are those afflicted with ADHD classified as a 'vulnerable adult'? This is in regard to the 22 year-old grandson of a close family friend who has adhd.Two years ago, two adult men in their late 40's had asked him to move in with them. They immediately bega

Are those afflicted with ADHD classified as a 'vulnerable adult'? This is in regard to the 22 year-old grandson of a close family friend who has adhd.Two years ago, two adult men in their late 40's had asked him to move in with them. They immediately bega

Unfamiliar term: Not sure of the context of "vulnerable adult" as a specific label. Certainly, adhd that lasts into adulthood is associaated with a wide range of increased risk for bad outcomes, and certain individuals with adhd retain a social immaturity that might make it easier for others to prey upon them. However, that is far from universal and more related to immaturity than adhd per se. ...Read more

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Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Can we avoid mental retarded state of child born with cousin marriage?

Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you. ...Read more

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Are two females able to have a child who shares both of there genetics?

Are two females able to have a child who shares both of there genetics?

No: Two natural females cannot and must not create a child who is made up of the genetics from each natural female. To do so would be breaking the laws of nature. Unfortunately, somewhere in the world, there might be somebody hiding in a lab trying to create this type of being. ...Read more

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Any support groups for kids who have a parent with cancer?

Any support groups for kids who have a parent with cancer?

Yes: As a parent of a childhood cancer survivor, i can relate to what you are going through. There are definitely support groups out there for parents depending on where you live. The american childhood cancer foundation and the american cancer society both have lists of parent groups. Sibling groups can also be helpful if a sibling is involved. It is helpful to talk with others with similar exp. ...Read more

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What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

What are some early indicators of autism in infants, for people who have an autistic child?

Watch the child: Red flags: lack of or regression of language development, lack of pointing to objects, lack of eye contact, doesn't play with toys in a 'typical fashion'. More obsessed with the parts of toys (eg wheels) than the toy itself. Intense interest in certain objects. Repetative movements, toe walking, lack or normal bowel movements (either too loose or too hard, or alternating). None for sure, . ...Read more

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How can parental stress be harmful for children?

Empathy: Children are very good at following their parents' moods. The worst stressor for a child is a stressed parent; if a parent is calm, children can handle pretty much any situation. ...Read more

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My parents are causing me stress! what can I do?

My parents are causing me stress! what can I do?

Seek counseling: You & your circumstances determine the answer. A counselor/therapist may help you review & identify causes & possible solutions. Focus on your own part in it & taking charge of that part may help. Communicating with parents about the stress may help. Anxiety & stress reduction workbook (mckay) offers self-help techniques to consider. Embrace the challenge to improve your own heatlh & well-being. ...Read more

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What can be done to reduce the stress of first time parents?

What can be done to reduce the stress of first time parents?

Prep the best u can: Instead of preparing to feel stressed by your new arrival; try to imagine the exciting possibilities of the this "new life" you will prepare to take part in the world. I think "baby days" to be some of the most enjoyable of parenthood. A baby just wants needs to be taken care of--she is not going to ask for money, or the car, or roll her eyes at this point. Love your new baby. Welcome help. Relax. ...Read more

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How do working mothers cope with the stress associated with parental care?

How do working mothers cope with the stress associated with parental care?

Are you caring : For your parents? Between your job, taking care of your parents and your children - it is essential that you somehow find a way to care for yourself. To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi >. ...Read more

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What's a common way people go about dealing with large amounts of stress, and the loss of loved ones (parents, siblings etc)?

What's a common way people go about dealing with large amounts of stress, and the loss of loved ones (parents, siblings etc)?

Accepting grief: Grief is a natural reaction to loss and involves various stages: denial, bargaining, anger, depression and finally acceptance. We all go through stress when we experience loss. It all takes time so we need to be patient with ourselves and the process. Accept the pain and hurt. Allow yourself to experience the grief because you need to go through it to get through it. ...Read more

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How can I cope with the stress of being a new parent?

Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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Im really stressed. My parents have been fighting alot. They fight in the night which wakes me up. It all causes me to be really tired during the day.

Im really stressed. My parents have been fighting alot. They fight in the night which wakes me up. It all causes me to be really tired during the day.

Agree w' Dr Vertino: Tell your parents that their arguments are waking you and worrying you. Even if they do not go to either family or couple's therapy, you can talk to a therapist about how their fights are impacting on you. You parents may not realize that you are hearing them. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I should tell my parents i think I have complex post traumatic stress disorder?

Please tell me if I should tell my parents i think I have complex post traumatic stress disorder?

Are you a minor or : An adult? If you are a minor, it is important to let them know so that they get you professional help. If you are an adult, it your family is nurturing, then i would share it with them. Having a good support system is important to work past trauma. I would encourage you to obtain professional help. Cognitive processing therapy, emdr ; virtual reality exposure therapy can be very effective tx. ...Read more

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Can playing w play doh help relieve stress. Had a bad day and its helping me. Am i crazy my parents think its strange. Im 29?

Can playing w play doh help relieve stress. Had a bad day and its helping me.   Am i crazy my parents think its strange.    Im 29?

Yes!: Playdoh , like stress balls, is a great way to relieve stress. You're not crazy. Other activities that help are meditation, exercise, hobbies, etc. All these are good, safe ways to relieve stress. ...Read more

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My lower back hurts all the time. My parents say it's from stress. Ae they right?

Not typically stress: Chronic low back pain of > 3-6 months is not likely from stress. Certainly musculoskeletal causes including sitting position and posture may contribute but a more serious issue is also possible including disc pain and fracture. Long standing pain should be evaluated with history, physical examination and possibly xray and MRI if warranted. ...Read more

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I cannot sleep with stress, may have to leave partner to care for parents. Feel devestated.?

I cannot sleep with stress, may have to leave partner to care for parents. Feel devestated.?

Talk w/therapist: Dealing with aging or ill parents can be extremely challenging, especially when they live far away. I'm sorry you're faced with this difficult choice. I urge you to review all your options before acting. Discussing your situation in detail with a psychologist or other mental health professional may help you sort through things. A geriatric care manager may help too. http://www.caremanager.org/. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i go to the doctor stressing about my mental health, will they tell my parents?

Can you tell me if i go to the doctor stressing about my mental health, will they tell my parents?

Privacy Laws: As an adult, the information you discuss with your doctor is confidential. The doctor must get your consent to talk with family. See this link if you need to know more specifics about the privacy laws: http://www.Hhs.Gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/. ...Read more

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What can I do if my family cause stress and depression to my life all the time? My parents don't spend time with me and i always feel so alone.

What can I do if my family cause stress and depression to my life all the time? My parents don't spend time with me and i always feel so alone.

Meet others: Try talking to them about this. If it doesn't help, consider finding emotional support outside your family. Do you have friends? Classmates? Co-workers? As you enter your 20s you become an adult and need to develop your own social life. Parents should be supportive (& it hurts when they're not), but there's a whole world of others out there too. Also consider therapy for depression/stress. ...Read more

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How do I get a fever?I need a few days off my parents won't let me stay home otherwise please tell me i'm stressed from school i need a day off school

How do I get a fever?I need a few days off my parents won't let me stay home otherwise please tell me i'm stressed from school i need a day off school

Stressed: Obviously you're feeling stressed in some way, but you're considering avoidant or inauthentic ways ways of handling it. If feeling stressed, talk with a counselor at school or other therapist so you can develop healthier ways to manage yourself. Giving yourself a fever is not the answer. ...Read more

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A loved one has suddenly died & i will be left with siblings as my parents have flown to the funeral in india. I feel scared, lonely & stressed.

A loved one has suddenly died & i will be left with siblings as my parents have flown to the funeral in india. I feel scared, lonely & stressed.

Ask friend/neighbor: Sorry to hear of the loss of a loved one. It is not easy. Anyhow, it can be helpful talking to a friend, a neighbor, or a relative about the situation. Ask to see if anyone can come to stay with you until your parents return. Also, if possible, ask to see if you can stay at your relative's, friend's, or neighbor for a few days. It is better to have someone around. I am sorry and good luck to you. ...Read more

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My parents don't think I have lifetime depression, they think it is just post- traumatic stress. What should I do?

My parents don't think I have lifetime depression, they think it is just post- traumatic stress. What should I do?

Both are serious: Both depression and ptsd are serious conditions that require therapy. If you are in therapy, consider inviting them to a session to help them understand what your therapist thinks you are dealing with and how they could help you. ...Read more

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Sometimes i feel so angry and stressed out for no reason. Talking to my parents is hard and i spend my day doing nothing bc of it. What is this?

Sometimes i feel so angry and stressed out for no reason. Talking to my parents is hard and i spend my day doing nothing bc of it. What is this?

Mood swings...: If you are experiencing mood swings or increased irritability that is difficult to control and interfering with your daily life relationships and activities then I think it is time to see a therapist or counselor. The only way to tell what is going on and how to control it is by making a formal evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more

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Hi I discovered about 5 grey hairs in my head, I'm 19. My parents did not grey early. Does this mean I have white hair by 20s. Does stress cause this?

Hi I discovered about 5 grey hairs in my head, I'm 19. My parents did not grey early. Does this mean I have white hair by 20s. Does stress cause this?

Pre-mature graying: It is believed that hair turning white is caused by the production of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle. While stress can do many many things, there has been no direct linkage that I know of correlating one with the other. ...Read more

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Caity has insomnia except her parents won't let her get medication. She's been having it for years. She's under a lot of stress. Depressed also. Help?

Caity has insomnia except her parents won't let her get medication. She's been having it for years. She's under a lot of stress. Depressed also. Help?

Parent to open acct: I'd let Caity's parents know that they can open a NO COST account on HealthTap & ask questions of an entire panel of family practice & specialty docs. Caity's insomnia should be thoroughly investigated for causes & treated.Many alternatives to medications can be offered. But 1st a good diagnosis is needed. I'd be happy to answer more questions at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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They are handing out child stress kits to parents so they wont abuse their kids. Toys and candy. How (and who) would that help?

They are handing out child stress kits to parents so they wont abuse their kids. Toys and candy. How (and who) would that help?

Who has the stress?: If the kids are stressed, then a kit with appropriate toys and activities might help them. If the parents are stressed, then giving the kids something to do might help briefly. However, in the long run, other steps must be taken. There are many resources online and in most communities. You may also continue to ask our ht experts in pediatrics, child psychiatry, psychiatry, clinical psychology, fp. ...Read more

Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more