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What do you do if people use the r word around your son with down syndrome?

What do you do if people use the r word around your son with down syndrome?

Not worth your time: The people that matter in the life of your child are sensitive to both your feelings and that of your child. Your attention should focus of the givers in life not the gawkers. This term is a bit archaic & commonplace in the vocabulary of those over 50. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

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So, if opioids are the only thing that could "help" with my depression, what do I do?

So, if opioids are the only thing that could "help" with my depression, what do I do?

Other options.: Keep a much more open mind about what you can be helped by. You can consider cognitive behavioral therapy or acupuncture as treatment options. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors & mood stabilizers are also good options. My patients respond well to depression treatment but they also work their butts off in therapy. Most really valuable outcomes in life require effort. Take care. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to know the signs of alcohol taking effect on someones body who is lets say around 60?

What to do if i want to know the signs of alcohol taking effect on someones body who is lets say around 60?

Frequent intoxcation: Drinking too much, alcohol dependence, preoccupation with alcohol, slurred speach, driving under influence, enlarged purple nose (gin flower nose), sometimes refusal to accept there is a problem. ...Read more

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Do you recommend the use of antidepressants in children? If so, down to what age?

Do you recommend the use of antidepressants in children?  If so, down to what age?

NO: Depression in a child is awful! you may be surprised to know that a bad diet is by far the commonest cause since it affects metabolism in the lower part of the brain where emotions are initiated. Go to my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to work with babies/ young children that have turner syndrome. What kind of doctor or nurse, or specialist would that be.?

What to do if i want to work with babies/ young children that have turner syndrome. What kind of doctor or nurse, or specialist would that be.?

Hard to define: These kids need primary care doctors, geneticists, endocrinologists (hormone docs) and people who work with learning disabilities. You will find their numbers are not great in a given town at any one time, so if you are planning a field of study that would help them, you will need to broaden your scope to include many other diagnoses. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm reaching the end of my tether with depression and anxiety but don't know what to do?

What do you suggest if i'm reaching the end of my tether with depression and anxiety but don't know what to do?

Get Help!: Your dr can assess for mood ; anxiety disorders ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat >. ...Read more

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What do schools do if you have anorexia? Like if youve been diagnosed with it, and your parents phone in to tell them?

What do schools do if you have anorexia? Like if youve been diagnosed with it, and your parents phone in to tell them?

Nothing: The school is involved only if the student is suspected of being abused, cannot learn, is disruptive, chronically ill or requires educational accommodations. An eating disorder is the parents responsibility to take care of. Chronic school absenteeism from a serious eating disorder may lead to accommodations for a different learning environment (as while hospitalized). ...Read more

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What do you do when the pizazz has gone out of your marriage?

Marital Happiness: Be honest with your dissapointment, try to be open to feedback and if you both can't break through consider marital therapy, which can be very helpful to work through impassess. Best. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor didn't find any Down syndrome markers in the ultrasound.am I out of the woods?

What do you suggest if my doctor didn't find any Down syndrome markers in the ultrasound.am I out of the woods?

Maybe: When looking for DS there are a variety of tests used for screening. An ultrasound looks for features that are commonly found in DS, but are not 100% accurate. Tests that look at the babies chromosome pattern by obtaining fetal cells are the most accurate. When someone is in the low risk category, a negative US is probably adequate. If in a higher risk, a more specific test is advised. ...Read more

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Is it abuse when your parents lock you out of the house when they're not home&its cold-you have no way to use the br-&you have autism&heart problems?

Is it abuse when your parents lock you out of the house when they're not home&its cold-you have no way to use the br-&you have autism&heart problems?

Poor judgement: the parents used pooor judgement in locking yoiu out of the house. Parents will have to give a good reason for their action. In most jurisdictions, this behavior should be reported to the appropriate government authorities. ...Read more

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Can you please explain how and why with Down syndrome seem to have the same facial features?

Can you please explain how and why with Down syndrome seem to have the same facial features?

Effect of chromosome: The extra chromosome material that produces ds is present in every cell of the body and such has great influence everywhere.In body parts that require a lot of information for formation, like the face, hands, feet the effect is seen these visible areas. The extra chromosome material shows in higher frequency of distinctive facial features, length of fingers, spacing of toes etc. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

What do you suggest if my child has cornelia de lange syndrome is it common for this kids to put their hands in their mouth?

Foranswers/reference: Putting hands in the mouth is a common feature of children everywhere. Not necessarily related to any specific genetic disorder. Attached there is a link to a site that offers general information and also provides other links to support sites for parents etc. Good luck! http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/cornelia-de-lange-syndrome ...Read more

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How do you persuade your father and your brother to go see the doctor if they 1. Are afraid 2.Would rather not know 3. Want to avoid as much pain as possible and 4. Uneducated/illiterate?

How do you persuade your father and your brother to go see the doctor if they 1. Are afraid 2.Would rather not know 3. Want to avoid as much pain as possible and 4. Uneducated/illiterate?

Fearful patients: Tell them that if they die of something preventable everyone will know that they were too cowardly to get checked out and not only will they be dead but embarrassed as well! {this has worked for my practiced in the past}. ...Read more

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What do people with epilepsy do about getting pulled over by the cops?

What do people with epilepsy do about getting pulled over by the cops?

Varies by state: Most states require you stop driving for 2 years after being diagnosed with a seizure disorder. ...Read more

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I do certain things to feel satisfied like wash my hands or count. I've read about ocd but what if I'm just pretending to have the symptoms??

I do certain things to feel satisfied like wash my hands or count. I've read about ocd but what if I'm just pretending to have the symptoms??

OCD: I commend you for being open. Let Wise Person within you reflect for the Reasons •To feel satisfied like washing my or count and repeating •Need to pretend symptoms-to have attention from parents, siblings, friends •Need to make someone feel guilty Ask yourself about •Stresses in life •Feelings of worry fear, hurt, resentment •Your coping skills •Need to see Psychiatrist for Therapy, Medication ...Read more

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What if you were to awaken with two dots on your top lip and you don't know the cause of it what should you do?

What if you were to awaken with two dots on your top lip and you don't know the cause of it what should you do?

Leave it alone: It is likely to be oral herpes, or herpes type 1. If will get better in a few days. You may try an over the counter herpes/cold sore remedy. ...Read more