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Is high functioning autism degenerative?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Generally not: Individuals with high functioning autism often show improvement over time and have symptoms that overlap with asperger's disorder.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is correct. It si not a neurodegenerative disorder.
Jul 30, 2014

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How common is high functioning autism in the us?

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 25 years experience
Increasing quickly: The number of those diagnosed with autism is now under 1/100 with the majority of those being male and in the category of high functioning. The significant increase over short period of time suggests an environmental influence. This is likely on top of subtle genetic susceptibilities that have not yet been well defined. Genetics will take time to sort out so adjustment to environment are key.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is high functioning autism?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Not a diagnosis: The term "high functioning autism" is a term usually referring to individuals who have some but not all symptoms of autism. It is not truly a diagnosis and usually covers a large spectrum of people who do not have autism but have many similar symptoms, such as social awkwardness, a need for extreme structure in their lives and difficulties with reading others' emotional cues.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What to do if I had over that. but I do have high functioning autism, could that be why I feel so different?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Certainly, it is : frustrating, depressing & anxiety-provoking to know you have a problem with social communication & behaviors that seem "odd" to some, but you can't "fix" them without help. It means you're both smart & you have some degree of Theory of Mind, knowing that others may have a different point of view. See http://www.aapsa.net & autismsyracuse.com/linksresources/ to find funding & services. Good luck!
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me how high functioning autism and autism differ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Asperger's : Aspergers is sometimes referred to as high functioning autism. The symptoms are less impairing then for those found with pervasive developmental disorder or full blown autism. They are disorders on a spectrum of severity.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between asperger's syndrome and high-functioning autism?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Mostly language: The major difference between ausitm ANS asperger's is early language development--relatively normal in the latter. So-called high-functioning autism typically means average or above iq, which usually implies fairly good language. Even so, language measures typically most distinguish the two. That's why new criteria being considered will lump everything under autism spectrum disorder.

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