What do I do if I might be suffering from autism spectrum disorder?

See your provider . It would be unusual to made it to adulthood without having been diagnosed and this not something that develops as an adult. An exception would be aspergers in its stereotypical form. If you have mainly struggled with social interactions and perhaps some anxiety, ocd, mood disorder and physical awkwardness it is possible. Start with your primary care provider.
Get diagnosis. See a physician/provider who can make the diagnosis or refer to someone like a neurologist who can.

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What are the symptoms that someone with autism spectrum disorder might have?

Depends some on age. Autism spectrum disorder is still being defined, but the intent is to refer to individuals with autism-like symptoms of differing severity. The 3 broad areas of problems are impaired ability to connect with other socially, impaired language, and odd or bizarre behaviors. Each of these categories have specific criteria that must be assessed in the context of the patients mental age. Read more...
Delay in development. This is a spectrum of disorders with high functioning add, adhd, tourette at the lower end of the spectrum and lower functioning autism at the top. Apart from "trivial" illnesses in infancy, everythng seems to be o.K until about 2 years when failure of speech and/or troilet training may be the presenting symptoms. Do not hesitate to get it checked out as early as possible if such symptoms exist. 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...

Can you predict if your child has autism spectrum disorder?

Sometimes. 3 characteristics of normal young babies have been found to be a good screen for autism: 1) baby looks at your face, 2) shared smile at 2 months, 3) frequency of vocalization. If these are not present, a parent should be concerned. Read more...

What are the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder for adults?

Autism in adults. Adults have difficulty maintaining work or social relations ships as they cannot stay focused. Some jos that involve no interpersonal skills are greatly performed. Read more...