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Is there really an autism spectrum disorder epidemic?

Is there really an autism spectrum disorder epidemic?

Yes, by numbers: A recent report from the centers for disease control (cdc) estimated ASD at 1 in 88 live births, the highest estimate yet. This contrasts with estimates from 20 years ago of 5-10 in 10, 000. What is unclear is why this has changed so much. Some believe it mostly is because of changing definitions and increased recognition of the problem; others insist it is a true change. Time will tell. ...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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Help please! is autism considered to be an illness?

Help please! is autism considered to be an illness?

Brain Disorder: This is a developmental brain disorder that affects an individual's ability to function well in social situations. This includes trouble with conversation, making and keeping friends, and reading social cues. It can be accompanied by a variety of other behaviors. Many treatments and therapies are available. ...Read more

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Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Ill Personality: Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness and, while it is difficult to treat, it is treated primarily with psychotherapy and, sometimes, with added medications. Unfortunately, people with this disorder may not want treatment or think they need it. Often individuals with antisocial personality disorder are arrested because they have little or no regard for right and wrong. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an autism spectrum disorder?

What sort of problem is an autism spectrum disorder?

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

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Is anything suspected to cause autism spectrum disorder in children?

Is anything suspected to cause autism spectrum disorder in children?

Yes...suspected: Not proven. There is a gene on chromosome 16 that may contribute. Heavy metal toxicity may contribute. Demyelination of nerves in the central nervous system can lead to it as can brain inflammation. There is no causal link to vaccines, but they are still suspect in the clinical experience of many parents and practitioners. ...Read more

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Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Is it possible that it could be genetic as well?

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Is it possible that it could be genetic as well?

Yes: There is definite evidence that there is a genetic predisposition for most children that have autism. Though far from specifically identifiable based on genetic tests. More often enzyme based vulnerabilities. More milage in looking at how to moderate the environment to avoid triggering the vulnerabilities. ...Read more

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Is hostility a mental illness?

Can be a symptom: Hostility isn't a mental illness, but it certainly can be a symptom that is a part of a number of mental health disorders. ...Read more

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Is it possible there is a mental health disorder linked to bullying?

Is it possible there is a mental health disorder linked to bullying?

Inferiority: Believe it or not, bullies tend to have inferiority complexes, often from having been bullied themselves. and yes, it can continue into adult life. Tell someone you know and trust about the bullying. Keeping it inside does no good. ...Read more

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"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

Personality Disorder: This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders. They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia. ...Read more

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Is autism a version of mental retardation or a psychological problem?

Is autism a version of mental retardation or a psychological problem?

Autism: Autism is one in a group of neurodevelopmental disorders causing difficulty in social interaction, language, and behavior. There are varying intensities of autism. In most cases, children with severe autism have marked impairments or a complete inability to communicate or interact with other people. It's different from mental retardation (now called intellectual disabilities). ...Read more

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Is dermographism an immune disorder?

Is dermographism an immune disorder?

No: It is a sign of too much histamine in your system which can be from over production or over release. It is not dangerous but can be treated with daily antihistamines if bothersome. ...Read more

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What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

What is autism disorder in children or the spectrum?

DSM-V changes: In dsm-iv, the current classification system, autism refers to a severe disorder usually evident in early childhood, whereas autism spectrum disorder involves an evolution of a range fo disorders autism, aspergers, and pdd as well as a less frequent disorder into a concepr of varying severrity of autism spectrum disorder in dsm-v. See http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp i. ...Read more

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What is global developmental delay disorder in a child?

Overall delay: Standardized tests like the differential abilities scales-ii that yield a general cognitive ability score and a special non-verbal composite test all developmental domains: cognition, receptive/ expressive communicatiion, social/adaptive and fine/ gross motor, plus how a child processes information presented verbally or visually. Gdd refers to significant overall delays in a child <6 years old. ...Read more

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Is narcissism a disease, illness or mental flaw - and is it even treatable?

Is narcissism a disease, illness or mental flaw - and is it even treatable?

Can be all those: All of us need to have some healthy self-interest -- healthy narcissism -- to deal with life. But when this becomes greatly exaggerated, squeezing out the needs of others, we get into difficulty. There are narcissistic personality disorders which maybe 4-7% of our society has. These involve fixed patterns of relating with several criteria. Yes it is treatable - with great care and patience. ...Read more

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Is a mental illness also a brain disease? Is that for all mental illnesses?

Is a mental illness also a brain disease?  Is that for all mental illnesses?

Brain and mental ill: As the years go by, those who work with the brain (neurologists) and psychiatrists have recognized they have a great deal in common. You can consider mental illness to be a brain disorder. ...Read more

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Is self-harm considered a mental illness?

It is a symptom of : Emotional problems. It is an unhealthy way of coping with things like feeling empty, anger, self- punishment ect. If you or someone you know used self -harm please encourage them to looking into dialectical behavior therapy. Help is available. ...Read more

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Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Is PDD an autism spectrum disorder, if so, what does this mean?

Terms are changing: For several decades, pdd (pervasive developmental disorder) was the broad term that included autism asperger's disorder, and several other rare but similar disorders. Gradually, the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has gained favor, and the new manual appear to be doing away with pdd in favor of ASD as the broad term. Also, autism and asperger's disorder by go away as distinct diagnoses. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

Is schizoaffective disorder considered a serious mental illness?

Yes, it's serious: Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood. It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder negatively affecting a person's socialization, communication, and interests. It is usually detected in the first ...Read more