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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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