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

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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