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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 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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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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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?

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

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My son is 3, his an autism and how can I understand him bether?

My son is 3, his an autism and how can I understand him bether?

Autism: Autism is a very complex, wide-spectrum disorder. I know that the feelings and emotions you are experiencing are confusing and troublesome. However, I am proud of you for taking such a proactive interest in your son's well being. That indicates he will have a better prognosis. There are many books and websites explaining autism. A good starting point is http://www.Autismspeaks.Org/what-autism ...Read more

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My kid has autism & has an episode everyday i feel like quitting?

My kid has autism & has an episode everyday i feel like quitting?

Really hard: It is almost overwhelmingly hard to have a child who has autism. Sometimes, it seems like the more you care, the harder it becomes to get through each day. The best suggestion I have is to find out if there is a parent's support group in your area. Ask a lot of questions. Don't believe that you have to do it all. Reach out to your school for help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I want to know if my daughter has autism?

Consult your dr: Early symptoms of autism include a child who does not make eye contact consistently, has a significant delay in attaining language milestones and may have self stimulating, repetitive behaviors. Speak to your pediatrician about your concerns. ...Read more

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I need to know what is an autism assessment like?

Medical vs school: Evaluations by physicians include assessment of symptoms through interviews of child and parents and diagnostic laboratory tests to rule out other similarly presenting conditions like pku that would require different approaches to treatment. School evaluations are by interdisciplinary teams of educational professionals. Reference: http://www.Autism-society.Org/about-autism/diagnosis/. ...Read more

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I think i might have autism. Is it ok to run a lot?

I think i might have autism. Is it ok to run a lot?

Exercise is good but: Individuals with autism as well and "typical" individuals benefit from regular exercise. Running "a lot" is concerning if it your running prevents you from engaging in necessary daily activities. What makes you believe you have autism? Were you diagnosed as a child? If you are having problems socializing, you may benefit from speaking to a therapist to help develop social strategies for you. ...Read more

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I am being bullied for having autism. What should I do?

I am being bullied for having autism. What should I do?

It's wrong, but...: What i suspect is that you do things that cause the meaner kids to dislike you. It is not your fault and being autistic does make you vulnerable. In an imperfect world, i suspect you can learn ways to be better-liked and to focus on what you can do rather than what you can't. If you can write healthtap, you can develop more skills for which you'll be respected. This may help. Let adults know. ...Read more

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I need to know what is aspergers and how it is related to autism?

I need to know what is aspergers and how it is related to autism?

Aspergers is a mild: Form of autism. Autism is a disorder that interferes with a person's ability to communicate or relate to others whichs starts early in childhood. When people speak about the autistic spectrum they are speaking about a range of degrees from mild to severe autism. ...Read more

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

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?

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 can I treat mild cerebral palsey and autism?

How can I treat mild cerebral palsey and autism?

Depends on age : Treatment of autism spectrum disorders can change emphasis at different ages, pt and ot may be helpful for CP and depending on the features and severity of autism psychological treatments, psychiatric medications, speech and language therapy, social skills therapy etc. Focus may depend on what r the most disabiliting symptoms in terms of setting priorities. Start with good assessment. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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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