Is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a bunch of disorders?

Really Both are true. It is called spectrum just because how a person can present can vary greatly. Some cases are mild, some are severe, and the lines are very blurry to tell where one type ends and another begins. Impairments of social functioning is the key hallmark of the ASD spectrum, and some have other issues like communication, speech, learning disabilities, sound or visual sensitivities.

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Help please! Is autism spectrum disorder an actual disease or just a name of a group of disorders?

It is a spectrum. There is no clarity on what exactly causes those very similar in presentation -and therefore easy to confuse- disorders. They are not then (technically) diseases in the classic sense. For example, autism might well be a disease, but to declare it we would need science to tell us exactly how, why it happens; which nobody really established for sure yet. Many theories tried to explain it, though. Read more...
Group. This is a collection of different issues based on abnormal intellectual, communication or developmentall problems. It includes autism, asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental delay not otherwise defined.The classification is a needs based one rather than on origin.Classification allows schools and therapists to get appproval for the special therapy they require. Read more...

Can you tell me if that autism spectrum disorder is a disease to be cured and done away with or a different way of?

Not cured. But recovery is possible. It matters greatly what the symptoms are and how the person learns to adapt. Watch the hbo movie "temple grandin" to see her story about how she learned to function in society. Many different treatments work for some people and not for others. Every patient with ASD is unique their treatment should be individualized. Read more...
No. ASD is a group of separate issues tied together by the need for specialized /individual treatments. Consider it like a permanent change in the wiring of the brain where input and output differ from the normal.The variations are numerous.Assessment tries to identify strengths & weaknesses. Treatments are based on teaching to strong areas & avoiding the weak ones. Read more...

This there really an autism spectrum disorder epidemic, or are doctors just labeling people with that name?

No there is more. It is true that there is more recognition now than before, but you can't account for the increase just by more vigilant diagnosis. If you talk to older pediatricians and family doctors they will tell you they used to see maybe 2 or 3 kids with autism their whole time in training. Now it is estimated to be 1 out of 88 kids (1 out of 54 boys, and 1 out of 252 girls). Read more...
Autism. Is up 6000% in the last 20 years. It has increased from 1:150 to 1:60 (according to some statistics) and it affects boys 4:1 to girls. It is not the result of better diagnosing or improved reporting. It is a problem. Read more...
Complicated. The spectrum came about as a new umbrella that includes not only Autism, but Aspergers & Pervasive Developmental Delay Not Otherwise Specified.The PDDNOS label was the "everything else" label.This was helpful to the kids, whose therapies were often similar, & schools would now receive consistent funding for their care.They were there, just not included in early numbers.There is also an increase. Read more...

What's a autism spectrum disorder?

Autism. It would be related conditions like aspergers's syndrome. Read more...
Autism Spectrum DO. It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. Read more...
DSM-V Term. The term has been around and used to cover a range of disorders classified separately under dsm-iv but the new system for psychiatric classification in the U.S. Will be out in may 2013 - for more see: http://cpancf.Com/autismspectrumdisorder.Asp. Read more...
Neurodevelopmental. The term Autism Spectrum Disorder is used to describe any child with Autism, whether they are high or low functioning. This is a newer classification system that is not always used consistently used in discussion. Before this change in terms patients were classified as having Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not otherwise specified and Aspergers. This change is really semantics. Read more...

What sort of problem is an autism spectrum disorder?

Autism. Autism is in news lately. It is a dysfunction of the ability of a person to relate to others. It is sometimes associated with slow learning but a less common form (asperger's) has a high rate of focused talent. The cause is unknown but seems to be a 'wiring" disorder of the brain. It is not related to vaccine use. This is a very frustrating illness for parents who want to have love returned. Read more...
Common. Pdd occurs in about 1% of the population. It occurs more in males, is definitely genetic, & may be associated with many environmental toxins (but not vaccinations). There is a remarkable amount of research going on in this field. The american academy of pediatircs has guidelines for the early identification & treatment of pdd kids. This approach has resulted inimprovements in pdd patients. Read more...
Autism part 2. Most autistic kids see material things rather than linguistic or interpersonal things. They see the world as a material, not verbal, environment. Treatment is directed trying to turn this around by early intervention. See nimh website on autism disorders. See your pediatrician for further intervention. See my health guides for more information. Read more...
Biologic disorder. What is now being called ASD is a cluster of disorders that have in common major disruption typically from a very early age in the development of social interactions, communication, and behaviors. The cause(s) remain unknown. The core feature is a markedly diminised to absent ability to socially connect with others. Language is absent or odd, as are some behaviors. Read more...

Is there any medication for autism spectrum disorder?

No, but individuals. with ASD have varied symtoms and medicaions may be useful intreating specific symtpoms, such as hyperactivity or anxiety or aggression with medicaions that are used with other primary disorders, such as anxiety disorder or ADHD. Consultation with a specialist is a medical center may be helpful. Read more...

What are classic symptoms of autism spectrum disorder?

Varies. Autism disorders occur on a spectrum from fairly mild impairment to very severe. Patients with ASD have problems with social interaction, communication, processing sensory information and intellectual disabilities. For a complete list and more explanation look at the cdc site. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html. Read more...
Often less social. There is not a single type of autism. Every one with this label functions a little differently. But in general each one has some depree of problem with: social skills, empathy, communication, and flexible behavior. The level of disability and combination of problems vary greatly from individual to individual. Some speak normally, others don't speak at all. Read more...

Is it ok to marry a man with an autism spectrum disorder?

Yes. If you love him and understand autism and now how to communicate with him.....He is very lucky indeed, and so are you to have found love and be willing to do what it takes to make the marriage successful. When you go into a relationship (or any situation) eyes wide open and prepared and willing to do the work and understand all the ramifications, it is a very beneficial situation. Read more...
Depends. "it depends if he wants to marry you." there are so many variables that are unknown in any marriage. Autistic people can have happy productive lives with a partner. Make sure you communicate and have realistic expectations about the future. There are adult support groups for adults with autism. Read more...

Could any expert explain autism spectrum disorder? Thanks!

Why do you ask? You'll need to decide for yourself whether we need to medicalize / give special names to natural human variability. Perhaps the real question is, "How can we help a youngster / young adult who is perhaps shy, clumsy, socially awkward, better at strength / endurance sports than team / coordination sports, quiet, really good at science / math, narrow-focused to be HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL? Read more...