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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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What is the difference between autism now and in the 70s?

Symptom focus: Although the early descriptions of autism focued on impairments in social interaction, language, and behaviors, during the 70's the cause was thought to be poor mother/child bonding and the diagnosis was mainly made along with severe mental retardation. Now, focus in on biological causes of autism, and autism is recognized at all levels of cogntive functioning, including geniuses. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism and aspergers?

What is the difference between autism and aspergers?

Because the same : core deficits - diminished or absent joint attention, facial recognition & Theory Of Mind - exist in all types of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the diagnoses of Asperger Syndrome & PDD-NOS were subsumed into ASD in the DSM-V. The level of ASD is defined by the type & degree of supports needed for a person with ASD to function optimally, 1 being the lowest level of need & 3 being the highest. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Angelman syndrome and autism?

Angelman Syndrome = : intellectual disability,puppet-like, jerky movements, hand-flapping, laughter outbursts, sociability, & severe language deficits from lack of maternal genes, 2 sets of paternal genes or only active paternal genes on Chromosome 15q11.2-q13. A few kids with AS lack social communication & reciprocity + their stereotypical movements, warranting additional diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between autism and asperger's syndrome?

Symptom presentation: This distinction, introduced in the early 1990's, arose because some individuals had major delays in social interactions and language, along with odd behaviors (autism), while others had good language but problems with the other two areas (asperger's). Subsequent research has shown that, controling for intelligence, the main difference is language--a circular process. It may be going away soon. ...Read more

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What is the difference between aspergers and autism in general?

What is the difference between aspergers and autism in general?

They are both: On the spectrum of autism disorder. Aspergers in general is more high functioning. They are all very bright people.. Aspergers tend to excel academically and have social problems because they do not read emotional cues well at all. Autism usually has more severe developmental and language delays with diarrhea, constipation, self stemming, and eating issues. This is a broad and general description. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between aspergers and autism?

Help please? What is the difference between aspergers and autism?

Autism spectrum: Autistic disorders, like many, if not most, other diseases and disorders, exist on a spectrum from milder to more severe. Asperger's disorder is a way of describing someone in the "higher functioning" or "milder" range of the spectrum. Although if you are someone or a loved one with the disorder, there is probably nothing that seems " mild" about it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I need to know what is the difference between autism and aspergers?

Smart question: They are related to each other. One way of thinking of aspberger's syndrome is as a milder form of autism with a greater chance of being able to live independently. ...Read more

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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