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Doctor insights on: Psychotic Episodes In Autistic Children

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Are anti psychotics helpful in people with autism?

Are anti psychotics helpful in people with autism?

They can be at times: Risperdal which is an antipsychotic is one of the only drugs currently with fda approval for use in patients with autism, including children. It is used for aggressive behavior, whether it be towards others or self injurious as well as for mood swings. It can be effective but is not without side effects such as weight gain and uncontrollable muscle movements. Others are used but are off label. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Can an autistic person (29years) cohabitat with a person (26years) that has depressive disorder with psychotic tendencies? Both not on treatment

Can an autistic person (29years) cohabitat with a person (26years) that has depressive disorder with psychotic tendencies? Both not on treatment

Sounds problematic: All things are possible- is this a good idea? Does the autistic person have any sense of danger ? Does the depressive disorder with psychotic tendencies have an issue with violence. This could work or end badly...A lot of discussion would need to take place before such cohabitation happened. Safety of both needs to be covered. ...Read more

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My nephew is 23 has autism. He is on Clonazepam 0.5mg twice a day and Risperidone 0.25mg twice a day and Divalproex extended release 500 mg a day. for temper he still needs alittle something what do you suggest no psychotic drug please.

No quick fix: Temper is a nonspecific complaint. This could be due to a specific comorbid condition that itself requires further treatment, or part of autistic irritability. Often we see cognitive rigidity as difficulty w/ transitions. FDA approved agents for irritability in autism are Abilify and RIsperdal. He needs to be seen by a child psychiatrist or neurologist w/ expertise in this group of patients. ...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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Is there any cure for autistic children?

Is there any cure for autistic children?

Good question.: The only proven method to help youngsters overcome autisms challenges is science based intensive individualized intervention using an applied behavior analysis model. As a healthcare provider and father if child with autism, i regret to report there is no quick fix, however, we know more about autism today than ever. Feel free to message me if you would like more specific information. ...Read more

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How often are autistic children selective mutes?

How often are autistic children selective mutes?

Not really: Selective mutism implies normal speech and language in certain "safe" settings, and a voluntary resistance to speaking in other "frightening" settings or venues. Autistic children don't speak well because of their neurological deficiency. Some higher functioning autism patients may refuse to speak (in their normal way) in certain settings or with certain people, but this is not mutism. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of my children having autism?

See below: 1-2% incidence in the US for autism. 6% incidence for the full spectrum of PDD. Check my health tips on PDD. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index.Shtml or http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd.Shtml. ...Read more

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Can autistic children often wander off by themselves?

Can autistic children often wander off by themselves?

Not uncommon : Many children with autism, especially when younger and with fewer communication and social skills, are at risk for elopement. There may not experience a sense of danger at leaving or recognize the need to notify others of desire. For some it is such a problem that they need to keep some type of tracking device on. Luckily this will become less an issue for most as they are older. Aba can help. ...Read more

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How does Biobita supposedly help children with Autism?

How does Biobita supposedly help children with Autism?

Not a cure: Biobita is a combination of probiotics and vitamins. While it can help the GI tract, there is no definitive evidence that it will help autism. The claims are testimonials without research back up other than describing research that was not autism specific. With that said if your child has problems with pain, chronic constipation or diarrhea, making him irritable, Biobita may help that and his mood ...Read more

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Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

Do children who are bilingual have behaviors like autism?

No: There is no reason for a child learning more han one language to have autistic beahviors unless they are autistic. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more