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Does mitochondrial dysfunction cause some sort of autism spectrum disorder?

Does mitochondrial dysfunction cause some sort of autism spectrum disorder?

Maternally derived: Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.Muscle weakness occurs in all;blindness, & deafness in some. A progressive neurological disorder with developmental regression with or without autistic behaviors occurs in some types. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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


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Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Can head trauma cause you to get autism spectrum disorder?

Not likely: While there are case reports of major personality changes occuring with some children after severe head injuries, this would be considered a rare occurance. And then probably not technically autism, since you usually will have to show signs of autism as a child to fulfil the true criteria of autism. ...Read more

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Is anything suspected to cause autism spectrum disorder in children?

Is anything suspected to cause autism spectrum disorder in children?

Many Theories: Sometimes a suspected genetic mutation is thought to be at fault. Sometimes experts feel the child has some type of unknown metabolic weakness of the immune system or unknown enzyme, then 1 or 2 or 3 insults to their system occur and it creates disorder in their neurochemical make up. Cdc claims vaccines are 'perfectly safe', others dispute this claim. More research is clearly needed. ...Read more

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Can brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

Not proven yet: Variable etiology , autism spectrum still amazes all of us researchers in the field as we are learning more about this disorder and the shades of the spectrum.It is also important for parents not to fall into the traps of non scientific celebrities like we had in the past, who prey on innocent parents, visit the best centers for latest science , like yale developmental center, aacap, nimh. ...Read more

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Can high anxiety levels cause autism spectrum disorder?

Can high anxiety levels cause autism spectrum disorder?

NO: Severe anxiety does not cause asd. However, children with very severe anxiety disorders can be miss diagnosed as asd! additionally, patient's with ASD can be very anxious! ...Read more

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Who do you go to see if you you have possible autism spectrum disorder?

Who do you go to see if you you have possible autism spectrum disorder?

Your regular doctor: Your regular, primary care physician, such as your family medicine doctor, your pediatrician, your adolescent medicine doctor, or your internist, is the best place to begin. She will be able to begin the evaluation process, answer many of your questions, decide if you need to see specialist such as a developmental pediatrician, a geneticist, a neurologist, a psychiatrist, or a team of experts. ...Read more

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If you had a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. What would you do?

If you had a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. What would you do?

Seek treatment: Early recognition and early intervention are key to the successful management of these young children. They frequently respond to the use of pediatric experienced occupational and speech therapists. As they get to age 3 years the proper school environment is very important. Applied behavior analysis can be very helpful with difficult behaviors. Remeber that their are support groups present to help. ...Read more

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I do not understand the difference between autism and autism spectrum disorder?

Interchangeable: There's no difference between those terms. Spectrum Disorder is simply a newer classification term referring to a family of disorders. The same is implied by saying someone simply has "autism." You are not specifying which behavioral problem they have....just generally saying there is a particular behavior/personality disorder which is recognized with this GROUP of problems. ...Read more

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Is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a bunch of disorders?

Really Both are true: It is called spectrum just because how a person can present can vary greatly. Some cases are mild, some are severe, and the lines are very blurry to tell where one type ends and another begins. Impairments of social functioning is the key hallmark of the ASD spectrum, and some have other issues like communication, speech, learning disabilities, sound or visual sensitivities. ...Read more

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Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Why epilepsy is more frequent on people with an autism spectrum disorder?

Autismspeaks.org: There is increased risk of seizures with any brain pathology, be it cerebral palsy, intellectual disability or autism. The more severe the pathology, the higher the risk. Children with autistic spectrum disorders have a 2% risk of clinical epilepsy by age 5 & an 8% risk by age 10.If the child with autism also has intellectual disability, the risk is 35% at age 5 and 67% by age 10. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...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