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Can the symptoms of add, if undiagnosed and untreated cause autism?

Can the symptoms of add, if undiagnosed and untreated cause autism?

No: Untreated add will not lead to autism. Certainly signs of autism maybe confused with add or adhd. ...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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My son who is a adult with autism, I notice his left upper are seems to be swollen or larger than his right upper arm, and a small bump?

My son who is a adult with autism, I notice his left upper are seems to be swollen or larger than his right upper arm, and a small bump?

A Stitch In Time...: If he exhibits a lot of pain in that area or if he is reluctant to use that arm or if the skin feels warmer than the other arm or the swelling increases then have him examined by a doctor. Sounds like he bumped or otherwise injured that area or an infection is brewing so if you have any doubts about it, get him checked sooner than later. ...Read more

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How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

How big of a red flag for autism is asymmetrical crawling. My baby is 8 months old and also will twirl her arm and wave left hand up and down on occas?

It's more of a red: Flag that she needs a neurological exam by her pediatrician. Depending on prenatal, perinatal & post-natal history, there may have been changes in development of the white matter of her brain on the side opposite the extremities she disregards or doesn't use as well. If deep tendon reflexes & muscle tone/strength are asymmetrical, an MRI & pediatric neurology consult are warranted. ...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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Can you tell me about autism?

Can you tell me about autism?

Autism spectrum: Autism spectrum disorders are a set of complex neurobehavioral disorders that include social impairments, communication problems, and fixed, repetitive stereotypical movements. The most severe form of disorder in this group is classical autism -- but there are also milder forms known previously as asperger's. There's much more info than 400 characters will allow: http://tinyurl. Com/6y86go. ...Read more

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When can autism be diagnosed?

Very: There is no "official" age at which the diagnosis can be formulated, however, some of the criteria is only observable (or the lack thereof) after the kid is supposed to reach a milestone (verbal skills, etc). Review the criteria dsm4 and you will have a clear idea of why. That said, some genetic diseases (deletions, isodicentrism, etc) associated with autistic features can be diagnosed at any age. ...Read more

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Where to go to diagnose autism?

Where to go to diagnose autism?

A psychiatrist.: See a psychiatrist. There are people who specialize in autism. There are therapist and providers who specialize in autism. Search for local providers. ...Read more

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Why do kids with autism regress?

Kanner's 1943 paper: On autism described autistic regression in ~ 30% of toddlers, same as today. Neuroimaging of siblings of kids with autism shows atypical development of white matter at 6 -12 mos. & decline in gaze directed toward faces from 6-36 mos. In sibs who develop clinical autism up to 18 mos. After white matter changes appear, showing that autistic regression is far more gradual than previously thought. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my autism?

Hmmm.....: Rather than "getting rid of your autism" you may be better served by seeking the help of a life coach. This life coach can help you learn strategies for managing your day to day in the so-called "typical world" making life less stressful. As the father of a teenager with autism, I want to empower you to embrace your autism & work with it, not against it. Use your talents & gifts to move forward. ...Read more

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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

Antenatal factors: Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks. Post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...Read more

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How can you help someone with autism?

How can you help someone with autism?

Care & Attention: See what upsets them and try to avoid it. See what sooths them and try to facilitate it. Other items depend on their level of functioning and communication. Sometimes they might need help in new situations and you could help provide comfort or a safety net for them. Talke to others that care for and help autistic children and adults. ...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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How can I tell if my child has autism?

In infancy?: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns. Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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Does gfcf diets help symptoms of autism?

Does gfcf diets help symptoms of autism?

Diet: Diets generally have no effect on autism though some people think controlling and modulating diets do effect communication ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of classic autism?

What are some symptoms of classic autism?

Core symptoms of: Autism are qualitative impairments for chronological age in social communication (both verbal & non-verbal) & reciprocal social interaction + repetitive stereotyped, non-functional movements &/or narrow, restricted areas of interest.. Firstsigns. Org has checklists to screen for developmental delays & autism in infants & toddlers. "red flags" for all ages are on www. Aap. Org's healthy child. ...Read more

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How can I I determine autism in an adult?

The same DSM-V: Criteria of qualitative impairments in social reciprocity & social communication plus narrow, restricted areas of interest or stereotypical motor movements with onset before age 3 are used by adult psychiatrists, neuropsychologists & psychologists to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorder in adults as for diagnoses in children. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can autism affect you?

Autisms affects: Agree with previous. In terms of understanding what it is like, typical people prioritize social stimuli and track it, individuals with autism see social information as equal to other stimuli. Great example is watching a movie where a couple are talking embracing, typically people focus on the faces of people interacting. Ind with Autism eyes focus elsewhere (pic on wall, tree, background). ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose an autism diagnosis?

Overcome - disprove: Autism is a label. For some it can be a diagnosis, and for others just a description of strong behavior. Many become labeled as autism as a child, but as they mature, they outgrow or overcome the autism behavior. They can then disprove the "diagnosis". ...Read more

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Can you explain where did autism come from?

Genetics/pollution: Autism and its components tend to run in families. Parents often are engineers or belong to professions requiring close attention to detail, and not requiring the best interpersonal skills. The theory is that the genetics "prime" a person (fetus) and in some cases, an environmental factor leads to full expression. The exposure is usually early in pregnancy (day 23-30 post conception). ...Read more

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Will autism lead to criminal personalities?

No more than others: People with autism do have behavior and social problems. I have not seen or heard of criminal personalities more than the general population. ...Read more

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How can I you determine autism in an adult?

How can I you determine autism in an adult?

Adult diagnosis: It can be difficult to find a provider. I suggest a psychiatrist or psychologist evaluation. Contact your local autism support group for suggestions. ...Read more

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Help please! Is autism disorder hereditary?

Not necessarily: Genetic factors do play a role. If there is someone in the family with autism, it increases the chances of getting it. However, in most cases it is not a purely genetic disease. Other factors (environmental and perinatal) seem to play a role as well. ...Read more

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Could autism create a criminal personality?

No.: An autistic individual might have difficulty understanding the emotional consequences of their actions, but they are no more likely than anyone else to form an intent to do something they know to be wrong. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get autism?

Depends: The current belief is that 1 out of 150 children can be diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. However, there is concern that the criteria for autistic spectrum disorder are to broad. ...Read more

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Can autism first show its signs in adulthood?

No: By definition, some symptoms have to be present by 3 years of age. ...Read more

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What causes some kids with autism to regress?

What causes some kids with autism to regress?

Autism's a pervasive: Developmental disorder affecting many aspects of function. It's a challenge for child & family. Anyone may regress to a lower level of function when overwhelmed but a child with autism is more easily overwhelmed by the world even with excellent family & therapeutic support. Regression indicates something is overwhelming the child. Strive to identify the cause while continuing support. ...Read more

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How to determine if a child has mild autism?

How to determine if a child has mild autism?

Evaluation: Evaluation by a developmental pediatrician, developmental psychologist or child psychiatriatrist or psychologist will help to determine diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I be tested for autism confidentially?

Private pay: Confidentiality is complex. If insurance is billed, a diagnosis will be reported and this starts a chain. Some of our physician and attorney patients don't even write checks. While doctors can't normally release without a court order there are exceptions such as abuse, or if you someday you have a personal injury claim, require security clearance or use your mental status in a defense. ...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