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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Thomas asks…

Can you develop autism as a teenager/adult?

I have been seeing a therapist for a few years, and she seems to think that I am developing autism. I’m 16 years old, and I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to develop autism at this age. I’m almost positive that my therapist is just a nutjob, because she’s also told me that I have mild schizophrenia, which is in no way true (and I actually DID see a doctor about that). I just want to be sure.

admin answers:

No, autism is something people are born with, not something you can acquire. One of the criteria for classic autism is that the symptoms must appear before the age of 3. It’s possible to be diagnosed as a teen or adult, but not to develop it.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Sharon asks…

Without them telling you can can you tell if a teenager/young adult suffers from the following conditions?

1. Autism
2. ADHD
3. Dyslexia
4. Anorexa

You dont have to pick all 4 conditions if you dont want 2. If you just want to pick 1 or 2 then thats fine 🙂

admin answers:

1.sometimes i can tell it really depends on how severe it is. But most of the time i can suspect but i couldnt actally know without meeting them and iinteracting with them and stuff

2 no because symptoms of adhd can all be signs of other things as well. For example some of the signs like inatentiveness and zoning out could actually be explained by a diagnoses of one of the autistic spectrum disorder’s ( autism, asperger’s, ect.) they can also be signs someone just is tired or bored and stuff

3. No how do you know its not some other larning disability or even not an ld at all but alanguage barrier.

4. No you cant tell by just looking

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

David asks…

Is it possible to develop autism later in life (like as a teenager or into adulthood)?

Or another words can people be totally “normal” as toddlers and children, and show signs for it as they grow older? Thanks 🙂
Oh and no I do not think I have autism or any other mental disability. I am purely curious because I am reading a book about someone living with autism right now.

admin answers:

No. Autism is a developmental disorder, meaning the symptoms develop early on and last throughout the lifetime. One of the diagnostic criteria is that the symptoms must be apparent by the age of 3. If autism-like symptoms appear later, it is due to some other cause.

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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 Teenagers

Joseph asks…

idk if this is a medical condition or just a hurt heart?

My heart hurts constantly, physically and mentally, its like a sharp distinctive pain thhat happens when i think about love. idk what it is I never had a GF and both my parents died when i was 2 and nobody ever told me they love me…is there something wrong?

admin answers:

IDK is a bacterial infection that causes the person affected by it to draw a blank. In later stages, it can cause dementia and even autism. These serious conditions now afflict over 75% of teenagers and 30% of adults.
Nobody knows precisely what IDK stands for. The early symptoms of IDK can vary from person to person. Any onset of the symptoms should be handled by medical experts. Call a doctor. Or text him, IDK.

Always yours…..

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Question?: Autistic Spectrum

Mark asks…

Tips on how to keep a conversation going?

I have Asperger’s syndrome (it is on the autistic spectrum) I have difficulty keeping friends, because they usually end up thinking I’m boring. My friend says I’m an interesting person, I just need to learn how to start and maintain a conversation. Any tips?

admin answers:

The civil war. If I know anything about teenagers, is that they love the civil war. The battle of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln, and the emancipation proclamation are just a few of the topics to get your future friends rattled up.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome In Adults

Susan asks…

What’s the difference between a character disorder and a personality disorder?

Twelve years ago the labeled me with Paranoid Schizophrenia, then several years later the mentioned the term Character Disorder. Now three years ago, they are 100 % sure I have the Asperger Syndrome Disorder. Is it common that they are so confused with putting a correct Asperger diagosis on somebody?

admin answers:

A character disordered person is differentiated from everyone else by their “baseline” behavior – meaning that they return to the deviant behavior over time. All of us have bad days – those are called “transient situational disturbances.” They’re normal in most of us. So if you see yourself or others on this checklist, don’t worry. Problems occur only when the preponderance of behavior is present and repetitive over time.

A person with a character disorder is unlikely to change. They’re not good candidates for therapy in that they lack insight and stop therapy once confronted. The condition is deeply rooted in the person and usually in spite of their best intentions; they tend to return in 3-6 months to their ‘baseline”, or core behavior.

Don’t confuse character disorders with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) These are mostly teenagers who act out, are contrary and reactive. The good news is that 90-95% of them outgrows ODD and become wonderful adults.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

Lisa asks…

How long does a fever reaction from the MMR vaccine last?

My 12 month old son had his MMR vaccine just over a week ago and has had a fever for four days now. I talked to a nurse on day two who said it is completely normal to have a fever a week or two after the vaccine, but how long is this fever going to last? Also, I have been on the internet researching the MMR vaccine and it seems more dangerous than we are lead to believe as parents when encouraged to give this vaccine to our children. It has actually been banned in the UK because of such severe reactions as brain damage and sudden onset of autism, and even death. Please answer only if you have real information; no guesses, please.

admin answers:

It is normal for a child to have a fever for a few days 5-12 days after the vaccine ( see website link for this fact)
I know its very stressful as your child is unwell and uncomfortable but be reassured your child’s symptoms are still in the normal range. While internet scare stories about of abnormal reactions what your child is experiencing is normal.
If you stay worried trust your instincts as a mother and seek medical help.
Both my children had MMR, I worried about giving/not giving it to both. Both had a fever and were a bit grotty for a few days. Both worried me. Both are normal, grumpy teenagers and both are entirely normal. MMR is normal in the Uk and has not been banned.
Being a mum and worrying about your kids is normal too.
Trust yourself and your own judgements. Mums do know best
Good luck

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

David asks…

What do you know about getting disability if someone ?

Is not diagnosied for autisum but feels they have it and has symptoms of sever depresion were can they get help to survive?

admin answers:

Disability benefits aren’t what you need first. Your depression could very well be treatable. If so, you would not be eligible for benefits. Are you depressed because you think you have autism? Autism at your age (I have to assume you are at least a teenager) has usually not gone unnoticed by schools.

My guess is you are a product of the current society which seems to be bent on diagnosing teenagers and young adults who are going through absolutely typical rough spots in their life with a disability. If you are in school – go talk to a school counselor or social worker. If you are out of school go to a local mental health center.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Teenagers

William asks…

how do i know if i have bipolar disorder or high function autism?

i think i might be bipolar and i also think i might be autistic. whats the best way to tell? what are symptoms?

admin answers:

I don’t know much about autism ..but I know a lot about bipolar..because ..that would be me! If you have this chemical imbalance..you will have really big changes in moods. Not just changes but going from being really talkative..outgoing..”smart” creative..just about the finest person you know…to feeling like the whole world is closing in on you..like you can’t possible be worth anything to anyone..like you aren’t capable of getting your act together, because you really have no act!
One side is Manic / (mania) the other side is severe depression..
If you think this is what you have…you can’t fix it by yourself.. If you could ..you would have by now. There are medications available, that can be prescribed by your doctor. Most of them have minor side effects. It takes them about 3 weeks to get into your system before you can tell much difference. Bipolar is also a much tossed around term right now. Everyone and his dog thinks he must be bipolar because his life is a mess and he’s moody. Symptoms like these can just be part of everyday life…especially for a teenager. You have so much going on in your body tat it’s amazing it can go to sleep and wake up everyday! I think autism is more of a general “non ability” to fit into social situations, andlife in general. It comes with actiung out behavior. It doesn’t come with the strong on and off black and white emotional swings that bipolar does. Check on line..you’ll find more stuff than you’ll want! Basically, if you think this may be your problem,call you doctor and have a talk with him. He can run some tests and tell you more about your options. All I know is…life doesn’t have to HURT…life is a struggle for everyone..but it doesn’t have to hurt! Think about this…do some more checking and then call your doctor. The medications available are wonderful..IF…the two of you can figure out what is wrong ..it can be fixed,or at least made much better good luck ?

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