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Question?: Schizophrenia Symptoms

Daniel asks…

What are some illnesses that have similar symptoms to Schizophrenia?

I’m just curious and this is not to offend anyone, but a lot of the symptoms of Schizophrenia sound like symptoms of other mental illnesses.
Since there is no proven way of diagnosing someone Schizophrenic, then what are some illnesses that could be mistaken for Schizophrenia?
You can be diagnosed with it but there is no way to prove for sure. They have to go by what symptoms a person has and assume, which I think is pretty much BS, because like the first answerer said, it could just be anxiety overload.

admin answers:

I am not an expert but I have known some people with schizophrenia and it truly is a distinct illness. There can be different kinds I realize but when people are hallucinating or being directed to do or think irrational things by their own thoughts it is not just anxiety. True schizophrenia is not BS is it a real illness. I know some illnesses are not as clearly recognizable and may be used for people inappropriately but I have never known schizophrenia to be like that. Unless you think the person is making up their symptoms for some reason. I think time is the greatest factor because unfortunately schizophrenia does not go away. Some people can be treated effectively with medication but many can’t and sometimes the meds loose their effectiveness or cause too many side effects. If you have someone in your life with this problem you should try to be supportive and be there for them however you can.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Toddler Girls

Laura asks…

Physical Symptoms of Autism?

If a child has Autism, does it affect his height or weight? Is a child with Autism more likely to be overweight?

Also, what type of problems of general health do people with autism? (heard one was Gaustro problems?)

And finally, how are Gross and fine motor movements affected by Autism?

admin answers:

Symptoms of Autism
From Lisa Jo Rudy,
Your Guide to Autism.
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All Autistic People Do Not Look Alike
There’s a saying in the autism field: “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” In other words: every person on the autism spectrum is unique, and one person’s set of symptoms is just that … One person’s set of symptoms! This is, in part, becaue autism is a spectrum disorder: you can be a little autistic or very autistic.
But there’s more to it. There are also a wide array of problems which are relatively common among autistic people – such as seizure disorders, gastrointestinal issues, mental retardation and mental illness. At this point, no one knows why these conditions are so common among people with autism spectrum disorders. It is possible that these additional conditions are indicators of different kinds of autism, each caused by a slightly different set of circumstances.

While the conditions listed above are more common among autistic people than among the general population, they are by no means universal among people on the autism spectrum.

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Social and Communication Symptoms
Most of the time, autism is suspected in a child or adult because of deficits or stereotyped differences in social and communication skills. Some examples of these differences include:
Delayed or unusual speech patterns (many autistic children, for example, memorize video scripts and repeat them word for word with the precise intonation as the TV characters)
High pitched or flat intonation
Lack of slang or “kidspeak”
Difficulty understanding tone of voice and body language as a way of expressing sarcasm, humor, irony, etc.
Lack of eye contact
Inability to take another’s perspective (to imagine oneself in someone else’s shoes
While many autistic people have terrific language skills, there are many who have no language at all. In between are people whose verbal skills are idiosyncratic: they may be perfectly able to talk, but have a very difficult time with conversation, small talk, and slang.
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Sensory and Motor Symptoms
A majority of autistic people are either hyper or hypo sensitive to light, sound, crowds and other external stimulation. Some have both hyper and hypo sensitivities. This often results in autistic people covering their ears, avoiding or reacting negatively to brightly lit areas, or – on the other hand – crashing hard into sofas and craving strong bear hugs.
While it’s unusual to find an autistic person who is obviously physically disabled as a result of the disorder, most autistic people do have some level of fine and gross motor difficulty. This often manifests itself in poor handwriting, difficulty with athletic coordination, etc. As a result, when autistic people get involved with sports, it’s usually in individual, endurance sports such as running and swimming.

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Personality Differences
While autistic people do differ from one another radically, it is fairly typical for people on the spectrum to:
Engage in repetitive behaviors and ritualized activities, ranging from lining up items to following a rigid routine,
Have one or a few passionate interests,
Have difficulty in making and keeping multiple friends,
Prefer activities that require relatively little verbal interaction.
It also seems to be the case – for as-yet-undetermined reasons – that certain interests are of particular interest to many people on the autism spectrum. For example, an enormous number of young children with ASD’s are fascinated by trains (and the Thomas the Tank Engine toy), while a great many older children and adults on the spectrum are very interested in computers, science, technology, and animals.

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The National Autistic Society, London, England. “Do children with autism spectrum disorders have a special relationship with Thomas the Tank Engine and, if so, why?” Research undertaken by Aidan Prior Communications. February, 2002.
National Institute pf Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders) A detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping. 2004
Greenspan, Stanley and Weider, Serena. “Engaging Autism.” Da Capo Press:2006.

Updated: May 21, 2007

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Question?: Schizophrenia Definition

Ruth asks…

schizophrenia? a definition for dummies of sorts?

recently i have become interested, in a way, with schizophrenia, mostly because a member of a band i like suffered from it. i was just not entirely sure what it was. i have ideas, but i was hoping someone could give a thoughtful, definition of it that will make it easier to understand for me.

admin answers:

My uncle has it. I grew up with him. Let’s start off my saying that it is NOT multiple personalities as a lot of people think. Most hear things and see things that aren’t there. There are different kinds of schizophrenia. My uncle has the paranoid type. So basically, he believes that somebody is trying to poison him even though nobody is. He smells everything before he uses it including: food, napkins, toilet paper. He’s afraid water has poison so he doesn’t take showers. It’s really an awful disease. So I guess the definition that I can provide would be truly believing something is true when it isn’t. Try watching A Beautiful Mind or Shutter Island.

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Autism Behavior – Ways to Beat The Summer Blues!

Given the nature of autism behavior, summer can actually be more difficult for kids with autism than most. In fact, many parents with kids who have autism dread the start of summer. Why? Summer wrecks with kids’ routine. Summer is full of endless days with nothing to do and no plan, no routine, no schedule. If there is one surefire thing you could possibly do to cause tantrums and bad autism behavior in kids with autism, it is to remove their schedule.

Beat the Summertime Blues

All year long, kids with autism can at least rely on a few simple things. The yellow school bus which takes them to school, their classes and activities during school, and the yellow school bus to take them home. Love them or hate them, at least they’re there. And having your day structured in some way, for a child with autism, is so much infinitely better than doing nothing.

So what do you do? Well, you have several options.

1. Extended School Year

Some schools will offer extended school year programs to those at risk for falling behind or those who need the extra enrichment and learning that extended school year programs provide. Many kids with autism need consistent learning or else they will start the school year way behind where they left off. They might even end the school year ahead, but they will forget all they learned during the summer and often regress without the structure that school provides.

Often, autism behavior that is problematic masks problems underneath – in this case, that the child needs more stimulation and engaging activities. Ask your special education teacher or principal about this option.

2. Summer Camps

There are, of course, also summer camps. There are dozens of different kinds of summer camps you could send your child to. Decide what is most important for you and your child. Do you want to work on social and communication skills in an autism focused environment? There are camps for that. Do you want to send your child to camp focused on his interests, such as a Lego camp, sports, or arts and crafts? There are camps for that.

Your local Town Recreation department usually has a selection of camps for kids in the summer at relatively low-cost. Often, they will even have summer camp programs designed for those with special needs. You can often get an aide to help your child participate in these activities. The key is planning ahead. Start early. Find out as early as possible in the year whom you will have to talk to and get permission from to get your child the services they need over the summer.

Doing so gives you the best chance of taking the negative autism behavior symptoms you often see in your child during the summer and turning them into positive ones.

Summer Camp Options

You can look at a site like autism.about.com/od/schoolandsummer/tp/camplistings.htm camps to find autism related summer camps that might be good for your child — or just talk to your local autism society chapter or doctor. Sometimes you can find a great program locally, and sometimes you have to travel for it. Such programs usually incorporate therapy, academics, social skills learning, fields trips and just plain fun into a smorgasbord for autism learning and increasing positive autism behavior.

3. Create a summer learning routine for your child

Learning does not have to stop just because school has. Many experts will recommend that you develop units of learning during the summer to enrich your child’s learning. In other words, make your home into a part-time school. Have theme weeks, such as learning about sea creatures with a trip to the aquarium. Learn about mammals and take a trip to the zoo. Take advantage of Internet lesson plans and learning resources.

Try to build a routine for your child over the summer so they will know what to expect. Designate some time each day for learning about a topic of interest to your child, then some time for an activity in the community like the swimming pool, the movies or a museum.

Community activities

The nice things about museums are they often free or low-cost, and some have special programs for kids with special needs. Kids’ museums in particular sometimes have autism only days where kids with autism and their parents can have the whole place to themselves. This means they won’t have to explain autism behavior to others and can be free to express themselves however they want.

Get into arts and crafts, or develop new hobbies. Summer is a time for learning and exploring interests that there wasn’t time for during the school year. Just make sure there is some routine to all this, and you’ll be all set. Your child will be enriched, happy, and you will see positive autism behavior (less or no meltdowns, more engagement) if you find a way to engage your child in a routine this summer.

And for further tips and techniques to help children with autism live a happy and fulfilled life, go to the web site AspergersSociety.org and http://www.autismparenthood.com/. There you will be able to sign up for the free Asperger’s and Autism newsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved ones thrive on the autism spectrum.

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Understand Autism to Help Autistic Children

Advance and regular medical science research has either removed or has an effective control over all kind of health issues except for autism which still persists in our world. So it become essential for parents and care-taker to first understand autism or sensory processing disorder, before helping their children or loved once, to overcome from stress from autism as far as possible. Since no specific treatment for this disorder is available, so all that we could do is to identify the level of autism and cooperate (through therapy) in accordance with it to help them to reach their potential….Everyday.

Symptoms of autism starts visible as early as, at the age of 12-16 months and develops into full intensity at the age of four; there are several things through which one can diagnose the symptoms of autism, such as:
Unusual physical or body movementDifferent kind of eating habitLack of interest and concentrationImpairments in communicationRepetitive behaviour

Only way through which we can handle autism is therapies, there are different kinds of therapy available depending upon the intensity of autism, thus it become important to identify the type of autism and choose therapy accordingly.

Some of the therapies that are helpful for children, suffering from autism are as follows:
Weighted Therapy: Research shows that weighted therapy helps a lot to keep autistic children calm and relax, and basically help them to control their physical movement. Weighted therapy could be in the form of weighted toys, weighted blanket, weighted lap pads or weighted lap animals.
Children Games:Providing therapy through children games, especially one designed for autism, is the best way to handle autistic children, as kids are attracted towards games so they learn fast and quickly through it, and it brings lot of change in their behaviour.
Relaxation Resources: Several relaxation resource are available in market, inform of book, CD’s and script, which could be easily used at home, school or in therapy room, to increase the concentration level in children and also it helps to make their behaviour stable and calm.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses a special chamber, sometimes called a pressure chamber, to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood for faster metabolism and it is also found that it also decreases neurological inflammation. Evidence based research has shown some improvement after autistic children undergoes some hours of exposure.
Sensory Processing measure: This tool helps in determining the complete picture of children’s sensory functioning at home, in school or in the community. Hence, it is advised to keep this tool kit handy with you, if you are related with autism treatment.

As there is no specific or known medicine is available for autism till now, so therapy is the best alternative for children suffering from autism. Secondly more care, love and attention should be given to autistic children as compared to their counterparts, and right strategies should be followed for each and every child depending upon their condition, so that they can reach their potential everyday with improved social understanding.

Kate Horstmann is an occupational therapist, who is consistently working in the field of children Autism, by helping and empowering Parents, teachers or therapist to help children struggling with autism through children games or evidence based therapies.

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Autism Ribbons Increases Awareness

We are living in societies, where we need to interact and communicate with people. We have certain responsibilities towards our society. You will see that there are many people, who are suffering from different kinds of diseases and are living extremely painful lives. You will see that diseases like cancer, HIV Aids and a number of such horrifying diseases have brought in darkness, in the lives of people. Similarly, the misery through which autism patients are going through has really brought people in the gloomy state of their lives. Autism is one of those diseases, through which children are suffering since many years. The symptoms of this disease start to become visible, when the child reaches at the age of 2 to 3 years old. Doctors have not been able to know any kind of permanent treatment for this disease, but they have been giving certain kind of therapies and medications, which helps in keeping this disease under control.

The treatment for autism is very expensive. Autism patients, who belong from well-off families, can afford to undergo from autism treatments, but poor patients cannot afford to bear such expenses. For all such patients, many charitable organizations are contributing their generous efforts. These organizations are using different ways of collecting and generating funds. Selling of fundraising merchandises is one of the most successful ways of collecting donations and funds from a larger segment of the society. Ribbons of different colors are being attached to different kinds of accessories and garments, which highlight the fundraising for specific causes. Autism ribbons are used to highlight the cause of raising funds for autism and for the patients of asperger syndrome.

All those people, who want to donate money, in order to help the patients of autism and asperger syndrome, they can purchase different things like bracelets and bangles, which have autism ribbon attached to them or engraved or can also purchase autism magnets, which they can use on their refrigerators or in cars, which will help in spreading awareness regarding to autism ribbons.

Autism awareness ribbon has acted perfectly in making people aware of their responsibilities towards their societies. Now more and more people are pushing those things, which come with autism ribbons attached to them. The aim of selling fundraising merchandises is to say thanks to those people, who donate money to charities, which is utilized in the treatment of patients, suffering from different diseases. There are thought provoking words printed on beautiful bracelets and bangles, which say thanks, help, love and care. These words leave an unmemorable impression on the hearts of the people, who donate money and in this way they keep themselves attached with such noble causes and activities. If you also want to show humane and generous behavior, towards autism and asperger syndrome patients, then you must purchase those items, which have autism ribbons imprinted or attached with them. In this way you will get to live with a feeling of satisfaction and contentment, for you have also helped the needy segment of the society.

http://www.fundraisingforacause.com is a fundraising organization for different causes, help us to spread awareness in the world with autism ribbons and autism awareness ribbon. We hope you have enjoyed this article.

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Looking at 3 Techniques for Treating Autism

There are many strategies for treating autism. Regrettably, there is not just one approach that can entirely get rid of autism, although there are a lot of different healing options that can help with the various manifestations and assist the person stricken with autism to communicated better. Considering the amount of different kinds of autism, the same therapeutic techniques won’t work ideally for every individual. The methods used to treat autism that we’ll be discussing here have been used successfully, though in some cases they are controversial.

One of the most controversial treatments for autism is chelation therapy. This is derived from the concept that autism takes place, at least in some situations, from toxins in the air, particularly from heavy metals like mercury. Chelation therapy embraces the use of medical aids that help the body free itself from these adverse components. This is usually done with IV injections of amino acids, and there are also dietary requirements to help the healing process.

This is a manner that people think is a back-up, and conventional researchers do not rely on it. What’s more, there have been stories of autistic people who have become sick or even died from the side effects of this technique. Anyone considering this course of treatment is advised to do research and proceed with caution.

Although a majority of expert say that autism cannot be cured, there is at least one program that says it can teach autistic people to live regular lives. This program is called Son-Rise and it uses plenty of innovative strategies to show autistic kids how to learn things and be around other people. This program is called Son-Rise and it works by using many different methods to explain to autistic children how to learn and socialize with other people. This program has a very useful concept in that it believes that a child can be happy and fit in with society, no matter how he or she originally started in life. This is a very debated position, because the main viewpoint about autism is that most programs can only manage the symptoms . The Son-Rise program has many good ideas set in place, but it is very time consuming and expensive for those involved, which makes it not a good fit for many people. However, it might hold the clue for how to treat autism.

For people with Asperger’s Syndrome, who are able to function fairly normally, certain types of treatment are possible that wouldn’t be for those with more severe types of autism. For people with Asperger’s Syndrome, who can function in a normal manner, specific kinds of treatment are probable that may not be for those that have more serious types of autism. For instance, those with Asperger’s can usually be helped with cognitive Behavior Therapy, which is a way to train people to have better and positive behaviour. In the case of autism, it can be helpful to learn new social skills, and to learn how to act in ways that others don’t find strange or off-putting. Therapy can help autistic people who function well recognize how they are wanted to act in everyday situations. New treatments for autism are proposed often as the research continues. The biggest difficulty in finding a universal treatment for autism is that no one is sure what causes it. In most cases, treatments for autism are aimed at giving children basic skills that enable them to learn, play and interact better than they otherwise could. These are only a few of the autism treatments currently in use.
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Autistic Disorder – One Term Many Meanings

Though autistic disorder is often thought of as a single condition, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in fact refers to five different kinds of autism. When most people think about autism, they’re only thinking about one type – the kind they saw in the movie Rainman – and don’t realize that this is only a fifth of the disorders to which autism truly refers.

The first type of autism is called Classic Autism. It’s also known as Kanner’s autism, or Kanner’s disorder after a doctor who researched the condition in the 1930s through the 1940s. Classic autism is one of the lower functioning forms in the spectrum, and is identified by its high level of social and communication issues. Children with the classic autistic disorder rarely interact with the majority of people. They often suffer from poor motor skills and frequently repeat actions and motions. They are also generally reluctant to make eye contact and may display temper tantrums when they experience a change in their usual routine or environment. Though some individuals with classic autism are completely verbal, many struggle to communicate through speech, and others cannot speak at all.

The second form of autism is referred to as Rett’s Syndrome. This type off autistic disorder is another low-functioning one. Rett’s is exclusive to females and often occurs in conjunction with mental retardation. Rett’s girls are typically impaired in their movements and will rarely communicate verbally. Studies have concluded that Rett’s is passed on genetically, though no hypothesis has yet to be proven regarding the reason that it occurs only in girls when all other types of autism occur in boys 75 percent of the time.


The third kind of autistic disorder is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Children with this form of autism often develop normally, or are diagnosed with Classic Autism or Rett’s Syndrome. However, the diagnosis changes with the speech and motor skill problems that accelerate. Regression occurs between the ages of two and four for an unknown reason, though it is suspected that it may be brought about by illness or types of surgery. This hypothesis has yet to be proven.

The fourth form of autistic disorder is Asperger’s Syndrome. It is easy to misdiagnose children with this disorder as they generally have better social and communication skills than other autistic children, but they still face limitations. It typically isn’t until these children begin school that these limitations start to become obvious. Children with Asperger’s often do very well with behavioral treatments and are able to exist quite well within a normal lifestyle when they begin these therapies as early as possible.

The last form of autistic disorder is also the most vague. It is called PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified) and is the diagnosis given to children who are believed to have autism but whose condition does not fit the typical definition of the other four types of autistic disorder. These children may have some symptoms that match some of the autism forms, but do not have a specific kind of autism that can be diagnosed.

Part of the understanding of autism comes along with the knowledge of where the disorder may have come from and what can worsen the symptoms. There are many different theories, including the impact that allergies can have on an autistic child.

For some autistic people and relatives of those on the spectrum the autism disorder classifications are two broad and there is a belief that effective treatments are unlikely to be discovered until the spectrum is broken down further. A common phrase within the autism arena goes like this…’when you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism’. This phrase highlights the diversity of symptoms and abilities of people grouped together under the spectrum umbrella and confirms the complexity of this disorder.
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