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Question?: Autistic Disorder

David asks…

Autism reported to get worse with a patient?

I have been talking to care staff that work with an autistic man, who is siad to be getting worse autistically.

The mans mother claims that in the past, he was able to ride a bike, go out for walks, run, play and so on when he was a child.

However, his mother claims that it is because he is on medication today and that this is why his behaviour has got worse with time.
She would like him to come off medication.

His dose of medication has been reduced, but not much of a behaviour difference has been observed by the staff.

As I understand it, AS and Autistic disorder remains unchanged in its magniture through out life. But there are variables that can make its effects more or less noticable, such as adolescence and becoming an adult.

In many cases, as such people grow to become adults, I hear reports of a decline in such behaviour.

Can this condition become more or less severe in terms of brain structural damage?
If so, why?

admin answers:

Autism is not caused as a result of brain damage. Scientists are still trying to make a determination of cause, but they think it is probably a genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors. There are degrees of severity. Many people on the autism spectrum are not mentally retarded. However deficits in communication and social skills make it seem as if they are developmentally challenged.

In my career as a special education teacher, I have observed that puberty DOES present behavior challenges to people on the autism spectrum. But then again, been around any typical kids going through puberty lately? *grin* Puberty can adversely effect the best of us. The issue is just compounded when the person has severe expressive and receptive communication problems.

Some questions you may want to ask are:
Does this person have preferred activities (puzzles, movies, lining up books, etc.)? If so, are these activities built into his daily schedule? Does he have a visual schedule over which he has some control (during a free time activity period, can he choose from 2 or 3 different things)? During his day, does he participate in meaningful age appropriate activities (helping pick up trays, sweeping the floor, straightening books or magazines, etc.)? A visual prompt system may be necessary for his participation in meaningful activities, such as a sequence of pictures showing scattered magazines, then hands picking up those magazines, then a neat stack of magazines.

Basically, any person, no matter their disability level, needs to have scheduled periods of useful activities interspersed with fun activities throughout their day. The challenge is two-fold: finding something useful they can do successfully, and discovering what it is that they consider ‘fun’.

Thanks for being concerned and willing to help a fellow human being. Good luck and best wishes!

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Question?: Autistic Disorder

John asks…

Autism reported to get worse with a patient?

I have been talking to care staff that work with an autistic man, who is siad to be getting worse autistically.

The mans mother claims that in the past, he was able to ride a bike, go out for walks, run, play and so on when he was a child.

However, his mother claims that it is because he is on medication today and that this is why his behaviour has got worse with time.
She would like him to come off medication.

His dose of medication has been reduced, but not much of a behaviour difference has been observed by the staff.

As I understand it, AS and Autistic disorder remains unchanged in its magniture through out life. But there are variables that can make its effects more or less noticable, such as adolescence and becoming an adult.

In many cases, as such people grow to become adults, I hear reports of a decline in such behaviour.

Can this condition become more or less severe in terms of brain structural damage?
If so, why?

admin answers:

Cosmic… The question wasn’t regarding a child, but an autistic MAN who, I’m assuming, is in a group home.

You didn’t state if this is a new medication or he’s been on it awhile. If it’s a fairly new med, first of all why is he on it? Second, maybe it needs to be lowered more? Or, a different one tried. All of these can affect change in any individual,so they really need to be thought about for the individual, not just as the group as a whole. Asperger’s and autism CAN and often do change throughout the person’s life, depending on what is being done with that person. As they mature, they can learn to live with it better, some even covering it up better. But because it affects them socially and emotionally, the way it affects them can change depending on their situations. For my son, I notice changes in him if he’s sick or getting sick, too tired, hasn’t been stimulated enough sensorily, or he’s been over-stimulated. Those are just a few of the things that bring about temporary change. Long-term changes can be (in terms of improving) brought about through working with the individual, helping them learn self-control, etc. Problem is, as an adult, they’re usually not as open to change and won’t cooperate with it, so typically there is ‘less’ change when they hit adulthood. Now, in terms of regression, what is his day like? Is anyone trying to stimulate him, or engage him in his world, or are they just leaving it up to him? He might be going through a rough spot like we all do, not feeling motivated enough to do the things he was doing. If that came about after starting the meds, I would say his mom is right. So, really you have to look at the things leading up to his regression, what is being done to try to help him out of it, and how responsive he is. Maybe his mom could try getting him to do these things. Really, even though he’s autistic you’re still dealing with an individual personality who is going to have ups and downs. It’s just that with autism, they’re usually much more pronounced, more severe. In terms of brain structural damage, what has he been exposed to? I’ve seen with my son that changes in diets, changes in chemicals that he’s exposed to, will drastically affect him. Check to see if the cleaners used to clean around the facility have been changed or increased in the amounts being used. Maybe a new employee is using too much of something, and that’s affecting his ability to function. I realize this isn’t actually structural damage, but these things drastically affect how they function, their ability to process.
Hopefully this gives you some different things to look at to find the culprit. I’m hoping this facility is respecting the mom’s wishes, though, if the only deciding factor ends up being the meds?

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Question?: Schizophrenia Stories

Robert asks…

Can you have schizophrenia without hallucinations of any kind (auditory and visual)?

And perhaps some personal experience stories with schizophrenia in the responses? My brother has it apparently and Im trying to get as much information on it as possible. Thanks in advance.

admin answers:

In theory yes, it seems.

According to the Diagnostic Manual, you need at least two of these. Since there are five primary criteria, it is technically possible-

-Delusions
-Hallucinations
-Disorganized speech, which is a manifestation of formal thought disorder
-Grossly disorganized behavior (e.g. Dressing inappropriately, crying frequently) or catatonic behavior
-Blunted affect (lack or decline in emotional response), alogia (lack or decline in speech), or avolition (lack or decline in motivation)

However, in practice, it is extremely unlikely to get a diagnosis of schizophrenia without some kind of hallucination or delusion.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Carol asks…

Do you vaccinate your children or not? Did you research this decision or did you just follow the doctor?

And what helped you come to your decision?

This is not to start a debate, I am just looking to see how people made their decisions.
My loser ex is the father. Why did I get back in bed with him? Because he was my first love and the person I lost my virginity to, and I still loved him at the time. Does that answer your question?

admin answers:

We began vaccinating our oldest in 2000. The info out there are thimerisol wasn’t main stream yet. I did delay but he was a preemie. We stopped after he had severe adverse reactions including most of the following:
http://www.nvic.org/reportreaction.aspx
Notice that the majority of these adverse reactions are symptoms of autism. And yes, my oldest does have an autistic spectrum diagnoses, and ADD. Nobody, including a number of specialists believe my son had autism prior to the injury after viewing videos of his engaging eyecontact, typical speech, lack of repetitive behaviors, outgoing personality, ability to follow commands and so forth. Notably, my son began crawling at 7 months, sitting, walking at 12, talking at 12, had 50 word vocabulary by 15 months and then regressed. He couldn’t sit, talk, wave, point, hold eyecontact, stand, walk, point and began headbanging. This lasted till 28 months when he began walking and sitting again. He began talking again at 4. Thank god we had sense enough to stop vaccinating, and he is high functioning because of that fact. Many kids we have gone through intervention with that were the same functioning level continued to vaccinate, and decline, and none that I have met have done a 180 like he has.

At the time of his reaction, his uncle, my husband’s brother, his colon ruptured. He had developed severe gastroenteritis diagnosed colitis. He is the only sibling to have any bowel disease, and his colon ruptured at age 23. All his other 4 siblings are too old to have gotten the combined MMR and they are all fine. He however is severely disabled. He has pancreatitis, and insulin dependent diabetes. He is incontinent of stool. They built a pouch out of his small intestine. It leaks. He bleeds out, and is severely anemic. He can’t work. He wears depends 24/7. He wishes he were dead everyday.

-Cancer is caused by vaccines so is diabetes (Classen and Classen and the hib).
-Measles kills 1:1000 so statistically 1 person every 10 years, much lower than the 72 dead from the measles vaccines listed on the gov’t site that is since 1988, so the vaccine is killing 10x more often than the disease.
-in ten years, should the herd immunity be in danger if vaccines fall below 85 percent compliance (currently they are 98 percent) then I am certain there will be green vaccines, vaccines in single dose vials, and titers drawn to be certain of immunities, and routine allergy testing. Do all that, and many non vaccinators would vaccinate.
-ingesting in the GI tract, mercury from fish, or chemicals in antibiotics or even drugs is not the same as injecting into the bloodstream.

Wow, I have never been called the Greek physician Hippocrates before!

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Question?: Autism Signs In Infants

Richard asks…

How many vaccinations / shots should a baby get?

I am a mom of a 5 month old boy and every 30 days he gets vaccinated. in some cases 3 vaccines per shot. My mom has been telling me that when i was born i was only given not more than 10 shots. I also saw Larry King and Oprah’s interview with Jenny Mccartney about autism and its link to shots. I dont know what else to do.

admin answers:

If you are uncomfortable with the number of shots he’s getting there is NO reason you can’t space them out and not allow the doctor to give him more than one per visit. You can also selectively vaccinate, which means doing your research on the vaccines and only giving him the ones you feel are really necessary. The Hep B shot in my opinion has no business being given to an infant at all unless they have someone else in their household with the disease. Hep B is an STD, passed only by blood or bodily fluids, and the shot is only good for about 10 years which means that by the time your child might be engaging in unprotected sex or IV drug use (unlikely he’ll do so before the age of ten!) there is no reason to give him this vaccine, which comes in 3 shots. Other illnesses like Chicken Pox and Rubella are usually so minor that the risks associated with the vaccine far outweigh the risks of the illness itself.

They do not have to have any vaccines to go to public school, this is a common misconception. Every single state in the nation has an exemption. All you have to do is sign a piece of paper and they have to let them in school. No vaccines are truly “required” because it’s fairly easy to get around them.

I would read The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears and do extensive research yourself on each vaccine and decide whether you really want to give it to your child or not. If you’re ever unsure about one, decline it until you know enough about it to make a decision. Don’t let the doctor pressure you into something you’re uncomfortable with. Your child is not going to die if they get the MMR at 2 1/2 years instead of 2. You can always give them a vaccine later or go by a different schedule than your doctor recommends – but you can’t take it back if your child has a reaction. Remember that you and only you are responsible for making decisions regarding what is put into your child’s body. No one else can make you do something you are uncomfortable with.

We are not vaccinating at all. (And I’m certain I’ve done more research on what’s in vaccines than any doctor we’ve been to, so this is not an “ignorant” decision.) I’m not against the idea of vaccinating, but the drug companies have made no effort to make them safe and remove the ingredients that are known (by the FDA and EPA’s own admissions) to be toxic to human beings, including formaldehyde, mercury (which is still in several vaccines despite orders to remove it), aluminum, antifreeze, neomycin and aborted human fetal cells. I’d rather my child had to deal with a highly treatable and temporary illness like measles than had to live the rest of their life with autism, neurological damage, asthma, diabetes, or died from SIDS which has a strong link to the DPT shot.

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Decline In Vaccinations Of U.S. Children After Publication Of Now-Refuted Autism Risk

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UC health economics research has found that publication of perceived risk linking the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine to autism in the late 1990s seemingly led to declines in the vaccination rate of children. This despite the fact that later studies refuted the existence of an MMR-autism link.

New University of Cincinnati research has found that fewer parents in the United States vaccinated their children in the wake of concerns about a purported link (now widely discredited) between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism.

Lenisa Chang, assistant professor of economics in UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business, found that the MMR-autism controversy, which played out prominently in the popular media following publication in a 1998 medical journal, led to a decline of about two percentage points in terms of parents obtaining the MMR vaccine for their children in 1999 and 2000. And even after later studies thoroughly refuted the alleged MMR-autism link, the drop off in vaccination rates persisted.

For her study, “The MMR-Autism Controversy: Did Autism Concerns Affect Vaccine Take Up?” to be presented during the 4th Biennial Conference of the American Society of Health Economics June 10-13 in Minnesota, Chang examined data from the National Immunization Survey from 1995 through 2006 to gauge parents’ response toward the vaccine-autism controversy.

Interestingly, in the aftermath of the controversy, Chang found that the higher a mother’s education level, the less likely a child was to receive an MMR vaccination. In other words, college-educated mothers were less likely to have their children vaccinated than were non-college education mothers. This may be due to the fact that more educated mothers have better access and/or more quickly absorb medical information available in the media.

After epidemiological studies refuted the MMR-autism link, the difference in MMR usage by mother’s education level persisted and became more pronounced in 2003, 2004 and 2006, possibly as previous negative information received more weight than positive information in the parental decision-making process on whether or not to vaccinate.

She also found that the controversy, begun with the publication of research (later discredited) linking the MMR vaccine to risks for autism in “The Lancet” medical journal, seemingly had a spillover effect to other vaccines – such as polio or other measles-containing vaccines – likely as a result of concern for safety over the MMR controversy.

Chang says the decline is a significant decrease and attributes the spillover effect to parental concerns.

“The spillover effect I find on other vaccines such as polio and, to a lesser degree DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), could be partially ascribed to general safety concerns toward all vaccines that stemmed from the MMR controversy, but other factors might be at play as well,” Chang says.

In other related work, Chang is researching the effect on immunization rates of state mandates that require insurance companies to cover childhood vaccines.

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