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Why Do People With Asperger Syndrome Turn To Self Harm
Popular/ Anger : Bipolar disorder is self-diagnosed and misdiagnosed for a number of reasons. It is currently the "popular" diagnosis, like multile personality disorder was a decade ago. Also, the symptom of irritability has been attributed by many just to bipolar disorder, even though it occurs in a lot of other illnesses. Lastly, it is hard to diagnose, even by experts, making it an easy target for people to use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In brief, it is the action or inaction (failure to take action) that intentionally seeks to cause damage to oneself. Can range from mild physical harm, i.e. Scratching, to the extreme of causing death. An example of inaction would be not taking one's Insulin resulting in ...Read more
Do those who have asperger's syndrome lack empathy, or is it just the the people with high functioning autism?
Yes, see below: People with down's syndrome (trisomy 21) have genetically impaired intellectual function, i.e., low iq, and are also at greater risk to develop alzheimers type dementia, including at younger ages than others. Dementia is not the same as low iq, it's primarily a memory problem. Worsening memory in an adult with trisomy 21 can be evaluated with psychological testing. ...Read more
How do I get rid of excessive blushing? I blush so often that I've begun to exclude myself from situations that require me to communicate with people .
Excessive blushing: People normally blush when they get excited, angry or embarrassed. Blushing can be triggered by scpicy foods, alcohol or hot temperature. Excessive blushing, however, can be due to social anxiety or panic disorder. Or medical conditions such as carcinoid syndrome, rosacea, or systemic mastocytosis can cause blushing. If you know the triggers such as foods, avoid them. I suggest you see a doctor. ...Read more
Are people who overthink things and are creative and sensitive more prone to life-long depression? Depression has anything to do with intelligence?
A common disorder: Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. According to national institute of mental health, 6.7% of americans are diagnosed (30.4% are severely depressed). Evidence reported in a swedish study (collingwood, 2010), revealed a link between high iq and bipolar disorder. This finding only suggested a possible causality as opposed to a risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Curiosity: Circus sideshows embodied curiostiy and quirky spirit. Human nature finds colorful, different and exagerated promises interesting enough to pay and watch. As early as the 1930's people began to raise objections to the "human freaks" deeming them shameful pornography of the disabled. By 1970's laws were passed to kill these traveling sideshows. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unethical: A paper published several years ago linked autism to MMR vaccination. Since then many follow up studies and investigations have disproven it completely. The author of the original study was later found to have altered his results due to having financial gain out of such results. It is a sad case of unethical medical behavior which has caused much confusion. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
They can work with a: Behavioral therapist to substitute à more social-acceptable, less noticeable movement. Depending on their intellectual ability, they may also learn self-calming techniques. Very low doses of anti-anxiety medication prescribed by a psychiatrist or a developmental/behavioral pediatrician can help even those who have intellectual disability, as may a reminder to have " quiet hands.". ...Read more
How do you explain to people that my autistic bipolar 5year old daughter will kill small animals when upset or having a behavior.?
It's difficult: I have treated many very disruptive children over the years and it can be extremely trying and frustrating for parents to know how to handle each instance. I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I am also sorry to say she must be kept away from small animals and small animals must be kept away from her. Sadly, there is just no way to explain this particular behavior of your daughter's to others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have seen so many women who tolerate abuse, cheating, violence from their significant others because they love them?
Sometimes: people confuse love with addictive relationships.Get a more detailed answer ›
Teaching 2 Live Well: Autism is a spectrum often with out intellectual deficits. It is so common we have many therapies. W/o impairment of intellect, autism is just another challenge like poor hearing, asthma, or OCD. No one wishes for these but therapy - behavioral tools or medications - is available. Using tools & finding abilities can allow everyone to thrive . NEGU Never Give Up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you find that asthmatics or people with chronic pain tend to cry more easily? I would rather express myself verbally. It's frustrating to cry.
Yes: If the patient rude to the office staff or physician, does not follow medical advice or does not pay office medical bills physician can discharge patient from practice after 30 days courtesy period, giving patient time to find another physician. Frequency is rare, but it does happen. ...Read more
Some ideas: People don't care about a particular diagnosis; they do care about your intentions rather than your disability. Aspies have trouble being diplomats in the first place, so try this. "i'm a little different. I'm very good at some things, but the way i grew up, I have trouble reading people. I maan well, want to be a good guy and helpful to everyone. If something troubles you, tell me. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do all people people with aspergers syndrome have to have a specific routine that they have to stick too?
This is more common: amongst Aspergers people, but not a sine qua non. Aspergers folks tend to get way more into less and less subjects and activities, usually to the relative exclusion of social interactions. On the surface this may look like over-routinization, but could be that they are compensating their anxiety about social contacts. Sticking to a routine also lowers anxiety (establishes certainty, etc.). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Do people take test to know that they have bipolar disorder? I sometimes feel happy or depressed with unknown reason. Also think too much can't sleep
Best Dr. Diagnoses: There are some Questionnaires that patients can fill out, but the true diagnosis is best made by a one on one examination form a trained Psychiatrist. See the attached link for a PDf questionnaire that may aide some providers in the diagnosis. http://www.dbsalliance.org/pdfs/MDQ.pdf ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comfort: Self-stimulating behaviors are a variety of things that people engage in when they are uncomfortable or anxious in their environment. They can be automatic and like a habit, and can done in an unconscious manner. When people with autistic symptoms do them, it is a way of them coping with their environment by coping with stressful situations and getting a reduction in anxiety. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do you get a person w narcissistic personality disorder to seek help to improve quality of life when they can't acknowledge they have an issue?
Narcisstic Tx: This is a tough assignment. There really is no treatment for anyone who does not want treatment no matter the disorder. It could be this or any addiction. They have to hit bottom before they are ready to discuss treatment. If this person comes face-to-face with lossing someone or something of value you can discuss treatment. Don't call it narcissism. Better to take a trait of selfishness to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do doctors not seem to care that I'm fatigued, even though it's affecting my job/quality of life? How can I make someone listen?! Not depressed!!!
Compassion: I regret that these days it's hard to sense human interest from providers of all services. You may find it's even worse for overweight women. A therapist/coach for assertiveness might help. Firm diplomacy - "I've had difficulty impressing Dr's of my fatigue and hope you will take it seriously. It's not my usual state. Please help and do tests." Prepare for diet/exercise advice (may be right!) ...Read more
Who do most people with Asperger's (myself included) seem very opinionated about their beliefs? like they should have the last word in an argument?
Great question: My feeling is that Asperger folks are much less TELEOLOGICALLY oriented in their thinking on life & its problems. That means everything that happens (good or bad) has an identifiable & definite cause as opposed to thinking more in the abstract (not necessarily religious but that's part of it as well). So, thinking becomes rigid/opinionated, & those with other answers to the question are just wrong ...Read more
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