Dwarfism_and_Self-Esteem

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Dwarfism and Self-Esteem

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Summary:
The article talks about dwarfism, an illness which causes abnormal
growth. People with this illness may have anxiety attacks because of
mockery and discrimination of other people. Though there are many
medications available to treat this sickness. It is important to nurture
the self-esteem of these individuals to avoid anxiety attacks.


Keywords:
sexual health, social anxiety, anxiety


Article Body:
In the 1960's, “The Smurfs” became a hit on television. It is an animated
series that features dwarf-like characters that walk, run, and talk.
They are like human beings except the fact that they are miniature in
size. Sad to say that there are individuals today that suffer from a
condition which results in extreme small size proportions. Dwarfism is
the term that medical specialists refer to as an abnormality in height
that is mainly caused by genetics. People with this illness usually have
short structures, bones, arms, and legs. Additionally these people may
have difficulty in breathing because of small chests.

      Medical studies show that the most common form of dwarfism is
achondroplasia, which generates short limbs, increased spinal curves, and
deformation of the skull. Abnormalities in the chromosomes and pituitary
glands may lead to dwarfism. The common origin of this illness according
to reports are genetic. People with dwarfism have normal intelligence
though there are some cases that certain individuals have impaired mental
abilities. The sexual health of people with dwarfism are normal in most
cases.

       This disorder could be an inherited trait or abnormal bone or
cartilage development. In the long run because it may lead to loss of
mobility. In some occasions these conditions may lead to inability to
walk and function improperly. There are cases however that children with
dwarfism die because of lack of medical treatment. This is because the
pituitary gland influences the growth and metabolism of the body.
People with dwarfism especially children may develop social anxiety
disorder because of discrimination and other forms of mockery by normal
people.

      There are medically approved treatments for dwarfism. Proper
medical care can relieve many of the symptoms of dwarfism. Surgery can be
done to improve the some of the spine, hip, and leg problems of people
with dwarfism. These operations may lead to relieved pain that are
brought by by the wear and tear of the joints that occurs because of
limited flexibility. Excessive weight may have negative impacts to people
with orthopedic problems. Having a healthy diet may help shed off
unwanted pounds. Increasing physical activity without putting excess
stress on the bones may help people with dwarfism. It is advised that one
consult specialists for these tasks.

      Some medical practitioners have approved the use of growth hormone
treatment for teens and kids with hormone deficiency. This treatment
according to studies may add about 2-3 inches to a person's height. This
move however should improve a licensed doctor and should be done extreme
care and precaution.

      Though there are many safe and effective ways of treating dwarfism
some individuals decide to take matters into their own hands. Reports say
that there are some people who use growth hormones without the doctor's
consent. Some of the substances used are either over the counter or
banned. Reports say, growth hormones if used improperly may bring serious
side effects like fluid retention, joint pain, and and nerve compression
symptoms. Other side effect may include ear infections and ear problems.
Less common side effects are abdominal pain or bloating, headache,
nausea, vomiting, or skin rash.

      Normal individuals may help people with dwarfism live the best of
their lives by improving his/her sense of independence and self esteem.
Anxiety attacks may be avoided if one's attitude and expectations give
significance to their self-esteem. These people should realize that they
are loved and not mocked.

				
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