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Doctor insights on: Autism Caused By Psychological Trauma

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Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Not likely: While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance. And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism. ...Read more

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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 brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

Not proven yet: Variable etiology , autism spectrum still amazes all of us researchers in the field as we are learning more about this disorder and the shades of the spectrum.It is also important for parents not to fall into the traps of non scientific celebrities like we had in the past, who prey on innocent parents, visit the best centers for latest science , like yale developmental center, aacap, nimh. ...Read more

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Are there any trauma-induced conditions similar to autism?

Are there any trauma-induced conditions similar to autism?

Yes, it is possible: Severe psychological trauma can induce symptoms that may resemble some traits of autism. After severe trauma, some individuals my exhibit social withdrawal, difficulty in communicating, even rigid postures. With effective treatment, most individuals can recover from trauma but it may take a long time. Consult a professional if you have experienced trauma for more information specific to you. ...Read more

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Is there autism that isn't psychological?

Complex issue: Autism is in the eye of the beholder. Children with genetic and developmental disorders can have autistic features. Normal children can show autistic behaviors in specific situations. Autistic behavior may develop following brain damage from infection, trauma, drug toxicity, effects of cancer, etc. Autistic behavior may develop from severe emotional stress. ...Read more

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Is autism a version of mental retardation or a psychological problem?

Is autism a version of mental retardation or a psychological problem?

Autism: Autism is one in a group of neurodevelopmental disorders causing difficulty in social interaction, language, and behavior. There are varying intensities of autism. In most cases, children with severe autism have marked impairments or a complete inability to communicate or interact with other people. It's different from mental retardation (now called intellectual disabilities). ...Read more

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My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?

My husband may have undiagnosed autism. How do we go about getting an evaluation? Is this psychological or neurological?

Excellent question: Start w/family doc. He/she will probably have appropriate referrals for you. You may see a neurologist to rule out medical conditions. Ultimately a clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist will be helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can use of a recreational drug cause psychological trauma to someone? I think I have this from a very frightening experience after trying a drug

Can use of a recreational drug cause psychological trauma to someone? I think I have this from a very frightening experience after trying a drug

Yes it can: It depends on the drug, the dose, and certainly your state of mind going into it. There can be extremely frightening experiences with hallucinogens like lsd, peyote, marijuana, psilocybin, etc -- also all stimulants like Cocaine and meth. Some of these are not really "party" drugs but are used that way -- when the experience can be extremely intense and personal. Sometimes flashbacks are ongoing. ...Read more

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Can intense greif/ psychological trauma cause one to ve tb? It is said by ppl in some countries that TB of lungs is a disease caused by greif

Can  intense greif/ psychological trauma cause one to ve tb? It is said by ppl  in some countries that TB of lungs is a disease caused by greif

No: You can get TB from exposure to the bacteria associated with the illness. This may come through infectious droplets from a TB patient's cough or sneeze. Most people overcome this primary tb, & it stays dormant for years. Especially in elderly and sick people though, it can reactivate. In traditional chinese medicine, the emotion governing the lung is grief -- but this differs from tb. ...Read more

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Does Psychological trauma due to distressing sexual experience causes erectile dysfunction? i have ED from 10 months after failed in sexual experience

Does Psychological trauma due to distressing
sexual experience causes erectile dysfunction? i have ED from 10 months after failed in sexual experience

It can: Yes, it can contribute but you should first see your doctor to rule out medical causes of ED, then address it's psychological consequences. Many medical conditions can be otherwise asymptomatic and yet cause ED as can many medications. You can most certainly be treated and regain normal sexual functioning along with return of your confidence. ...Read more

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I have psychological trauma from a recreational drug i tried months ago. It was my first time trying it. Do i get treated the same as a drug abuser?

I have psychological trauma from a recreational drug i tried months ago. It was my first time trying it. Do i get treated the same as a drug abuser?

No!: No, a psychiatrist listens to the problem you're having, and makes the best recommendations s/he can based on what's happening now. Addiction psychiatrists are very familiar with these drugs and their typical syndromes -- perhaps that's why the other psychiatrist who answered you when i did, mentioned "addiction" medicine as a possible help for you. A good psychiatrist will hear & respond to you. ...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