Robert C. Dean, MD
Location and Office HoursCarilion New River Valley Medical Center
2900 Lamb Cir Ste 370
Christiansburg, VA 24073
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca
Are sensory integration issues a real problem?
Heather Wittenberg, PhD, Psychology, answeredThere is some controversy over whether sensory integration issues are “legitimate”, from a medical standpoint. Many pediatricians will dismiss the topic as unfounded or irrelevant. Studies are ongoing as to the efficacy of treatment approaches. But while these studies continue, many parents are finding these approaches extremely helpful. In my practice, I have seen exceptional progress made in cases with sensory issues, and I work closely with occupational therapists (OTs) who provide invaluable assistance to families. I do often recommend that an OT conduct an evaluation of a child with behavioral difficulties.
Can peripheral neuropathy be prevented?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Although peripheral neuropathy is often the result of another disorder, there are measures you can take to help prevent it. First, it is important to treat and properly manage all other conditions that may cause peripheral neuropathy. Also, peripheral neuropathy is linked to too little B-12 vitamin, so make sure to eat foods that contain B12 or take B12 supplements. Finally, work-related stress can cause peripheral neuropathy, so avoid repetitive movements and positions that force you to slouch.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How can low serotonin levels affect me?
Sharine Forbes, Gerontology, answeredSerotonin, which has been shown to influence many of the brains cells, is made through a biochemical process in the brain. As a neurotransmitter, serotonin is responsible for feelings of happiness, contentment, and controls overall mood. When concentration levels of serotonin are high, feelings of happiness ensue. When levels of serotonin are low, an individual’s overall mood decreases as they become irritable and sad. The overall composition of serotonin is essentially a combination of tryptophan hydroxylase and tryptophan, which makes 5-hydoxytryptamine (5-HTP), also known as serotonin. Despite its place of origin, it is for the most part found in the digestive tract and in the blood platelets. Additionally, 5-hydoxytryptamine (5-HTP), which can act as a serotonin precursor, stimulates the secretion of serotonin production in the brain. If the levels of serotonin absorbed during reuptake are extreme, this also can lead to feelings of sadness. As a result, serotonin is linked to have influences on different behaviors such as, but not limited to, overall mood.
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