Questions about terms

Discussion in 'Substance Abuse' started by diana71, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. diana71

    diana71 Member

    I am new to this site and keep seeing the same abbreviations in threads and would like to know what they all mean. I see difficult child which I am assuming it is our child or loved one that is on drugs but what does difficult child stand for? What are the other abbreviations you all use stand for?
  2. Signorina

    Signorina Guest

    I copy and pasted Fran's original post from the "Site Help And Resources" board and the link is below. Hope this helps! :)

    Most Frequently Used Acronyms on the Board:

    * difficult child is your Difficult Child (Gift From God)

    * easy child is (are) your Perfect Child(ren)

    * husband is your Dear Husband

    * wife is your Dear Wife

    * SO is your Significant Other

    * mother in law is your Mother-in-Law

    * father in law is your Father-in-law

    * brother in law is your Brother-in-law

    * sister in law is your Sister-in-law

    * DEX is a Dear EX

    * PP are Perfect Parents who make you nuts because they are always bragging about their wonderful lives, children.

    * Warrior Mom- What most of us are.

    * Warrior Dad- What the others of us are.

    * HMJ Hot Mama Juice-given to us by Wildflowers son- Any liquid beverage that gets you through the day. Liquor is optional.

    * Rhino skin- Stars gift to the board. It's a snappy and stylish little suit you wear to keep yourself from being thin skinned.

    * Rattle Beads Light a candle, Say a prayer, Cross everything - The universal, non-denominational cry for positive thoughts.

    * thank you is Thank You

    * in my opinion is In My Opinion

    * in my humble opinion is In My Humble Opinion

    * been there done that is Been There Done That

    * LOL is Laughing Out Loud

    * ROFL is Rolling On Floor Laughing

    * ROFLMAO is ROFL My A** Off

    * by the way is By The Way

    * NFM is No Further Message

    * O/T or Occupational Therapist (OT) is Off Topic (non-difficult child)

    * Residential Treatment Center (RTC)/Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) is Residential Treatment Center/Facility

    * UP is used in a reply when a post has slipped down the page with few replies. By typing "up" in a reply, the post will go to the top of the page again.


    Department of Juvenile Justice - Department of Juvenile Justice

    within normal limits -within normal limits

    not otherwise specified -not otherwise specified

    SD -school district

    P-DR -psychiatrist(M.D)

    rule out -rule out


    ADD/ADHD ~~ Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder: individuals who have short attention spans because of their inability to concentrate. These individuals also exhibit impulsive actions.

    AGORAPHOBIA-an internal anxiety condition that has become so intense that the suffering individual fears going anywhere or doing anything where these feelings of panic have repeatedly occurred before.

    ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER-This disorder is characterized by a long-standing disregard of other people's rights, often crossing the line and violating those rights.

    ANXIETY ~~ fears that are persistent, overwhelming, and interfere with daily life.

    AS ~~ Asperger's Syndrome: is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe and sustaining impairment of social interaction, development of restricted and receptive patterns of behavior, interest or activities. These characteristics result in clinically significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

    AUTISM ~~ difficulties in verbal & nonverbal communication, social interaction and leisure activities. The disorder makes it hard for them to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. In some cases aggressive or self-injurious behaviors may present.

    Borderline (BPD) ~~ Borderline Personality Disorder: a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affect with marked impulsivity beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts.

    Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder (COBP) ~~ Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder (Manic/Depression): is a serious but treatable brain disorder characterized by extreme changes in mood, energy and behavior. Symptoms can present in early childhood, adolescence or adulthood.

    CD ~~ Conduct Disorder: a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated.

    DAMP ~~ Deficits in Attention, Motor control and Perception: is differentiated from ADHD by deficits in motor control and perception. It is a narrower diagnosis than ADD.

    DEPRESSION ~~ involves body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself and the way one thinks about things. It is not the same as the passing blues.

    MAJOR DEPRESSION/CLINICAL DEPRESSION: combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, study, eat, sleep and enjoy once pleasurable activities. Such disabling episodes may occur once or more commonly several times in a lifetime.

    DYSTHYMIA: long-term symptoms of depression that do not disable but prevent one from feeling good or functioning well.

    EXECUTIVE FUNCTION DISORDER~~ term used where an affected individual has a problem executing tasks that require order and preparation. That is a function that requires organizational abilities, timing, sequencing, diligence, and attention.

    Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE)/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) ~~ Fetal Alcohol Effect/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: a known or strongly suspected history of maternal use of alcohol....any amount of alcohol is damaging. Characterized by premature birth, low birth weight (remaining small until puberty), distinctive pattern of facial abnormalities (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)) or not (Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE)), some degree of brain damage.

    GID ~~ Gender Identity Disorder: a deviation from the normal pattern of exploring masculine and feminine behaviors. They develop an inflexible, compulsive, persistent and stereotypical pattern.

    Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) ~~ Intermittent Explosive Disorder: characterized by episodes of failure to resist aggressive impulses resulting in serious assaults or destruction of property.

    Learning Disability (LD) ~~ Learning Disabilities: people of generally average to above-average intelligence with-great discrepancies between their abilities and specific areas of difficulty, i.e., reasoning, speaking, writing, reading and math.

    NonVerbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) ~~ NonVerbal Learning Disorder: reveals itself in impaired abilities to organize the visual-spacial field, adapt to new or novel situations and/or accurately read nonverbal signals.

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ~~ Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: excessive worries, doubts, beliefs or superstitions.

    ODD ~~ Oppositional Defiance Disorder: persistent disobedience and opposition to authority to figures such as parents, teachers or other adults. However, the basic rights of others are still respected and age-appropriate societal rules and behaviors are not violated. Characterized by negative, hostile and defiant behaviors, generally strongest in the home. Before puberty the disorder is more frequently found in males, after puberty the ratio equals out.

    PANDAS ~~ Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder: Associated with-Streptococcal infections...describes a subgroup of children who have either a tic disorder (such as Tourette's) or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and whose tics, obsessions and/or compulsions typically worsen dramatically following strep infections or children who have no prior history who suddenly explode in symptoms after a group A strep infection.

    Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) ~~ Pervasive Developmental Disorder: usually evident by age three (3). In general, children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) have difficulty in talking, playing with other children, and relating to others, including family. Characterized by severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development ~~ social interaction skills, communication skills, presence of stereotypical behaviors, interests and activities.

    PTSD ~~ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: enduring consequences of traumatic experiences.

    Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) ~~ Reactive Attachment Disorder: the inability of a child to attach to a primary caregiver and go through the normal development that children go through in order to function in a relationship.

    SCHOOL PHOBIA~~ irrational, persistent fear of going to school...afflicts about 1% of all students at some point in there academic career.

    SCHIZOPHRENIA ~~ affects men and women in equal numbers. Is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech/thinking, catatonia and negative symptoms (social withdrawal, absence of emotion and expression, reduced energy, motivation and activity).

    SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER~~ Schizoaffective disorder is an illness in which there are both severe mood swings (mania and/or depression), and some of the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia. Most of the time mania or depression mix with psychotic symptoms, but there must be at least one two-week period in which there are only psychotic symptoms without any symptoms of mania or depression.

    SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER-Medical research reveals seasonal affective disorder, the winter blues, and winter worsening are caused by the decreased exposure to sunlight. During the fall and winter months, less light passes through the eyes which inhibits the release of an important brain chemical, serotonin.

    SEPARATION ANXIETY~~ developmentally inappropriate and excessive anxiety concerning separation from home or from those with whom the individual is attached.

    Sensory Integration Disorder (SID) ~~ Sensory Integration Disorder: the inability of the brain to correctly process information brought in by the brain.

    Tourette's Syndrome ~~ Tourette's Syndrome: neurological disorder characterized by tics ~~ involuntary rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way.

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  3. diana71

    diana71 Member

    Thank you! I kept trying to figure these out.
  4. helpangel

    helpangel Active Member

    Thanks Signorina, now I just need to get to a printer (mine didn't survive flying lessons Angel gave it)

    Love these from now on when feeling my way along the walls to coffee in the morning gonna think "hot mama juice" (LOL classic)