Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Susan asks…

I think I may have mild autism?

Okay I’ll try keep this as short as possible, but I am looking for some advice..

I think I may have mild autism, I was watching “embarrassing bodies” and the chap said take the online autism test and I scored 20+ over all my friends who also took it, my result registered “mild autism” then I was a bit shocked as I didn’t really know what autism, I still don’t to be honest, just upon researching I can relate to a lot of the symptoms. I find socializing with people quite difficult, I often feel awkward around people, whether I’ve only just met them or known them years, especially when in smaller groups. I have lots of friends and generally it’s fine, but it’s when say we’re not walking through a mall, or at a concert, we’re sat face to face having lunch, or in a situation where were not preoccupied by something else and the only thing we’re doing is communicating, if that makes sense? I do find it hard to look them in the eyes and I have no idea why, lately I’ve started to notice how much I subliminally attempt to deter from this, for example, looking at my phone screen whilst chatting, looking away and making a comment about someone passing..etc. Especially at tutorials at university, 1 on 1 with my lecturers, I just don’t know how to react in these situations. I find conversation hard to engage in sometimes, when in larger groups it’s somewhat easier, as I can passively listen and the main emphasis isn’t on myself, I can just speak up accordingly and then carry on happily not engaging in conversation. Recently, I’ve started to look into “social anxiety” as part of a university project, and also relate to many of these symptoms. Which is weird, because I go out ALOT, it’s only now I’ve started really thinking and looking into things I think something may be up. When I’m walking the street I often feel awkward, like people are watching me. I don’t know why, I highly doubt they are and have no idea whatsoever why I feel like this, I often feel awkward with my hands whilst walking, I usually have to have something in them to avoid feeling awkward, which sounds strange typing this out. I get intimidated extremely easy, especially around new people or at large gatherings which leaves me feeling quite insecure. Sometimes when I’m out, socially, I feel inferior and afraid to fully let go and by myself, no matter how well I know these people or how close of friends we are, like there are some kind of inhibitions holding me back from having a good time. If we’re going out somewhere, or to a party, I need to know specific times, exactly whos going to be there, what it’s going to be like…etc I’ve always put this down to the OCD I self-diagnosed myself with years ago, but maybe it’s something more? I have to have things a specific way, do things a certain way, live by specific times and routines, when these aren’t in place I do feel distress.

I could go on and on about my problems but i’ll shut up and get to the conclusion of asking is this normal? I’m 19, is this part of being a teenager and growing up or should I take it further? I’ve always thought about seeing my doctor about my OCD tenancies, but I feel is there even anything he could do about it? I just feel I’d be wasting his time and I fear the social situation of sitting there alone with him whilst blabbing on about my problems as this would be too unbearably uncomfortable as I’m guessing you’ve figured by now I hate chatting face-to-face, especially about myself, I usually just look down and nod and hmm and speak as small sentences as possible. Sitting down alone at my pc desk and typing it would be so much easier, like now, I have time to think and don’t have someone staring at me waiting for a reply. But a doctor can’t make a diagnosis from an email can he. I’ve asked my mum, but she says there’s nothing wrong with me, to her I’m happy and social and go out all the time with my friends and have a great time, but she doesn’t know all of this or how I actually feel when I’m out, to her I’m just normal.

admin answers:

Having suffered from social anxiety most of my teens and early adulthood, I would say you’re just shy.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Charles asks…

If my brother is autistic would that mean if I had a child he/she could be autistic?

Hi, so I think autism pretty much runs in my family, my brother has it and my Dad is showing signs of having it as well, their both very similar. I was just wondering I had a child would there be a chance they could have Autism as well? and how much of a chance? I watched my brother grow up struggling and being bullied, I hated what he went through and I wish he had an easier childhood and now easy adolescence, its hard enough being a teenager, never mind with Autism.

admin answers:

Yes. Autism is strongly genetic and tends to run in faimlies. There’s always a chance – in the general population, the chance of having a child with autism is about 1%. For people who have autism or a family history of it, the chance is higher.

However, there’s still a lot researchers don’t know about the genetics of autism and how it’s inherited. There’s no way to predict exactly how likely you are to have an autistic child. At least if you did have a child on the spectrum, you’d have a better idea than most of what symptoms to look for and how to help them with challenges.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

William asks…

How do autistic teenagers show that they like someone?

I don’t mean platonically; like a crush. I know that there are different “levels”, so to speak, of autism. Some autistic people only have mild symptoms whereas others need a lot of special ed and parental attention to develop. Really, I’m just interested in a general sort of behaviour they’d exhibit. I’m not trying to alienate autistic people, in the prejudice that they “can’t be in love” because they have a different mindset to others. Of course they can. But WHAT specifically would they do to show the person they liked that they liked them?

This is why I’m curious:

A friend of mine was recently on holiday in Boston, Massachusetts to visit a family friend. The friend had a daughter, aged sixteen and an autistic son, aged fourteen. So, when her family were having dinner at their house, my friend told me that the boy kept kicking her foot under the table. She also felt uncomfortable as he’d stare at her quite a bit. He was quiet all evening, when suddenly, while all the parents were in the kitchen, he said: “I thought English girls were meant to be ugly.” He was again, looking directly at her. She didn’t exactly know how to reply.
She also noticed that his sister gave her this look, like she knew something.
My friend didn’t really appreciate what he said, though.

admin answers:

I have mild Asperger’s, so I’m more on the normal side, but usually if I like a guy I pick on him a lot, smile, sit up straight, and look him in the eyes a lot (I almost never look people in the eye). With my boyfriend, I’m really loyal and supportive of him and always stand up for him if someone is putting him down, I’m really passive about fighting with him (with everyone else, I love to argue), and he says I follow him around like a puppy (which I hope isn’t a bad thing).

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Mary asks…

Does anyone have any experience of schizophrenia symptoms in young girls (16)?

My 16 year old daughter has been prescribed Risperdal and sertaline medication Monday 24th 09 after having some kind of breakdown/panic attacks/anxiety …..she had previously been diagnosed as having adhd which i believe to be correct due to her hyper kinetic behaviour since early childhood. My daughters psychiatrist is going down the route of paranoid schizophrenia which after a fair bit of reading/research I agree with. The problem is she has developed a very,very noticeable twitch and stutter since Mondays events and obviously being a teenager she is deeply concerned. Does anyone know if this is a temporary reaction to say her breakdown as she developed these symptoms prior to medication…any help gratefully appreciated? 🙂

admin answers:

I know a little but not sure I can help? I’ll try though!

My niece is 15 and was previously diagnosed with ADHD. She couldnt sit still, couldnt concentrate on anything and as yet still struggles to read and write. She was also quite violent and frustrated although I blame this on her upbringing more than ADHD, she’s been passed from pillar to post. She was one of the success stories with ritalin though, it really worked for her.

She has recently been taken into care and last week was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia rather than ADHD, or with ADHD. She was hearing voices and she was too scared to tell anyone.0 I’m desperately sorry for her but she’s getting the care and love and attention she needs and is much happier in care than at home (Its not all horror stories!)

My niece didnt develop any twitch or stutter, maybe this is contributed to the stress your daughter was feeling before that resulted in her breakdown? Or maybe she is recieving a stronger dose? Get on to your paediatrician or GP and get them onto it. Dont be scared tobe a pain, sometimes they need a push

My advice to you (I’m an autism mum), ask doctors and consultants etc to follow up in writing after your appointments, that way, if you feel you are not getting the best care for her, switch doctrs and take these documents with you so they are fully informed.
Twitching and stuttering are the bodies way of dealing with stress as a distraction sometimes from a difficult situation. But it could be more to do with the meds.

Sorry for what you and your daughter are going through, she has a great mum! With your support she can beat this.xxx

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

William asks…

What are the social ramifications for those afflicted with fragile x syndrome?

and also:
-the phenotypic characteristic for fragile x syndrome, if it is preventable, how?
-is fragile x syndrome fatal, when?

admin answers:

Social ramifications – all depends on the individual and how they are impacted by fragile x. Like autism fragile X is a spectrum disorder, some (mostly females) may have no social ramifications other than how they personally deal with knowing they carry a genetic disorder which may not come into play until they are much older. A female who might have limited symptoms may suffer from social anxiety, very much an introvert, very shy.

A child/adult with more severe symptoms anxiety, sensitivity to noise, light, strange environments, transitions may opt out of many community experiences, have a limited circle of friends.

Phenotype – Once again you must keep in mind it is a spectrum disorder not all will have the same characteristics, some may have none, some may have many. In addition, some of the features are common in many individuals who do not have fragile X, i.e. Long face, large protruding ears, Strabismus, Hands and feet manifest nonspecific findings, including hyper-extensible finger joints, hand calluses, double-jointed thumbs, a single palmar crease, and pes planus, dental overcrowding and a high-arched palate, macroorchidism in adult males.

Is it preventable – well yes if you know you have it you could choose not to have children or use PGD/IVF.

Is it fatal – no, individuals typically have a normal lifespan.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Donald asks…

My mum thinks I (a 16 year old girl) am autistic??? Is it possible?

I always feel like my mum is assessing my behaviour and that she is wary of my sensitivity to certain situations. Recently I saw her search history and it contained many sites about autism and it’s symptoms in teenagers. I have always been aware of my inability to converse or deal with social situations, but autism never once crossed my mind. I’ll tell you as much relevant things as I can…
I am the top of my class in every subject, but I am specifically good at science and maths. Although I am the top of the class, my weakest subject is English because I find it very hard to concentrate and therefore to read and find meanings. It’s almost impossible for me to read something OUT because I am very awkward and I can’t handle such a situation.
I prefer to not leave the house because I find social situations very daunting and try to avoid them. (however, I am comfortable with my best friend enough to talk to her, but eye contact is a bit of an issue) If I am confronted I find it extremely difficult to start or maintain a conversation and I definitely can’t make eye contant. I am just an awkward person though, right? I try hard though and manage a few words. If I get nervous and start to convulse, my friend improvises.
I am very opinionated and I find it difficult to understand how a person could believe in specific things, but I really try to understand.
If I watch a movie all I can think about it certain aspects of the film that are impossible.
I prefer to be alone. I feel many emotions at once and they are very hard to deal with. I used to cut my wrists and was called into the nurses office but I walked off because she is a stranger to me and I don’t like talking about feelings.
I feel that I seem pretty normal, and my peers would agree. I just have to try very hard to hide these feelings. The only thing immediately visible is that I am shy and that I zone out A LOT (even my teachers notice)
What do you think??
What is autism, exactly?

admin answers:

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way the brain processes information. People with autism have social difficulties – they lack an intuitive understanding of social situations, which causes problems making friends, holding a conversation, behaving appropriately in a social situation, and relating to others. There are other social issues, like lack of eye contact and difficulty reading nonverbal cues. Autistic people also have obsessive interests or fixations. They have a need for routine and sameness, and dislike sudden changes. They engage in repetitive behaviors, called stims (short for self-stimulating). Poor motor coordination is a common symptom as well – as children, people with autism may be delayed in reaching motor milestones like tying shoes or riding a bike. Most autistic people also experience abnormal sensory processing, which leads to sensitivities, difficulty filtering out information, and being easily overstimulated. Autism is a spectrum ranging from low- to high-functioning. If you have autism, you are on the high-functioning end.

If you did not have a speech delay, autism is out of the question. There is another autism spectrum disorder called Asperger’s syndrome, though, which is basically high-functioning autism with normal speech development. People with Asperger’s can seem very normal, especially in mild cases. From what you wrote I’m not convinced that you’re on the autism spectrum at all. You mentioned some of the social symptoms, but not other ones like obsessive interests or sensory sensitivities. You sound more like a very shy but non-autistic person. Still, if you’re concerned, you should see an autism spectrum disorders specialist. Your GP should be able to refer you to someone.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

David asks…

Should I tell my teachers that I have autism?

I have Asperger’s Syndrome (high functioning Autism), and I’m going to be starting student teaching this year. I will be working with kids who also have ASDs. I’m pretty good at masking my symptoms, but I still struggle with relating to people, and properly communicating. Is it wise to tell my teacher ahead of time that I have Asperger’s, or do you think that would hurt my career?
Not my own school teachers… the mentor teachers that will be observing my intership.

admin answers:

I would say no.

I work with students with mental problems and learning disabilities. Even though in my personal life I have been abused as a child, and have some minor learning disabilities I keep it to myself.

Honestly, I do have compassion for students even adults with issues. Though, I do not share with the staff & students my personal life.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Laura asks…

im a 15 year old girl. Have I got autism? ive read some symptoms and i think I might have it?

ive looked up autism on the internet and i seem to have most of the symptoms. Ive always known im a bit socially awkward like I struggle to talk to new people but im fine with my friends ive got now. However I always seem to lose friends eventually and move onto new ones but Im never happy with my friends and I always think theres better. But I thought that autistic people didn’t like change? im a 15 year old girl and im in a normal school. im doing well, getting As, Bs and Cs in my GCSEs and hoping to become a primary school teacher. although i struggle majorly with talking to a big group of people but i thought that was just lack of confidence. When I was really young i learnt to speak later than normal children so my mum always had a suspicion and I would cry when someone held me as a baby which ive also read as a symptom. Although when my grandma held me i immediately stopped crying and I was fine. Ive also had obsessions such as the internet, a certain toy, tv programme etc but i dont think i have one really at the minute, im just concentrating on school work. I just dont feel right and I think i may have autism. i struggle with eye contact, i dont know why but i just dont like looking at people in the eye for a long time, i tend to use hand gestures a lot which i guess is quite irriating for some people. Also, if a topic is being spoken about and then it changes sometimes i want to go back to that topic which ive read as a syptom. ive been to the doctors because my mum made me but the doctor said i was just a normal teenager. i do think i appear to be but theres something not right. Although im not sure i want to do anything about it at this stage because im worried it will affect my chances of going to sixthform and becoming a primary school teacher. I do struggle but i just thought it would get better when im older but now im doubting it. does anybody think i might have it or not? please help.

admin answers:

I’m like exactly the same and I don’t have autism. You are just a normal teen having a hard time.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Mary asks…

is it possible to be diagnose with autism at the age of 18 ?

my boyfriend is 18 and is saying to me he has autism … is he lying ?
Hes told me that he went to the doctors, (may i mention hes been known to lie before) he went ot the doctors and on that day he done a test and got told there and then ?

admin answers:

Some of us aren’t diagnosed until later because parents aren’t able to catch it or figure out what is wrong. So yes. Actually it’s far easier to diagnose an adult because they don’t have to rely on symptoms so much and can actual get verbal feedback during tests.

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