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fetal alcohol syndrome

fetal alcohol syndrome

Alternative names FAS Definition Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a collection of growth and brain development problems in newborns. Fetal alcohol syndrome is caused by heavy alcohol use by the mother during pregnancy. What is going on in the body? The effects of FAS have been recognized for thousands of years. The condition was first …

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Barriers to Recovery from Hair Pulling

Barriers to Recovery from Hair Pulling

Whether one is just starting treatment for Trichotillomania or years into recovery, obstacles often appear, causing an apparent impasse. Sometimes it is clear what the barrier to progress is – but sometimes it is subtle and obscure. In this article I will discuss some of the barriers my patients have had to overcome in order …

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When a Child Refuses To Go to School

When a Child Refuses To Go to School

Separation anxiety is normal for a child. Sfter about six to nive month of age, children realize that their parents leave them from time to time. That’s why they become uncomfortable around strangers. This discomfort, which usually peaks around age two, lasts until first or second grade. But some children experience separation anxiety well past …

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Pheromones

Pheromones: The Scent of Sex

Everyone would agree that the most important human sex organ is the brain because that’s where sexual impulses, drives and reproductive behavior are programmed. We’re also accustomed to thinking of sight, touch, and sound as the most important sensual cues for humans. And let’s not forget the uniquely human capacity for creative imagination and fantasy. …

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Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Political commentator John McLaughlin introduced the issue on his weekly television program, The McLaughlin Group, like this: “Road rage drivers are not just angry. They’re crazy. So says research from Harvard and from the University of Chicago. The new sickness is called intermittent explosive disorder or IED. IED sufferers have abnormal areas of the brain …

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