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How is someone's daily life affected by autism?

How is someone's daily life affected by autism?

Yours or someone: else's autism? Autism is a general condition that can be mild or quite severe. It is characterized by marked decreases in social skills, emotional intelligence, etc. and marked increases in "odd" behaviors--withdrawal, hyper-focusing on subjects, events, things--to the exclusion of others. Here's a starting reference:

http://www.autism.com/pro_research ...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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What are some impacts that autism can cause in a person's daily life?

What are some impacts that autism can cause in a person's daily life?

Many, many: Think of how you'd behave if you thought everyone knows what you know, feels the way you feel, & wants to do what you want to do. You couldn't lie, but you couldn't know why people go away sometimes when you're just stating a fact, why they say no when you tell them what to do or why they tell you to do something you don't want to do. If you think in pictures, language is a second language. ...Read more

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I get migraines daily use excedrine to treat them I am asthmatic and seizure ADHD Asperger autism and want to try mild hbot is that safe for asthmatic?

Daily migraines: I'm not sure what hbot is. Perhaps hyperbaric oxygen therapy? Regardless, person to ask about safety of some proposed medication/treatment/surgery as it applies to you is person suggesting it for you. In other words, ask whoever is going to provide you w/hbot what they know w/regards to use in asthma. In meantime, check out http://goo.Gl/b4ay9 for options for (non)prescription migraine prevention. ...Read more

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8yr old with autism, adhd, and encopresis. No solid bm for 3 months. X ray this past fri. Treatment daily miralax (polyethylene glycol) and enemas. 1sm solid bm. Advice?

8yr old with autism, adhd, and encopresis. No solid bm for 3 months. X ray this past fri. Treatment daily miralax (polyethylene glycol) and enemas. 1sm solid bm. Advice?

Probable overflow: These are probably loose stools around an impaction. A cleanout as recommended by your pcp or GI doc, followed by daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) mineral oil and fiber such as popcorn, along with designated toilet sitting time, should help. ...Read more

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How can autism affect everyday life?

Pervasive effects: Autism and related disorders have significant impact on the life of the individual and his or her family. They often experience social anxiety and difficulty with relationships, difficulty planning and organizing daily living tasks(eg bills and finances), and difficulty with consistent work performance. Look for books bt tony atwood for quality, extensive info on the subject. ...Read more

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Can a child with mild autism lead a normal life?

Can a child with mild autism lead a normal life?

Pretty much: Milder forms such as aspergers are treatable. The experience and training of the child psychiatrist really matter. As does a supportive environment. ...Read more

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How early in life can a person be diagnosed with autism?

The youngest child: The youngest I have diagnosed, whose symptoms fulfilled dsm-iv criteria for autism was 16 months. With intensive early behavioral & educational intervention, & language, occupational & social skills therapy, he had no observable symptoms by age 3.. The diagnosis of " social communication disorder" in the dsm v will allow access to therapy in infancy, since stereotypies are often not present. ...Read more

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Might someone have lived life with autism and not know it?

Might someone have lived life with autism and not know it?

Absolutely: There are varying degrees of severity of this problem.So it is very possible to function in life , being labeled eccentric for example but actually have autisitc spectrum conditions. ...Read more

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My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

My child has been diagnosed with autism: 1st--can she get better? 2nd--will she lead a normal life when older?

Can only talk odds: Without even knowing your child's age or severity of symptoms, any answer is going to be highly general. Yes, some children with autism get better, sometimes markedly so; however, most continue to have problems lifelong. Usually, even with children with no problems, knowing what kind of life they will lead is impossible to guess until they make it through their teens. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for people with autism?

Same as nonautistics: The life expectancy for patients with autism is the same as for patients without autism. ...Read more

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How can having autism / aspergers affect your day to day life?

How can  having autism / aspergers affect your day to day life?

That is life: For those patients, living with autism or Asperger is their day to day life already. It is normal for them. Of course, society "attitudes" towards them, rejection, stigmatization might be part of their everyday experiences. They have variable degrees of limitations in every aspect, and they are commonly, fairly adjusted to this. ...Read more

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Can my brother (5 years old) with mild autism recover and lead a normal life?

Can my brother (5 years old) with mild autism recover and lead a normal life?

Think big...: ...Then go try your very best to make a good outcome his reality. It is not however about "recovering", but rather "developing". There are many opportunities to favorably influence and enhance a young child who has been called "mildly autistic". And, there are likely to be new interventions available in the future. Get expert help. And, start right now. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with "high functioning autism at 17 what is this exactly? Is my life ruined because of it? Do i think differently from everyone?

No 'exact' answer!: The current understanding of austism-spctrum disorders proposes that the neural pathways in such individuals is altered to some degree from that in the normal population, such that they process data in a different way. No reason to think your life is 'ruined'! no two people think identically anyway! but, you may miss social cues that others perceive easily- like facial expressions; you train... ...Read more

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Are you born with an autism spectrum disorder or can you develop it later on in life like adulthood?

Are you born with an autism spectrum disorder or can you develop it later on in life like adulthood?

Born with it: You are born with the spectrum disorder typically. It may manifest a bit later in the 2nd year of life when social skill development is noticed . If determined later it was always there but was just diagnosed later . ...Read more

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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How to know what is autism, and why didn't it exist 30 years ago?

Environmental change: Autism is a combination of genetically based vulnerability and environmental triggers. We have made our environment increasingly toxic at the same time we have processed much of the nutrition out of our food. ...Read more

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Why do lots of people think people with autism aren't toilet trained?

Developmental Issues: People with autistic symptoms, especially people who are more severly affected, may display a variety of developmental delays, including difficulties with control of bodily functions. That might be why some people automatically assume all people with autism will have this difficulty. Of course, this is a variable problem, and is not seen in every person with autism. ...Read more

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Can people with autism ever somewhat recover from it? I don't mean fully but to some extent can they recover?

Yes: Many people with autism make a great deal of progress and can function normally in their communities; particularly if they have normal intelligence and mild autistic traits. We are starting to use the term "residual autism" for these individuals. ...Read more

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My sister is autism she is 11years old she eat a lot and we can't stop her her weight is between 60-70kg what can I do?

It depends : Some children are on medication that increase the appetite and the weight. A small percentage of those with autism have a genetic disorder in which food seeking behavior becomes a major drive. Some seek certain foods because of the way they feel after they are consumed, almost like an addiction. Keep healthy, non- processed foods in the house as these are less likely to be the source of cravings. ...Read more

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Why can't doctors figure out what causes autism?

There are many known: Causes: > 30 known syndromes, "copy repeat errors" in small bits of dna in certain genes, factors that change the function of certain fetal genes early in pregnancy, (e.g., toxins, viruses & ⬇ Folic Acid levels). Specific atypical white matter development is seen on brain mri's in infants long before they show clinical signs of asd. The ? Is, what triggers the expression of the altered genes. ...Read more

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Is there autism that isn't psychological?

Complex issue: Autism is in the eye of the beholder. Children with genetic and developmental disorders can have autistic features. Normal children can show autistic behaviors in specific situations. Autistic behavior may develop following brain damage from infection, trauma, drug toxicity, effects of cancer, etc. Autistic behavior may develop from severe emotional stress. ...Read more

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For what reasons don't doctors diagnose autism before age 3?

Sometimes they do.: It should be able to be recognized by age 3, but if symptoms are less noticeable, and iq is high, the diagnosis may not always be determined by age 3. In some cases the diagnosis is quite obvious to an experienced clinician by age 2. Feel free to seek a second opinion. Don't let the lack of a diagnose keep you from getting your child help. Speech/occupational therapy services can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is this new evidence that MMR may cause autism after all? Http://t.Co/pkcuulr

Is this new evidence that MMR may cause autism after all? Http://t.Co/pkcuulr

No.: No evidence at all for mmr, or any vaccine, being causative for autism. And, plenty of evidence to the contrary. (nice question from a 2 year-old, and very relevant, but now get going and get your parents to catch you up on your vaccinations. You are overdue, and mumps, measles and rubella are problematic diseases that could have serious effects). ...Read more

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What to do if i didn't want my kid to get autism, so i refused the MMR for him?

What to do if i didn't want my kid to get autism, so i refused the MMR for him?

Sad for your kid: You took a myth created as fraudulent research by dr wakefield (who lost his license because of the fraud) and now leave your child susceptible to an illness that can kill him.We are now finding genetic errors in kids with autism that are present at conception.There is no link to the mmr, although their are many that continue to push the idea. It is sad that parents are caught up in this battle. ...Read more

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My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

My brothers son has autism, is it likely my child will be born with autism? My husband doesn't have autism in his family

Autism's origins: New studies on chromosomal material have shown a number of autism cases related to sporadic changes(micro deletions or insertions) in the genetic code that probably occurred prior to conception. Of rare families with >1 affected child, this appears to be the case. Newly affected families have little if any chance of replicating that event, or sharing it across family lines. ...Read more

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Why doesn't my 3-year-old son with autism answer to his name? He knows his name, hears well, and has quite a bit of speech, so he should be able to.

Common autism trait: One of the hallmarks of autism is the impaired ability to recognize or interact to social cues in the usual way. No one really knows why this happens, but is quite common in autistic children. If possible, a hearing screen can be performed to make sure hearling loss is not a contributing factor. ...Read more

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What to do if i don't understand how one can have both autism/asperger's and ADHD simultaneously?

Brain development: Dear shelly, this is a difficult question because asperger's, autism and adhd are still incompletely understood problems of the developing brain. Each child/person with any of these labels is unique with strengths and weaknesses. Often with these developmental diagnoses there are overlapping symptoms which doctors call co-morbidities, like many overlapping circles. Hope this helps. ...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