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Adult Diagnosis Aspergers
A technical point: adhd symptoms really should be understood to be part and parcel of aspergers. In DSM, it is incorrect to make a second diagnosis of adhd if the child is already on the autism spectrum. Unless the child is so severely adhd that limits function or puts them at risk e.g. climbing so much or running that they injure themselves multiple times per week. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Almost any age: Odd is typically more common among teenagers but can be diagnosed in school aged children. There is no age criteria for the diagnosis but diagnosing a toddler with odd would likely be inappropriate. Once a child understands what adults are looking for and intentionally engages in behavior that defies authority figures (this goes beyond parental defiance) then the child might be odd. ...Read more
Social issues: It is an autistic spectrum condition and pertains to the higher functioning end of autistic spectrum. It primarily leads to social limitations and makes it difficult for the person to adapt to many changes. Because they are higher functioning, they can be successful in occupational settings but feel more comfortable in careers requiring less social interaction. ...Read more
"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often are autism spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome) undiagnosed until adulthood? How is such a diagnosis made?
Minor autism: The diagnosis is a clinical one. When issues like impaired attention and depressed mood are also present the diagnosis of Aspergers ( now termed minor autism ) is made more difficult. There are varying degrees of involment of multiple cognitive domains and behavioral features involved. No two people are alike. Get an opinion from a well trained expert in behavioral medicine who deals with autism. ...Read more
Autism specrum disor: Autism, autism spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental dirsorder all enompass identical group of neurodevelopmental disorders, initially described by dr. Leo kanner and hans asperger in 1943 and 1944, respectively. They are epigenetic disorders, caused by submicroscopic deletion or duplication of genes, also called copy number variation cnv. The gene expression is suppressed by environment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psychiatrist: By consulting a psychiatrist, and after thorough examination. ...Read more
Certainly: Different psychiatrists have different training and experience. Many have very limited exposure to ASD resulting in frequent mis DX as they treat the sx they recognize but don't have enough experience to know what to make of the "asd type" sx. It is also possible to have aspergers and OCD that needs to be identified clinically and specifically treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autism in adults : Autism spectrum d/o can b diagnosed via clinical interview and a collaborative info from the family .There are assesment scales also used for that.It all depends what it's needed for. The treatment for depression anxiety or other issues for some autism does not need any rating scales.Contact a psychiatrist or psychologist good luck. ...Read more
ADHD: Conventional symptoms include forgetfulness and excessive daydreaming, as well as an inability to sit still, or constant fidgeting. Some more adult specific symptoms might include trouble with organization, traffic accidents, marital trouble, distractibility, trouble listening to others, restlessness, lateness, anger, trouble relaxing, trouble prioritizing and trouble starting tasks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not determinative: No add "test" is determinative, either for kids or adults. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Adults can easily be evaluated. Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multi-Factored: The treatment for autism invovles a variety of approaches and disciplines. Diet, nutrition, and overall health are important. There is often benefit from a variety of therapies (behavioral, speech, and occupational therapies). School modifications and adjustments are needed. Medications are sometimes used to target specific behaviors that may cause problems, such as hyperactivity or mood problems. ...Read more
Broad range disorder: This is a more descriptive label than a specific disease. It implys a disorder in developmental progress that extends to areas of thinking, communication, self help and possibly motor skills.It has shared the grouping of an autism spectrum disorder, but that is more a convenient tag than anything.Treatment is supportive & tends to focus on self help skills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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