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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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Did anyone discover the link between autism and schizophrenia?

Active research: There does seem to be an increased risk for schizophrenia in the autistic population and there are been some genetic markers identified that share some similarity in the two disorders. Having said that the majority of patients with autism will not develop schizophrenia and vice versa. As our understanding of genetics increases we will hopefully learn more about cause, treatment, and prevention. ...Read more

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Are there links between premature birth and autism, schizophrenia and/or low iq?

Are there links between premature birth and autism, schizophrenia and/or low iq?

Learning disability: Children born <32 weeks can often have some learning problems. Premature birth as a stand alone risk factor does not increase autism or schizophrenic risk that I am aware. Family history may and other factors- but not being born early... ...Read more

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How are autism and schizophrenia different?

Communication.: Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought process and by lack of emotional response.It is accompanied by significant social and occupational dysfunction.Typically occurs in young adulthood. Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication.Symptoms becomes apparent before 3 yrs of age. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how schizophrenia and autism differ?

Can you please tell me how schizophrenia and autism differ?

Apples & oranges: Autism is a developmental disorder of childhood. Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder. They are very different conditions. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why so many believe you can't have autism and schizophrenia ?

A lot of overlap: People with autism by definition have difficulty with their information processing , that can result in significant perceptual abn. So some sx of schizophrenia that are minor would be common with the abn of autism. Only if hallucinations or delusions were very prominent would the additional diagnosis of autism be added -. ...Read more

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I'm absolutely terrified i'm developing schizophrenia. Could it just be add and autism?

I'm absolutely terrified i'm developing schizophrenia. Could it just be add and autism?

Sz is very unlikely: This may lower the terror. Schizophrenia almost always appears by age 25 or so. There are psychotic breaks that can occur in later adult years including symptoms of some dementias, but they are different from sz. Also, if you've been diagnosed w/ autism and/or add, it's possible that some symptoms could feel similar to sz. Talk w/ your doctor, ask for a psych referral for DX eval. Try to relax. ...Read more

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What to do about schizophrenia and autism?

Recent research : shows that 2% of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder also have Schizophrenia. http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment/treatment-associated-psychiatric-conditions has info on early prenatal conditions & genetic mutations shared by both conditions. Depending on patient's age, seek referral from PCP to a child & adolescent or adult psychiatrist. NAMI, (800) 633-3760, will have resources. ...Read more

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I heard schizophrenia has been linked to autism. Is this true?

No relationship: There is no relationship apparent between autism and schizophrenia. Autism is a neurological disorder first found in childhood and follows a predictable path. Schizophrenia onset is more likely to occur in the teens and can be brought under good control with medications. There are many factors that need to be considered when treating for this disorder and both require supportive families. ...Read more

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Is it possible there is a cure(s) for autism and schizophrenia?

Is it possible there is a cure(s) for autism and schizophrenia?

Not yet: However, researchers are trying to find ways to cure them. Schizophrenia can be maintained well on medications. They are also making advances in communication skills for autistic people using computerized technology which is very hopeful. ...Read more

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


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