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Intermittent Explosive Disorder In Autism
Get treatment: If you've diagnosed yourself in this way, please see a psychiatrist to be sure it's accurate. If a psychiatrist or psychotherapist has already evaluated you and given you this diagnosis, please work with them on the treatment approach they suggest. Psychotherapy can be helpful, along with possible medications also. Good luck to you. ...Read more
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
Impulse: Impulse control is what binds them together. ...Read more
Maybe: Although this would not be a feature of intermittent explosive disorder itself, many psychiatric conditions cooccur with ied, including bipolar disorder i, bipolar disorder ii and cyclothymia. These conditions, along with some personality disorders could result in such a combination of symptoms. ...Read more
Looking for doctor's dealing with intermittent explosive disorder in adults with downs' syndrome. Numerous meds./counseling-no help. Where can we go?
Tough situation: My guess is that this will require a careful look at the overall health status, current meds, and neurological examination. Adults with ds do sometimes suffer gradual neurodegeneration, which can be manifest in dysfunctional behavior. But ied may just be the way a ds individual expresses frustration about something more mundane. Look for a neurologist with training in both peds and adult medicine. ...Read more
How can I deal with a son with tourette's, ocd, adhd, oppositional defiant disorder and intermittent explosive disorder?
Get expert help: Your son is very complex. So the meds will be too. But don't think of him as all these separate disorders. He really is 1 person w/ 1 complicated mental health dysfunction manifesting with symptoms of these various textbook diagnoses. I start with treatment of 1 problem, then move on to other issues. Each issue improved, makes the next problem easier to solve. He needs some success, and so do you. ...Read more
4yo girl has lack of REM sleep. Diagnosed with parasomnia & intermittent explosive disorder. What is the best treatment to help achieve REM sleep?
Severe tantrums: Ied refers to children who, most times, function well, but periodically react to minor slights or disappointments with major meltdowns that can be prolonged and potentially dangerous to themselves and others or destructive to property. Cause is not well understood, and treatments vary, including behavioral interventions and medications, depending on child age and severity of meltdowns. ...Read more
My son has ADHD and explosive disorder we are having a heck of a time with him he is medicated what should we do?
DAN doctor: Ask your physician. Look for a dan (defeat autism now) physician. Look at handle program. Consult with a chinese medicine practitioner for help in treating it as well. In my area I have a fabulous psychiatry practice who is wonderful in diagnosing and helping patients. Look for one in your area...And ask your doc first for a referral. Good luck. ...Read more
Hi ive got autism disorder its been 3 years I don't attend school I don't work I cant socialise at all I sit at home all day Is there any med to help me?
Likely yes: There aren't medicines that reverse autism but anxiety is high in autism and it sounds like it may be anxiety preventing you from living a fulfilling life. Yes there are medicines that help anxiety in autism. Please see your local psychiatrist, ideally a child and adolescent psychiatrist. ...Read more
Access Services: Start with your physician and work on a plan to access the local services in your area. I don't know the age of your child, but early intervention services are key. Try your school district, speech and occupational therapy may be necessary. Early intervention with helping your child with social skills training will help! Best of luck and hope this helps! ...Read more
See your provider: It would be unusual to made it to adulthood without having been diagnosed and this not something that develops as an adult. An exception would be aspergers in its stereotypical form. If you have mainly struggled with social interactions and perhaps some anxiety, ocd, mood disorder and physical awkwardness it is possible. Start with your primary care provider. ...Read more
Interchangeable: There's no difference between those terms. Spectrum Disorder is simply a newer classification term referring to a family of disorders. The same is implied by saying someone simply has "autism." You are not specifying which behavioral problem they have....just generally saying there is a particular behavior/personality disorder which is recognized with this GROUP of problems. ...Read more
I need your expertise, is higher functioning autism or Asperger syndrome also considered a mental health disorder?
Yes: The diagnosis has been incorporated into high-functioning autism. However, just because it's a handicap of sorts -- you'll never be super-coordinated and probably never excel at team sports -- you can learn social skills, and your ability to focus your mind is a huge PLUS in our tech age. And if single agrees with you, you're extra fortunate. Who needs to be exactly like everyone else? ...Read more
Is there any treatment for autism spectrum disorders? I have not heard of anything that works consistently.
Yes: A randomized, controlled study of the early start denver model, a comprehensive developmental behavioral intervention, showed, if started at <30 mos. & continued for 2 yrs., improvement in iq, adaptive behavior & degree of autism. Aba done 25-40 hrs./wk shows qualitative improvement even in kids without dramatic improvement as a result of comorbid intellectual disability. ...Read more
Autism: It may very well be. It certainly would account for its marked increase in recent years. ...Read more
Same: Autism & autistic disorder are the same. As of may 2013, the new diagnostic manual is changing things, getting rid of asperger's disorder and pervasive developmental disorder & creating an umbrella term of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to include individuals with lifelong problems in social interactions & unusual interests or bizarre behaviors. Exact changes are not yet public but will be soon. ...Read more
Depends: Without knowing the age of the individual tested and the name of the test used it is hard to say. " autism tests" assess the presence or absence of certain skills and behaviors. These include language, social interaction, sensory issues and sterotypical movements. At younger ages autism spectrum disorders may appear similar to other neurodevelopmental disordeers. Ask provider for clarification. ...Read more
If I have one child with autism what is the likelihood of my other two children having a mental development disorder?
No clear data.:
Autism does not have a clear genetic basis.
It is a spectrum type disorder with a range of severities.
Hence there is no clear incidence rate in sblings or future offsprings.
If there is a known chromosomal diagnosis and ASD is an add on co morbidity, then a geneticist, could come up with the odds. ...Read more
No: Autism is a complex neurobiological inherited disorder that is worsened by environmental toxins. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that prevents absorption of gluten from the diet. There is no scientific evidence the two are related. Years ago, there was a flurry of thinking that malabsorption of gluten could lead to or worsen autism. This has been disproven. ...Read more
Autism: Yes it is possible to confuse the two conditions ...Read more
Cause Unknown: Risk factors include genetics, pre-/perinatal factors, neuroanatomical abnormalities, & environmental factors. No single gene can account for autism. There seems to be multiple genes involved. Possibly maternal gestational diabetes, maternal/paternal age over 30, bleeding after first trimester, use of prescription medication during pregnancy, & meconium in the amniotic fluid but not conclusive. ...Read more
Lesch Nyhan Syndrome: With self-mutilation is not associated with behaviors categorized as autistic spectrum disorder. However, ASD can present as a separate neurodevelopmental disorder in any child with a specific genetic or epigenetic set-up for it, whether they have another inheritable disorder or not. See http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001655.Htm. ...Read more
Are the effects of autism still present even with complete recovery of late stage lyme's disease?
What is the difference between Asperger disorder and autism in terms of intense interest in subjects?
IQ & language: Many studies have shown that the main difference between autism and asperger's disorder is overall intelligence and functional language. Matched for iq, there are few differences, which is why the next diagnostic manual proposes to do away with the distinction. Intense interest in a narrow topic can and does occur with both disorders but probably more commonly with asperger's disorder. ...Read more
Biologic disorder: What is now being called ASD is a cluster of disorders that have in common major disruption typically from a very early age in the development of social interactions, communication, and behaviors. The cause (s) remain unknown. The core feature is a markedly diminised to absent ability to socially connect with others. Language is absent or odd, as are some behaviors. ...Read more
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