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What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Autism spectrum dis: These are all terms used to describe, what is now, a single classification called autism spectrum disorder. This is a developmental brain disorder that affects a person's ability to relate to other people and the world around them in a typical fashion. ...Read more

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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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Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

No/yes: Autistic kids have major behavioral problems. But this is very different from conduct disorder. Autistic kids react according to their perception of the environment. They don't comprehend what others do. That isn't a conduct problem it's a comprehension problem. Treaments are available to help these symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic motor tic disorder and movement disorders?

What is the difference between chronic motor tic disorder and movement disorders?

One of many!: Professionals use the term movement or motor disorders to identify a group of neurological disorders with a common denominator: they all have some kind of abnormal movements. Persistent or chronic tic disorder is only one of these movement disorders. Individuals with this disorder have one or several persistent tics for at least one year. Usually, this conditions starts before 18 years of age. ...Read more

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Does mitochondrial dysfunction cause some sort of autism spectrum disorder?

Does mitochondrial dysfunction cause some sort of autism spectrum disorder?

Maternally derived: Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.Muscle weakness occurs in all;blindness, & deafness in some. A progressive neurological disorder with developmental regression with or without autistic behaviors occurs in some types. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected. ...Read more

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What's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

What's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

Cause Unknown: Risk factors include genetics, pre-/perinatal factors, neuroanatomical abnormalities, & environmental factors. No single gene can account for autism. There seems to be multiple genes involved. Possibly maternal gestational diabetes, maternal/paternal age over 30, bleeding after first trimester, use of prescription medication during pregnancy, & meconium in the amniotic fluid but not conclusive. ...Read more

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Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum? My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum?  My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Statistics unavailab: Palilalia can occur in both. Reports would implicate tourette's as most common, but it has been reported in autism and asperger's. Formal comparative incidence studies appear to be unavailable at this time. Perhaps one of my colleagues in research will comment further. ...Read more

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Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Run the gamut: Autism spectrum disorders run the gamut from from retardation in classic autism to normal intelligence with poor social interaction. ...Read more

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What leads to stereotypic movement disorder?

What leads to stereotypic movement disorder?

Many diseases: Exact mechanism for stereotype moments is not well understood, some diseases like tremors, psychogenic movement, parkinsonism etc. ...Read more

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Link between learning disability and behavioral disorder? Is there a link between learning disability and behavioral disorder?

Link between learning disability and behavioral disorder? Is there a link between learning disability and behavioral disorder?

Sometimes: When an individual has a hard time learning, especially in a structured environment, like a classroom, inappropriate behavior can arise from frustration, boredom and anger. Sometimes brain mechanisms involved in learning and regulation of behavior overlap, which is another reason the two conditions can co-occur. ...Read more

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What are the complications of stereotypic movement disorder?

What are the complications of stereotypic movement disorder?

Stereotypic movement: The outlook depends on the cause. If its due to drug use they usually go away with stopping drugs. Long term stimulant abuse may lead to longer periods of movement. If they are due to head injury they may be permanent. The movements usually do not progress to other disorders. They may cause difficulty with normal social functioning. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is "stereotypic movement disorder"?

What is "stereotypic movement disorder"?

Stereotypic movement disorder: The symptoms include the following. It is more common in boys than girls and the cause is unknown. It must. Cause distress or risk of harm. Naltrexone may be of some benefit. Biting self hand shaking or waving head banging hitting own body mouthing of objects nail biting rocking. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002515 stereotypic movement disorder. ...Read more

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Do anxiety and bipolar disorder fall under the schizophrenia spectrum disorders?

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Do anxiety and bipolar disorder fall under the schizophrenia spectrum disorders?

Schiz.: Nope. Bipolar is a mood disorder. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder. Refer to my previous responses on these topics. ...Read more

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What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied : Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...Read more

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What causes developmental coordination disorder and is it neurodegenerative?

What causes developmental coordination disorder and is it neurodegenerative?

DCD: While we do not know for sure what is causing these difficulties, research has suggested that children with DCD may have a hard time: Planning a motor task: Children with DCD may have difficulty understanding what type of action is required, such as how high you need to jump when skipping rope. Organizing movements: Children with DCD might find it hard to think through the steps involved in a mo ...Read more

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How can I deal with a son with tourette's, ocd, adhd, oppositional defiant disorder and intermittent explosive disorder?

How can I deal with a son with tourette's, ocd, adhd, oppositional defiant disorder and intermittent explosive disorder?

Get expert help: Your son is very complex. So the meds will be too. But don't think of him as all these separate disorders. He really is 1 person w/ 1 complicated mental health dysfunction manifesting with symptoms of these various textbook diagnoses. I start with treatment of 1 problem, then move on to other issues. Each issue improved, makes the next problem easier to solve. He needs some success, and so do you. ...Read more

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What are the differences between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

What are the differences between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

The same deficits : In reciprocal social interaction caused by lack of joint attention, facial recognition & theory of mind underlie all types of autism. Autistic spectrum disorder is now the diagnosis that "lumps" autism, as & pdd-nos in the dsm-v. There was a misperception that the old diagnosis of as always implied superior cognitive skills. The dsm-iv required a "normal" iq ( > 70), not necessarily avg. Or >. ...Read more

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What are therapies for autism spectrum disorders in high school and beyond?

What are therapies for autism spectrum disorders in high school and beyond?

See below: There are effective treatments. Applied behavioral analysis, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases medication may help for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism. ...Read more

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How psychomotor retardation and attention impairment in disorders like MDD and ADHD are quantified with psychometric tests or by other means?

How psychomotor retardation and attention impairment in disorders like MDD and ADHD are quantified with psychometric tests or by other means?

Neuropsychologists: measure cognitive function, ADHD, etc. If one is in available in your geographic area consider consulting one on line via HealthTap or a similar organization. Peace and good health. They also provide strategies for work w/neurological and learning issues. ...Read more

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What's a autism spectrum disorder?

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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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Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Autismspeaks.org: There is increased risk of seizures with any brain pathology, be it cerebral palsy, intellectual disability or autism. The more severe the pathology, the higher the risk. Children with autistic spectrum disorders have a 2% risk of clinical epilepsy by age 5 & an 8% risk by age 10.If the child with autism also has intellectual disability, the risk is 35% at age 5 and 67% by age 10. ...Read more

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Dr. Shawn Cassady
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Movement Disorder (Definition)

These are a category of diseases that focus around either too much or too little movement. Some are benign such as a benign essential tremor, and some are quite serious ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more