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Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

Is it true that hitting your self / hitting your head on the wall a sign of autism?

See below: This is a behavioral disorder. It is possible that an autistic child shows some of this symptoms, but they are not exclusive to autism. Please talk to child psychiatrist or psychologist to investigate further. ...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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Is lip biting is a form of self injurious behaviour?

Is lip biting is a form of self injurious behaviour?

Yes & yes...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. It could be classified as dermatophagia, or self-injury in varying degrees. It could also be accidental, inflicted internally or externally. In any case it results in an injury of some degree. ...Read more

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Is biting your lip considered a form of self mutilation?

Is biting your lip considered a form of self mutilation?

No.: Self injurious behavior is repeated self inflicted injury to cause pain to relieve emotional distress or as a sign of self hatred. Biting your lip is usually a sign of nervousness like chewing your nails or cracking your knuckles. ...Read more

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I been biting my self inside the mouth all over and it doesn't hurt have been doing it for years can't seem to stop seem to like the blood. What is it?

I been biting my self inside the mouth all over and it doesn't hurt have been doing it for years can't seem to stop seem to like the blood. What is it?

Bad habit: Whether it is cheek and/or lip biting (like you) or nail biting, hair twirling, or any other habit, people often do these things initially to relieve stress. After a while they can "take a life of their own" and become a habit. Bad habits are hard to break and some people find professional counseling helpful in developing strategies to break a habit. ...Read more

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6 yr old with anxiety has begun self harm (biting, scratching) since beginning kindergarten. Concern?

6 yr old with anxiety has begun self harm (biting, scratching) since beginning kindergarten. Concern?

Yes: Child psychiatrist or her pediatrician would help sort it out, may be just an adjustment disorder triggered by the new experience, good luck ...Read more

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Can you tell me if nail biting is considered as self mutilation, why isn't cutting your hair?

Can you tell me if nail biting is considered as self mutilation, why isn't cutting your hair?

Symptom of anxiety: If there is a physical enjoyment of the discomfort it causes and a thrill from people looking at the damage then yes, but otherwise it is a sign of unresolved anxiety and generally feeling overwhelmed. I recommend starting a journal, spending an equal amount of time writing your hopes as writing your fears and then talk out these feelings and desires with a counselor or friend. ...Read more

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Is tongue/cheek/lip biting a dermatophagia or self injury?

Is tongue/cheek/lip biting a dermatophagia or self injury?

A little of both...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. In any of these cases it could be construed as both dermatophagia and self-injury in varying degrees as technically dermatophagia is self-injury even though it is classified as form of (obsessive-compulsive) disorder. Don't confuse this with accidental intra-oral bites which may be self or externally inflicted. ...Read more

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I have been constantly upset/crying my self to sleep for no reason, lip biting/cheek biting, no motivation, self harmed. HELP

I have been constantly upset/crying my self to sleep for no reason, lip biting/cheek biting, no motivation, self harmed. HELP

Get help now..: You seem quite depressed and need to see a mental health professional right away. Please have a parent or a trusted adult come with you for an initial appointment. Write down all meds you take, any alcohol/drug/tobacco/caffeine use, current stresses and about when you started feeling so negative. Your pcp is a good person to ask for a referral. If you feel suicidal, go to the ER. Please get help. ...Read more

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Autism can cure or no?

Unfortunately no: No there currently is no cure for autism. ...Read more

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Is the cure about autism found?

Is the cure about autism found?

No: Autism is a label used for a pattern of behavioral, social and learning issues that arise from a poorly defined origin. Supportive care helps the kid over his/her lifetime and most see some improvement. However, no one treatment or group of treatments will cure this process. Ongoing research should help us understand what helps the best. ...Read more

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How to get SSI for autism help?

See your PCP first.: Have your pcp refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist to evaluate the autism then go to the social security office and apply for disability. You can get an application on line. You can contact the social security office and get help from their staff on how to fill the appropriate forms. Once the forms are submitted, they will let you you know if he is qualified ...Read more

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Can you tell me what autism is?

Different processing: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that effects in individuals ability to connect and relate to the outside world.. If has a wide range of severity and is frequently associalted with nutritional and digestive variations. There are many coping strategies that individuals develop that can lead to a variety of variably dysfunctional symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have autism?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand THAT other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely than just social anxiety or other issues. ...Read more

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What is Autism a risk factor for?

Autism can lead to:: Failure to thrive, Generalized seizures in children, Vitamin C deficiency, Seizure disorder, Sensory processing disorder. ...Read more

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What do autistic and autism mean?

"Into oneself" from: The Greek word transliterated incorrectly as " autismos". It's the same root word as for "automatic, ", self-driven, etc. Dr. Kanner coined the diagnosis in the 40's for children who responded more to internal cues than to environmental stimuli; e.g., who laughed or cried without an external stimulus or hummed, rocked, & paid no attention to others, now Autistic Spectrum Disorder Level 3. ...Read more

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What are some signs of mild autism?

See below.: Mild autism is characterized by persistent abnormalities in social interactions, restricted & highly focused interests, and restricted repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. There's often limited ability to have spontaneous social interactions and a failure to develop friendships. There may be delays in other developmental areas as well. ...Read more

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Where are autism rates the highest?

Ubiquitous: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) prevalence rates are actually fairly equivalent across the United States. The diagnosis of ASD continues to rise, possibly due to more clear guidelines for the diagnosis being established. Research is on-going to help us understand ASD better, and of course researchers are still looking for an underlying cause (or causes) for asd. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have autism?

How do you know if you have autism?

At your age?: The fact you are asking the question in the first place at the age of 49 in the second place makes it highly unlikely in that you need worry about identifying this disorder if you're looking to diagnosis yourself. And though we do not know everything about this problem we have learned pretty well how to identify it early on. You are more than welcome to present your symptoms for opinion. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is autism?

Neurodevelop Disorde: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal & nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Because the etiology of autism is not clearly understood, prevention is not possible today. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Autism?

The tests for Autism include:: Autism Screening Questionnaire, Autism Spectrum Quotient, MRI of brain, EEG, Genetic testing, Neuropsychological testing, Hearing test. ...Read more

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Are autism and attachment issues related?

No,: Autism is a neurological condition present before birth and manifesting at some point in infancy.
Attachment issues can occur in any child exposed to prolonged, insufficient and/or inconsistent parenting. ...Read more

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What are the specific symptoms of autism?

Social Impairment: Autism spectrum disorder is a brain based developmental disorder that is characterized by an individual who has significant trouble with social functioning. They may have language impairments and frequently have difficulty with reading social cues. They tend to think very concretely in many ways. They can have a variety of behavioral difficulties from aggression to adhd. ...Read more

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Is it possible for autism to be fully cured?

Hard to say: Since there is no one test or feature to rely on for early diagnosis, some kids are labeled early on that later don't meet the criteria for diagnosis. As we come up with more reliable testing and markers (gene studies), it is likely that a clearer picture will emerge. Most kids that carry the label will improve over time and some will function well with minimal assistance. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a type of autism?

Certainly: Many people have processing problems, it is very common. To actually have autism one has to have a certain level of dysfunction. Many people have characteristics in the way they process information tha make some things more challenging. Having an information processing difficulty with problems with self regulation of social comfort does not necessarily mean one has autism, could be just anxiety. ...Read more

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What memory functions are impaired in autism?

What memory functions are impaired in autism?

Possibly none.: The autistic spectrum disorders have a lot of different faces; they are related to each other in that they involve impaired communication. This does not necessarily mean memory is effected at all. ...Read more

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Which was used in any successful autism diet?

Which was used in any successful autism diet?

Fad / myth: Autism does not respond to fad diets any more than the chromosome defect patients with Down syndrome did years ago when it was offered as beneficial to them. This has been offered up on internet sites and will play out over time. Support groups are better able to connect now and the cycle of popularity within non-standard therapies is shorter. We would love to find something that helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have autism without knowing?

Yes: As in: lots of diseases can happen and you don't know it. Sometimes people feel 'they have something' or at least some traits, symptoms but not know what it is until a diagnostician clarifies it/them into the context of an illness or disorder. ...Read more

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What is the latest findings for autism in kids?

What is the latest findings for autism in kids?

Folate (folic acid) deficiencyt: There is a great deal of exciting research going on within the field of autistic spectrum disorders. Recently, two studies have found a link between mothers with folate (folic acid) (an essential vitamin/mineral) deficiency and an increased risk of having children with autism. So, encourage any potential mothers-to-be to talk with their doctor about the possibility of taking a Folic Acid supplement! ...Read more

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How is autism classified into different levels?

Individuality: Autism spectrum disorder is the generic umbrella term covering children with autism. Because it is a spectrum there are more severely affected and less severely affected people. So high functioning and low functioning. Every patient is unique and each one has differing strength and weaknesses. The diagnosis code covers them all at this time with one code...299.0 I hope that helps. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 Doctors shared insights

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