Autism

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)/ Autism Spectrum Disorder / Autism

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

For a diagnosis to be made, symptoms must become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.

Autism is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.

Cause of Autism
  • Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by rare mutations, or by rare combinations of common genetic variants. In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. Controversies surround other proposed environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines. the vaccine hypotheses are biologically implausible and lack convincing scientific evidence.

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Evaluation

Evaluation is a mental health assessment, where a psychologist checks to see if you are experiencing a mental health problem.

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Psychological treatments (also known as talking therapies) can help you change your thinking patterns and improve your coping skills.

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