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Doctor insights on: Older Adult Physical Mental Personality And Social Development

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How can dementia affect an individuals physical mental and social state?

How can  dementia affect an individuals physical mental and social state?

Eventually impaires : All areas of function in this question eventually become effected more or less. No one answer. The type of dementia plays a big role in these areas. Fronto-temp. Dementia often starts at earlier ages and is often mistaken as a primary psychiatric condition as cognition is relatively spared in early stages but behaviors may be very inappropriate. Disability may be needed which becomes another issue. ...Read more

Dr. Eileen Difrancesco
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Social Development (Definition)

Social development is the part of a person's development that includes learning to smile, wave bye-bye, play with toys, interact with others, get dressed, use names for ...Read more


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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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What determines emotional and social development in children?

What determines emotional and social development in children?

Child and family: The easy answer is genetics, biology (eg, prematurity, illness) and environment (family and community).Parenting that uses consistent, well-defined rules, rewards and consequences appropropriate for the child's age supports emotional well-being. Parental involvement with interactive play, language, listening, reading and adult-supervised peer interaction supports social development, as well. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia associated with emotional and/or physical abuse as a child?

Is schizophrenia associated with emotional and/or physical abuse as a child?

No Connection: There is no association between schizophrenia and childhood trauma. However, trauma and abuse can be related to the later development of various emotional problems. ...Read more

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Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

Nature/nurture: There is a nature and nurture component in personality disorders such as conduct disorder, psychopathy/sociopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder) however it's not a question of genetics or environment, it's usually a combination of the two. ...Read more

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Are relationships necessary for the development of human social behavior?

Are relationships necessary for the development of human social behavior?

Yes: We learn constantly by the environment and by those around us. Without relationships , we would not learn how our actions affect others. It is critical that infants and children have strong, stable relationships with consistent caregivers to promote normal social interactions. ...Read more

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Does emotional abuse cause more mental disorders as an adult compared with physical or sexual abuse?

Does emotional abuse cause more mental disorders as an adult compared with physical or sexual abuse?

All abuse causes: Emotional harm. Physical & sexual abuse is always accompanied by emotional abuse. But in my experience the emotional aspects of abuse seem to take longer to heal than the physical aspects. The good thing is that people survive & even thrive after abuse when they get the right support & help. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Of course!: No further answer is really indicated here -- it's just an obvious "yes". If you are impaired cognitively -- for any reason -- you should get professional help. Similarly, if you have a "mental disorder", you should get expert professional help. ...Read more

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Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Does childhood abuse and neglect often lead to adult criminal behavior?

Maybe: Abused children are much more highly represented among the ranks of poor learners, misbehaving, aggressive and oppositional conduct disordered kids. These conditions can subsequently lead to adult criminal behavior if interventions don't occur in childhood. ...Read more

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How does child labor impact their physical and mental development?

How does child labor impact their physical and mental development?

It's bad: it deprives children with their childhood , their innocence , it can be physically harmful and dangerous . ...Read more

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How can youth autism spectrum disorder relate to growth and development?

How can  youth autism spectrum disorder relate to growth and development?

Everything : ASD has to do with information processing abnormalities that result in differences in how people selfregulate in really all areas, especially in the social and communication relms.The severity is very variable. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Subtle question: In mania, people subjectively feel their performance is superior when actually it is not--it becomes degraded by distractability and flighty thinking. Yet underlying cognitive capacity remains intact. Mild mania (hypomania) provide boosts of energy that multiply the effect of intelligence even though, once again, the underlying capacity remains unchanged. Untreated bipolar reduces net performance. ...Read more

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How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

Our brain receives: And processes information through various parts of the brain, e.g., the speech center is in the left hemisphere and emotionality is in an area known as the libmic system. Verbal skills are highly developed in one part and recognition of nonverbal cues from face, tone of voice, etc. Are not as well developed, thus creating some social issues. Strengths and weakness vary for everyone. ...Read more

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Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type? With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can early childhood sexual abusive lead to schizoaffective disorder bipolar type?  With no family history of schizophrenia?

Can happen..: If it has been so severe and chronic that a usual sequence would be ptsd first, then psychotic features from initial flashback. Eventually the personality becomes so fragile it detaches from reality. Add to this genetic vulnerabilities that are not apparent to people in the family. Many reasons abuse in families can make it difficult to get all the data. Environment and genes are key. ...Read more

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How can marriage effect someone's physical, intellectual development?

How can marriage effect someone's physical, intellectual development?

Marriage: Everyone who is married, regardless of station in life, wishes for a loving marriage. When we fail or go through difficult times it can affect our spirits, lower our mood as our emotions connect to our brain chemistry and we start to feel low and in some cases slow intellectually. Depression and low mood can have dramatic affects on all aspects of our lives. Remember how great falling in love felt. ...Read more

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Can people with antisocial personality disorder legally keep their children?

Can people with antisocial personality disorder legally keep their children?

Legal Question: This is a legal, not a medical question. In most instances diagnosis is less important than behaviors. Usually if the person is a responsible and caring parent they will be considered for custody. For a more certain answer you should consult a family practice attorney in your legal jurisdiction. ...Read more

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Can touch increase a child's mental functioning and physical health?

Can touch increase a child's mental functioning and physical health?

Yes: Touch is a big stimulus and can definately increase a child mental and physical health . Holding , caressing , hugging all help. ...Read more