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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada , Pediatrician
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My step-son seems to have some mental disorder and we cannot

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My step-son seems to have some mental disorder and we cannot figure out what it is. It seems as though his brain just shuts off. He can't really talk, can't find his shoes that are literally 2 feet in front of him even if he looks right at them, he becomes cross eyed, forgets how to put his toys away, etc. (please read description) What is going on?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Yogindra Vasavada replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

Hello, Sorry about his condition. May be he has some soft neurological condition which has altered nerve connections due to insults during pregnancy. Please get him evaluated by pediatric neurologist and investigated with EEG etc.

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

Momentary shut downs of activity could indicate seizures (form of epilepsy) like petit-mal, so EEG might help.

Customer:

Wouldnt he have to be in is "off" mode to see?

Customer:

It's so hard to get him in when he is like that because like i said it could last just a couple minutes...

Customer:

and he doesn

Customer:

t sieze...

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

This so called seizure does not have actual contractions of limbs or body, just 'absence' of attention for a minute or so. Then a child regains and goes back to what he or she was doing.

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

So it is also called 'Absence seizure' not like in grand mal epilepsy.

Customer:

and that can last days?

Customer:

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Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

Repeated such attacks can occur in succession. It can last for days.

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

Most such cases can be easily diagnosed by EEG having typical tracing.

Customer:

hmm ok. why would he hit and scratch himself and scream during this?

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

Difficult to guess what goes wrong inside his head. Please physically prevent by restraining so some adult should remain near him all time.

Customer:

always do

Customer:

thanks for your help!

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

You are welcome. May be with more maturity of brain, things work out well.

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