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Question?: Schizophrenia Causes

Michael asks…

I would like to know the symptoms of schizophrenia what causes it and the treament they have available?

admin answers:

Hi, symptoms of schizophrenia can be from mild to very extreme, depending on how bad the individual is afflicted with this disease. Mild symtoms include, talking to ones self a LOT, feeling somebody is watching them, feeling somebody is after them in some way. More severe symptoms are magnifications of the mild symptoms: Hearing voices, answering the voices either outloud or to one’s self, feeling extreamly paronoid ie: people are outside where the suffering person is located and watching them, trying to gain entrance to where the person is at, feeling very confused in thought process, feeling that people in the room in looking at and judging very negitively and purhaps even actively looking for ways to harm the person with this disease, inability to perform well in society, in very severe cases not even being able to dress one’s self without assistance due to scambled brain waves. A person with severe schizophrenia is a very ill person who needs immediant assistance. There are tests which can easily diagnose this illness as brain scans of those with the diseasse are not at all the same as those without it. Medicines can help with symtoms and life coaches, and caretakers can assist with daily life. Not all schizophrenia sufferers paranoid symptoms. However, with or without the paranoia, this can and does effect an individuals life in serious ways and treatment should be sought for diagnoses and treatment. Proper diagnoses is important so this is not mistaken for some other condition.

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

David asks…

If my little guy start taking meds for ADHD but hi TS tics still remain, what are the options?

Both my son and I have adhd symptoms (he’s diagnosed but I’m not). We both have tics and the people who diagnosed him said that this was just the ADHD but I do not think so. I was not too impulsive as a child yet I had tics, and my boy can call out something or screech even when he is in a relatively calm state (so it is not about regulating states of mind as I am told the cause is).

Any how, I am not getting excited about the prospect of giving him medication as I am not sure it will affect the tics and I wonder If they will be more noticeable then.
For example, he is happy being daft an making silly noises but he finds it easier to play the fool as he doesn’t have to explain outbursts. When he has to be sensible or is feeling sensible and something pops out he smiles and apologizes but in quite a shy way and sometimes looks embarrassed.

I would honestly let him keep being the class clown rather than him feel embarrassed. But are there other options that can work for TS and ADHD together?

admin answers:

I am not in favor of giving children medicine if there is any other options. I too would think that his problem is more likely explained by the TS and yes, the medicines can cause the Tics.

I would go for a second opinion, either from a psychiatrist or neurologists that has a reputation for dealing with children and TS. It may still mean he needs a medication, but maybe there is a more appropriate one.

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Question?: Adhd Diet

Sharon asks…

What are some alternatives to Ritalin and other medications, when treating ADHD in a child?

What are some alternatives to Ritalin and other medications, when treating ADHD in a child?

admin answers:

Hi January Prom Queen,

Good question. Many people do not even consider alternatives. There are many claims of alternatives, but most of them don’t have research to back them up.
1. EEG biofeedback. This is a treatment which has some research but it has been plagued by poor research design and small sample sizes. Yet, I did this approach for 2.5 years or so and it was effective with many of my clients. The major challenges are it can be lengthy, expensive and there is a lack of standardization which is frustrating. It is also not easy to find people in many areas who do EEG biofeedback. See a blog post of mine from 2007 on that topic in my first source link.
2. Pay attention to your diet. Like EEG biofeedback this area is struggling with a lack of robust and large research, same problems small sample sizes and poor research design. However, “don’t eat your fruits and vegetables you’ll get ADHD” It was a blog post about how pesticides recently in a large well-designed study found that pesticides were related to ADHD in typical American children. So, that is worth reading. With more mild cases of ADHd removing foods based upon what is suggested in that article (e.g. Eat local or organic fruits and vegetables). Yet, it is unclear how much that will help you pay attention once you have ADHD.
3. Cogmed Working Memory TrainingTM. I do this program with clients anywhere in the U. S. My son’s results have been amazing. However, I am a clinical psychologist so I was originally swayed by the very good research. Yet, my son is a freshman in high school and he is getting the best grades of his life after doing this program. Read more in my 3rd source below.

So, when looking for alternatives to ADHD medicines be sure to look for research. In my experience of over 7 years of looking for answers for my own son Cogmed Working Memory Training was the best answer I found for my son. He doesn’t take any medications.

Dr. Chaz

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Question?: Schizophrenia Treatment

Richard asks…

The most successful Schizophrenia treatment?

What is the most successful treatment for Schizophrenia thus far? I know it’s not a lobotomy. 😛

admin answers:

Without getting into a debate on the best type, in general the most successful treatment for schizophrenia is anti-psychotic medicines. There are atypical (most recently developed in 90’s) and the original ones (developed in 50’s). Different people respond differently to the various types of anti-psychotics and they must work closely with a doctor to find the right medication.

Even better for some people is a combination of medicinal treatment (anti-psychotics) and psychotherapy. In psychotherapy, schizophrenics can learn how to cope with their symptoms better. They can learn how to ignore voices, rationalize delusions, and learn techniques to manage the negative symptoms. Psychotherapy also helps schizophrenics deal with the day to day struggles of the illness such as how it manifests in the workplace, at school, or with family.

It is important to remember that different treatments work differently for various people. No one responds the same to one medication. For some, psychotherapy is completely useless. The key is finding a doctor who is willing to try many options to learn what will work best for the individual.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Helen asks…

What is Rett Syndrome?

What is the disorder and how do you get it?
What are the symptoms and how is it diagnosed?
How is it treated? Are there any possible cures?

admin answers:

Its a genetic mutation in the MEPC2 gene on the x-chromosome (which is why most boys who have it will die before birth or in ealry infancy, b/c they only have one x & girls have 2 so if one is “bad” the other still one keeps her alive)

usually diagnosed through a blood test, looking for said gene mutation. If mutation is not found it can be diagnosed thorough the “stages” criteria (go on there website retthelp or rett.org) there are 4 stages- the first one usually over looked b/c the symtpoms are usually milder then the rest.

Treatment is according to sympotoms but can range from scoliosis surgery, GI tube being put in, Anti-seizure medicines, physical therapy, eye gaze communication, & many more
People also try alternative/holistic treatments like accupuncure, massage therapy, etc..

There is no cure…YET!!
They have been able to genetically engeneer a mouse to have Rett syndrome & have been successful in reversing it 100%
& there is always hope that one day I will wake up & hear that its been cured in a living human being. Also they are trying to raise money to try EVERY drug on the market on Rett syndrome mice to see what effects it may have on the syndrome.

I believe there are possible cures..but as of right now we just dont have it

Also as a side note: the range of severity greatly depends on how many of the mutated x’s are activated/deactivated

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Treatment Process For Patients With Autism

Mankind has succeeded to uphold a pleasant and disease free life by inventing medicines. These chemical compositions are capable of providing miraculous recovery from deadly diseases. But diseases still find their way into our lives, making it miserable. One of them is autism.

Autism is a neurological disorder, a deadly disease that targets Children. It slows down their brain development, thus rendering their brain incompetent for social and behavioral understanding. Autism is an ancient enemy of our children, and no matter how much we have developed our medicine and treatment process, we were never able to wipe this malicious disease out of existence till now. But doctors are not sitting on their thumbs. Our medical science has brought forth machines like- ‘hyperbaric oxygen chamber’, that has shown positive recovery results.

But the most important thing is care and to follow a medically proved treatment process to cure a child with autism. Now, let’s talk about this activity process.
• Children affected with this disease, usually lack ‘the sequential memory’. Help them focus on time organization can deal with this problem.

• Autism stricken children suffer from anxiety disorder. Using pictorial schedules can help them anticipate their daily activity sequence and minimize their anxiety level.

• Another strategy that has been proved to be helpful is ‘first-then’ strategy. Giving children command to follow certain steps in their daily activity helps them to understand proper order of things.

• Following steps also helps them to cooperate in social interaction. They mingle with other kids and pick up behavioral attributes from others. This is good for them.

• It is proved that a neurologically damaged child can learn more from tasks that they like to do. These visual schedules help us to understand what the children prefer, thus giving us an opportunity to select tasks that helps them develop faster.

• A set of layout must be prepared before treating the children. We must understand that, these kids are impressionable and it’s our duty to follow a pre planned process to ensure the success of the process.

This training or treatment process is designed to help children who are neurologically withdrawn. Doctors and researchers have been perfecting this process for years and recently it has shown some pretty decent recovery rates. So, all what we need to do is to follow these steps carefully and contribute your precious help and time to wipe out autism from our lives. Only then can we at least provide these autistic people some relief and an independent life.

Annie Barrete is a well known autism researcher and publisher. His long search for helpful Autism Resources led him to be an expert in treating autism patients. He believes sharing knowledge can help people, who are in distress.

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Spurring Development of New Medicines

Posted by Joe Horrigan, M.D., Autism Speaks assistant vice president and head of medical research 

I am feeling particularly hopeful about the pace of new drug development to treat autism. In recent years, we’ve seen a rapid series of scientific breakthroughs and leaps in our understanding of the biology of autism. The moment is right to accelerate the development of medicines to treat the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

I recently returned from an exciting meeting of the EU-AIMS, short for the European Autism Interventions – A Multicentre Study for Developing New Medications. EU-AIMS, funded in part by Autism Speaks, is one of the largest collaborations of academic researchers, pharmaceutical companies and advocates working together to develop new medicines for ASD. I was so impressed by the level of collaboration, harmony and communication among these groups, and I believe this reflects the urgency that we all feel to make the most out of this unique alignment of energy and resources.

I have long been concerned about the lack of safe and effective medicines to treat ASD. Currently, there are only two approved medications in the United States, both to treat autism-related irritability. None are approved to treat autism’s core symptoms. Moreover, many individuals with ASD have a complexity disorders such as autism plus anxiety and/or insomnia and/or seizures and/or gastrointestinal issues. Clearly this makes their care more challenging.

Because of the lack of FDA-approved medications for autism, doctors are often obliged to prescribe drugs off label when treating persons with autism. This means that the drugs have been approved for other uses but not for autism-related indications. This is far from ideal, especially from a safety standpoint.

It is important to remind ourselves that drug development not only requires the investments of pharmaceutical companies, but is dependent on individuals with autism participating in the drug trials. This year, more trials are being launched, and several of these studies are quite large and may contribute to the approval of new medicines for the treatment of ASD and its related symptoms.

Part of my mission at Autism Speaks is to both encourage family participation and help ensure the safety of those who do choose to partake in clinical trials.

To that end, I have talked with pharmaceutical companies about medicines that may have potential benefit for individuals with ASD. These discussions have involved both drugs in development and those already available for other therapeutic uses. Our discussions have addressed study designs, outcome measures and safety practices that may enhance the value of the clinical trials while also attending to the best interests of the participants.   

From an advocacy perspective, another critical aspect of my work is to provide patients and families with a thorough understanding of the potential benefits of participating in drug trials as well as helping them to understand and assess the potential drawbacks and safety issues.

For these reasons, I have helped to develop Autism Speaks A Participant’s Guide to Autism Drug Research, a road map for patients and families who are considering participation in a clinical drug trial. You can read more about the guide and download it here.

There are real benefits to being a part of a trial. They include interacting with expert clinicians, having potential access to novel medicines and contributing to science and the greater good. But there are also risks and burdens. It’s important to understand how roles change when an individual shifts from being a patient to being a research subject. The Participant’s Guide describes how to assess the pros and cons of these different roles, and it walks families through several important considerations that will enhance their experience of participating in a research study.

Our collective efforts to assure that better medicines are made available for individuals with ASD depend on high-quality research that provides insight into the potential benefits and risks of these medicines. This essential knowledge is made possible by the thoughtful participation of individuals with ASD and their families. I and my colleagues at Autism Speaks are motivated to help in your decision-making around this important issue.

Families who want to consider a clinical trial can find more information on the Participate in Research page of our website. You can also visit www.clinicaltrials.gov, a searchable database of trials.

Thanks to all our families and volunteers for their support of this important work.

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Fighting Aspergers syndrome with your child

If your child is going through Aspergers syndrome treatment, there are many things that you can do to help him. First of all, you should always give him moral support. Children (and even adults) with Aspergers syndrome feel left out.  They have difficulty in understanding the world and the people around them. Hence it is also called ‘Aliens syndrome’ (because they feel like all the other people around them are aliens)

So what is Aspergers syndrome treatment?

This treatment is always symptomatic. There is no one particular treatment given to a child. Since he might have many symptoms, a combination of ‘Aspergers syndrome treatment’ is given to him.

Therapies are given with a combination of a few medicines. These medications are given for hyperactivity or depression. Some doctors may not give the child any medication and may stress on therapy. Do not ask him to give your child medication as your child may not require it and may suffer from various side effects.

Also, the care takers, the parents, the school teachers should be involved in Aspergers syndrome treatment therapy.

The various Aspergers syndrome treatments are

1.      Communication training: Communication training is given in order to improve the communication and social skills, So that the child can speak up properly.

2.      Emotions management: Emotions treatment is given in order to help the child express his emotions and to understand other people’s emotions better.

3.      Physical / sensory treatment: Sensory treatment is given if he is sensitive to Voices or touch or colors.

4.      Training for parents: Parents are given training to help the children at home and also to behave with the child to make him feel comfortable.

5.      Co-ordination training: This is given to the child to make him walk and work properly.

Also many more symptomatic therapies are given to the child. Some specialists may suggest herbal medication along with Aspergers syndrome treatment. Also it is important that the treatment should be started at an early age to help the child recover better. If it is diagnosed in adults, Aspergers syndrome treatment should be started as soon as possible. Adults may have difficulty with therapy and may take longer to achieve desired results.

Will my child get cured?

There is no complete cure for Aspergers syndrome. However, with treatment, he learns to socialize and to cope up with day today challenges.  He can learn to work properly with other people. Best of luck with the Therapy.

Aspergers Syndrome is a special type of developmental disorder which is categorised under “Pervasive Development Disorder” or PDD. To know more about Aspergers Syndrome Treatment Please click on the link.
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Is There a Connection Between Aspergers and ADHD Medication?

It has been noted that there is a strong connection between Aspergers and ADHD medication. The reason why is because people with Asperger’s syndrome experience many of the same issues as those with ADHD. The inability to concentrate and focus on one project at a time is one of the most prominent problems.

Other characteristics of Asperger’s syndrome are social awkwardness, an intense interest in only one or two specific subjects, difficulty catching onto humor, an inability to relate to other people’s feelings, fast and monotone speech, strange posture, and other very rigid behaviors.

Like ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome also affects the child’s ability to concentrate. It is not their fault, nor does it signify that there is anything terribly wrong with the child. The Aspergers and ADHD medication connection is very good to know about because it can help you to treat the child with similar methods and remedies.

A child with Asperger’s syndrome biggest challenge is relating to other people and understanding things outside their own world of specific interest. There is usually a chemical imbalance associated with these types of behaviors that can be corrected by using natural remedies.

The Aspergers and ADHD medication connection is very strong because it has been noted to be highly effective. The only problem is the side effects. Some of the Aspergers & ADHD medications can exasperate the symptoms of the disorder.

Rigid behaviors are likely to become more prominent due to the nervousness and worsening inability to concentrate that the child experiences from the medication. Why are children with this and similar disorders prescribed these medications? Because it is routine, especially if visiting a clinical physician.

The advantage is that all people are given the option to make healthier choices for themselves as well as their children in relation to Aspergers and ADHD medication. You can still obtain the benefits of the medicines used to treat the disorder, but you don’t have to deal with the side effects.

Some of the Aspergers & ADHD natural remedies available to you are omega-3 fatty acids, St. John’s Wort, Passion Flower, Valerian Root, 5-HTP, chamomile, and Melissa officinalis.

Treating your child with prescription medications only contributes more to the problem by poisoning their bodies, creating nervousness, headaches, fidgeting, diarrhea, etc. Do you want your child to have to deal with these things?

It’s pure torment, and what makes it even worse is that the children are the ones who have to experience this to feel better. What does this say? It says that the pharmaceutical industry is out for themselves. And parents wonder why their children don’t want to “take their medicine.” Most children do not even understand why they are being given medication in the first place.

So when you are looking for Aspergers and ADHD medication, keep this in mind: The truth is that children hate taking medication. Giving them natural remedies can provide a healthy example for them as well as give them a guideline as to how to live their lives – naturally and without torture.

Diana is a Natural Health Consultant and is currently taking classes to earn a certificate in herbalism. Her website Natural Health and Herbal Remedies, offers the knowledge, insights and experiences she has gained from her journey into the world of natural health and her quest to share it with others. Learn more about ADHD at her website.
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Treatments For Your Autistic Child – 5 Methods To Reduce The Impact Of Autism

Once you come to know that your child suffers from autism, you should start on a treatment plan. There are a number of treatments available for autism. Often people worry about using medication that might prove dangerous to the child. But this is not justified. Not all children need medication. Apart from prescription medication, there are a number of other options for treating an autistic child. While some prefer to stick to the standard treatment plan, many others opt for the alternative natural plan. Here are some different treatments for autism.

Medication

In autism, a number of different types of medications are used for treatment. These medicines cover different aspects of autism. There are some medicines that help with the anxiety that many autistic children are prone to, while some medicines help autistic children who have trouble falling asleep. For children suffering from behavioral problems, antipsychotic drugs are used. These medicines do not actually cure the autism and in addition to this certain medicines have very bad side effects. If the child is on medication, he or she needs to be monitored very closely.

Occupational Therapy
This therapy helps the Autistic child learn independence. They are taught daily skills that are needed such as taking a bath, dressing up etc. Their fine motor skills are worked on. Children are also taught how to use devices that are helpful in daily life. Safety measures are also taught whether it be safety inside or outside the home.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is one of the most common forms of treatment among autistic children. Children with relatively lower muscle tone gain an immense amount from this therapy. In this the basic motor skills of young children is also dealt with. This includes walking, rolling and standing. Autistic children can suffer from many other health problems. Physical therapy helps solve these problems also.

Behavioral Therapy
This therapy will help teach the autistic child different behaviors that are appropriate. Usually a form of reward system is included. Children learn how to behave in social settings. Usually this therapy is done in the setting of the child’s home only. Parents, too, need to learn how to deal with unwanted behavior from their kids. Generally, the autistic child learns that certain behavior can give him or her, a reward and so consequently the bad behavior stops.

Speech Therapy
Communication is one of the toughest problems that autistic children face. The autistic people do not understand non-verbal cues. There are a few autistic children who do not speak altogether, so they need to be taught how to communicate with other people. They need to learn about body language. Sign language or pictures are often used to help some autistic children who have speech defect. A non verbal child can be taught how to speak by a speech therapist.

These are only very few of the treatment options available to autistic children. All children do not require all the treatments. It is very important to decide on a treatment plan that works well for your child. Autistic children can thrive if they are treated properly and in time.

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