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What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Autism spectrum dis: These are all terms used to describe, what is now, a single classification called autism spectrum disorder. This is a developmental brain disorder that affects a person's ability to relate to other people and the world around them in a typical fashion. ...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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How do high functioning autism and aspergers differ?

How do high functioning autism and aspergers differ?

They probably don't: There is a new classification system which does not differentiate autism, pdd, and asperger's. They are all referred to autism spectrum disorder. High functioning means that there is a normal iq. This indicates a good chance at being able to function adequately as an adult and independently. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Subtle question: In mania, people subjectively feel their performance is superior when actually it is not--it becomes degraded by distractability and flighty thinking. Yet underlying cognitive capacity remains intact. Mild mania (hypomania) provide boosts of energy that multiply the effect of intelligence even though, once again, the underlying capacity remains unchanged. Untreated bipolar reduces net performance. ...Read more

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Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Do autism spectrum disorders affect one's intellectual capacity or just behavior?

Run the gamut: Autism spectrum disorders run the gamut from from retardation in classic autism to normal intelligence with poor social interaction. ...Read more

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Whats high functioning pervasive developmental disorder?

Whats high functioning pervasive developmental disorder?

ASD: This is in the autistic spectrum. Call the autistic research institute in san diego for referral to a defeat autism now physican. This is a biochemical disorder and the earlier treatment is started, the better. ...Read more

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Do depression and bipolar occur more with higher intelligence?

Do depression and bipolar occur more with higher intelligence?

Great question: Yes: There is no doubt that the incidence of mood disorders is higher among certain classes of creative individuals, poets in particular. Yet the association to general intelligence is weak, and the presence of a mood disorder does not predict high iq. Kay redfield jamison is head of mood disorders at johns hopkins, bipolar herself, a brilliant writer and psychologist. See her "touched with fire". ...Read more

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Do those who have asperger's syndrome lack empathy, or is it just the the people with high functioning autism?

Many types of people: The lack of empathy has to do with difficulty processing information. This can be the case in any pervasive developmental disorder . For anyone who has not had their needs understood and met optimally may have some difficulty with empathy. ...Read more

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Do people with attention-deficit disorder have a high level of creativity?

Do people with attention-deficit disorder have a high level of creativity?

Maybe?: With or without treatment. Chronic amphetamine like rx may stupify their creativity for more socially acceptable behavior! ...Read more

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What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

What eating habits causes aggression and agitation in autistic kids?

Varied : Some children, with or without autism, react poorly to artificial colors, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives. These and certain foods can be found on the feingold diet. Other children seem have negative responses to dairy and/or wheat proteins and others do not do well if their sugars fluctuate. Speak with your provider and visit some of the websites for autism to get more information. ...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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What is high functioning autism?

Not a diagnosis: The term "high functioning autism" is a term usually referring to individuals who have some but not all symptoms of autism. It is not truly a diagnosis and usually covers a large spectrum of people who do not have autism but have many similar symptoms, such as social awkwardness, a need for extreme structure in their lives and difficulties with reading others' emotional cues. ...Read more

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What to tell me about PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Can be similar: Autism, aspergers ( often called high functioning autism) and pdd- nos are all considered autism spectrum disorders and fall under the pervasive developmental delay category. Stereotypically as you move from classic autism to hfa you see an increase in the level of communication, decrease in stereotypic movements and sensory dysfunction and increased ability to be self sufficient and interact. ...Read more

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Could cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Could cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Impact on function: Until one finds a way to relieve or reduce the symptoms of mental/emotional/behavioral disorders they do indeed have an impact on functioning in many areas of life. Often that is a necessary part of the dx. It's not likely that the innate intellectual capacity would be diminished, but the performance level definitely could. Find effective tx - a combo of cbt talk therapy and meds may be best. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd)? Can it impact studying? I'm in high school.

What are symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd)? Can it impact studying? I'm in high school.

Ocd: Obsessive–compulsive disorder (ocd) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Any type of this obsessive behavior could certainly affect ones ability to adequately perform their school work. Get eval. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Of course!: No further answer is really indicated here -- it's just an obvious "yes". If you are impaired cognitively -- for any reason -- you should get professional help. Similarly, if you have a "mental disorder", you should get expert professional help. ...Read more

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How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

Our brain receives: And processes information through various parts of the brain, e.g., the speech center is in the left hemisphere and emotionality is in an area known as the libmic system. Verbal skills are highly developed in one part and recognition of nonverbal cues from face, tone of voice, etc. Are not as well developed, thus creating some social issues. Strengths and weakness vary for everyone. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more

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Is high functioning autism degenerative?

Generally not: Individuals with high functioning autism often show improvement over time and have symptoms that overlap with asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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Do those who have asperger's syndrome lack empathy, or is it just the the people with high functioning autism?

Many types of people: The lack of empathy has to do with difficulty processing information. This can be the case in any pervasive developmental disorder . For anyone who has not had their needs understood and met optimally may have some difficulty with empathy. ...Read more

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How common is high functioning autism in the us?

Increasing quickly: The number of those diagnosed with autism is now under 1/100 with the majority of those being male and in the category of high functioning. The significant increase over short period of time suggests an environmental influence. This is likely on top of subtle genetic susceptibilities that have not yet been well defined. Genetics will take time to sort out so adjustment to environment are key. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of high functioning autism?

Here are the : Symptoms laid out for you nicely. I have included 2 websites. www.ehow.com/about_4580174_symptoms-high-functioning... Symptoms of high functioning autism. People with autism typically have a delay in speech or social skills, mixed with some behavioral symptoms. Autism.Lovetoknow.Com/high_functioning_autism_symptoms includes: signs of high functioning autism, social characteristics, . ...Read more

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Someone said i might have high functioning autism, what exactly does this mean?

High functioning: This term is usually used to describe individuals who have difficulty with social interactions, including not being able to read body language, facial expressions and have difficulty tolerating those who do not adhere to social rules. These people often do not seek out social interactions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can tell someone that i think I have high functioning autism?

Straight: Honesty os the best policy. If it someone you care about, they probably are already aware and the info will simply be confirmation. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do high functioning autism and aspergers differ?

They probably don't: There is a new classification system which does not differentiate autism, pdd, and asperger's. They are all referred to autism spectrum disorder. High functioning means that there is a normal iq. This indicates a good chance at being able to function adequately as an adult and independently. ...Read more

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What is worse: aspergers syndrome, or high-functioning autism?

Comparison: Personally speaking , there is no comparison. They are both special in their own ways. Both need lot of support and understanding. And sometimes they will surprise you with their normality! ...Read more

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Whats the difference between high functioning autism and asbergers?

Depends: Some say very little difference, but technically ppl with autism have some history of speech/language delay while ppl with asperger's disorder have no history of such a delay. Typically ppl with autism struggle more with verbal tasks, but may excel with nonverbal/visual tasks. Often ppl w/ aspergers struggle more with visual tasks but have strong verbal skills. This is not always the case though. ...Read more

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What is the difference between high functioning autism and aspergers?

Aspergers: There is really no such thing as high functioning autism. Watch these two videos to get a better understanding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=f5sfe6dqhro. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how high functioning autism and asbergers differ?

Language and IQ: Asperger's disorder includes people with normal iq's and who had no delay in language development. High functioning autism is a person with autism who has a normal iq and may or may not have had language delays. ...Read more

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If my son has high functioning autism, is it likely my daughter will have it too?

Yes and no: Asperger's and autism may run in some families. But not in all families with one child with the disorder. If it runs in famlies it is likely to be due a multiple factor inheritance not a single gene. In short the only way to tell is to have your daughter tested by a psychologist with expertise in this area. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between "aspergers" and "high functioning autism"?

Different: Aspergers syndrome patients (as) are uniquely different than high functioning autism patients. As patients are socially awkward, but have better adaptive abilities, have no self stimulation or echolalia, and are more academically capable. High functioning autism patients retain their self stimulation and echolalia. Then are able to succeed in school, but they are different clinically than as. ...Read more

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Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

Is it possible a child with high functioning autism would show signs until close to 3 years old?

It's possible that a: Child with autistic spectrum disorder who acquires a large vocabulary but doesn't use it for age-appropriate reciprocal social i communication & has overdeveloped pattern recognition & rote memory is perceived as being precocious in developing preschool skills, while his non-compliance for non-preferred tasks, perseveration in preferred tasks & stereotypies are perceived as personality traits. ...Read more

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I have high functioning autism but i feel an urge to make weird sounds and do repetitive things?

Tics: Hi your age is listed as 33. I wonder if you are asking about a child (?) it is fairly common for people with pdd to have some tics (habit movements and noises) these are very common in kids, even without pdd. Usually kids outgrow them in puberty, some don't tourette syndrome is the 'label' we give when vocal and motor tics persist for > 6 months some meds increase tics-eg stimulants for add. ...Read more

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I have high functioning autism but I feel an urge to make weird sounds? Is there a drug for that?

Tics: You have a good amount of insight into your condition! It is not unusual for kids and adults with HF Autism to make unusual sounds, and have repetitive movements. Whether to treat depends on the amount that these behaviors and urges are affecting you socially. See a good cognitive behavior therapist for starters and see if you can work towards suppressing the behaviors. Meds may follow. ...Read more

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My child has high functioning autism but feels an urge to make weird sounds that he can not stop?

One idea: Asperger's / high function autism can run with Tourette's. I have a physician colleague who has this and is easily managed by a specific medication. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Im a 21 year old male . What exactly is high functioning autism? Apparently I am disgnosed with it. :( is that a bad thing?

Forget the label: If you are functioning well, then i would simply forget the label. If you heading into difficulties you should seek out psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment just as anyone else would. The label at this point could only be helpful in terms of entitlements, but it sounds like you will not be needing them provided you are able to live independently. It is possible that the label no longer applies. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with high functioning autism when he was 3 six months later his diagnosis changed to pddnos. What is the difference?

It depends: If the original diagnosis was being used interchangeably with asperger's then the skill set must have changed enough to feel there was not enough specificity for that diagnosis. Pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified is a broader category of description. The diagnostic criteria is changing and autism spectrum disorder will be the diagnosis and level of function will be added. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
331 doctors shared insights

Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

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