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    Thread: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

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      Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      Ok its like this I have been suffering from inferiority thought patterns and big lack of self esteem since day 1 and there is no real reason why its been like this as I am not different in anyway (except mentally) yet all my life have never beleived in myself at all its like I was born with it or maybe somewhere later along the line I was traumatized by someone or something and it altered my thought process and self worth yet I cant renember specifically anything that bad that did happen.

      The question I wanted to ask was about problems at birth and how and what level they might effect one mentally. We all know in extreme cases that lack of oxygen can permanently damage babys weither they end up a vegatable or other various phsysical problems but in my case I was told by my mother that there was mild problems with me getting oxygen during birth but oviously wasnt serious enough to make me end up a vegatable or whatever yet I wondering if that could perhaps do some mild damage mentally i.e effect ones mind by ruining certain parts of the brain that control feelings about yourself and depression and happiness etc. sort of like a very mild form of brain damage. Does anyone know anything about this type of thing and how It could potentially harm a baby. It might just be wrong but its just something I gotta ask about just so I can get some answers. Your views or facts or whatever would be appreciated. Thx.

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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      I would be interested to learn this too. I was a "breach" birth, and had my umbilicle (sp?) cord wrapped around my neck (how appropriate). I too have always felt inferior and that no-one ever notices, or ever would notice me.

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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      All I know is that I was born premature and was very weak, on the verge of death when I was born. Perhaps I also had trouble getting some oxygen or maybe something else that has led me to be so different from everyone else as well?
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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      You can have an MRI done of your brain and it might tell you about the blood flow and any damaged parts of the brain. I'm thinking you're probably okay but what do I know. Take care.

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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      I had an MRI when I was younger. Certainly nothing was mentioned back then.

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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      A baby can live for around 3 minutes without oxygen after it's born with no ramifications. Any longer without oxygen and brain injury may occur but on a more severe level than you are referring to (cerebal palsy ect). It's unlikely to be a lack of oxygen at birth causing your feelings.

      There is evidence, however, that maternal seperation and isolation, and repetative pain experienced as an infant may affect how the brain develops and contribute to abnormal development and behaviour. Although I would class this as disorders like ADHD, stress disorders and severe anxiety leading to impaired social skills and patterns of self-destructive behaviour. I'm not sure this would apply to inferiority complexes or lack of self esteem.

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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      The best way to have some of these questions resolved, is to discuss them with a neurologist. S/he can do a MRI or a brain mapping (a deeper scan), however, there are lesions that cannot be seen even at that level...I have worked in pediatrics for 30 yrs, and i am still so very surprised how severe neonatal damage can be overcome (have designed developmental NICUs), but soft neurologicial signs (LD, ADHD, LLD, Hyperactivity) still have baffled the scientific world...please speak to a MD and see what s/he says...
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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered999
      A baby can live for around 3 minutes without oxygen after it's born with no IMMEDIATELY VISIBLE AND IDENTIFIABLE ramifications.
      My own emphasis added to emphasise something.

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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      Quote Originally Posted by i_am_not_here
      My own emphasis added to emphasise something.
      All babies are born without oxygen. Cutting the cord cuts off the oxygen supply. That can take up to three minutes. So if what you say is true then everybody would feel these feelings of low self worth.

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      Re: Oxygen lack at birth. Mental health consequences?

      No baby is born without oxygen. All babies are born without being able to breath for the first few moments in their "new" environment, but they most certainly do have oxygen. I don't think anyone really wants to get into dissociation curves of foetal haemoglobin or the effects of a higher afinity for oxygen on the baby's oxygen uptake.

      What about breech births where the newborn has the umbilical cord wrapped around their neck? The duration of birthing may well be normal, and all other conditions are normal... but what effects would the lack of oxygen to the brain have on the child?

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