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What exactly does intellectual disability mean?

What exactly does intellectual disability mean?

ID = having an IQ: score of 70 or < by standardized tests of abstract thinking, problem-solving, planning, academic learning, etc. + deficits in cognitive, social & practical adaptive skills, beginning before age 18. Functional level & need for supports differs for mild, IQ 50-70, moderate.,IQ 35-49, severe, IQ 20-34 & profound , IQ < 20 ID. Evaluation for genetic & other medical causes is needed for all. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


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What does having aspergers mean?

What does having aspergers mean?

Communication/Social: Aspergers is an autism spectrum disorder, characterized by varying levels of impairment in social interaction (ability to read social cues) , social imagination, and language difficulties. It is hard to summarize in a clear understandable way the symptoms of asperger's. However, there are good online resources such as www.Aane.Org & nimh aspergers page ...Etc. Check them out , they are helpful. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have dual personality disorder?

What does it mean to have dual personality disorder?

No such thing: There is no "dual personality disorder" in the mental health diagnostic system. However, there is a dissociative identity disorder -- where 2 or more alternate identity or personality states take control of a person. Each of these has its own characteristics, mannerisms, memories, and ways of experiencing -- and behaving in -- the world. It can follow from severe childhood trauma. ...Read more

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What does grans electrons, and what does it mean if they are high?

What does grans electrons, and what does it mean if they are high?

Totally Greek to me: Good evening. I am a neurologist and I must admit the term you are using is COMPLETELY FOREIGN to me...I even tried looking at it phonetically in case you had miswritten something....you got me scratchin' my head. Can you provide more detail? Is this from a report? You may write me a note and I'll be happy to investigate it for you: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Upload report to me please. ...Read more

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What do autistic and autism mean?

What do autistic and autism mean?

"Into oneself" from : the Greek word transliterated incorrectly as " autismos". It's the same root word as for "automatic,", self-driven, etc. Dr. Kanner coined the diagnosis in the 40's for children who responded more to internal cues than to environmental stimuli; e.g., who laughed or cried without an external stimulus or hummed, rocked, & paid no attention to others, now Autistic Spectrum Disorder Level 3. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have passive/aggressive behavior?

What does it mean to have passive/aggressive behavior?

An interaction style: Passive/aggressive behavior is a way some deal with others when asked to do something they do not really like but believe they cannot outright refuse to do. Instead, they have a negative attitude and "forget" to carry our tasks while being critical of authority and alternating between outright hostility and contrition. If chronic, it is called passive-aggressive personality disorder. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when someone with schizophrenia laughs at nothing?

What exactly does it mean when someone with schizophrenia laughs at nothing?

Internal stimuli: When people who are suffering from schizophrenia are struggling with internal experiences that have no correspondence to their environment they will appear to be behaving in a bizarre manner. When they hear a voice saying a humorous statement or see a visual hallucination that is silly they may respond with laughter. Their impulse control and social awareness may be compromised as well. ...Read more

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Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Terms are changing: For several decades, pdd (pervasive developmental disorder) was the broad term that included autism asperger's disorder, and several other rare but similar disorders. Gradually, the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has gained favor, and the new manual appear to be doing away with pdd in favor of ASD as the broad term. Also, autism and asperger's disorder by go away as distinct diagnoses. ...Read more

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What exactly does depression actually mean?

What exactly does depression actually mean?

Loss of interest: Hi, depression is much more than being in a bad mood or normal sadness. Depression involves having symptoms that can include an extremely low mood, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, hopelessness, too much or too little sleep, suicidal thoughts, loss of concentration, gaining or losing weight, fatigue/loss of energy, irritability, feeling worthless, lack of joy. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does my autism spectrum test score mean?

See psychiatrist: You should see a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who can take a thorough history and interpret the test and your score. Trying to interpret the score without getting to know your history who you are, is an inexact approach. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say absence of reflexes?

What does it mean when they say absence of reflexes?

This means: Each nerve in the legs and arm supply certain muscles, when the reflex of that muscle is absent this means the nerve is injured. ...Read more

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Someone said i might have high functioning autism, what exactly does this mean?

Someone said i might have high functioning autism, what exactly does this mean?

High functioning: This term is usually used to describe individuals who have difficulty with social interactions, including not being able to read body language, facial expressions and have difficulty tolerating those who do not adhere to social rules. These people often do not seek out social interactions. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a child's platelets are low?

What does it mean when a child's platelets are low?

Various: Low= error in test, increased breakdown or decreased production.Some sampling methods (fingerstick)are more prone to give inacurate results.Antibodies can form in certain conditions that destroy plts soon after they are made or they can be used up quickly in excessive clotting states. The production sites in the bone marrow can be invaded & shut down as in leukemia. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a personality disorder?

Ingrained pattern : Of behavior, it means it is what it is and it can be not easy to change. ...Read more

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What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

An archaic Rx: In the 70's & 80"s a pt & ot in philli promoted a patterning method for cp. The method involved rebreathing co2 & moving body thru motions of fish/salimander/man to awaken the nerves. Psychological researchers showed the method was no better that simple visitation & encouragemt. For the pt&ot they were getting $30k in initial fees + followup.Well meaning but worthless rx follow many chronic pbs. ...Read more

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What does "wfl" mean in medical terms?

Usually: "within function limits"...but depending on where the notation is, it could mean something entirely different. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a touch of aspergers?

Autism Spectrum D/O: You are being described by this comment, hopefully from a mental health professional, as having elements of what used to be called a pervasive developmental disorder or asperger's syndrome. This would imply interpersonal deficits accompanied by narrow obsessional interests. In the new dsm-v this is as an autism spectrum disorder. You might benefit from talking to a psychologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have biphasic scoliosis?

What does it mean to have biphasic scoliosis?

This is not a formal: This term "biphasic" is not a normal term when used to describe a scoliosis. There are several different types of scoliosis classified on their causes (idiopathic, congenital, neuromuscular) & then we describe scoliosis based on its location and appearance on radiographs or x-ray(thoracic, thorcolumbar, lumbar, cervical, - single curve, double curve, major curve, minor curve, kyphoscoliosis, etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say people with borderline personality disorder know how to mirror someone?

What does it mean when they say people with borderline personality disorder know how to mirror someone?

Mirroring: In child development, mirroring between mother and child is a marker of loving empathy between them. Matching the child's needs with engaged face expressions, vocal tones, ; affection, the mother validates the child's age-appropriate need to be special. We still have some of these needs as adults. Bpd people are able to unconsciously tune into ; mirror their partner as an ideal, special person. ...Read more

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