Autism is classified as one of the pervasive developmental disorders of the brain. It is not a disease. People with classical autism show three types of symptoms: impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual or severely limited activities and interests. These symptoms can vary in severity. In addition, people with autism often have abnormal responses to sounds, touch, or other sensory stimulation. Symptoms usually appear during the first three years of childhood and continue through life. Recent studies strongly suggest that some people have a genetic predisposition to autism. Researchers are looking for clues about which genes contribute to this increased susceptibility. In some children, environmental factors also may play a role. Studies of people with autism have found abnormalities in several regions of the brain which suggest that autism results from a disruption of early fetal brain development. Autism affects an estimated 10 to 20 of every 10,000 people, depending on diagnostic criteria used, and strikes males about four times more often than females.

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The behavioral and cognitive functioning of individuals with autism can improve with the help of psychosocial and pharmacological interventions. Among psychosocial treatments, intensive, sustained special education programs and behavior therapy early in life can increase the ability of children with autism to acquire language and the ability to learn. In adults with autism, some studies have found beneficial effects of the antidepressant medications clomipramine and fluoxetine.There is also evidence that the antipsychotic medication haloperidol can be helpful; however, the risk of serious side effects is significant in children.

Recent studies indicate more than 30% of autistic patients use some form of alternative treatments which families of children and adults with autism have found beneficial. The most popular treatments incude: Gluten Free, Casein Free (GFCF), or anti-yeast (fungal) diets; Mercury detoxification (chelation); use of dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6 and magnesium and essential fatty; and the use of the hormone Secretin.

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Coping skills
... Researchers are hunting for clues to the cause of autism, in the hopes that better understanding of the disorder will lead to better treatments. The future looks bright, but that doesn''t necessarily ...
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... From day one, Karen Hull and her husband, Gregory, realized something was different about their son Brian. "He hardly ever slept and didn’t cry, except when he had temper tantrums." The todd...
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Autism
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A Case of Autism
... The following case was presented at the Seventh Annual Case Conference of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians in Portland, Oregon on April 17, 1993. Danny was a four and a half year-old...
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