Self-injury behavior in a child might not be "mental"

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Self-injury behavior in a child might not be "mental"
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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 12:21pm

A rare genetic problem causing a neurodegenerative illness can cause a child to


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Thanks for posting both articles.

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 2:16pm

how do you determine if there is an actual mental illness or there is something else going on?

I have become totally confused by what is mental illness vs "something else going on." If something is obviously emotional or warped personality from some perverse upbringing, neglect, or whatever, then - sure - that's clear-cut. But what about all the stuff that is not emotionally based, or slowly, over time the "illness" affected the personaily, such as in developing a "bipolar personality" with having the symptoms called "bipolar disorder." What is autism? It is in the DSM but it would be quite politically incorrect these days to refer to it as "mental" illness. And what helps it? For some only very intense nuerocognitive training techniques, For some, they have to work on gut health and immune function. What about schizophrenia where some cases are genetic deletions, some cases are genetic duplications, some cases are actually a mitochondrial deletion, some cases are actually a gluten intolerance and many more are of unknown cause - but of course most never were part of these studies so they never were looked at to determine the cause - and even when they know the cause - that doesn't mean they can fix it.

As for the insurance companies and how do you find out.... Ahhh what a chance for advocacy -


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