Turner Syndrome

Turner syndrome is the result of a rare chromosomal abnormality, and occurs only in females. It is usually diagnosed in early childhood but can also be found when the child is in utero, through an amniocentisis test, and there are no methods of prevention. Those with Turner syndrome have a number of similar physical characteristics, as well as health-related issues. Some of those issues can involve cognitive disorders, such as ADHD. There is no cure for Turner syndrome; however, some of the cognitive issues can be treated.

Symptoms & signs of Turner syndrome

Turner syndrome can cause a number of physical symptoms, including:

  • Shortened stature and a broad chest
  • Swelling in the hands and feet
  • Visual and hearing impairments
  • Delayed puberty
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Medical issues such as: kidney abnormalities, bone issues, autoimmune disorders, among others.

Cognitive and behavioural issues can also occur. Some of them are:

When is it time to get help?

Diagnosis of Turner syndrome is often done during early childhood (or in utero) however, there are some people who don’t receive a diagnosis until adulthood. There can be emotional challenges that accompany the symptoms of Turner syndrome such as:

If you notice that you or your child is experiencing mental health challenges, it is time to seek support.

Turner syndrome treatment methods

There is no specific psychological treatment for Turner syndrome but there are effective treatments for emotional challenges that you or your child may be experiencing, such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, etc. Usually this is done through:

  • Couples counselling Couples are always growing and changing and can face an increasing or evolving number of challenges in their relationship. Counselling can help if you’re feeling unhappy in your relationship, would like to overcome a specific issue or problematic pattern, or if you’re interested in improving your relationship.
  • Strategic family therapy is a type of therapy where the therapist is a problem-solver and focuses on finding solutions to client’s challenges.
  • Structural family therapy involves looking at the structures within the family unit. Changing the underlying structure tends to cause a ripple effect on the family. This therapy analyzes the hierarchical structure, subsystems, and boundaries within the family.
  • Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all of which make use of one or more of the natural benefits of play, using toys, dolls, games, etc. Play allows children a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows them to express their true thought and feelings in ways best suited to their developmental level.

We can also help with cognitive issues or behavioural issues that may also be present.

Your therapist will suggest the best treatment method after learning about your child and your family’s specific needs and circumstances.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?

If your child has mental health or cognitive issues as a result of Turner syndrome, Insight Psychological may be able to help. An assessment will be done to determine the extent of the issues and a therapeutic plan will be put into place. Please give us a call today to learn more.