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Study: Potential Link Between Autism and ADHD

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Results of a new study performed at the Kennedy Krieger Institute indicate that almost 30 percent of young children with autism also show signs of ADHD. This rate is three times as high as the rate of ADHD is in the general population. Since previous studies have shown that autism may share genetic links with ADHD as well as bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia, this most recent bit of information is certainly helpful as we work ...

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The Autism Spectrum And Pervasive Development Disorders

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The autism spectrum includes a range of conditions classified as Pervasive Development Disorders, or PDDs. There is usually some confusion between a diagnosis of autism and a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. There is no clear biomarker or genetic test to determine the difference between the two, so doctors must rely on other clues.

Asperger syndrome was first described by Hans Asperger, a pediatrician, in the 1940’s. For a long time, it was simply referred to as “high functioning autism.” Since then, ...

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Early Signs of Autism

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With one in 50 young children currently being diagnosed with autism, it’s natural to wonder if your child is exhibiting the signs. The idea of having a child with autism is scary, but the younger he or she is diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat. Early diagnosis makes a big difference.

Ideally, it is best to diagnose autism by the time a baby is 18 months old, but infants can begin exhibiting the symptoms as early as six months ...

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Autism and ADHD Linked In New Child Psychiatry Study

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When you think of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as portrayed in the media, you might suppose that these two disorders are on opposite ends of the behavioral spectrum. Kids with autism are shown as being very withdrawn, preferring to sit in a corner and play with the same object for hours on end. Children with ADHD are stereotyped as being social butterflies, unable to sit still and concentrate on anything ...

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Early Diagnosis for Siblings with Autism Is Easier Now

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If you have a child who has been diagnosed with autism, you might wonder if their younger siblings may also be “on the spectrum”. This isn’t an idle worry. The genetic markers for autism have not been fully mapped. However, researchers have already identified 55 gene variants that are linked to the disorder. This is definitely something that can run in families. If you have one child with autism, the chances of a younger sibling having similar issues may ...

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