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How Do I Help My Niece?

From the : I babysat my now 5 year old niece a lot when she was an infant and toddler. Early on her behavior didn’t seem quite normal. Other people speculated she might be autistic. It’s tough to describe the problem as most children get upset about things. The issue is that odd things make her upset. She doesn’t like it when things get moved. She doesn’t like loud noises like the vacuum. She...
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Emotional Support Animal

How do we have our Labradoodle listed as a ESA — Emotional Support Animal. Would a simple note from my doctor be sufficient or is more required. Thank You A: Here’s a link to the national animal service registry with a complete description of how to obtain a letter for your Labradoodle Wishing you patience and peace, Dr. Dan Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral
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Can’t Handle Challenging Child

I teach a class of 8-10 mostly 5 year olds in a kindergarten enrichment program through a private childcare learning center. This child is constantly displaying defiant behavior that will sometimes escalate into disruptive outbursts that I can’t control. It all seems to stem from a desire to have my constant attention and my inability to give it to her. She has two dads who do not acknowledge her behavior as being unusual and...
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Finding Help for My Autistic Children

My 5yo has been diagnosed with severe ADHD, Autism, ODD. He is on medications and has been doing so well until about the last three months. He has always had more problems with ADHD but now it seems like Autism is taking control of him! My 3yo is very delayed and does not speak due to 18q syndrome & Autism. We are all of a sudden having major problems with both of them. I’m...
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Wife Unsure if She Loves Me

I have been married for years now and we have 2 amazing children. About three years ago my wife approached me and said that she was basically done with the relationship unless I changed things. I feel that I have changed those things and she still is very up and down about how she feels about me. I am absolutely lost as to what to do. I still love her very dearly and...
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Do I Have a Psychological Problem?

I grew up with a younger sibling with autism, and I deeply love and care for her. As I grew up, my parents always told me that I had to be successful so I could care for her when they died. I was perfectly okay with this at first, but as I entered grade 7 I started thinking life and my reasons for living. My father wanted me to become a doctor and I...
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Depressed About Child’s Health

I’m a 30 year old mother of two. My depression started after I had my first child. I didnt feel any connection with my daughter, and I still don’t to this day. But the real problem began when I was informed during my second pregnancy, that my child could be born with Down Syndrome, and that he’s got a very severe heart deformity. I was five months pregnant at the time, and I chose...
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Troubled, Troublesome Teen

I want to help my 15 yr daughter figure out what is wrong with her. I’m out of money. How do I get her a diagnosis? For 10 yrs I’ve taken my daughter to professionals to understand what makes her different so we can address and help her. She’s been diagnosed at separate times of ADD, ODD, potential BPD, depression and on and on. No one agrees. She struggles socially and acedemically. She’s taken...
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Hatred of Sound

Hello, I’m 14 and I have struggled with symptoms of depression and anxiety for two years, along with rage brought on by sensitivity to certain sounds. These sounds include all eating sounds, ripping paper, any combination of skin and fabric rubbing against each other (skin and skin, skin and fabric, fabric and fabric), kissing sounds, and keyboards. Also some speaking noises and annunciations such as Bs, Ps, and Ss. Also I’m bothered by small...
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Friend Has Overstayed Her Welcome

Recently, my husband and I had to go out of town for a funeral. A friend of mine (let’s call her Inga) was scheduled to work, so I left her my car. My son called me late at night our first night away, and told me Inge hadn’t come home in my car yet. After 3 hours of trying to contact her, I finally got through. The car had run out of gas, and...
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Ex’s Actions are Affecting Daughter

my ex husband is nuts! he flys off the handle for no reason, he trys to bully me into doing whatever it is he wants me to do. He will get mad about something or someone and then talk about hurting them or thier vehicles for months on end! he uses our daughter as a tool to get back at me, he seems to think that the law and court orders that are...
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Can a Person with Childhood Disabilities be Helped as an Adult?

A cousin of mine, who is 20 years old girl is mentally challenged from her childhood, it is so irritating, she used to irritate the whole family. Although she is 20 years old but she used to behave like a 10 or 12 year girl. What to do with her? Is there is any treatment which can treat her / help her to became a normal person? A: People with intellectual disabilities can lead...
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