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I took 5-htp for panic attacks and autism for 1 month and it helped for 6 months after that I was back to panic attacks. Should I take it again?

I took 5-htp for panic attacks and autism for 1 month and it helped for 6 months after that I was back to panic attacks. Should I take it again?

Have you considered: taking a selective serotonin reuptake medication?. These are regulated with good quality controls. I encourage you to see your primary care provider or a psychiatrist so that you can take a prescription medication. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Can my brother (5 years old) with mild autism recover and lead a normal life?

Can my brother (5 years old) with mild autism recover and lead a normal life?

Think big...: ...Then go try your very best to make a good outcome his reality. It is not however about "recovering", but rather "developing". There are many opportunities to favorably influence and enhance a young child who has been called "mildly autistic". And, there are likely to be new interventions available in the future. Get expert help. And, start right now. ...Read more

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42wf.have 18yrsold.tried to get pregn for 10yrs ,was told <5% chance. Well,i am 6wks pregn! my husband is54! autism,chromos abnormalities.Worried !1?

42wf.have 18yrsold.tried to get pregn for 10yrs ,was told <5% chance. Well,i am 6wks pregn! my husband is54! autism,chromos abnormalities.Worried !1?

High risk: you should be followed at a high risk OB clinic because of maternal & paternal age, amniocentesis should be done, keep all follow up appointments, eat healthy & take your prenatal vitamins & folic acid. Best wishes ...Read more

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Can a child get autism or becomes autistic at age 5? What are the odds ?

Can a child get autism or becomes autistic at age 5? What are the odds ?

Possible: Autism and ASD is not age specific and can be diagnosed at an early childhood age at 4-5 if it meets its diagnostic criteria. Since its not a cut and dry situation in most cases, it often requires help with referral to those who specialize in this condition, like psychologists and behavioral specialists. ...Read more

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What is a autism multi disaplinary assesment in child who's 5 , does this lead to dignosis thanks?

What is a autism multi disaplinary assesment in child who's 5 , does this lead to dignosis thanks?

A multidisciplinary: Assessment might include input from providers such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, speech/ language pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker, special education specialist or a developmental specialist. Yes, the purpose is to make a diagnosis ; to help determine the child's needs. Take care. ...Read more

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Any medicine for my 5 yr kid who has autism and still can't speak?

No Medicines fix it: Over the years a variety of medicines & diets have been studied in autism. None have provided any evidence based or predictable improvement although you can find glowing testimonials about a few. There are some medicines that physicians use to help with mood issues or aggressive behavior, but these only help manage symptoms. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

My 5 year old son has low functioning autism and does not sleep through the night what can we do to help him?

Autism: His sleep problem may be due to difficulty unwinding from agitation or from recurrent fears at night. A good bedtime routine, sleep hygiene can help him, find out what soothes him. Physical daytime activities that get him tired at night may help. Work with a child psychiatrist, medications can help with low functioning autism. ...Read more

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My 4.5 month old has started to move his head side to side like saying "no" very often. Someone told me is a sign of autism. Is this true?

Not really: Is your child doing this as a reaction to your face? Is your child doing this when you are not looking at him? This sounds like an interaction between you and your child so I do not think this is concerning. Is your child doing any other concerning behaviors? Is he fussy and irritable a lot? No eye contact or does not seem to be interested in people including you the parents? ...Read more

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My 5 yo son diagnosed with autism still mumbles sylablles that we can't understand.Speech theraphy once a week here philpines expensive what can I do?

My 5 yo son diagnosed with autism still mumbles sylablles that we can't understand.Speech theraphy once a week here philpines expensive what can I do?

Special Education : Are special education services for children with autism available?These include speech/language & occupational therapy as well as behavioral therapy. Ask his slt if he has joint attention, the ability to share interest in an object or event with another person, as this precedes social communication. Whether he uses asl, pecs, language or an ipad app, insist that he tell you what he wants. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years. [1] [2] there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression). ...Read more

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What is autism?

Developmental dis. : It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more

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What causes autism?

Mostly genetic.: More and more genetic links to autism and autism spectrum disorders (asd's) are being found; there's even genetic testing available for siblings of patients with asd's to see if they have it, too. Good studies have shown there's no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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Is autism overdiagnosed?

Is autism overdiagnosed?

It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read more

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Is autism only confined to industrialized nations?

No: Autism has a world wide prevalence of 2-4%. This is true for industrialized countries as well as developing societies. There is a genetic component as well as an environmental one. Even in africa, the incidence is about the same as in europe or us. Iceland has a remarkably increased incidence, the audie of which is not yet clearly understood. ...Read more

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I am wondering what causes autism or is this all a mystery?

Origin is elusive: Autism(a) and similar disorders have stumped researchers for ages. Recently, multiple fine defects have been found on micro array studies of the chromosomes of kids with a ; asd. This suggests misplaced genetic material may be involved very early in fetal life.This could suggest environmental toxins prior to or during pregnancy.More credible studies are needed ; less attention to junk science. ...Read more

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What is autism/pica?

Unrelated: Autism is a disorder characterized by impaired impaired social interaction and communicatoin and odd behaviors. Pica is a phenomenon of eating non-food items regularly, e.g., dirt or paint chips. The latter can occur with autism, but it is not a specific characteristic of that disorder. ...Read more

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Can MMR cause autism?

Can MMR cause autism?

No: Although it is likely that environmental exposures have contributed to the recent rise in autism, there is no credible evidence that the MMR vaccine has caused or contributed to increased autism. The study that first raised the concern has now been discredited as fraudulent. Autism is more common in babies born near superfund sites or with high levels of organophosphate pesticides. ...Read more

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Can autism run in families?

Yes: There does seem to be a genetic or hereditary effect in autistic spectrum disorders. It is not clearly predictable in its expression. ...Read more

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Can autism be misdiagnosed?

Can autism be misdiagnosed?

Autism: Absolutely, make sure this diagnosis is made by a mental health professional who specializes in treating autism. Of course is perfectly accepatable to obtain a second opinion. My best. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more