Do loss of control of hand gestures, short-term memory loss and mood swings require medical attention?
Multiple causes to investigate
I understand your concern. The hand gestures and shaking can be a feature of a lively, enthusiastic personality. However, loss of control, short-term memory loss and mood swings in a child always require further investigation.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can be a plausible cause, given that the knowledge on how her father died is not something that can be processed easily by a child.
However, this should be the last explanation after all other organic causes are ruled out.
I would start with a visit to the neurologist and blood work to check for blood disorders, sugar levels, and heavy metal poisoning. Diabetes and lead poisoning can be a possible explanation.
Ultimately, a brain MRI to check for brain disorders or tumours may be necessary. If everything turns out normal, I advise you consult a child therapist.
Hope I have answered your query.
Dr Ornela Ademovi, General & Family Physician
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