Fun with diagnoses


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Rumour has it that the search engines are not finding us as often as they should.

It's hard, of course, not just because we use acronyms and such, but because it's really hard to describe our kids anyway.

So... I want to capture a list of diagnoses for each forum that is fairly representative. That will be step two.

Step one is... can anyone who's been around the board for a while post a list on this thread of all the diagnoses you know about that affect "our" kids here on the board.

Not just YOUR kids... but any diagnosis you've heard of that applies. I will use these lists (filtered for duplicates, of course) in generating a poll in each forum.


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Alcohol abuse
Drug abuse
Auditory Processing Disorders (APD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Bi-polar I
Bi-polar II
Borderline personality disorder
Conduct disorder
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)/Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Schizoaffective Disorder
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Mood Disorder not otherwise specified
anxiety disorder
generalized anxiety disorder
post traumatic stress disorder
complex post traumatic stress disorder
dissociative identity disorder
anger issues
developmental delays
pervasive development disorders
elective mutism
Tourettes Syndrome
antisocial personality disorder
Passive aggressive personality disorder
borderline personality disorder
narcissistic personality disorder
emotional dysregulation disorder
schizoid personality disorder
avoidant personality disorder
cognitive disorder
bad therapist disorder ;)



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Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise specified (Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified)


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Sensory Processing Disorder (I think this is the Canadian or UK version of Sensory Integration Disorder)
high functioning autism (High-Functioning Autism (HFA))
early onset bipolar (aka EOPB)/child onset bipolar
executive function disorder
Indigo Child (NOT a clinical term usually but seems to still be used on other forums esp autism forums)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD))
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (really should be CDO, at least that is in alphabetical order or ODC which is in reverse alphabetical order - I have spent WAY too much time with Wiz and thank you!)

And never forget Alphabet Soup, which is what our kids end up with after seeing multiple doctors.

Maybe listing the major types of therapies used to help various disorders would also be helpful? I know that a lot of the therapists we saw would throw out the types of therapies they used rather than to really discuss the diagnosis and the treatment. I had one person tell me that the Wilbarger Technique/method would simply 'fix' Wiz and then our whole family would be normal and never need help again because the technique was somehow going to fix J's ptsd and thank you's sensory issues even though it would not be used on them in her work. We never went back but I did internet research on that and every other treatment name the doctors tossed out. Wilbarger is simply another name for brushing technique, at least that was what I was told.

Other therapy types include:

CBT - Cognitive Behavior Therapy
DBT - Dialectic Behavior Therapy
Exposure Therapy
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

I cannot think of more at this time, but I will try to remember all we did.

We could also list common medications as I think many parents want to know more about what their kids are supposed to take. The list would be long, but could be helpful.

Medications and their types (to the best of my knowledge)

Prozac - fluoxetine - SSRI antidepressant
Paxil - paroxetine - SSRI antidepressant
Lexapro - escitalopram - SSRI antidepressant
Celexa - citalopram - SSRI antidepressant
Zoloft - sertraline - SSRI antidepressant
Luvox - fluvoxamine - SSRI antidepressant
Viibryd - vilazidone - SSRI antidepressant
Effexor - venlafaxine - SNRI antidepressant
Pristiq - desvenlafaxine - SNRI antidepressant
Cymbalta - duloxetine - SNRI antidepressant
Elavil - amitryptyline - tricyclic antidepressant
Trazodone - tricyclic antidepressant

Risperdal - risperidone - antipsychotic
Geodon - ziprasidone atypical antipsychotic

These are what I can remember right now.