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In autism- if the increase is from diagnosis, should adult diagnosis be through the roof?

In autism- if the increase is from diagnosis, should adult diagnosis be through the roof?

Different era : Those who showed signs of autism many years ago were tossed into classes for the mentally retarded and or special schools without specific labels.As adults they functioned at whatever level possible, often kept at home or at state schools. Its hard to tell a tiger from other cats until you know the difference. ...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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Why would there be a huge increase in autism and retardation in the population?

Why would there be a huge increase in autism and retardation in the population?

Multifactorial: Because the presentation of autism spectrum disorders is so varied and the incidence is increasing significantly the effect of environmental factors on genetics is proving to play a big role. They are many subtle ways the environment can afffect the expression of certain genes and we are learning of new genetic variants constantly. Protect your environment to protect your genes. ...Read more

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Does genetically modified food cause autism? Gmo's were released in the early 90s and since then autism cases increased by 600%. Are they safe to eat?

I believe it's safe: There's a huge amount of money to be made frightening people, and these folks have no reason to tell the truth (unlike physicians bound by law). Gmo's contain no substance that a reasonable person would worry about being toxic. The increased autism diagnosis rate reflects both awareness and politics (kids with "autism" get more resources.) and there's no a single non-fake scientific paper. ...Read more

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My nephew has autism. Does that increase the chances that my own future child will have autism?

Maybe, but not much: Genetic influences with autism are actually quite strong--identical twins have a nearly 100% concurrence of the diagnosis in some studies. However, there is no single gene, and inheritance is quite complicated. Here's a good overview: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/heritability_of_autism. ...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?

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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My son is on risperidone for autism and aggressive behavior but his aggression has got significantly worse with each dose increase.Should that happen?

My son is on risperidone for autism and aggressive behavior but his aggression has got significantly worse with each dose increase.Should that happen?

While risperidone : Decreases aggression in many individuals with autism, it can aggravate & increase aggression in some which is considered intolerable. Work with your prescriber to determine if the aggression you now see is from autism & circumstances happening in your son's life or an actual side effect to the risperdione. Keeping a daily log of behavior & situations can assist you & prescriber. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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While pregnant, if the mother smokes marijuana does it increase the chances of baby having autism, or any type of disabilities?

While pregnant, if the mother smokes marijuana does it increase the chances of baby having autism, or any type of disabilities?

In a way, yes: Some of the toxins you inhale with every cigarette will enter your blood and travel thru the umbilical cord to baby.It is well documented that the newborn of a marijuana smoker will have a smaller skull volume & the question of related learning problems has been difficult to sort out. Reliable data based on single agent exposure is not readily available. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have autism?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand THAT other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely than just social anxiety or other issues. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is autism?

Neurodevelop Disorde: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal & nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Because the etiology of autism is not clearly understood, prevention is not possible today. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a type of autism?

Certainly: Many people have processing problems, it is very common. To actually have autism one has to have a certain level of dysfunction. Many people have characteristics in the way they process information tha make some things more challenging. Having an information processing difficulty with problems with self regulation of social comfort does not necessarily mean one has autism, could be just anxiety. ...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