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My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

Autism's origins: New studies on chromosomal material have shown a number of autism cases related to sporadic changes(micro deletions or insertions) in the genetic code that probably occurred prior to conception. Of rare families with >1 affected child, this appears to be the case. Newly affected families have little if any chance of replicating that event, or sharing it across family lines. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more


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Female patient is on risperdal and adderall; she also has high func. Autism and ADHD and is 11 yrs old. Is this a seizure?

Female patient is on risperdal and adderall; she also has high func. Autism and ADHD and is 11 yrs old. Is this a seizure?

Question is unclear: I'm not sure i understand what you are asking. You describe an 11 year old child with adhd on an antipsychotic and an amphetamine. The Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is most likely being used to treat the adhd. I'm not sure why she is on the risperdal, and i'm not sure what you are referring to as to is this (what) a seizure. Please clarify. ...Read more

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My husband's brother is autistic. How big is our chance of getting a child with autism?

My husband's brother is autistic.  How big is our chance of getting a child with autism?

Good question: I understand your concern. My understanding is that given the range of ''autism'', first is there other instances on your husband's side. (i suspect not, think you would have included that). Let's start with probably little. Now, please consult with your gynecologist for his opinion and that of a geneticist. But, still no guarantee. I believe chance will be on your side. Take care. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic disorder that runs in male genes that can be mistaken for adhd? My 4 yr. Son is very hyper, cries alot, and abusive toward some children and me. The ADHD medicine isn't working. Now he has been scratching his face when he gets mad. What

Is there a genetic disorder that runs in male genes that can be mistaken for adhd? My 4 yr. Son is very hyper, cries alot, and abusive toward some children and me. The ADHD medicine isn't working. Now he has been scratching his face when he gets mad. What

ADHD : Adhd can be difficult to diagnose in a 4 year old. His behavior problems may be caused by something else. It sounds like he needs further evaluation to see how he can be helped. Traits similar to those found in adhd can be seen in some of the autistic spectrum disorders that can be more prevalent in males. His unresponsiveness to some medications can give clues as to what may be causing his difficult behavior as well. It's interesting that you have noted that the aggressive behavior is only in the males and during their childhood. I'm glad the traits went away as these boys grew up. Don't give up, but seek further evaluation and have your pediatrician guide you toward the specialists in your area. ...Read more

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Can you be both anorexic and bulimic at the same time? My daughter is a little underweight her daughter is not concern. He says she is in excellent health both mentally and physically. She eats a lot and loves food, but does not gain weight. My mom and da

Can you be both anorexic and bulimic at the same time? My daughter is a little underweight her daughter is not concern. He says she is in excellent health both mentally and physically. She eats a lot and loves food, but does not gain weight. My mom and da

Before : Before we go any further, being a skinny person does not mean that you have an eating disorder. Some skinny people have eating disorders and some skinny people don’t. Genetics can have an impact. Here is some information that comes from the dsm (diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders). Here are some of the symptoms of anorexia nervosa. Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height (maintaining a body weight less than 85% of the expected weight). An intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though the person is underweight. Self-perception that is grossly distorted, excessive emphasis on body weight in self-assessment, and weight loss that is either minimized or not acknowledged completely. Missing three consecutive periods or failing to have a period without being treated with hormones. (this applies to women. It is likely not to apply to her since you referred to her as a child). There is a binge eating/ purging type (the individual regularly engages in binge eating or purging behavior which involves self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas during the current episode of anorexia.) there is also a restricting type (the individual severely restricts food intake but does not regularly engage in the behaviors seen in the binge-eating type.) here are some criteria for bulimia nervosa. Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by both of the following: eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any two hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time and under similar circumstances. A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g., a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating). Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications; fasting; or excessive exercise. The binge eating and inappropriate compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least twice a week for 3 months. Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight. The disturbance does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa. There is a purging type: during the current episode of bulimia nervosa, the person has regularly engaged in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas. There is also a nonpurging type: during the current episode of bulimia nervosa, the person has used other inappropriate compensatory behaviors, such as fasting or excessive exercise, but has not regularly engaged in self-induced vomiting or the misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas. In up to 60% of cases, patients with bulimia nervosa report prior histories of anorexia nervosa. Although criteria for these disorders are listed in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders; these diagnoses should be made by a trained professional. ...Read more

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My son has aspergers and has trouble reading social situations, he complains of voices, how can he succeed in school he has very high test scores?

My son has aspergers and has trouble reading social situations, he complains of voices, how can he succeed in school he has very high test scores?

Early intervention: The best way to proceed is to find a skilled specialist who can evaluate and refer him for appropriate services. Social skills are important to address intensively and early, i.e. with group skill training and individual therapy and coaching. Other associated symptoms may be alleviated with proper medication management as well. You should look into other resources, e.g. Autism advocacy online. ...Read more

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My younger brother was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child and still has them today he is 26 and has anxiety and panic attacks what's the dangers?

My younger brother was diagnosed with epilepsy as a child and still has them today he is 26 and has anxiety and panic attacks what's the dangers?

Unclear: It is pretty common for patients with epilepsy to also have anxiety disorders. There is a very slight risk of seizure with some of the antidepressant/anxiety medications but that would be managed by his anticonvulsant medication. ...Read more

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My child has Aspergers and lately her behaviour is becoming increasingly difficult. She is having multiple meltdowns at school out and at home.

My child has Aspergers and lately her behaviour is becoming increasingly difficult. She is having multiple meltdowns at school out and at home.

Autism Spectrum D/O: Is your child seeing a developmental specialist or a child psychiatrist or psychologist? This can be a really challenging problem and seeing an appropriate health professional may serve you the best. Take care. ...Read more

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If one of my sons has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, what are the chances my other son will have it too?

If one of my sons has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder, what are the chances my other son will have it too?

Common: In my experience the most common reason for children to get diagnosed with odd, is undiagnosed sensory processing disorder. This is identified with a specialized type of occupational therapy eval. More structure and guidance would help you son, remember you are in charge and need to modle good behavior, do not continue to support conflict. Instead remember everything is an educational opportunity. ...Read more

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If my son has high functioning autism, is it likely my daughter will have it too?

If my son has high functioning autism, is it likely my daughter will have it too?

Yes and no: Asperger's and autism may run in some families. But not in all families with one child with the disorder. If it runs in famlies it is likely to be due a multiple factor inheritance not a single gene. In short the only way to tell is to have your daughter tested by a psychologist with expertise in this area. ...Read more

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My daughter is 22 yrs old and 5'5" tall; she fears that she is fat. What should the average weight for a person of her stature be?

My daughter is 22 yrs old and 5'5" tall; she fears that she is fat. What should the average weight for a person of her stature be?

About 125 pounds: For a typical woman, just start with 100 pounds for the first 5 feet, and add 5 pounds for each additional inch. Thus, 100 + 25 = 125 pounds. That being said, there is a big range of normal. For example, a slim woman without a lot of muscle might be 110 pounds and look just fine, while an athletic woman with more muscle, plus medium-sized or larger breasts, can be 135 pounds and look just fine. ...Read more

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If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

Undersatnding: Asperger's syndrome and its complexity, helps 2 better manage the challenging issues & relationships children & adults affected by the disorder, have w/ environment. In addition 2 medical & behavioral help ur son need 2 have, 2 books by daniel tammet, autistic savant: "born on a blue day" autobio & "embracing the wide sky" more informative on asperger's r both great sources of info. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My child has charge syndrome and behavior is worse now he is older. What can I do?

My child has charge syndrome and behavior is worse now he is older. What can I do?

CHARGE syndrome: You have to go to the major University Medical Center and find the geneticist and the Developmentalist who will be able to put you in touch with whatever resources exist where you live. Use the Internet too. ...Read more

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My daughter whose now 3 yrs and 11 months has g6pd. At her age, she only weighs 14kgs and very tiny but she is hyperactive. Anything wrong with her?

My daughter whose now 3 yrs and 11 months has g6pd. At her age, she only weighs 14kgs and very tiny but she is hyperactive. Anything wrong with her?

For information on : G6pd deficiency, see http://g6pddeficiency.Org/. Hyperactivity may be a symptom of adhd in a pre-schooler. See her pediatrician if her activity level impacts her learning, behavior &/or peer interaction. Evaluations by your school district's child find, a developmental/ behavioral pediatrician & a child psychologist can help you with educational & behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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My 15 month old has an attention span of like 2 seconds and is very mean to other kids her dad has ADHD bipolar and ptsd is the cause for concern?

My 15 month old has an attention span of like 2 seconds and is very mean to other kids her dad has ADHD bipolar and ptsd is the cause for concern?

No, yes, and maybe.: A toddler with short attention is not a concern, but yes a toddler who's mean to others is a problem. Parents with such a child can work with a pediatrician plus learn special parenting skills to get rid of the meanness. A history of psychiatric illness is both bad and good. It's bad to have, but it's good that the illness is known, so parents can try to prevent the child from getting the illness. ...Read more

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