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Does it sound like autism is always a mental impairment?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
To get any diagnosis, by defination there needs to be some level of functional impairment.
However, many people with autism spectrum disorders can get adequate help to alleviate functional impairments.

In brief: Yes
To get any diagnosis, by defination there needs to be some level of functional impairment.
However, many people with autism spectrum disorders can get adequate help to alleviate functional impairments.
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Autism and related spectrum conditions are definitely neurobiologic conditions impacting brain function.
Best evidence indicates a genetic predisposition with an environmental or neurotoxicity trigger.

In brief: Yes
Autism and related spectrum conditions are definitely neurobiologic conditions impacting brain function.
Best evidence indicates a genetic predisposition with an environmental or neurotoxicity trigger.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Not always
Mental retardation, now called intellectual disability, co-occurs in about 45-65% of people with autism.
It means overall iq is <70. Mental impairment is a term used as a euphemism for intellectual disability or mental illnesses/psychiatric disorders. People with autism have a higher incidence of mental illness than the general population. Autism is a neurodevelopmental (brain-based) disorder.

In brief: Not always
Mental retardation, now called intellectual disability, co-occurs in about 45-65% of people with autism.
It means overall iq is <70. Mental impairment is a term used as a euphemism for intellectual disability or mental illnesses/psychiatric disorders. People with autism have a higher incidence of mental illness than the general population. Autism is a neurodevelopmental (brain-based) disorder.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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