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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 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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Can brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

Can brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

No: Head trauma can produce a variety of behavioral and cognitive changes, but there is no association with autism spectrum. ...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 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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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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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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What is the medical definition of psychological trauma?

What is the medical definition of psychological trauma?

Injury: Trauma means injury whether it is a physical or psychological event. This is defined by the long and short term effects on the individual. Death of a pet is traumatic, but usually does not have a long term effect whereas, death of a close relative may. ...Read more

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I just realized I have psychological trauma from a extremely frightening experience with a recreational drug. What kind of treatment do I need?

I just realized I have psychological trauma from a extremely frightening experience with a recreational drug. What kind of treatment do I need?

Evaluation 1st: An evaluation of your problem is needed before determining the best treatment -- they're not "one size fits all." best to see a psychiatrist first. Some drugs can trigger psychosis, and it doesn't go away when the drug leaves your system. Medications and/or talk therapy may help; the doctor will be able to suggest once s/he hears about your experience and how things are now for you. ...Read more

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Psychological trauma and skin abscesses, what are these?

Psychological trauma and skin abscesses, what are these?

Not clear: Your question is not clear. Sometimes with psychological trauma you have a tendency to pick at your skin and cause infections. Perhaps you could ask again with more detail ...Read more

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Can abortion lead to psychological trauma?

Can abortion lead to psychological trauma?

Yes: Unfortunately, an abortion can contribute to significant emotional stress, complicated grief and trauma. If these symptoms become serious, a professional evaluation would be beneficial. ...Read more

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What is the name of the condition that renders adults mute after psychological trauma?

What is the name of the condition that renders adults mute after psychological trauma?

Trauma: If you or a loved one are experiencing trauma symptoms and mutism, EMDR Therapy could be the best choice. I have used this exceptional trauma therapy even in a combat zone with a child who did not speak English and had stopped talking her native language. Don't let it go, the sooner the trauma is treated the less spillover on your life. ...Read more

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Are there any books like self-help that you can recommend for someone trying to recover from psychological trauma?

Are there any books like self-help that you can recommend for someone trying to recover from psychological trauma?

PTSD books: Dr. Jacobson shared a great option. One i would add is "the ptsd workbook: simple, effective, techniques for overvcoming traumatic stress symptoms": http://tinyurl.Com/mpsdd8r working through the book's exercises & worksheets along with a therapist will probably give you the best results. ...Read more

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Can a person overcome and heal from a psychological trauma on their own? Or is help from a professional help always needed?

Can a person overcome and heal from a psychological trauma on their own? Or is help from a professional help always needed?

Many people can: Heal the pain associated w past traumas. Some share w family, friends, clergy or other people who have had similar situations. However, if a person has been involved in a life threatening or horrific trauma & they have problems w sleep, hyperarousal, avoidance or reliving throught dreams, flashbacks or painful memories that are not resolving or are getting worse, then mental health care can help. ...Read more

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Can psychological trauma become worse if not dealt with correctly? By that i mean, can symptoms get worse and can more mental illness develop?

Can psychological trauma become worse if not dealt with correctly? By that i mean, can symptoms get worse and can more mental illness develop?

Yes: If the trauma is really significant it can stay with you over time. It may lead to avoidance of certain situations, ^ anxiety, problems w sleep, ^ arousal. Some people may develop a condition called post traumatic stress disorder. It is best to accept professional help if you are struggling with past trauma. ...Read more

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Could you completely recover from emotional/psychological abuse/trauma?

Could you completely recover from emotional/psychological abuse/trauma?

Yes, recovery is: Possible for any sort of abuse. You will always have the memories but they do not have to be "front and center" in your life. The best use of any suffering can be to make us stronger and use the knowledge we gain to help others. Every life event shapes us depending on how we eventually deal w/it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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