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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more


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Can serotonine imbalance cause you to stare blankly into space more often?Other causes of staring much more often in otherwise a healthy 25y.O. Person

Can serotonine imbalance cause you to stare blankly into space more often?Other causes of staring much more often in otherwise a healthy 25y.O. Person

Not serotonin : Staring off into space is a cardinal symptom of adhd. But it can also happen for many other reasons, including auditory deficiencies, learning disabilities, seizures, disinterest, depression, boredom, but not because of a serotonin imbalance (unless you call depression a serotonin imbalance). Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy but I often find myself staring off into space as well. Is that common with JME or not?

I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy but I often find myself staring off into space as well. Is that common with JME or not?

Yes: part of JME is having myoclonic jerks, absent seizure and tonic clinic seizures. You need to make sure you are following up with neurologist to help monitor your seizures ...Read more

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I have suspected absence seziures, episodes of staring into space, deja vu before and memory loss after. Could this be serious like a brain tumour?

I have suspected absence seziures, episodes of staring into space, deja vu before and memory loss after. Could this be serious like a brain tumour?

Neurologic Eval: Absence seizures, also called petit mal, include the characteristics you describe. There is no memory of the seizure, although others can see it if they know what to look for. A neurologic evaluation is needed to rule out your concerns. ...Read more

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Fluoxetine and resperidone for my autism, but worried i could be pregnant.. can the test come out negative?

Fluoxetine and resperidone for my autism, but worried i could be pregnant.. can the test come out negative?

Coordinate Drs.: With this diagnosis, you would need to see your ob/gyn and psychiatrist and request they coordinate with you about the risks and benefits of the pregnancy. In general, there are psychotropics that are relatively safe staring in the second trimester forward. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism?

What are the symptoms of autism?

ASD: Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013 , it is called autism spectrum disorder.Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas. Social interaction communication(verbal and nonverbal) behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist. ...Read more

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Is autism overdiagnosed?

It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
500 doctors shared insights

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