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Differences Between Schizophrenia And Autism
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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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