At this point in time, Sensory Processing Disorder is not a formal medical diagnosis. That is, it is not listed as its own category in the most current version of the handbook used for diagnosing neurologically-based disorders such as Autism, ADHD, OCD, and Depression. That being said, in my experience, children with sensory challenges who are referred for occupational therapy evaluation and/or treatment often come in with a referring diagnosis code (ICD-9 code) such as “Sensory Integration Dysfunction.” So it does “exist” in that sense. Unfortunately, there is no blood test, DNA test, or other medical test that will come back “positive” for SPD. However, as any parent of a child with SPD will tell you, this does not mean Sensory Processing Disorder is not real. It just means there is still millions of dollars of research that needs to be done in order to demonstrate that SPD is a condition that is separate from the other neurological disorders.
Most drugs of abuse are addictive. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite negative consequences and by long-lasting changes in the brain. People who are addicted have strong cravings for the drug, making it difficult to stop using. Most drugs alter a person’s thinking and judgment, which can increase the risk of injury or death from drugged driving or infectious diseases (., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis) from unsafe sexual practices or needle sharing. Drug use during pregnancy can lead to neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition in which a baby can suffer from dependence and withdrawal symptoms after birth. Pregnancy-related issues are listed in the chart below for drugs where there is enough scientific evidence to connect the drug use to negative effects. However, most drugs could potentially harm an unborn baby.
A mobile download speed of at least 5 Mbps allows a user to do most of the things they expect on their phone. This speed should be fast enough to stream HD movies without buffering, and it’s more than enough to surf the web, connect to social accounts and view most content. For this reason, Ookla developed the “Acceptable Speed Ratio” to measure the percentage of each carrier’s test data samples that equal or exceed the 5 Mbps threshold. While we think fastest speeds are paramount, ensuring a minimum acceptable experience is also a worthy measure of a network’s quality.