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Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Is "avoiding eye contact" a sure sign of autism? Or could it be a normal thing for 1.5 years child?

Could be normal: As they say, there are no "pathognomic signs" -- nothing which definitively establishes that a person has this or that disorder. So it could be normal; it could be not normal but not autism; or it could conceivably be autism. However, it would be unwise to be concerned that avoiding eye contact alone, as an isolated feature, points to autism, when it may be, as you suggest, nothing. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Is it normal for my one month old baby to avoid eye contact sometimes?

Is it normal for my one month old baby to avoid eye contact sometimes?

Yes: Your 1 month old can see clearly a foot or so and will gaze into your eyes for a time before deflecting.It is as if they fill up with the vision and must look away for a period before they can look back. Their ability to hold a gaze will gradually increase over time. ...Read more

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Is there medication for people with social anxiety i'm comfortable with the people i live with but when i go out i just want to go&i avoid eye contact?

Is there medication for people with social anxiety i'm comfortable with the people i live with but when i go out i just want to go&i avoid eye contact?

Medications: (such as Selective Serontonin Reuptake Inhibitors - SSRI's) can be beneficial. However, non-medication interventions are just as important if not more important in addressing the problem. Please talk with your parents about this so that you can get the help you need. Take care. ...Read more

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Do most assault victims avoid eye contact?

Do most assault victims avoid eye contact?

Yes: The typical fight /flight response will cause an individual to look away from a traumatic event. ...Read more

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Why do I avoid eye contact except when emotional?

Why do I avoid eye contact except when emotional?

Check it out: There can be various social and/or psychological causes. An initial evaluation by your md with referral to a specialist of his/her choosing is advisable. ...Read more

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Why does my son avoid eye contact? He is not really shy.

Why does my son avoid eye contact? He is not really shy.

Pediatric exam: A visit with his pediatrician is indicated, less likely that it is caused by an eye problem. ...Read more

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Lately I avoid eye contact with people. Due to job loss ?

Lately I avoid eye contact with people. Due to job loss ?

Psychology, not eye: Question better addressed to a psychologist or psychiatrist. Not an eye problem specifically. ...Read more

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Is it normal to avoid eye contact with people every time?

Is it normal to avoid eye contact with people every time?

Completely variable: It depends completely on the culture. Consider that you may be meeting an asian emperor in the forbidden city - you do not make eye contact until you are spoken to. Because you live in washington, usa, i would consider eye contact normal - especially with 2 white people, for instance. Eye contact shows you are listening and engaged. You can judge the other person's emotions by looking at them. ...Read more

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Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?

Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?

Both can: Since asperger's syndrome was a disorder on the autistic spectrum (no longer in the diagnostic manual), both disorders can have similar presentations. The difference lies in severity and impairment. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Eye Contact (Definition)

Babies love looking in their parents' eyes, and eye contact can help strengthen the parent-child bond. Just don't be too eager; respect babies wishes when they've had ...Read more