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What can cause a speech delay? A speech delay may mean that their timetable is a little different and they’ll catch up. But speech or language delays can also tell something about overall physical and intellectual development. Here are some examples. Problems with the mouth A speech delay can indicate an issue with the mouth,...
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How speech and language delays are different Although the two are often difficult to tell apart — and frequently referred to together — there are some differences between a speech and language delay. Speech is the physical act of producing sounds and saying words. A toddler with a speech delay may try but have trouble...
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Language Delays in Toddlers Your baby is able to communicate with you long before he or she speaks a single word! A baby’s cry, smile, and responses to you help you to understand his or her needs. Learn how children communicate and what to do when there are concerns about delays in development. Milestones during...
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What Is OCD? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that causes kids to have unwanted thoughts, feelings, and fears. These are called obsessions, and they can make kids feel anxious. To relieve the obsessions and anxiety, Obsessive-compulsive disorder leads kids to do behaviors called compulsions (also called rituals). What Are Obsessions? Obsessions are fears that kids with Obsessive-compulsive disorder can’t...
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What Causes Social Phobia? Like other phobias, social phobia is a fear reaction to something that isn’t actually dangerous — although the body and mind react as if the danger is real. This means that someone feels physical sensations of fear, like a faster heartbeat and breathing. These are part of the body’s fight–flight response. They’re...
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Why Toddlers Bite Biting is very common in early childhood. Babies and toddlers bite for a variety of reasons, such as teething or exploring a new toy or object with their mouth. As they begin to understand cause-and-effect, they also might bite a person to see if they can get a reaction. Biting also can...
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Regular Sadness vs. Depression It’s natural to feel sad, down, or discouraged at times. We all feel these human emotions, they’re reactions to the hassles and hurdles of life. We may feel sad over an argument with a friend, a breakup, or a best friend moving out of town. We might be disappointed about doing...
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What Are Eating Disorders? Eating disorders are problems with the way people eat. They can harm a person’s health, emotions, and relationships. There are several types of eating disorders.  What Are the Different Types of Eating Disorders? Common types of eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). Anorexia. People with...
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Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that involve excessive amounts of anxiety, fear, nervousness, worry, or dread. Anxiety that is too constant or too intense can cause a person to feel preoccupied, distracted, tense, and always on alert. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions. They affect people of all...
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Many people have heard of ADHD. It may make you think of kids who have trouble paying attention or who are hyperactive or impulsive. Adults can have ADHD, too. About 4% to 5% of U.S. adults have it. But few adults get diagnosed or...
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