Autism: Symptoms and Treatment
Autism is actually a collection of conditions classified under the umbrella “Autism Spectrum Disorder” (ASD) and refers to a broad range of conditions, including Asperger syndrome.
- Lack of verbal communication
- Repetitive motions like rocking back and forth
- Repetitive hand motions
- A panicky reaction if any rituals change
- A dislike of being touched
- Disturbed by certain sounds, to the point of having a meltdown
Those with autism are often prone to depression, anxiety, and attention issues. Frequently they have gastrointestinal issues, seizures, and sleep disorders.
Autistics usually seem self-absorbed and lost in their own little world. They are typically happier in their own heads than when others are talking and distracting them. These individuals may have difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation.
While no triggers for ASD are known, it has been postulated that trauma to the left hemisphere of the brain happens somehow in utero, and the right brain creates new pathways that often give autistic children savant abilities where they can hear a song once and then replay it flawlessly on a piano.
Children with autism who have a certain focus often excel in something, as they can connect with it like music or mathematics. Their laser-like focus and the way they use the right hemisphere of the brain may give them natural abilities over a normal, well-adjusted person who has many distractions.
There are varying degrees of severity of the condition. Some autistic people are severely challenged while others are highly skilled problem solvers. Some people who are on the autism spectrum may need help in every area of their life, while others are quite high-performing and can live on their own, with any savants being paid quite well to do what comes naturally to them like solving complex mathematical problems.
There is no known switch that causes the condition, but early diagnosis can lead to better long-term results for the patient and the patient’s family. To accurately place a child on the spectrum, it normally takes a team of doctors including a:
- Developmental pediatrician
- Child psychiatrist with special training in developmental issues that affect children
- Neuropsychologist whose training focuses and centers on evaluating, diagnosing, and treating neurological, medical, and neurodevelopmental disorders
- Speech pathologist who is trained to assist patients in overcoming communicative disorders
Autism has strong ties to genetic disorders although it remains unclear what exactly triggers it. Researchers think it may have more to do with rare mutations or rare multigene interactions.
While many parents refuse to have their children vaccinated for fear of causing autism, that theory has been scientifically debunked as coincidence solely because autism typically manifests around the same time children are getting their immunizations. The result of not vaccinating children is leading to a health hazard caused by outbreaks of measles.
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