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Will child abuse in a 8yo cause them to be shy and withdrawn?

Will child abuse in a 8yo cause them to be shy and withdrawn?

Not always: Reaction to abuse can be quite varied. Some children come to see abuse as normal, so they may seek out abusive relationships. They feel numb and try to get some feeling back by taking risks or becoming the"life of the party" or class clown. ...Read more

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Child Abuse (Definition)

Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment, or neglect of children. It is a ...Read more


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Can a person that has abused alcohol go back to being a 'moderate' drinker? Or would they be forced to abstain altogether?

Can a person that has abused alcohol go back to being a 'moderate' drinker? Or would they be forced to abstain altogether?

Why do you ask?: Most people who have at one time in their lives lost control with respect to alcohol will tell you that they cannot return to moderate drinking. Don't encourage anyone to test this. And if you've ruined a major part of your life, or nearly died, as a result of drinking, why would you WANT to go back to that stuff? ...Read more

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Can. Ptsd be a lifelong consequence of rape and bullying in infant school? An how should it be treated in later years, i.E. Ones sixties? Thank you.

Can. Ptsd be a lifelong consequence of rape and bullying in infant school? An how should it be treated in later years, i.E. Ones sixties? Thank you.

Yes it can: Some people are able to suppress their symptoms and suffering for many years before coming to treatment. I have treated people in their 60's whose histories of abuse, bullying, rape, etc occurred much earlier in their lives. Psychotherapies such as cognitive processing, emdr, and somatic experiencing can be very effective, along with medications as needed. Homeopathy can also be very helpful. ...Read more

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If an adult goes to counseling and reveals that she was abused as a child, will the parents be turned in by the counselor?

If an adult goes to counseling and reveals that she was abused as a child, will the parents be turned in by the counselor?

No: Many adults who were abused or neglected as children, seek out psychotherapy. Their parents are not "turned in" by therapists or psychiatrists, but the adult patient is worked with as needed. The important thing is to assist the patient in front of us, to recover and heal. The only time we might have to report, is if there's a child still in the home who might be harmed. ...Read more

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What will happen to my brother who attempted suicide? Knowing that he has severe social anxiety and asperger's, will they still force him to stay in a hospital?

What will happen to my brother who attempted suicide? Knowing that he has severe social anxiety and asperger's, will they still force him to stay in a hospital?

Normally people are: Hospitalized until they are no longer at significant risk to harm themselves. There are legal means to detain people who don't want to remain hospitalized but this is only done if absolutely necessary. Take care. ...Read more

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Is there a diet for autistic adults with violent behavior problems which will help them feel more at ease? He is only 18 and goes through very dramatic ups and downs, we think it might be hormones.

Is there a diet for autistic adults with violent behavior problems which will help them feel more at ease? He is  only 18 and goes  through very dramatic ups and downs, we think it might be hormones.

Maybe: I know of a book called: special diets for special kids by lewis which may have some suggestions. In general though, the person to whom you are referring may benefit much more by seeing a board certified child psychiatrist. It may be hormones like you say, and that can be addressed as well. Here is a dvd about behavior problems: http://www.Amazon.Com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_16?Url=search-alias%3daps&fi. ...Read more

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If a person has to attend a class where they are expected to sit from 8:30-12pm and 1-4:30 with only lunch break. What can they do to prevent DVT?

If a person has to attend a class where they are expected to sit from 8:30-12pm and 1-4:30 with only lunch break. What can they do to prevent DVT?

See tips on DVT prev: See the tips on preventing a DVT in HealthTap. You want to keep your feet active as much as possible, including wiggling your ankles during the lecture (this keeps your calf muscles active). Also, between classes, get up, stretch, & walk around during the break. People on long airplane flights have the same problem, & the same techniques work there as well. ...Read more

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Can you inherit a mental illness from someone unrelated to you just by interacting with then and bring around then. Or they trigger anger and more?

Can you inherit a mental illness from someone unrelated to you just by interacting with then and bring around then. Or they trigger  anger and more?

Not "inherit": You can't inherit mental illness from someone unrelated to you. But it can be very stressful being around people with some types of mental disorders, and yes, this can lead to anger and other reactions in you. Some people are challenging to get along with, whether they have a diagnosed mental illness or not. ...Read more

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Can we say whiskey can make a person relax mentally for some time as its positive effect especially to a person who is experiencing mental trauma.

Can we say whiskey can make a person relax mentally for some time as its positive effect especially to a person who is experiencing mental trauma.

Avoid alcohol: Alcohol is a depressant and interferes with coping ability unless use is minimal. If you are suffering from stress, alcohol as a treatment is a terrible idea! It leads to abuse and worsening of the stress. Your best bet, is a full physical by your doc, with appropriate testing, to be sure you don't have something physically wrong that affects your ability to cope, then get referral to Psych. ...Read more

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Can you be addicted to the adrenalin in dealing with a confrontation?

Can you be addicted to the adrenalin in dealing with a confrontation?

Definitely: There are many ways that that can happen, but feeling that you really need to "get into it" in order to "really address" an issue is not that uncommon. It is one of the issues that often come up in anger management groups - why some people seem drawn to anger or confrontation. ...Read more

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Baby will be 6m in 2w. I'm clueless as to how to introduce solids. She's in a daycare environment and don't know how to go about it and how often.

Baby will be 6m in 2w. I'm clueless as to how to introduce solids. She's in a daycare environment and don't know how to go about it and how often.

Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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What med is recommended for a PTSD, who is so terrified of people causing them harm, they drink 24 7 sometimes? They also have Tourette syndrome, which make the flashbacks of being abused for it flare up, creating a cycle.

What med is recommended for a PTSD, who is so terrified of people causing them harm, they drink 24 7 sometimes? They also have Tourette syndrome, which make the flashbacks of being abused for it flare up, creating a cycle.

No simple answer: You describe serious symptoms individually and in combination. This doesn't mean that the person can't be helped. The psychological issues, the drinking , the Tourette Syndrome and the overall physical and psychological condition have to be evaluated before a treatment plan can be developed. This may included medications and therapy. ...Read more

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My son, who is 8 years old, has Bipolar ODD and ADHD. I'm finding it impossible to find a doctor willing to take him on because of the multiple diagnoses which he received after being committed to a children's hospital psych ward. Can you make any reco

My son, who is 8 years old, has Bipolar ODD and ADHD. I'm finding it impossible to find a doctor willing to take him on because of the multiple diagnoses which he received after being committed to a children's hospital psych ward. Can you make any reco

There R doc who will: There are many doctors that manage these complex children. Usually they are subspecialists in pediatric psychiatry or developmental pediatrics. They usually work within a team approach with counselors, therapists and tutors to cover all areas of disability. Check with your nearest children's hospital. ...Read more

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If a child has mild autism, should they be placed in a normal classroom instead of a special one? Will this help them to mentally develop at an appropriate rate?

If a child has mild autism, should they be placed in a normal classroom instead of a special one? Will this help them to mentally develop at an appropriate rate?

Highly variable: Autism consists of a wide spectrum of disability. Mildly autistic children can sometimes function and thrive in a streamline classroom, but each child's education program and support should be highly individualized by a team of school (teachers, psychologist, therapists) and pediatrician. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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What could be the cause of me suddenly committing after just a couple social alcoholic beverages? Used to be able to handle much more alcohol.

What could be the cause of me suddenly committing after just a couple social alcoholic beverages? Used to be able to handle much more alcohol.

Gastritis: If you meant "vomiting" this can happen after just a few drinks if your stomach is upset to begin with - alcohol irritates the lining of the stomach, and that can induce vomiting more quickly in the presence of stomach inflammation (gastritis). Treatment is usually antacids or acid-blocking medications. (and moderation!) ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is possible to get over the effects of being picked on and teased in high school?

Please tell me if it is possible to get over the effects of being picked on and teased in high school?

Absolutely: High school can be a cruel place of bullying and making fun. If you are having continued problems from this in adult life then seeing a therapist to discuss the issue could help. It is always good to remember that the people that pick on you only do so because they feel so bad about themselves that only by putting someone else down can they feel better about themselves. It is not about you, EVER. ...Read more

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Can someone lying for a long period of time to a child about who their biological father is cause the child to become a compulsive liar?

Can someone lying for a long period of time to a child about who their biological father is cause the child to become a compulsive liar?

More complicated.: A child learns behaviors by example, and if adults in their lives often lie, they will model that. Adults often tell "white lies" to avoid an interaction, ie, "Tell them I'm taking an nap and can't talk." Thirdly, children often lie to avoid consequences, ie, why tell the truth if that leads to punsihment Also, it depends on whether the child is aware of the truth or falsehood of his parentage. ...Read more

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Does the silent treatment amount to emotional abuse and then may go on to physical abuse?

Yes and No: Certainly, the silent treatment can be a passive-aggressive form of abuse, but I am not aware of studies which show this is a predictor of physical abuse. ...Read more