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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Chris asks…

Society is concerned with children who have Autism, but is there not enough attention to children whose parent?

or parents might have Autism? Would this greatly affect the children’s upbringing, if a parent had Autism, which was undiagnosed, and caused them to act strangely

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Society does not pay enough attention to adults with autism, period. Adults with autism are a forgotten and underserved group, as if people think autistic individuals grow out of it or disappear from the surface of earth when they reach adulthood. Diagnosis, treatment, research, articles, educational material etc. Is pretty much all focused on children with autism and their parents.

Many autistic adults are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and some have been diagnosed in adulthood but still have nowhere to turn for help.

Some of those adults have children and some of them do not. Some of those who are parents have done a good job raising their kids, with or without support from others, and some have not been able to handle it as well. Autism varies so much between individuals that the upbringing by parents with autism varies a lot too. I know a few (diagnosed) adults with high functioning autism who have children and are doing a fine job raising them. I’m sure that there exist others who don’t deal with it as well though and I’m not sure what (if anything) is being done about that.

While the upbringing of children whose parents have autism may not necessarily be affected in a negative way, I do think society should pay more attention to it and be more prepared and willing to help if necessary. I think there is need for more supportive services for adults with autism, both those who are parents and those who are not.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Chris asks…

Why is there controversy over the Combating Autism Act? What does it involve?

Autism is not a mental illness, but a neuro-biological disorder. But I’m not sure what category would be best for this question. I hope placing it here in the mental health section does not offend anyone. If it does, I’d like to apologize.

Ok, what exactly is the Combating Autism Act, and why are many parents of Autustic children, and many Autistic adults against it? Will this act find ways to prevent children with this syndrome from being born, or will it simply spread awareness about Autism, and provide treatment so that Autistics can function with more ease in society?

Would this also apply to people with Aspergers? Also, what will this mean for adults who have gone undiagnosed for years, only to find out at 20, 30, and older they have an autistic spectrum disorder? Will they be ostracized even more if Autism is eventually gotten rid of in the future? I’m confused and interested in hearing both sides. Thanks.

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The Combating Autism Act is all about diverting funds to research a way to detect autism while the child is in the womb. There already is such a test for cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, and Down Syndrome. I cannot speak for CF or for SB, but I can for the DS. This sounds great, I know! I thought it was at first. My 5 yr old is autistic, and I would have loved to have known in advance that he had it, to have time to prepare, to research, to be more understanding from the start. What I learned though is that after this test for Downs was approved and in place, fewer babies were born with Downs, because the parents chose to abort the babies. A lot of us are seriously against the act because as parents of children with autism, we KNOW that even though our children have serious challenges and life isn’t always fun, our kids are so wonderful! They have moments that just blow you away, and can be so full of love. But, I can guarantee you that parents will not be told this when they test positive, and how unfair is that to abort a child with only hearing the scary, unknown possibilities? I took that stupid test for downs with my youngest child, and it came up positive, although I don’t remember the ‘chance’ they gave, but it was a high chance. I refused to take the amnio, because that can cause miscarriage and babies have been damaged from this. The specialist did everything he could to talk me into aborting my child, because of ‘how difficult it can be to raise a special needs baby’. If I wasn’t strong on my stance I probably would have aborted. How sad is that? My child didn’t have Downs! I found out that that test is not very accurate at all, that there is a high percentage of false positives. So, how many little lives were lost because of one-sided information and fear? It’s our fear that the same exact thing will happen with autism. Thing is, Autism Speaks, one of the biggest fundraisers for autism research, supports the combating autism act, so I don’t support them or any of the other high profile companies. If they would instead focus on testing these children AT BIRTH to determine if they had it, I would give them every dollar I have. But, I cannot and will not support a cause that ‘could’ basically cause a whole ‘type’ of people to be erased from the planet. Here’s a link for you to look at, it’s the one that started opening my eyes.


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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Lizzie asks…

I like to learn about autism, adhd, tourettes and trichotillomania. What is a good major/career choice for me?

Career fields/majors in helping children/adults with autism, adhd, tourettes etc. Not teaching them. Counseloring maybe.

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This really depends on how you want to help them, through treatment or research. If you are interested in research, major in neurobiology, biology, or neurology.
Or, if you are interested in treatment, you can major in a couple of things. If you want to become a neurologist or pediatric psychiatrist, you will need to major in pre-med. If you want to become a neuropsychologist or child psychologist, you will need to major in psychology or developmental psychology (you can specialize in neuropsych now or in grad school).
Any of these career choices would be appropriate.

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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?

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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!

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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?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Mark asks…

Can autistic children lead normal lives as adults?

My 3 y/o cousin was recently diagnosed with autism. He is high functioning, but not enough to be considered Asperger’s. He’s already getting treatment. How likely is it that he will be able to live a normal life as an adult? Like have a job and a family, and his behaviors and delays won’t be as much of a problem?
Lida – Even I know that’s not true. People with autism are PEOPLE, not monsters.

admin answers:

That’s hard to say because it really does depend on how high he is up on the spectrum, but one thing is for sure, it gets better as you get older. I have Asperger’s and now that I’m older no one would ever guess I have it, while when I was a kid I would be freaking out over my shoes not being put on correctly, crying in class, and had almost no friends. But I learned to cope with changes and emotions better and I’m WAY better at talking with people. Everyone is different though, his life may never be totally normal, but that’s not a bad thing, he can still have a fun and interesting life, best thing to do is help him with talking to people and making friends.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Thomas asks…

How do we stop junk food to save our new generation?

Junk food are sweet poisions. Children as well as adults too prefer it because of taste, avaibility, low price etc.causing non curable deseases, hyper tention. We have to go seriously for prevention prior to cure.

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This is a very excellent question and is not easy to answer. The biggest problem we face is big business is being supported by our government in a very destructive way. Money doesn’t talk, it screams!

Junk food is just the tip of the iceberg. As a nation, we have been fooled by marketing hype that has created a belief that modern medicine is going to save us from all diseases if we could just put enough money into it to develop the magic pill that will cure cancer. Imagine what could be done if the same billions of dollars that have been wasted could have been spent on developing high quality organic food and a distribution system of getting this food to people that have learned how to prepare it for health.

The so called health care system is a joke. It dictates to doctors what they can charge and what treatments they can use, doctors are nothing more than pimps now for drug companies that are receiving billions from our tax dollars for drugs they are making billions on.

The CDC put out a report in 2005 that states that 53% of all Americans are chronically ill. That should create a wake up call, but no one seems to care. 30% of all Americans are OBESE and by 2015 it is estimated that 42% – 50% will be OBESE. 70% are over weight. 75% of all Americans die of heart disease. 1 in 2 men are getting cancer. 79% of all male children are getting autism. 1 in 7 women now get breast cancer. Our life expectancy is going down, not up. We now rank 24th in the world for life expectancy. 23 countries in the world have people that live longer than Americans. Europeans come here to get drugs because they are made stronger here in America.

Our food supply now has 50% less nutrients in our food than we did just 25 years ago. Thanks to Monsanto and other large corporations that bought up most of the seed companies in the world, they are genetically engineering over 40% of all food sold in grocery stores now and thanks to the FDA, they are not being labeled. This means that there is no way to trace the problems and we have now lost the ability to determine what diseases and maladies are being caused by this genetic engineered garbage. The head of the FDA is an ex-Monsanto executive. Is that a surprise? NOT.

Why has our government allowed our medical health follow the allopathic way of medicine? Doctors have no clue of how the body works and I have seen so many people being damaged by the drugs being prescribed, hospitals making big mistakes and simple procedures that used to be followed in regard to just being sterile are not being followed. So many people are getting bacterial infections in hospitals today that it is almost epidemic.

To change all this is not going to be easy. If people demand quality food and stop buying insecticide laden, genetically engineered, poor quality foods, that would be a start.

Education is also important. Many people are starting to speak out on this and I believe it is going to really challenge the medical profession to make some changes. I only hope it will be not too little, too late. Our children are the ones that are going to suffer.

I believe we need to demand that good nutrition be taught in schools and parents need to be brought into these discussions and not just teaching the children.

***** Humorist for you —- you are ignorant and have chosen to buy into the marketing hype being jammed down American’s throat. You need to look at the statistics, examine the escalating health problems that are directly related to corporations, like Monsanto, that is destroying our food supply. Go to the web site: www.thefutureoffood.com Spend $20 and buy the DVD and watch it. This DVD shows how 4 companies have bought all the seed companies in the world and are altering them for profit, not health. You will see why the European Union, Japan, Mexico, and many, many other countries are refusing to buy American food now. Why the American farmer can only make a go of it, if subsidized by our government. This is not some waco documentary, but an extremely well put together one that will change your ideas of what is happening. Did you know, for instance, that the U.S. Patent office is now allowing the patenting of life! Wherever the gene goes, the company can sue for patent infringement. Farmers all across Canada, many states in the U.S. Are being sued now for patent infringement. It is simply incredible.

Good luck to all of us

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Question?: Autistic Symptoms

Richard asks…

Are vaccines linked to autism in ADULTS?

I know there might have been cases when kids who were vaccinated regressed in growth and developed autistic symptoms. But, what about adults? If a 20-year-old gets the swine flu vaccine, for example, are they likely to develop symptoms of autism as well?

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There is ZERO link between autism and vaccines: http://factsnotfantasy.com/vaccines.html

I just wanted to share this link and give thumbs up to the other posters who have shown a connection to the rational world. Here is a direct study by the way: http://www.factsnotfantasy.com/2009/10/new-study-on-autism-its-not-vaccines.html

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Sandy asks…

Can autistic children lead normal lives as adults?

My 3 y/o cousin was recently diagnosed with autism. He is high functioning, but not enough to be considered Asperger’s. He’s already getting treatment. How likely is it that he will be able to live a normal life as an adult? Like have a job and a family, and his behaviors and delays won’t be as much of a problem?

admin answers:

As an adult, he should be able to function absolutely fine. He may need to go to a doctor once every while, but other than that, it shouldn’t affect him getting a job or getting married in any way.

The only area he may find difficulty in is in public school and making friends. Fortunately though, it normally doesn’t bother autistic children, so it shouldn’t be an area of concern.Although He will probably go to a school specially for kids with autism anyways, so he should be fine with school.

So he will almost definitely be absolutely fine with all aspects of life, and the fact he is getting treatment early makes it even better, and it will have even less of an affect.

I hope the best for you and your family 🙂

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Autism in Adults – Three Employment Job Tips

One of the biggest worries when you have autism in adults is what their future is going to be like. Will they be able to work? Hold down a job? While this question is obviously very different for each person, there are some guidelines to help you answer this question.

The level of job will obviously depend on their skill and functioning level, but here are some ideas for autism in adults where the adult is at the lower end of the functioning level. They still have skills to use, but they have many challenges as well.

1. Use their skills and interests

Most adults with autism have skills that can be capitalized on in a job. Do they have a need for order, and like to line things up a lot? Teach them how to file, and see if they can get a part-time job in an office.

Perhaps food is an interest, but you’re not sure what jobs in a restaurant an adult with autism would be capable of. See if they can get a job delivering flyers for a local pizza place — something low stress and with little interaction with other people — or cleaning tables of their favorite eatery. Using interests is always a good way to encourage motivation when working with autism in adults.

2. Take advantage of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The folks at these centers are usually great at pairing up people with disabilities with jobs. One of the most useful things they can often do is offer the use of a job coach when working with autism in adults.

A job coach will shadow your adult with autism on the job and give them instruction or reassurance when they need it. After the person gets more comfortable and used to the job, the job coach is often faded out — but not always. Sometimes, Vocational Rehabilitation can provide paid internships of a sort. The adult with autism gets experience being trained in some area, and the business contributes part of the pay while Vocational Rehabilitation contributes the rest.

The people at Vocational Rehabilitation have lots of connections with employers all over your area, some that you may not have even heard of. They know which employers are likely to work well with working with autism in adults, and which aren’t. They know who to talk to, and what to ask for. Say, for example, there is a job that you think would fit your adult child with autism really well, except for a few things they aren’t able to do. In a regular job situation, they would just show you the door, but Vocational Rehabilitation can often negotiate for a modified job position that more closely fits the abilities and needs in regard to autism in adults.

There is often a wait list to get services from Vocational Rehabilitation, but it is worth it. Google Vocational Rehabilitation for your local area or look for it in the social services section of your phone book.

3. Know what jobs are a good and bad fit

Take for example working the counter of a fast food restaurant. You have to take orders very rapidly, and be good at operating machinery, like the cash register, at a very fast pace. That would be overwhelming for a lot of adults with autism. Their processing speed is not that fast. Things get backed up in their mind, and it can cause meltdowns, even if the task is simple.

Instead, choose something that is slow-paced or can be done at the person’s own pace. This often works very well when working with autism in adults. Perhaps, something that can be done on the sidelines?

Like to be outdoors? Maybe working as a cart attendant, putting back grocery carts, would work. Others may get bored with the job, but an autistic person’s need for order may make this job appeal to them.

Perhaps putting stock on shelves? If the job is relaxed about the pace, may also appeal to the sense of order and everything in its place which is often a strength of adults with autism.

Think about what attributes are most prominent in autism in adults, then try to think of a job that uses those skills or attributes. But try to avoid anything, again, that is fast paced or requires too much interaction with people — a little is okay, a lot will probably be overwhelming.

If you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to finding jobs that work when working with autism in adults.

And for further tips and techniques to help an adult with autism gain employment and live a happy and fulfilled life, go to the web site http://www.aspergerssociety.org/. There you will be able to sign up for the free Autism Newsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved ones thrive on the autism spectrum.

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