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What are the differences between autism and social anxiety?

What are the differences between autism and social anxiety?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder causes diminished or absent Theory Of Mind (TOM), face recognition, social communication & social reciprocity. TOM = the ability to understand that others may react to a stimulus differently than oneself or have a different point of view. Social Anxiety or Social Phobia, discomfort around social interaction & fear of being embarrassed & judged by others, has none of the above deficits. ...Read more

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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I think i suffer from bad anxiety its effecting my badly plus i have autism so its dosnt help me?

I think i suffer from bad anxiety its effecting my badly plus i have autism so its dosnt help me?

Question?: Could you try to respond again and please ask a question that we can try to answer. It is not uncommon for people with Autism to have other co-morbidities and diagnoses like anxiety, depression etc. ...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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If someone with autism is more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, what can be done?

If someone with autism is more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, what can be done?

Unconnected: It is not clear that people with autism are more likely to have depression or anxiety. It may be harder to diagnose, because they may not be able to express their feelings; but, if they have either, they should respond to conventional treatments about the same as someone without autism. Even talk therapies can work, but that requires expertise with autism. ...Read more

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I've heard someone with autism is more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. What can be done?

I've heard someone with autism is more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. What can be done?

Yes, it's true: Anxiety that drives " avoidance" behaviors in young children with ad remains an issue for all, whether high- or low-functioning. .Depression begins in teens who are high-functioning when they feel "something's wrong with me & i can't fix it." zoloft or Prozac can be used in tiny doses increased slowly to avoid agitation. Abilify (aripiprazole) or Risperdal can be used in small, split doses. Dosing is key. ...Read more

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Does being pregnant and have an anxiety disorder increase the risk of having a baby with autism or any other mental health problem?

No and Yes: Having anxiety disorder is not a risk factor for your baby developing autism. Anxiety is a common problem in populations. Having anxiety does increase the chances that the child may have a mental health problem. Anxiety runs in families. Definitely keep on top of your counseling, therapy and treatments during pregnancy and as a young parent. Untreated anxiety has bad effects on kids! ...Read more

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Can marijuana relieve anxiety and tic symptoms of autism?

Can marijuana relieve anxiety and tic symptoms of autism?

Quite questionable: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. Cannabis can trigger anxiety so i think it's use would be questionable in this case. ...Read more

Autonomic Nervous System (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system. It is ‘autonomic’ because it does not require voluntary thought to function. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic system manages “fight or flight” responses and the parasympathetic system acts as a counterpart that manages ...Read more


Autonomic (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system (ans or visceral nervous system or involuntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions, such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, ...Read more