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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Causes

Chris asks…

Is the recognition of personality and neurotic disorders a good or bad thing?

I understand that its beneficial for people who need medication. The reason I ask is that my Mum reads a lot of psychology books and has a very good understanding of various psychomatic ailments, but I think because she knows so much about such illnesses and disorders she has tried to “label” me and my siblings in a sort of “psychological hyprochondriac” kind of way. I was diagnosed with depression and as having Aspergers syndrome when I was 10 and I think the Seroxat I was on for ten years may have caused further problems. Also, my brother is 9 and she has successfully had him diagnosed for Aspergers Syndrome and Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder – as far as I’m concerned has is a perfectly normal 9 year old. I’m just worried that my brother will grow up into the personality that she’s labelled him as like I did.
I am being ungrateful for my Mum’s help or do you think ignorance can be bliss with these sort of things?

admin answers:

The problem you’re describing is not with recognition of disorders, but their misdiagnosis.

That is, it’s a very good thing to be able to recognize disorders. Seeing them where they don’t exist, not so good, in fact, as you suggest, it can be harmful.

It’s not that ignorance is bliss, it’s that a little knowledge can be dangerous — that is, when it isn’t really knowledge, but is information being misapplied.

Wish I had some advice for you, but I really don’t know what to say.

I’m surprised that the people she took your brother to, who agreed with her “diagnosis” did so. I hope they know what they’re doing.

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Question?: Pdd Symptoms

Richard asks…

What illnesses are impossible to have a confirmed diagnosis on?

As I understand it, there are some illnesses out there that can only be diagnosed based on ruling out everything else. So my question is, what illnesses can someone have when all tests still show up normal?
Currently I’m studying medicine and as far as I know this is the topic after dehydration which we are doing now. I was hoping to get a little knowledge before hand but I haven’t got the books yet and the internet seems to be failing me? Thanks!

admin answers:

There are some diseases which can only be positively diagnosed after death and autopsies because there are currently no lab tests to use for positive diagnosis.

Parkinson’s disease and some of the parkinsonian conditions are a good example although that may change by the time you are out of med school. Look also at differential diagnoses.One problem is that the name Parkinson’s or Parkinson disease is actually a collection of syndromes with varying symptoms, rates of progression and differing genetic and environmental triggers. Not to mention the related parkinsonian conditions which may or may not be l-dopa responsive.

Lab tests are usually conducted in a suspected PD DX to rule out other conditions.

If doctors could recognize precursor symptoms of conditions such as PD, treatments and therapies might be started much earlier and that might delay onset of some symptoms and progression of others for considerable time.

Lewy body disease is an excellent example. Certain symptoms can overlap with PD and AD. Does a person have Parkinson’s disease with dementia (PDD)? Lewy Body disease? Alzheimer’s? Dementia? Other mental illness may be seen to manifest symptoms which can be associated with several conditions some emotional/psychological and some chemical imbalance.

There are many conditions which are very difficult to diagnose especially when they occur in infants as you can read at the link below. I”m not going to cut and paste since the article is quite clear with additional links.
Here’s a cardiac condition very difficult to diagnose:

Some conditions are simply difficult to diagnose in the early stages. The problem is that without a positive early diagnosis the patient risks death or other debilitating conditions. A simple example is appendicitis. Or how about the headaches or nausea associated with meningitis which are usually seen as the flu?

Diagnostics are very difficult simply because patients may need to go years back to find the precursor symptoms (PD is a great example) or be reluctant to tell the doctor embarrassing issues which they don’t think are related.

All patients should be encouraged to come to that first appointment (unless it is the emergency room) with a printed list of symptoms dating back several years if they still persist. And an extended blood relative family medical history plus a list of medications including OTCs which they have taken in recent.

Several autoimmune conditions are difficult to diagnose because they can be confused with another condition. Examples include Scleroderma and Lupus. Digestive disorders fall into the same category because symptoms overlap.

Oddly enough some of the cancers are also difficult to diagnose although I am still at a loss to understand exactly why. Breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer have been misdiagnosed as simply health issues for years.

Rare disorders are difficult to diagnose because most physicians simply aren’t familiar with the symptoms and assume other causes.

I think you would be better served with difficult rather than impossible. If the disease or condition has a name, someone has diagnosed it.

Listening is key.The difference between a teen and an infant is huge. One can tell you the other cannot communicate except to indicate pain. Knowing the questions to ask is so important. Telling patients to come with written lists is another.

Too often doctors rely on patients to provide the best clues. That isn’t always possible. Better diagnostic check lists would be of significant value. Diagrams could be included. Frequent revisions would be required.With a check list, the doctor is reading and thinking about both the questions and the answers and the patient is listening and responding.

Consider also that ‘impossible to confirm diagnoses” might actually refer to diagnoses which can’t be diagnosed by physical exam alone.

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Question?: Autistic Kids

Steven asks…

has anyone tried tranquil essential oil roll on for autistic kids?

I want to know if anyone has use the tranquil essential oil roll on for autistic kids to help them calm, relax them and help them concentrate and focus more? Also, what essential oil can I use to help my son sleep all night?

admin answers:

You probably know that tranquil is not an essential oil per say, but rather some companies custom blend of several oils that target focus and concentration. If you do use it, whatever it is (I did not look it up) use half the adult suggested amount. You should really go on the web and see if there are studies that tried essential oils for autism. One good place to start is vitasearch.com that has many many hundreds of clinal trials for many illnesses, and is written in easy to understand language. If you want something to help him sleep buy real Lavender essential oil and a plug in room diffuser like “scentball” from Earth Solutions.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Sandra asks…

What are your thoughts on the link between the MMR vaccine and autism?

I have concerns over the MMR vaccine. I haven’t done enough research to determine what I will do. Have you vaccinated your children…What are you thoughts?

admin answers:

Receiving the MMR vaccine is a risk for developing autism. It is not the only cause, but is often the last straw to a child’s body and brain after being weakened by other vaccines, environmental pollution, an unknown underlying genetic condition, etc. Etc.

My children are not vaccinated at all. They are 5 years and 17 months old. Neither one has gotten the measles or the mumps yet, and I wouldn’t know if they’ve gotten rubella because it is so mild in children it often causes no symptoms at all.

People didn’t used to be afraid of measles or mumps or rubella, before the vaccine. They were diseases every child got. Mothers would take their kids to other kids’ houses when they had measles, to get them infected at a convenient time or just to get it over with.

Even if your kids did get measles, mumps, or rubella, they would be fine. But the reality is, they have an extremely low chance these days of getting those diseases. The measles “outbreak” in the U.S. This year that was so highly publicized affected only 131 people in a population of over 300 million. Nobody died, only 15 people were admitted to the hospital, and nobody had any lasting health effects.

I don’t expect that my children will get measles or mumps or rubella. But if they do, they’ll be fine, and they’ll have immunity for life, whereas the vaccine does not provide lifelong immunity.

If you decide to not give the MMR, just read about the diseases and their home treatments. Read about what supplements help, such as vitamin A for measles. Research how Tylenol and other fever reducers make illnesses worse. Once you have the knowledge, you will feel secure in your decision.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Infants

Jenny asks…

If I had Spinal Meningitis Haemophilus Influenzae type B when I was an infant do I have anythin to worry about?

When I was around 18 months I had Spinal Meningitiss Haemophilus influenzae type B. They told my mother that I could possibly suffer from hearing and/or vision loss from the antibiotics used in during my treatment. I am now 22 years old and have not encountered any problems regarding this matter. The spinal meningitis I had was in fact bacterial. I was more just wondering if and when these hearing and/or vision loss could take place, if ever.

admin answers:

Meningitis causes brain damage and with that come loss of hearing and loss of sight which are actually quite minor side effects from meningitis when you consider all the other problems that people have once they have over come the disease.
If you were going to lose your hearing or sight it happens in hospital while you are being treated and not years down the track so to answer your question you are never going to be deaf or blind unless you end up with another illness that could cause these things.

Im am very happy you survived un like so many thousand of other people who don’t and if they do there left with very serious illnesses including blindness, deafness, seizures, autism, cerebral palsy, loss of limbs, loss of Speech, inability to walk and in some cases even move.
The list goes on and on.
You should be very happy and proud of yourself that you are okay and thank you mum everyday because it was her the noticed the symptoms and got you the treatment that saved your life.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 6 Year Old

Daniel asks…

Do you think many mental illness can be prevented in early childhood?

After teaching 3-6 year olds for several years and finding many childish attitudes to be corrected (such as obsessive compultion, hyper-sensitivity and hyper activity) I am wondering if there are many illnesses that cannot be controlled or prevented early before they continue and become a habit? Of course with extreme mental illness or physical brain damage, probably not, but I am wondering if many of the so called illnesses out there aren`t caused by children simply unable to mentally mature due to lack of training?

admin answers:

Theyve been teaching for years that there are two types of mental illness, the natural ones caused by defects in the brain, and the ones caused by external things. The theory that the caused mental illness rate is going up and is the real problem with mental illness in the world does seem to be gaining many followers.

Just look at autism. No one really knows the cause, but symptoms show up at different times leading to the theory that while it is generally thought to be genetic, it can also be caused by trauma.

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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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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Daniel asks…

For mental health problems are medications and therapy the only options?

Are there any other ways we can help disorders like schiznophrenia, OCD, autism and paranoia? Any home remedies?

admin answers:

These diseases are prevalent throughout our society, past and present.

Years past, they had special homes for the metally ill, commonly known as crazy houses or insane asylums.

Today, more of a mainsteam attitude is taken with people suffering from these mental disorders, so we see them living in regular homes, sometimes as many as four in a regular house.

Once considered misfits, today society takes a kinder view upon them, seeing where there are differing degrees of the illnesses, and trying to make adjustments whenever possible…so that some may actually return to do many functions regular people do.

When these disorders tend to make certain individuals homicidal or prone toward suicidal, then they should be isolated and kept in special care facilities with all around watch…similar to what hardened criminals go through.

When you get to know some, you realize their disorders could be common among just about everyone, and some may have had missfortunes that resulted in a mental handicap.

Homemade remedies do not apply.

What is needed is constant care and watch so that these people won’t do harm to others.

Most medications have side effects or can become adictive.

What should be done is have people trained in handling them with utmost care and attention, hoping upon hope that they can recover from their illnesses.

I know of many budding young corporations trying to find cures or effective treatments for disorders of the nervious system.

Perhaps one day will emerge better care for these unfortunate people.

Recalling the horror of VT, one sees where young Cho fell through the cracks of society and nobody was capable of taking charge of that individual before the unspeakable occured.

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Some Things About the Pervasive Development Disorders

The pervasive development disorders are a group of conditions, containing: autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Rett’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified.

Children with autism have problems in communicating and relating to other people, they have problems with the imagination and with the understanding of reality. In many cases, there can appear some degree of mental retardation.

The children with Asperger’s syndrome have average or above average intelligence, they develop normally in the areas of language and cognition, but they have problems with social interaction and communication, a narrow range of interests and often have difficulty concentrating and poor coordination.

The children with Rett’s syndrome have the symptoms mentioned before, but the also suffer the loss of many motor or movement skills. This condition affects usually girls, because it is linked to a defect on the X chromosome.

Childhood disintegrative disorder is a rare condition and children affected by it begin their development normally, but between the age of 2-10 many of the developed skills will be lost. Those affected by this illness may lose control of other functions, including bowel and bladder control.

Pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified refers to children that are too social to be considered autistic, but they still have some difficulty interacting with others, communicating and playing.

Children with pervasive development disorders can develop a lot of symptoms and the severity of them depends from case to case. Some general symptoms include difficulty with social interaction, understanding the reality, with verbal communication, problems using and understanding language, repetitive body movements or patterns of behavior. There can also be mentioned difficulty sleeping, aggressive behavior, and nervousness.


The cause of these illnesses is not known yet, but researchers are working on it. However, there were studies that suggested that these illnesses are caused by a problem with the nervous system, and there are studies in progress that are examining the structure and function of the brain in people with autism, to find out clues that will lead to a better understanding of these illnesses.

It is known that in 10.000 births, there appear 5-15 cases of children affected by these pervasive development disorders. The most affected are the boys, excepting the situation of Rett’s syndrome, which affects mostly girls.

In order to diagnose autism, if the symptoms are present, the doctor will perform a complete medical history and physical examination. Then, he will do some tests, like X-rays and blood tests, to see if there are symptoms that can show a physical disorder. If there isn’t found a physical disorder, the child is sent to a specialist in childhood development disorders which is trained to diagnose and treat the pervasive development disorders. The doctor analyzes the child’s level of development, speech and behavior, and often can ask the parents of the child, or other adults that are familiar with him about the symptoms that they found.

Because children affected by these disorders can have a large range of symptoms, the treatment must be adjusted to fulfill every child’s needs.

Treatment can include medications in order to treat specific symptoms, like anxiety, hyperactivity and behavior that may result in injury, there are also necessary therapies that increase the child’s functional abilities, and strategies for supporting positive behavior.

The result seen in people with pervasive development disorders varies depending on the type and severity of the condition, on the age when the treatment started and on the availability of supportive resources for the child.

There are being made researches in order to find out more about these conditions, to discover what is happening in the brain and to find better ways for diagnosing and treating these disorders, or even prevention and cure.

For more information about autism causes please review http://www.autism-info-center.com/signs-of-autism.htm or even http://www.autism-info-center.com/autism-symptoms.htm
For more information about autism causes please review http://www.autism-info-center.com/signs-of-autism.htm or even http://www.autism-info-center.com/autism-symptoms.htm
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Criteria for Asperger Syndrome

Asperger syndrome is a neurobiological illness that is part of a set of conditions called autism spectrum disorders. The name “autism spectrum” refers to progressive disabilities that comprise autism as well as other illnesses with comparable characteristics.

What it is to know with Asperger Syndrome?

Asperger Syndrome can be known and detected in many ways. One major criterion is the patient’s qualitative impairment in social interaction. This is revealed by the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye contact, facial expressions, body postures, and gestures to control social interaction. Other patients suffering in this disorder also fail to cultivate peer relationships fitting to their developmental levels. They also have lack of natural seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people and they also have the lack of social or emotional reciprocity.

How to identify if a person has Asperger Syndrome?

* Another major criterion to identify Asperger syndrome is the patient’s limited repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, likes, and activities.

* Patients have encompassing obsession with stereotyped and restricted patterns of interests that is abnormal in intensity and/ or in focus.

* They also have stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms like hand or finger twisting and flapping and whole body complex movements.

* They also have persistent obsession with parts of objects and are apparently adherent to specific, non-functional routines.

* The Disorder also causes clinically major impairment in the community, in work and in other important areas of functioning. However, there is no delay in language of children with asperger syndrome. In example, two year olds use single words to communicate while 3 year-old use communicative phrases.

* There is also no setback in the progress of self-help abilities, adaptive behavior, and curiosity about the surroundings in childhood.

These criteria sounds like there’s a significant difference in diagnosis between Asperger syndrome and High-functioning Autism, but the truth is, in the words of Asperger syndrome expert Dr. Tony Attwood, “the difference between them is mostly in the spelling.”

This is mainly the situation as children grow up and differentiations in language ability at the age of three become extraneous. When children with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism become teenagers, those distinctions have basically disappeared, making it very hard to differentiate amid the two diagnoses.

Help your Asperger child by giving them the support and love that they need!

Dr. John E. Neyman, Jr.Christian CounselorDr. John has reared 3 children, Philip, Laura, and Matthew. Dr. John has been teaching families for the last 30 years. He is a family coach that specializes in parenting. Dr. John’s motto is “Empowering parents to transform their homes.” Dr. John was a pastor for 25 years.Dr. John has been serving as a Counselor/therapist for 30 years. He is currently a Behavior Specialist Consultant and Mobile Therapist in Western PA. Dr. John also is the director /Owner of the Renewed Life Counseling Center. Dr. John is a bestselling author entitled Wake up Live the Life You love: Success and Wake up Live the Life You Love: Freedom.Dr. John has developed a strategy that parents are able to use immediately, and effectively. It is entitled Power moments with Your Children. It takes less than 1 minute to put a strategy into place. Dr. John holds degrees from Liberty University and Rochville University.Dr. John has a passion to teach principles that transforms lives. He has spoken to audiences from 4 to 4 thousand. Dr. John’s teachings are practical, pointed, and powerful.
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