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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Symptoms

Paul asks…

Can the severity of Asperger Syndrome increase over one’s lifetime?

I’m interested in psychology, and I was just thinking about this:
I read that sometimes people “grow out” of Asperger Syndrome, so I’m curious about the inverse case.
What I’m wondering is: Can someone start out having a relatively mild case, then over their teenage years it grows heavily in its severity?

admin answers:

Yes, this is what happened to me. The symptoms can grow become a lot more noticeable and cause more impairment. The teenage years are when social rituals and expectations start to change – socializing is based on chatting and hanging out instead of playing games. I had at least one friend for most of my childhood, but once I started middle school I couldn’t keep up socially, and it became very clear that I had trouble learning social skills. Also, I started struggling with anxiety and depression, which made it more difficult for me to interact with others.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Sandra asks…

Does anyone agree that our culture has become overly therapeutic?

It seems like these days everyone has some disorder or another. We’ve all got depression, anxiety problems, codependency issues, ADD, half of us are bipolar/unipolar what have you…

and apparently now every child needs ritalin and a steady supply of behavioral meds for their autism.

Doesn’t anyone else see that this is all just a ploy to make the pharmaceutical companies rich and richer?

admin answers:

I would define our society as overly diagnosed. In general, the stigma is still quite in place regarding admitting to and/or seeking treatment for mental health issues. As more people in the public eye “confess” to their bouts of depression, the overall negative view of depression has become slightly improved, yet also abused. I personally believe as we get further and futher from basic values and communication, the increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression are a natural result.
I think what frightens me the most is the alarming increase in childhood “psychiatric disorders.” To a certain extent children are supposed to have a shorter attention span. That is a skill that is acquired overtime (although I know many adults who have still not mastered this developmental skill). The medical field and the pharmaceutical companies must share some of the blame. Parents must also learn to advocate for their children, provide a healthy and nurturing environment and not, as some do, look for a “medicinal” quick fix for their children’s behaviors.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Thomas asks…

How would you go about getting assessed and treated for ADHD, Social Anxiety and Depression?

I have a bunch of problems with me from suspected adult ADHD, brain fog, social anxiety, mild depression, memory problems, and possible autism. I have never been diagnosed with anything as I never had the courage to see someone. Please respond only if you know for sure. Thank you!

admin answers:

It’s a complicated area that needs several practitioners to form a proper diagnosis.

Firstly go to a GP (Doctor) that you trust; explain your problems to them and ask to have the appropriate blood tests & other body scans (usually of the brain) if necessary in order to actually form a chemical diagnosis of your symptoms so that you literally get a black & white result of what’s actually going on in your body so that you can receive the correct treatment for whatever condition(s) are presenting.

Once you receive your results, discuss them with your GP – if you’re happy with their responses, feel free to go ahead with drug-therapy and/or vitamin/mineral supplementation that they prescribe.

If you’re not happy with their response than simply take your results to another GP for further evaluation & a second opinion.

A Psychologist is also very effective as providing the other side of things: actual mind techniques that allow you to over come any difficulties you’re experiencing that will greatly support any additional drug/mineral/vitamin therapy you’re receiving from your gp.

More than one opinion is needed and this is why I do not support Psychiatrists because they are the Psychotherapist & Drug Prescriber and I honestly see a lot of them abusing their power & not actually attending to YOU – the patients needs. Your needs.

Two opinions are better than one – this is why I prefer both a GP & a Psychologist to help with both physical & mental reasons for a presenting condition.

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jenny asks…

How does an adult go about getting assessed for Asperger’s?

My boyfriend, his family, and I think he may have an autism spectrum disorder (probably Asperger’s). His doctor recommended he get checked for autism when he was a child, but his father was against it for whatever reason so he never got help, and he has been struggling with handling adult responsibilities lately. I want to try to get him some professional help, but I’ve been having trouble finding information for adults. How does an adult (he is 26) go about getting assessed for Asperger’s? Thank you!

admin answers:

He’ll need to find a psychologist or psychiatrist who specializes in autism spectrum disorders, and who doesn’t just work with children. His primary care physician may be able to suggest someone. There are not as many resources for adults looking for a diagnosis, but there are some professionals who are qualified to work with all ages.

The adult evaluation will be based on your boyfriend’s self-report, an interview with his parents (if possible), his performance on cognitive tests, and the professional’s observations of his behavior. He may also take a personality test and other tests to screen for issues like anxiety and depression. The assessment takes 4-5 hours, most of which is the testing. Most of the tests come from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, and they include things like memorizing strings of numbers, forming pictures with blocks, and defining words.

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Adult Symptoms of Autism

“Autism Spectrum” describes disorders that are often called “pervasive developmental disorders”. These include Asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett syndrome. Symptoms for these disorders include social deficits, difficulties communicating, repetitive behaviors, stereotyped behaviors and cognitive delays. The difference in the individuals with these disorders are in the severity experienced.

In your search to read more about the symptoms of autism in adults you encountered a lot of sights sponsored and supported by the pharmaceutical industry, who, at present, is quite alarmed that they might lose the battle against autism and Alzheimer’s to the alternative medical professions utilizing integrative modalities of care.

One reason people develop the symptoms of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) is because when they went to their regular doctors for checkups, and blood tests were performed, the doctors and laboratories that did the testing used normal ranges. What’s wrong with using ‘normal ranges’?

Doctors order blood tests all the time. What the normal range is on the blood test is based on the mean averages of the last 1000 people tested by the lab. But these people are not well and the ranges are too large. A more healthy range is a more narrow range…that is the optimum range. Had the doctors of these patients with alzheimer’s, before they had Alzheimer’s, told them that their blood values were less than optimal, even though they were barely within clinical ranges of normal, then they could have taken measures to correct these less than optimal blood values. A more stringent range encourages us to take healthy measures before we are stricken with an ailment as distressing as Alzheimer’s.

Often people’s values fall into the ‘normal’ range, they are told, “all is well”, and yet they feel chronically fatigued, not quite right, have anxiety and depression, or are beginning to have the cognitive symptoms of adult autism and they don’t know why…after all the blood test says there is nothing wrong with them. Then one day, John Doe dies of a heart attack and everyone thought he was doing fine.

Blood is a good indicator and in the work I do I use a more narrow range, a more stringent range. I make corrections BEFORE problems progress to a more serious state. With cancer now exceeding cardio-vascular as the major cause of death in the U.S. we have to react preventatively well in advance of major diseases. And with PDD on the rise in our youth and in adults we have to make blood and hair value corrections early enough to prevent changes on deeper levels – do nothing and health gets worse!

Adding a hair analysis to the equation makes good sense. It tells us about many items that are not usually tested in the blood. In the work I do I test for 52 items in the blood and 30 in the hair. The hair can show us which of 18 heavy metals have accumulated in our tissues. These heavy metals may be responsible for PDD and other ailments for which, as of yet, the regular medical profession says they do not know cures.

For those with adult symptoms of autism a urine and stool analysis should be considered as well. Constant depletion of nutrients from the body affects brain function. Heavy metals also have the ability to block chemical reactions in the body thereby depleting vitamin stores and causing the production of free radicals. Free radicals interfere with chemical pathways. The more we are unable to create all the molecules we need for normal function the more we are running on 3 cylinders!

Aluminum has been implicated in alzheimer’s. A hair analysis will show aluminum in the hair. The heavy metals and the essentials elements, mostly minerals, that the hair analysis will pick up, are an indication of what the body is trying to get rid of. The body uses hair to deposit unwanted substances. When aluminum is high in the hair it indicates that the body is doing well eliminating the aluminum but it also means that the aluminum shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

Dr. Thomas has 33 years of experience treating chronic conditions.

Treating chronic disease is a complicated and tedious work. Most physicians can only spend a few minutes with each patient as their clinic owners and hospital management force them to keep on the move. Dr. Thomas spends half an hour just explaining what tests will be done…then he spends an hour going over the test results with you and discussing nutrient cures. He also requests that you check in with him once a month for at least a half hour to go over your symptoms and to discuss your nutrients.

33 years experience has taught Dr. Thomas the value of quality care, personal patient/doctor interaction and just what is required to obtain lasting results.

Refer to my website for more information on this topic and to watch videos from the television show I do on Nutritional Medicines by Lab Analysis.

Adult Symptoms of Autism

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The Prevalence of Anxiety and Mood Problems among Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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McMaster University, Canada Peter Szatmari
McMaster University, Canada Susan E. Bryson
York University, Canada David L. Streiner
University of Toronto, Canada Freda J. Wilson
McMaster University, Canada Abstract The objective of this study was to report on the prevalence and correlates of anxiety and mood problems among 9- to 14- year-old children with Asperger syndrome (AS) and high-functioning autism. Children who received a diagnosis of autism (n 40) or AS (n 19) on a diagnostic interview when they were 4 to 6 years of age were administered a battery of cognitive and behavioural measures. Families were contacted roughly 6 years later (at mean age of 12 years) and assessed for evidence of psychiatric problems including mood and anxiety disorders. Compared with a sample of 1751 community children, AS and autistic children demonstrated a greater rate of anxiety and depression problems. These problems had a significant impact on their overall adaptation. There were, however, no differences in the number of anxiety and mood problems between the AS and autistic children within this high-functioning cohort. The number of psychiatric problems was not correlated with early autistic symptoms but was predicted to a small extent by early verbal/non-verbal IQ discrepancy scores. These data indicate that high-functioning PDD children are at greater risk for mood and anxiety problems than the general population but the correlates and risk factors for these comorbid problems remain unclear.

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Diagnosis and Definitions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

It is known there is no specific diagnostic test for Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the best way to get a diagnosis is to make a multi-disciplinary evaluation.

A psychologist or psychiatrist experienced with Autism Spectrum Disorders can make a diagnose for adults, and in what concerns children, they must be tested by a number of professionals, which will provide the needed information to make decisions about program and treatment approaches.

It was seen that the age of diagnosis ranges, depending on the circumstances from approximately 18 months through to adulthood.

Autism Spectrum Disorder deals with several labels, for example at an end of the spectrum there can be diagnoses like “Asperger Syndrome”, “High Functioning Autism” and “PDD-NOS”, and at the other end, we can find labels like “Autism”, “Classic Autism” and “Kanner Autism”. Several labels place people at different points of the spectrum.

We can say that the term Autism Spectrum Disorder is used because there is a great variation from person to person, which depends on the severity and combination of each area of impairment. It is known that together with Autism Spectrum Disorder may exist also other conditions or disorders, like speech and language disorders, anxiety and depression, intellectual disability, epilepsy, attention disorders, Tourette Syndrome and Down Syndrome.

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Usually, before the age of 3, in autism, clearly appear severe and sustained impairments in the social and communication areas. The child is observed as being different than other children, he is anxious, responds unusually to many different stimuli, has poor attention and motivation, and speech can be delayed or largely absent. The child can also have a range of ritualistic behaviours, like hand flapping, finger gazing or toe walking. It was seen that the child or adult with autism can be also intellectually disabled.

We can mention a loosely used term to describe a child or adult who meets the criteria for a diagnosis of Autism, but is not as severely affected as the more classically autistic person-High Functioning Autism.

Asperger Syndrome deals with severe and sustained social impairments, but the impairments in the language and communication area aren’t so severe. The speech develops within the normal age range, but effectively communication is impaired.

It was seen that the impairments become more evident as the child reaches pre-school and school age, being more subtle in the very young child.

There can also be given a diagnosis for children who present with some of the characteristics of either Autism or Asperger Syndrome, but not severe enough for a diagnosis of either of these conditions and this is Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

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Infant Signs Of Autism – Signs and Symptoms of Autism in an Infant Or a Teenager

Infant Signs Of Autism

Initial symptoms of autism are often noticed by a simple parents or caregivers, especially within the first 3 years due to the fact that any congenital signs of the disorder which are present at birth are difficult to identify or diagnosed during infancy. It is only when the child starts to exhibit signs of being disinterested in playing certain games such as peekaboo, or does not begin to talk when other members of his playgroup or age starts to talk that the parents will begin to worry. Infant Signs Of Autism

The parents will begin to be more apprehensive when their autistic child begins to lose his or her language skills after starting to talk for a while. This condition often confuses the parents, especially about the child’s hearing abilities. In many cases, the child with autism does not seem to be able to hear, but at other times, he or she may appear to hear some distant background noise.

However, against popular opinion, very few children with autism are completely unsociable, or live in a world of their own. With powerful and effective strategies and early intensive treatment, most children with autism can improve in relating to others, can communicate well and help themselves in coping as they grow older. Infant Signs Of Autism

As an autistic child moves into his or her teenage years, behavioral patterns will often change. While they will gain new skills or deepen old skills, most autistic children still lag behind in social skills such as relating to or understanding others. This places pressure on the autistic child as he or she moves into puberty and begin to recognize emerging sexuality.

It is during this phase of life that teens with autism are at higher risk of developing problems that may lead to anxiety and depression and in some cases epilepsy. We often hear of cases of autistic children dying not because of autism, but because of related difficulties such as death from injuries sustained during a fall because of an epileptic attack or an episode of epilepsy. In other cases, the autistic child may have a propensity to experiment with his or her sexuality and there are cases of self mutilation of the body, including banging of the head against the wall or hitting the arm against furniture.

It is important therefore to be fully aware of the autistic condition of a child or teenager and to take special precautions to enable the safety of the child or to provide a safe environment for the child with autism as he grows up. Don’t let your child suffer anymore! Lead your child out of his world through Infant Signs Of Autism program now!

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