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Regression Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Regression. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have there been symptoms of regression?

    Why: to determine the time-frame of the change in behavior.

  2. What particular symptoms of regression are present?

    Why: e.g. reverting to child-like behavior; a return to more primitive behavior due to an inability to function adequately at a more adult level; a decrease in the intelligibility of speech.

  3. If a child, what are the details of the pregnancy, birth and new born?

    Why: may detect prenatal infections, prenatal drugs and toxins, birth trauma, neonatal infection as a possible cause of regressive behavior.

  4. What age was your baby when they reached certain milestones?

    Why: e.g. smiling, able to remain in sitting position unsupported, crawled, walked.

  5. Extent of vocabulary?

    Why: assesses expressive language.

  6. Is there consistent use of the same sounds for the same object or person?
  7. How many words can the child understand?

    Why: assesses receptive language. Receptive language is usually well in advance of expressive language.

  8. Environmental factors?

    Why: may also affect development. Determine if home environment is appropriately stimulating to enable good language development and presents opportunities for a wide variety of play experience.

  9. Do you feel that you are coping well?
  10. Has anything changed in your life?
  11. What are your stressors at the moment?

    Why: questions specifically about relationship, family, children, social support, occupation, general physical health and financial stresses. Significant stressors may cause regression of behavior.

  12. Past psychiatric history?

    Why: e.g. some psychological disorders such as depression, are associated with regression of behavior.

  13. History of head injury?
  14. Alcohol history?

    Why: may help in determining whether alcoholism is the cause of regression of behavior.

  15. Illicit drug use?

    Why: may help in determining whether illicit drug use is the cause of regression of behavior.

  16. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, crying spells, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, low libido, thoughts of death or suicide attempt. Depression may be associated with regression of behavior.

  17. Symptoms of dementia?

    Why: e.g. impaired memory, impaired judgement and thinking, impaired verbal fluency and impaired ability to perform complex tasks. Personality may change, impulse control may be lost and personal care deteriorates. People with dementia may also have psychiatric symptoms such as delusions, paranoid ideas, hallucinations, mood disturbance and behavioral disturbance - Dementia e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, Pick's disease may present with regression of behavior.

  18. Poor social interaction and language delay in the child?

    Why: e.g. poor eye contact, aloneness, difficulties relating to peers - may suggest autism as cause of regressive behavior. Approximately one-half of autistic children develop normally until somewhere between 1 1/2 to 3 years of age; then autistic symptoms begin to emerge. These individuals are often referred to as having 'regressive' autism One characteristic which is quite common in autism is the individual's 'insistence on sameness' or 'perseverative' behavior. Many children become overly insistent on routines; if one is changed, even slightly, the child may become upset and tantrum. Some common examples are: drinking and/or eating the same food items at every meal, wearing certain clothing or insisting that others wear the same clothes, and going to school using the same route. One possible reason for 'insistence on sameness' may be the person's inability to understand and cope with novel situations.

  19. Symptoms of Rett's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. a child with a history of normal development, followed by regression in language development, loss of purposeful hand skills, the emergence of curious rubbing and wringing movements of the hand and episodes of rapid breathing.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Regression:

The following list of conditions have 'Regression' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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