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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

David asks…

If my little guy start taking meds for ADHD but hi TS tics still remain, what are the options?

Both my son and I have adhd symptoms (he’s diagnosed but I’m not). We both have tics and the people who diagnosed him said that this was just the ADHD but I do not think so. I was not too impulsive as a child yet I had tics, and my boy can call out something or screech even when he is in a relatively calm state (so it is not about regulating states of mind as I am told the cause is).

Any how, I am not getting excited about the prospect of giving him medication as I am not sure it will affect the tics and I wonder If they will be more noticeable then.
For example, he is happy being daft an making silly noises but he finds it easier to play the fool as he doesn’t have to explain outbursts. When he has to be sensible or is feeling sensible and something pops out he smiles and apologizes but in quite a shy way and sometimes looks embarrassed.

I would honestly let him keep being the class clown rather than him feel embarrassed. But are there other options that can work for TS and ADHD together?

admin answers:

I am not in favor of giving children medicine if there is any other options. I too would think that his problem is more likely explained by the TS and yes, the medicines can cause the Tics.

I would go for a second opinion, either from a psychiatrist or neurologists that has a reputation for dealing with children and TS. It may still mean he needs a medication, but maybe there is a more appropriate one.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Laura asks…

Why do I flap my hands all the time?

I am a 23-year-old male and have had a habit of flapping/wringing my hands when excited, or thinking about something that just ‘makes sense’ so to speak. I do it many times throughout the day.

I was assessed as having ADD when I was 14, but any suggestion of Autism or Aspergers was flatly rejected by the team of professionals. I have observed this trait in Autistic kids and teenagers before with a mix of humour and concern.

Can anyone shed some light for me? Thanks.

admin answers:

It could just be that you like flapping your hands. Not every case of hand flapping alone is autism. ADD has a lot of symptoms shared with autism. If you are really worried about this I would say seek a second opinion from a different group of qualified professionals whose expertize is autism spectrum disorders. Go to the appointment armed with all the behavioral and supportive information you can remember from your youth.

If you are hand flapping but have no other socialization issues, co-ordination problems and other challenges associated with autism be glad. You might have a very slight case of autism but, if hand flipping is the only thing that adversely affects your life then feel lucky dude. I got the full deluxe version of autism. I am 49 years old with few friends. I did not manage my antisocial issues well enough to work among people in a paying job till age 41. I live in the community but ever day is a total struggle. I do not do many things as so called normal people do. I hate being touched, I hate eye contact, I collect odd things and have odd interests. Now trust me I love my life even with all its flaws so I am NOT asking for noe do I need anyones pity. I am just sharing a bit of what the full autism experience looks like day to day.

So even if you have autism feel happy that you did not get the deluxe version I got. Even if you have autism so what. You just focus on being the best person you can be, that should be your lifes mission. If you have autism then you will be a successful autistic. If you do not have autism then you will be a very unique normal person. If you have autism symptoms in addition to the hand flapping you felt were overlooked thats another story. However in closing if hand flapping is the only issue that stands out in your life it really should not concern you. Mark the hand flapping down as one of your fascinating quirks and live life.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

John asks…

My nephew was just tested for autism?

My sister in law was so upset by the results the Dr. gave. I have 2 questions. The Dr. said my 21/2 year old nephew was only testing at a 7 month old level so she could not diagnose him with Autism, Why? Also what can I do for my sister in law to help ease her mind? They have been through so much already, I honestly think she would be happy to put a medical name to what her son has, but she still gets down and out sometimes. Thanks for your answers!

admin answers:

Well for me, its important that he is getting the treatment he needs regardless of the “official” dx. A lot of therapies used to treat autistic children and to treat children developmentally behind are similar. I agree to get a second opinion. For our son, one of the first indicators he had autism was him testing at a 9 month level in certain areas when he was 2 1/2. However it can take months or even years to get a dx. Try and educate yourself about what specific symptoms he has and work on those. But I completely understand about wanting a dx. It does help ease your mind in a way once you have a name to go with it.

As a side point, to the above poster who saw the 3 docs. The last one who said that autistic children won’t test differently— is completely wrong. In fact that should point more towards autism. Autism affects social interaction so taking language out and she is testing higher is a huge indicator that autism should be more looked into. My son who tested at a 9 month level when language was involved, could test at a school-age level when he was tested with pictures instead of questions. One of the main treatments for autism involves picture boards- because language is such a difficult thing for them. There are entire websites/books/therapies devoted to reaching autistic children with modified means of communication. That doctor needs educated himself.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Treatment

Sandra asks…

What are the potential consequences of a misdiagnoses? Have you experienced it?

I am battling whether or not I have Aspergers Syndrome. It is a “high-functioning” form of autism. I am taking steps to get a diagnoses or even better a confirmation that I don’t have it. I have two fears. First, that I have this “disorder”. Second, that I may be misdiagnosed with having it. I’m still in between denial and acceptance and I’d rather have truth.

admin answers:

Being misdiagnosed can have you getting treatments you do not need and it may cause you to not make any progress,sometimes can affect your self esteem and how you see yourself.i was diagnosed with aspergers many yrs ago and people treated me like i was never going to be able to function in the community,but i am now 41,married,have been employed for 4 yrs,also have my GED.if you feel you have been misdiagnosed,get a second opinion,so this way you can get properly diagnosed and the help you need.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Adults

Thomas asks…

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

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

admin answers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

Maria asks…

Question to people who know about asperger syndrome?

I was diagnosed with asperger syndrome when I was 4. For much of my early child hood I ticked many of the boxes for asperger‘s. Now I’m 14 and I’m starting to have doubts. I don’t tick much of the boxes at all now and I’m wondering if I’ve been mis-diagnosed. I’m a very sociable person now and I function very well in social situations. Is it worth bein tested again or should I just trust what the doctor said when I was 4?

admin answers:

Alex,
You were only 4 when there was a diagnosis.

It is always good to have a second opinion. It does not hurt. I would go to another doctor that does not know your history and describe to him/her what you mention here.

You might not need a doctor. If it does not interfere with your daily life and you feel you don’t have the previous diagnoses, then I would pitch the diagnoses out the window.

Some of the symptoms of asperger syndrome
– lack of eye contact with other people
– dislike or avoid social interactions

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Linda asks…

my girlfriends daughter was diagnosed with autism?

what does it mean is it a serious condition? what are the consequences? her daughter is 7 years old

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The autism-spectrum disorders encompass a wide range of symptoms, from social awkwardness to a complete inability to interact and communicate. The definition of Autism is a severe disorder of brain function marked by problems with social contact, intelligence and language, together with ritualistic or compulsive behavior and bizarre responses to the environment.

Autism is a lifelong disorder that interferes with the ability to understand what is seen, heard, and touched. This can cause profound problems in personal behavior and in the ability to relate to others. A person with autism must learn how to communicate normally and how to relate to people, objects and events. However, not all patients suffer the same degree of impairment. There is a full spectrum of symptoms, which can range from mild to severe.

Autism occurs in as many as one or two per 1,000 children. It is found four times more often in boys (usually the first-born) and occurs around the world in all races and social backgrounds. Autism usually is evident in the first three years of life, although in some children it’s hard to tell when the problem develops. Sometimes the condition isn’t diagnosed until the child enters school.

While a person with autism can have symptoms ranging from mild to severe, about 10% have an extraordinary ability in one area, such as in mathematics, memory, music, or art. Such children are known as “autistic savants” (formerly known as “idiot savants.”).

The very fact that your girlfriend’s daughter wasn’t diagnosed until the age of 7, makes me think that she has a very mild form of this syndrome. Great strides have been made in the treatment of Autism. Be as supportive as you can to your girlfriend and her daughter. The best to you all.

P.S. I would also seek a second opinion.

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The Importance Of An Aspergers Diagnosis

Getting an Aspergers diagnosis is the first step in helping your child. Getting a diagnosis can be tricky since symptoms vary and change over time. There is also the common element of having more than one condition and that can cause simultaneous symptoms. Regardless of the diagnosis reached at the end of the evaluation, this is helpful to parents. Identifying the illness or condition can provide a type of road map for coping with the illness. A diagnosis will also help you start to heal your child.

Obtaining an early and specific diagnosis allows for early intervention services to begin. Earlier is better for the success rate of therapies and other services. There is a greater chance of reaching age appropriate learning with early intervention. Getting an early and specific diagnosis is important, but getting a second opinion can be just as important. Many childhood behaviors mimic each other and second opinion is invaluable when assessing a child. The severity of Aspergers Syndrome can vary greatly from person to person so getting a second opinion might be necessary to confirm an Aspergers diagnosis.

Many Aspergers children are very intelligent. This intelligence may cover symptoms until they are diagnosed as adults. Many adults with Aspergers are very high-functioning and are clever enough to develop coping mechanisms to deal with their condition. The most widely recognized diagnostic tool for Aspergers Syndrome is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Known as the DSM, it has the full diagnostic criteria for pervasive developmental disorders such as autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The most recent revision of the DSM is called DSM-IV. This states that the criteria for Aspergers Syndrome (AS) follows the same format as the criteria for autism. The symptoms are organized by onset, social and emotional criteria. There is also a “restricted interests” criteria and motor deficits as well as isolated special skills. The final criterion for an Aspergers diagnosis is the exclusion of other conditions. Pervasive Development Disorder and autism must be ruled out to get to the Aspergers diagnosis. The child might demonstrate behavioral delays or odd behavior patterns in multiple areas of functioning.

An Aspergers specialist can teach a child social skills and help him to understand his Aspergers diagnosis. The first place to look for help is in school. School counselors are trained to teach learning skills and they have a basic understanding of psychology. They have a working knowledge of the DSM diagnostic criteria and they often work with doctors and psychiatrists when considering a diagnosis for a child. Many countries mandate the evaluation of any child with a disability of any kind. An evaluation is done for the purposes of remediation and assistance. If you have a child who is not in school, find a licensed psychologist, with a PhD from an accredited university, to see your child.

As you can see there are a number of reasons why an Aspergers diagnosis can be important to you and your child. In 2012 the diagnosis itself may be removed with the introduction to DSM 5, watch this space…

Dave Angel has been helping parents of children and young adults with Aspergers online for over four years. Read more of his information about Aspergers and Diagnosis
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