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Doctor insights on: Super Smart Autistic People

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Do people with Asperger disorder enjoy science?

Yes they might: In my experience in treating people with asperger's disorder, they seem to science in a proportion similar to or perhaps slightly higher than the general population. But they may also dislike it, just like a person in the general population. ...Read more

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


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Are autistic people concious about their autism?

Are autistic people concious about their autism?

Possibly: Those autistic individuals who are the most socially functional, such as high functioning autism and aspergers disorder may be very aware of their sutism as it interferes with socialization. If individuals are functioning at lower levels of cognitive function and social ability, they probably are not aware directly. If a person experiences frustration, with communication, they probably are. ...Read more

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Why do lots of people think people with autism aren't toilet trained?

Why do lots of people think people with autism aren't toilet trained?

Developmental Issues: People with autistic symptoms, especially people who are more severly affected, may display a variety of developmental delays, including difficulties with control of bodily functions. That might be why some people automatically assume all people with autism will have this difficulty. Of course, this is a variable problem, and is not seen in every person with autism. ...Read more

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Why do some college educated, extremely intelligent students commit suicide?

Why do some college educated, extremely intelligent students commit suicide?

Not related: Depression & suicide have nothing to do with education & intelligence. Many uneducated people commit suicide. Many highly educated people commit suicide. It is usually problems in one's personal and/or occupational life that causes stress & people often have difficulties coping, resolving, or mitigating this stress leading to depression. Suicide is just the most extreme adverse reaction to it. ...Read more

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Do people who smoke mary jane really lose brain cells?

Do people who smoke mary jane really lose brain cells?

Brain function: The research is equivocal about actual brain cell loss with use of marijuana. (mri scans don't show this.) however, brain function definitely changes for the worse while under the influence -- and possibly longer, especially with chronic use. http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana-abuse/how-does-marijuana-use-affect-your-brain-body. ...Read more

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I hate seeing my irresponsible uncles be unaware of the very violent video games their young kids are playing. Wouldn't that cause violent behavior?

I hate seeing my irresponsible uncles be unaware of the very violent video games their young kids are playing. Wouldn't that cause violent behavior?

Families: I think your question may need to be asked in another forum. Nothing we say here will change you or them. There is no direct or compelling science on the consequences of violence on television, in movies, or in video games. ...Read more

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Skinny people (ectomorph) and high forehead--are they marphan?

Skinny people (ectomorph) and high forehead--are they marphan?

Not necessarily.: The best easy test is to wrap a person's right thumb and index around their left wrist. If the thumb and finger meet and overlap by a phalanx or more, marfan is likely. ...Read more

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Do autistic people have a hard time focusing their vision?

Do autistic people have a hard time focusing their vision?

Autism: Autism does not effect vision unless there is other anomaly associated. ...Read more

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Are people who overthink things and are creative and sensitive more prone to life-long depression? Depression has anything to do with intelligence?

Are people who overthink  things and are creative and sensitive more prone to life-long depression?   Depression has anything to do with intelligence?

A common disorder: Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. According to national institute of mental health, 6.7% of americans are diagnosed (30.4% are severely depressed). Evidence reported in a swedish study (collingwood, 2010), revealed a link between high iq and bipolar disorder. This finding only suggested a possible causality as opposed to a risk. ...Read more

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Do blind people really have keener senses than people who are not?

Do blind people really have keener senses than people who are not?

Not really: Blind people seem to have keener other senses because, without vision, they concentrate more on the other senses and use them to the fullest. They do not have keener senses, simply senses that they focus better upon. ...Read more

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I am extremely inquisitive and overly analytical, are those common traits of adhd?

I am extremely inquisitive and overly analytical, are those common traits of adhd?

Interesting : I'm not quite sure what you mean by "extremely" and "overly." these could be traits of a scientist or if uncontrolled, of someone perhaps with ocd (more than adhd). The issue is whether these traits facilitate your activities and lifestyle or whether they cause interference. What do you think? ...Read more

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My psych TB says that most people think they're more attractive, smarter, and better than other people. Does this make everyone delusional?

My psych TB says that most people think they're more attractive, smarter, and better than other people. Does this make everyone delusional?

Degree, not kind: "delusional" has degrees of intensity and interference with daily life. Yes, all of us have our own eccentric views of life, ourselves, and others. Until confronted by information to the contrary, we go about as if our assumptions are true. A truly delusional person is not swayed by this information, and rigidly holds to his/her beliefs. Hopefully the rest of us can wake from our trances. :-). ...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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Are bi-polar people dangerous to their spouses and children?

Are bi-polar people dangerous to their spouses and children?

If not treated: Bipolar disorder can go into periods of remission. If the disease is active and the person is having symptoms, then untreated disease can lead to significant problems. The patient can be so depressed they can hurt themselves, and during manic periods people can put themselves into dangerous situations because of the feelings they are indestructible and can conquer all. This can pose great danger! ...Read more

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Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

Why many older children with autism are fascinated with baby and game shows?

I think it's from: Both the delays in social development + perseverative interest in anything that's preferred. The simplistic language of pre-school shows is delivered in high-pitched, emphatic, repetitive " snippets", great for delayed echolalia. Age-appropriate shows have confusing complex language ; social interactions. Game shows have sound effects, short verbal interchange, rolling credits ; catchy music. ...Read more

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Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Do ADHD children ever become very aggressive?

Yes they can: Although many adhd children are not aggressive, their impulsivity and high levels of physical activity can set them up for situations in which they or others become upset, leading to aggression. In toddlers with adhd, the most common cause of referrals in aggression in the preschool setting. Older children may be teased and scapegoated, which may to anger and aggression. ...Read more

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Am dating online, and they keep playing mind games. Why do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

Am dating online, and they keep playing mind games. Why do they enjoy this type of childish behavior?

Bad idea: Never put your trust in someone until you know them well including their background .You are playing with your life. ...Read more

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Why do i hate studying and reading but love or enjoy getting distracted with social media and all these gadgets?

Everyone is the same: not just you. Your generation is flooded with short term, spur of the moment entertainment solutions, including social media, Youtube videos, and Snapchat/ Instagram gratification. You need to take a step back and recognize how you can take advantage of these media to better yourself, not get swallowed up and let the media just waste your time away. It is the same struggle with video gamers. ...Read more

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Do patients w/ pressurized speech and high energy ever report that othe people avoid them because they make them feel uncomfortable?

Do patients w/ pressurized speech and high energy ever report that othe people avoid them because they make them feel uncomfortable?

Yes.: Pressured, rapid speech and unlimited energy may be symptoms of bipolar disorder (also called manic depressive illness). When manic (energized), a person may experience a need for little sleep, delusions, unusual spending, a greater sexual appetite, a "short fuse, " and a sense of being all-powerful. It's not comfortable to witness this, and it's not comfortable to live it. Medications do help. ...Read more