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A lot of people mistake my shyness with autism. I'm actually an introvert but many people say that I have I autism. I don't know what to do.

A lot of people mistake my shyness with autism. I'm actually an introvert but many people say that I have I autism. I don't know what to do.

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder Level I, or Asperger Syndrome, impairs one's ability to make & sustain friendships because it''s hard to understand that other people have a different point of view than yours, sustain a conversation on a topic not of your choosing or make eye contact when talking to a someone. If this is the case, then ask your doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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How do a shy person and a person with autism differ?

How do a shy person and a person with autism differ?

Quite the opposite: A shy person has an intuitive understanding of social cues and social implications of language (may include subtle gestures and tone of voice). The shy person experiences unease in social situations, which may lead to behaviors of avoidance (e.g. Averting eye gaze). In contrast, a person with autism is not readily attuned to social and language cues. The social withdrawal is not intentional. ...Read more

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Can shy children have autism?

Can shy children have autism?

Not really.: Shy children usually do fine with familiar people, just not so well with others. Autism is a constant condition that affects social interactions with everyone and also affects language development and is associated with odd or unusual behaviors. Shyness may be from anxiety or just a personality trait. ...Read more

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Question about social anxiety--is that just extreme shyness?

Question about social anxiety--is that just extreme shyness?

Avoidance & Drea: Shyness is not same as social anxiety. People w/social anxiety repeatedly avoid social situations b/c they dread feeling embarrassed or judged/shamed by others. (See http://ow.ly/EXo0z) Gradual exposure 2 those sitn's -easier ones at 1st, then harder-really helps. Tools 4 managing social anx: http://ow.ly/EXnfP | But anything that interferes w/building relationships seems worth working on! ...Read more

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I just heard kinect can help diagnose autism. Are there tests like that for asperger's syndrome?

I just heard kinect can help diagnose autism. Are there tests like that for asperger's syndrome?

No: Are you asking about the xbox kinect? If so, there is no good evidence for help diagnosing anything as of yet! ...Read more

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Can a kid with autism be really good in math and science. Or is that just grandparent impression?

Yes: Autism to me is a neurodevelopmental condition that manifests itself in markedly abnormal social interaction, communication ability and patterns of interest. I think autism is not an "intellectual deficit" but more of a low level "perceptual" disability. Yes, they can be good in math and science! ...Read more

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Are there two types of autism, one that develops in late teens/early adulthood and one just in childhood?

Autism Spectrum DO: Autism spectrum disorders present early in life. However, perhaps a person with aspergers may not be diagnosed early on. ...Read more

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I just turned 21 yesterday and my friend says I'll be fine but I'm worried cause I'm high functioning autism and worried about the effects on autisn?

I just turned 21 yesterday and my friend says I'll be fine but I'm worried cause I'm high functioning autism and worried about the effects on autisn?

Maturing: Turning 21 solidifies for many that you are an adult albeit a young adult. You're likely responding to a new awareness of what others your age are doing academically and socially. The process of separating from home is well underway, perhaps a sensitive area for you as friendships and interacting with others may be quite painful. Having a therapist's help may make a big difference. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Help please! is autism just a nice way to say retardation?

Help please! is autism just a nice way to say retardation?

No, but...: Autism and mental retardation (mr) are distinct diagnoses with clear definitions. However, many individuals have both; and studies have shown that, these days, many families prefer a diagnosis of autism to that of mr. Autism can have full range of intelligence of mentally retarded to genius level; mr means that the person is functioning at a much lower mental age than their actual age. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism or am i just being stupid?

Perhaps inquisitive.: Here is what the cdc says and you can read it for yourself. I suspect perhaps you are just being "stupid" and worrying over nothing, on the other hand perhaps you to have an autism spectrum disorder. By the time you are done reading this article you should have a good idea. Best wishes. www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html autism spectrum disorders (asds) are a group of developmental disabilities. ...Read more

Dr. Ned Kalin
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Shyness (Definition)

People range in how they interact with others from very introverted or shy to very outgoing. Those that are shy tend to want to be by themselves, a introspective and thoughtful, anxious in their interactions with others and may prefer solitary activities rather than social ones. These are style differences and fall in the range of "normal." Some people are shy sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more