There, her chromosomes were mapped and it was discovered that she had a missing X chromosome.
If you’re not familiar with the clusters, these are certain behaviors that are not quite mental illnesses but pretty darn close for any man who has witnessed the associated behaviors. Cluster A (odd or eccentric disorders) This originates from the American Psychiatric Association’s The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. There are links all over the Wikipedia page for further research. Palmatier and her website, shrink4men (link below).
The stories on her website are heartbreaking and serve as an excellent warning.
At age 9 she was 3 feet 8 inches tall, the size of a 4-year-old.
That’s when a savvy nurse at a new pediatrician’s office urged Claudette to take Miriam to a pediatric endocrinologist.
It is common for sufferers of social phobia to self-medicate in this fashion, especially if they are undiagnosed, untreated, or both; this can lead to alcoholism, eating disorders or other kinds of substance abuse.
SAD is sometimes referred to as an illness of lost opportunities where "individuals make major life choices to accommodate their illness".
According to ICD-10 guidelines, the main diagnostic criteria of social phobia are fear of being the focus of attention, or fear of behaving in a way that will be embarrassing or humiliating, avoidance and anxiety symptoms.
Standardized rating scales can be used to screen for social anxiety disorder and measure the severity of anxiety.
Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations, causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function in at least some parts of daily life.
These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others.
Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff Miriam Beit-Aharon, who has Turner syndrome, with her mother, Claudette Beit-Aharon.