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Autism Worse In Puberty
Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more
Autism: Puberty can be thought of as a river being held in check by a dam. Negative or inhibitory impulses hold back puberty from starting early. Any "crack" in the dam can bring on puberty earlier by canceling these inhibitory impulses. Tumors, trauma, seizures, or even neuro chemical imballances may do this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies by person: I have seen kids go both ways. There are some autistic kids who by their early teens are able to be assimilated into regular classrooms becomes they have made so much progress with therapy. I've also seen kids become increasingly aggressive and problematic as they hit puberty. Research shows that early intervention and social and language therapy are key to improved behavior and general health. ...Read more
MORE COMPLICATED: Adhd has its problems, but usually attention, impulsivity and some cognitive issues like learning disabilities and others. Autism involves more difficulty in relatedness with others, thought, emotions, etc. In a sense both are spectrum disorders, though adhd is more easily treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My son is on risperidone for autism and aggressive behavior but his aggression has got significantly worse with each dose increase.Should that happen?
While risperidone : Decreases aggression in many individuals with autism, it can aggravate & increase aggression in some which is considered intolerable. Work with your prescriber to determine if the aggression you now see is from autism & circumstances happening in your son's life or an actual side effect to the risperdione. Keeping a daily log of behavior & situations can assist you & prescriber. Best wishes to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more
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