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Is it possible to lose an autism diagnosis?

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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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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Can i go to the army even after autism diagnosis?

Can i go to the army even after autism diagnosis?

Autism: Although I do not see Autism specifically listed under list of mental health disqualifying conditions, the following applies: "Current or history of other mental disorders (all 290–319 not listed above) that in the opinion of the civilian or military provider will interfere with, or prevent satisfactory performance of military duty, are disqualifying." See: ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to overturn my autism diagnosis?

If dx is incorrect: Speak to your doctor first, if you feel the diagnosis is incorrect. The diagnosis is often incorrect and your interest in having it corrected suggests your is incorrect. The difficult part is once it is the insurance computers or in the electronic record of some health care systems, it is difficult to get corrected. ...Read more

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I wanted to know where and how can I get a mild autism diagnosis?

Evaluation: Consider seeing a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist for a diagnostic evaluation if your are an adult. If this is for a child - see a developmental pediatrician. ...Read more

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How should you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult?

How should you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult?

See below: Diagnosis includes looking at the person’s medical history, watching the person’s behavior, & giving the person some psychological tests. But, it can be more challenging to DX an adult because it is not always possible to know about the person’s development during the first few yrs of life, and a long history of other diagnoses may complicate an ASD dx. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.htm. ...Read more

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Must all the symptoms of autism be present in order to make the diagnosis?

No: Only some of the criteria may be present, to make correct diagnosis please refer to the updated dsm version definition, available online, or consult a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How would you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult? Is there any benefit to get a diagnosis?

Find an expert: In most areas, it would be highly unusual for someone with autism to make it to adulthood without having been diagnosed, but it still happens. Evidence suggests autism manifests between birth and age 21/2 or so. There is no specific treatment for it; but, knowing what the trouble is may help. Also, am autism diagnosis might give eligibility to programs & services restricted to that diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could an autism diagnosis be wrong? Many other professionals are questioning the dx. Also, he did not qualify for the preschool disability program.

Not uncommon: Sometimes we have to observe a child in different ways. Our neuropsychologist sees patients first & gets the best out of them on standardized tests. Then they see me (db pede) when they're tired, but they've had a snack. With parental permission, i push the buttons that bring out autistic behaviors, if there. Atypicality that we see that way may not fulfill school eligibility guidelines. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of autism and adhd?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of autism and adhd?

Autism ADHD: Absolutely! make sure you have a good evaluation from a psychologist who understands autism and developmental disorders. Often with spectrum disorders, Intuniv and non stimulant treatments work better. Check with a good psychiatrist first. Here is my take on the spectrum http://youtu.Be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Could i lose an autism diagnosis after a year of diet and detox?

Could i lose an autism diagnosis after a year of diet and detox?

No: I you have lost the diagnosis of autism after doing the diet and detox, then the diagnosis was wrong to begin with. ...Read more

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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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My son was diagnosed with high functioning autism when he was 3 six months later his diagnosis changed to pddnos. What is the difference?

My son was diagnosed with high functioning autism when he was 3 six months later his diagnosis changed to pddnos. What is the difference?

It depends: If the original diagnosis was being used interchangeably with asperger's then the skill set must have changed enough to feel there was not enough specificity for that diagnosis. Pervasive developmental delay- not otherwise specified is a broader category of description. The diagnostic criteria is changing and autism spectrum disorder will be the diagnosis and level of function will be added. ...Read more

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What are language development milestones that disqualify an autism diagnosis?

"Normal" language: Language is one of 3 domains of impairment for a child to qualify for a diagnosis of autism. Delayed language is an exclusion for asperger's disorder, but normal language (not counting problems with articulation (clarity of speech)) not just in terms of understanding and using words but also in using language to communicate with others age-appropriately would make autism most unlikely. ...Read more

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How can an adult get a diagnosis for autism spectrum?

Autism in adults : Autism spectrum d/o can b diagnosed via clinical interview and a collaborative info from the family .There are assesment scales also used for that.It all depends what it's needed for. The treatment for depression anxiety or other issues for some autism does not need any rating scales.Contact a psychiatrist or psychologist good luck. ...Read more

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Can you get a dual diagnosis of autism and Down syndrome?

If you have both. : yes. Autistic Spectrum Disorder presents as regression in language & behavior between ages 3-7 years in kids with DS & mild-moderate Intellectual Disability. The child must be evaluated for hearing loss, also common in DS. The closest Developmental/Behavioral Pediatricians near you are in Bangor. See www.healthgrades.com/pediatric-developmental-behavioral-health-directory/me-maine/bangor. ...Read more

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What role do pediatricians play in the diagnosis of autism?

What role do pediatricians play in the diagnosis of autism?

Big: Pediatricians are the front line doctors for children. They are often the ones who see the symptoms and make the diagnosis or the referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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Will the dsm v change my son's high functioning autism diagnosis? He barely qualified under the dsm iv.

Will the dsm v change my son's high functioning autism diagnosis?  He barely qualified under the dsm iv.

In truth, HFA has: Never been a separate diagnostic category. His diagnosis will be autistic disorder, as for those currently dx'ed with asperger syndrome & pdd-nos. Because core deficits exist in varying degrees in all people with autism, e.g., lack of theory of mind, + impaired facial recognition, social reciprocity, & social communication, all deserve appropriate behavioral, social & educational interventions. ...Read more

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How often are autism spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome) undiagnosed until adulthood? How is such a diagnosis made?

How often are autism spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's syndrome) undiagnosed until adulthood? How is such a diagnosis made?

Minor autism: The diagnosis is a clinical one. When issues like impaired attention and depressed mood are also present the diagnosis of Aspergers ( now termed minor autism ) is made more difficult. There are varying degrees of involment of multiple cognitive domains and behavioral features involved. No two people are alike. Get an opinion from a well trained expert in behavioral medicine who deals with autism. ...Read more

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How do you know if you need medication for depression? I'm having a very difficult time dealing with my son's autism diagnosis.

How do you know if you need medication for depression?  I'm having a very difficult time dealing with my son's autism diagnosis.

Symptom severity: Reaction to stressful events begin to resolve, depression does not, so get evaluated. Symptom severity and duration guides approach. Medication is only a part of treatment. Self-care and avoiding isolation are very important. Include: parent/family ASD support and education networks, family counseling/coaching with behavioral focus, moderate daily exercise at least 30 min, daily relaxation? ...Read more

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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