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Help please! Is autism disorder hereditary?

Help please! Is autism disorder hereditary?

Not necessarily: Genetic factors do play a role. If there is someone in the family with autism, it increases the chances of getting it. However, in most cases it is not a purely genetic disease. Other factors (environmental and perinatal) seem to play a role as well. ...Read more

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


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Is attention defeset disorder a form of autism?

Is attention defeset disorder a form of autism?

No: These are two completely different disorders. They can co exist, however. ...Read more

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Help please! Is autism becoming the most over diagnosed disorder?

Autism: It may very well be. It certainly would account for its marked increase in recent years. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the causes of autism and how to heal the disease?

Please explain what are the causes of autism and how to heal the disease?

Multiple causes: Most often these are individuals with a genetically based vulnerability, and inadequate biological screeening out of dietary and environmental toxins and deficiecies lead to abn in information processing and if unrecognized the indiv copig strategies lead to behavioral problems. Is need good accurate dx, then support to address information processig pbms, and diet nutritional change and support. ...Read more

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Wedo not know how to cure autism, but how do they help lessen the disease?

Therapies: Therapies such as aba (applied behavior analysis), speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are some of the therapies which have been shown to help some of the weaknesses associated with autism. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between autism and an autistic disorder in children?

Same: Autism & autistic disorder are the same. As of may 2013, the new diagnostic manual is changing things, getting rid of asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder & creating an umbrella term of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to include individuals with lifelong problems in social interactions & unusual interests or bizarre behaviors. Exact changes are not yet public but will be soon. ...Read more

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I was tested for autism and it came negative- what is the other disease that is similar?

Depends: Without knowing the age of the individual tested and the name of the test used it is hard to say. " autism tests" assess the presence or absence of certain skills and behaviors. These include language, social interaction, sensory issues and sterotypical movements. At younger ages autism spectrum disorders may appear similar to other neurodevelopmental disordeers. Ask provider for clarification. ...Read more

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It seems everyone has add or autism. What happened to all the other disorders and diseases?

It seems everyone has add or autism. What happened to all the other disorders and diseases?

Publicity: Some conditions catch the media and public eye receiving an inordinate amount of attention. That is case with autism and add. Not that they are not significant problems. The other conditions are still there and just as important. ...Read more

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Is reacvite attatchment disorder (rad) part of autism, or can it be just a condition on its own?

It is a disorder: Is not part of the autism spectrum disorders. A child with reactive attachment disorder is typically neglected, abused or orphaned. Reactive attachment disorder develops because the child's basic needs for comfort, affection and nurturing aren't met and loving, caring attachments with others are never established.
www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/reactive-attachment-disorder/... ...Read more

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Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Is the diagnose of autism always accurate in a child, or do many other disorders cause autism behaviors?

Requires expertise: Autism can present in many forms, and other disorders can have elements that can be mistaken for it. Age also is important: 2 or 3 yo children present much differently than older ones or adolescents. No behaviors associated with autism occur only with autism. Experts look at the total picture, both how development is going and what impairments are present. So, far no biological tests. ...Read more

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If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?

No clear data.: Autism does not have a clear genetic basis.
It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities.
Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings.
If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read more

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Is autism a developmental disorder?

Is autism a developmental disorder?

Yes: Most parents are concerned by 18 months and most children are seen by age 2. ...Read more

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How can kawasaki's disease lead to autism symptoms?

How can kawasaki's disease lead to autism symptoms?

No known connection: I know of no evidence that kawasaki's can lead to autism. I have treated hundreds of patients with kawasaki, and none have developed autism. ...Read more

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What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf. Com/autismspectrumdisorder. Asp i. ...Read more

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What is the difference between asperger’s disorder and high functioning autism?

Probably Not Much: To my knowledge, these are expressions for the same condition. Aspergers is now part of what is called the autistic spectrum, a range of conditions sharing characteristic of autism, but with different levels of severity. ...Read more

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Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

No/yes: Autistic kids have major behavioral problems. But this is very different from conduct disorder. Autistic kids react according to their perception of the environment. They don't comprehend what others do. That isn't a conduct problem it's a comprehension problem. Treaments are available to help these symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there doctors with autism disorder? Is it a considered a taboo if they have it?

Yes and no: Yes, there are doctors with mild Autism Spectrum Disorders. Some of them are very brilliant and skilled and usually nobody knows about their diagnosis. I wouldn't say its taboo in the medical profession. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Hi ive got autism disorder its been 3 years I don't attend school I don't work I cant socialise at all I sit at home all day Is there any med to help me?

Hi ive got autism disorder its been 3 years I don't attend school I don't work I cant socialise at all I sit at home all day Is there any med to help me?

Likely yes: There aren't medicines that reverse autism but anxiety is high in autism and it sounds like it may be anxiety preventing you from living a fulfilling life. Yes there are medicines that help anxiety in autism. Please see your local psychiatrist, ideally a child and adolescent psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Are chromosomal disorders considered as autism?

No: Many kids with chromosome disorders have difficulties with communication and behavior and function similar to autistic or pdd patients in the autism spectrum. By convention, having such a medical diagnosis makes such a label inappropriate. ...Read more

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What are autism spectrum disorders?

What are autism spectrum disorders?

Latest umbrella term: For decades, the broad term for disorders like autism has been pervasive developmental disorder (pdd). It included autism, asperger's disorders, and several other seemingly related disorders. For the past 10 years of so, ASD has become increasingly popular and probably will be the new umbrella term for autism and related disorders in the new diagnostic manual due out in a year or so. ...Read more

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Which specific vaccines are linked to autism disorder?

None: No vaccine is linked to autism. The one article that advanced this idea was published in a british medical journal, the lancet, a few years ago. Last year, the author admitted that he had falsified the data. Avoiding proper vaccination on these grounds is not only harmful to your child, but to the population as a whole. ...Read more

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Is autism associated with celiac disease?

Is autism associated with celiac disease?

No: Autism is a complex neurobiological inherited disorder that is worsened by environmental toxins. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that prevents absorption of gluten from the diet. There is no scientific evidence the two are related. Years ago, there was a flurry of thinking that malabsorption of gluten could lead to or worsen autism. This has been disproven. ...Read more

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Can Autism be confused with Schizoaffective disorder?

Autism: Yes it is possible to confuse the two conditions ...Read more

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What's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

What's the primary cause for autism or autistic spectrum disorder?

Cause Unknown: Risk factors include genetics, pre-/perinatal factors, neuroanatomical abnormalities, & environmental factors. No single gene can account for autism. There seems to be multiple genes involved. Possibly maternal gestational diabetes, maternal/paternal age over 30, bleeding after first trimester, use of prescription medication during pregnancy, & meconium in the amniotic fluid but not conclusive. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the autism disorder where kids bite their lips off?

Lesch Nyhan Syndrome: With self-mutilation is not associated with behaviors categorized as autistic spectrum disorder. However, ASD can present as a separate neurodevelopmental disorder in any child with a specific genetic or epigenetic set-up for it, whether they have another inheritable disorder or not. See http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001655.Htm. ...Read more

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Are the effects of autism still present even with complete recovery of late stage lyme's disease?

Possibly: Autism symptoms may improve with treatment fo lyme disease, but it is likely that some symptoms will persist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Asperger disorder and autism in terms of intense interest in subjects?

IQ & language: Many studies have shown that the main difference between autism and asperger's disorder is overall intelligence and functional language. Matched for iq, there are few differences, which is why the next diagnostic manual proposes to do away with the distinction. Intense interest in a narrow topic can and does occur with both disorders but probably more commonly with asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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What's a autism spectrum disorder?

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes Asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more

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What are the genetic basis of autism? Is this disorder paternal or maternal?

What are the genetic basis of autism? Is this disorder paternal or maternal?

Both: Parents each give 50% of a child's genes so equaly likely to contribute what ever risk they have genetically. There are some specific gene abn assoc with autism. Snp-single nucleotide polymorphisms (genes that have mistake based minor abn) that result in things like enzyme dysfunction have been identified associated with autism. Most often complex and hard to pinpoint. ...Read more

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Which type of genetic disorder is autism?

Which type of genetic disorder is autism?

Fragile X Syndrome &: > 30 other known genetic syndromes can cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Copy repeat errors on genetic microarray occur in another ~15% of folks with asd. Epigenetic factors (some viruses & toxins) change function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes. The risk for siblings of kids with ASD of unknown etiology (cause) to develop signs of ASD is 20-40%. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 Doctors shared insights

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