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Doctor insights on: Differences Between Schizophrenia And Autism

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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)

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


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What to do about schizophrenia and autism?

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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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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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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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?

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

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Someone told me schizophrenia is linked to autism. Is this true?

A recent study from : Ireland published in " Molecular Psychiatry" identified mutations in genes that control epigenetic regulation, the process by which experience & environment alter the function ( but not structure or sequence) of genes, that increase susceptibility to both schizophrenia & autism by the same mechanism. This appears to be one of many genetic "set-ups", or the basis for some cases of Autism. ...Read more

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Is it possible that the autism be considered as a minor form of schizophrenia?

Neither...: ...Autism nor schizophrenia are single-entity diseases; there may be some persons in whom features of both disorders coexist, but i would not call ASD a "minor form" of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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

Stigma: I'm afraid to say that it is a part of the stigma associated with mental illness in general. You have those who refuse to believe in a diagnosis of autism or schizophrenia alone. Let alone comorbid diagnoses. I would suggest to suffer those folks with dignity and maintain an open mind regarding mental illness. ...Read more

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How are autism and schizophrenia related? I often see them mentioned at the same time.

How are autism and schizophrenia related? I often see them mentioned at the same time.

Autism/schizophrenia: There are clinical similarities between autism and schizophrenia. According to NIH, risk genes for schizophrenia and autism conspicuously activate in the same neuronal neighborhood of the brain’s cortex, or outer mantel, during infancy. This suggests some related underlying illness processes – even though known genetic variations associated with the disorders overlap by only 5 percent. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2016/schizophrenia-autism-risk-gene-trajectories-point-to-shared-causes.shtml ...Read more

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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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I'm 30/f and my partner is 42/m. If i get pregnant this year what is risk of autism or schizophrenia due to age? Anything i can do to minimize risk?

I think your fears: Are based on older research. When very few people were having children later in life the statistics were skewed. Since this has changed i believe the risks of retardation and mental health problems are no longer showing as higher for older couples. Eat healthy foods, exercise. Relax and get good prenatal care. Enjoy your pregnancy and the beginning of becoming a parent! ...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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Why does benadryl (diphenhydramine) alleviate symptoms of bipolar, borderline, autism, & schizophrenia? I only feel normal & able to think clearly when I've taken some.

Why does benadryl (diphenhydramine) alleviate symptoms of bipolar, borderline, autism, & schizophrenia? I only feel normal & able to think clearly when I've taken some.

Anti-cholinergic: Hard to say why, but it's not impossible. It's known to act on the CNS andyour experience is yours to know. Here's some info that might help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diphenhydramine Both the conditions you name and the chemistry are very complex. Don't over-use it, but as directed I'd guess it's safer than many other drugs that may not help as much as you say it does. Best! ...Read more

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What medication can a person with petit mal epilepsy if they take Latuda (lurasidone) for their paranoid schizophrenia and autism?

What medication can a person with petit mal epilepsy if they take Latuda (lurasidone) for their paranoid schizophrenia and autism?

Oooh, good question: The two most commonly prescribed meds for absence (petit mal) epilepsy are ethosuximide and valproate. Both interact with Latuda (lurasidone) by an additive effect of psychomotor retardation (dullness) and risk of depression. This can be managed by slow ramp-up of drugs, clear information of what to look for, and input from famiily/friends about overall function. With dose adjustments both may be managed. ...Read more

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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...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


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