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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 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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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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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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I want to know if my daughter has autism shes almost 2 and she didn't talk well can't walk well didn't make eye contact when talked to?

Seek medical help: You should take your daughter in for an exam with her physician and discuss your concerns. There are some developmental screening exams that are age specific that can be done that are very effective when screening for autism. And at that time your can determine if further evaluation or work up is needed. ...Read more

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Is delayed speech a sign of autism, he is 16 months and has just started to make eye contact with me and comes to me to be consoled he also asperates on thin fluids and has reflux. Mum is autistic?

Provisionally yes: One in 10 children have signs of autism at a young age but by 3 the ratio is 1 in 80 for boys. The delayed eye contact is more of a concern. The aspiration of thin fluids indicates a problem with autonomic nervous system control. How is the reflux being treated.?He needs a vitamin d level assessed and complete evaluation. ...Read more

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My cousin is four years old he is not talking or giving eye contact he does not like kisses or hugs could this be autism?

It is more complex: While avoiding eye contact and poor social skills are tell tale signs within Autism Spectrum Disorders, your cousin needs a thorough check by a pediatrician for proper assessment and possible referral to a specialist for a potential diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why is it that i avoid people and no eye contact?

Why is it that i avoid people and no eye contact?

Avoidant personality disorder: It is important that you are asking the question. Time to see a psychiatrist and talk about it. Social anxiety to this degree is very unpleasant. There is help. Cognitive therapy and sometimes drug therapy can be a big help. ...Read more

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No eye contact from smart kid at 19, please tell me what you think?

No eye contact from smart kid at 19, please tell me what you think?

???????????????????: Your question does not provide enough information /background material to provide an answer.The public site is not a chat room, so every question should supply relevant background material and a clear question. ...Read more

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No eye contact with parent unless angry: is this common?

No eye contact with parent unless angry: is this common?

Yes: Whether or not you are comfortable making eye contact with people is a physchological phenomenon. Several conditions can make it difficult to maintain eye contact - anxiety, depression, social phobias, etc. Discuss this with your primary care doc since those conditions have treatments. ...Read more

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How would you handle handle treatment with someone whose culture states no eye contact.?

I would not: I have never come across someone who came to my office with such a requirement. I probably would suggest he or she go to the competition down the block, . ...Read more

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Baby makes almost no eye contact?

Baby makes almost no eye contact?

How old?: No eye contact for first month or two not necessarily abnormal, as vision system still very immature. Speak to your pediatrician for reassurance. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone gives you little or no eye contact ?

What does it mean when someone gives you little or no eye contact ?

Shy: I would say the most likely thing is that the person may simply be shy. We have all seen young children who hide behind their mothers legs and will not look at you. Certaninly other types of behavior can lead to this also. If a patient has an eye disease of certain type, such as inflammatory eye disease, they may be light sensitive and not look at you simply due to lighting situations. ...Read more

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


Dr. James Lin
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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