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Pregnancy Autism In Immediate Family
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.
Name that diagnosis: Your question is very complex as is your child. It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ultrasound and labs: Throughout pregnancy there are incremental examinations for disabilities. Sometimes there is an early sonogram inside of 10 weeks, that can visualize the heart and check size. Around 20 weeks, there is a full sonogram that looks over multiple areas for any kind of anomalies. Depending, there may be one later too. There are also labs drawn that look for congenital and spinal defects around 20 wks. ...Read more
Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc) during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?
Speaking as a: psychologist, the liklihood of onset depression goes up during the teen years if there is trauma or loss during the critical window of age 2 to 4. This is because of a developmental stage--constancy--that is interrupted, and then re-visited during the teen years, when it is again interrupted through individuation. Physical illnesses can accompany this, but consult an MD for more specific info. ...Read more
Yes!: Sexual abuse harms all concerned, particularly those molested. Studies clearly show a tendency toward greater promiscuity, earlier sex, and marital problems. This is a serious issue, and you need to talk with a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor, particularly those dealing with these issues. ...Read more
What type of conditions would be acceptable by IVF clinic to perform pre-implantation genetic dx? Does fh or autism in family provide basis for pgd?
1) If your relatives: With autism have a heritable genetic syndrome (e.g., fragile x ) or a copy repeat error on microarray known to cause autism 2) "advanced maternal age" (35 & >, ) increases risk of down syndrome & other chromosomal abnormalities 3) "advanced paternal age, " increases risk of new mutations & autism. Babies born by ivf have a higher incidence of autism than those conceived without assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?
Grandparents too!: When considering close family history, i also want to include grandparents. Although uncles, aunts, cousins may not be as important, include their information if you have it. ...Read more
If a hospital pt has suicidal ideation & is on good terms with other family members, would someone in the family normally be informed of the problem?
Is it fair to have a psychological evaluation when you are sad and depress? The court ordered psychological evaluation on the parents. One parent who had custody of the child for 16 years temporary loss custody and the child was given to the abusive paren
A : A good court evaluator would take into consideration all aspects of the parental care of the minor child. It is certainly understandable that the circumstances described would create great stress for the custodial parent and could contribute to the mood disorder described. However, if that parent had custody for 16 years, it is reasonable to assume that the child is at least 16 years of age and certainly in many state jurisdictions has a say about which parent he/she wishes to live with. It is not stated why the long term custodial parent lost custody nor what the nature of the alleged abuse might have been. These are the very factors, especially the adolescent's viewpoint that a competent evaluator would be taking into account. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?
Requires expertise: Autism can present in many forms, and other disorders can have elements that can be mistaken for it. Age also is important: 2 or 3 yo children present much differently than older ones or adolescents. No behaviors associated with autism occur only with autism. Experts look at the total picture, both how development is going and what impairments are present. So, far no biological tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?
If 92yo mom in nursing home reports symptoms to me and has some worrisome speech should I call their rns or her md? Prior ischemic cva, mild htn, utis
Depends: The issue here is how much intensive care your 92 year old mother wants to undergo. This is always a difficult decision since however much you are a realist and know that everyone dies, it is always difficult to let go. If the speech is changing in clarity and appropriateness and you want care, call her doctor. Nurses may or may not transmit this info to her doctors, or may or may not care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the chances of an abnormality (of any kind) to go undetected in pre natal screening & tests for fetus in today's world? Pls give % & explain
Pretty low: The answer depends on who type of prenatal screening you did. There are several different ways to do and each one has a different detections rate. Even the most basic tests detect over 90% of abnormalities. Find out from your doctor what prenatal tests you did. A simple google search of that test should outline the detection rates for your specific method ...Read more
Sure: Bipolar & depression are often seen across generations, suggesting a genetic basis. But, families also behaviorally "inherit" coping skills & levels of "differentiation" from prior generations. A person w/ mood problems may be attracted to & marry a person w/ mood problems (same level of differentiation), enhancing the chances that their children will have mood probs. Makes it look all genetic! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Tough question: It could be a combination of both the underlying mental condition and possible hormonal involvement. Have a childhood behavioral specialist examine him and help you out. Best wishes. ...Read more
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
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