Category Archives for "Autism Health and Medical Info"

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Autism and Depression: Connections Between Autism, Mental Health, Emotions, and Other Co-Relating Conditions

Autism and Depression: Connections Between Autism, Mental Health, Emotions, and Other Co-Relating Conditions https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-and-depression/

What is depression? Psychiatry.org defines depression as a medical illness that causes “feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.” People with autism, particularly teens and adults, are prone to depression. At this stage of their lives, autistic teens and adults have more social experiences. As a result, they can go […]

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The Best Ways to Help People with Autism Manage Anxiety

The Best Ways to Help People with Autism Manage Anxiety https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/people-with-autism-manage-anxiety/

Many children with autism have higher rates of anxiety than their peers. Specifically, nearly 40 percent of children and adolescents with autism are estimated to have clinically significant anxiety or at least one anxiety disorder (Van Steensel et al. 2011). Anxiety is experienced when errors in thinking that include exaggerating threat or danger as well […]

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How Do I Know If My Child With Autism is Depressed?

How Do I Know If My Child With Autism is Depressed? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-with-autism-is-depressed/

According to research, approximately 20 percent of the population will experience depression at some point in their lives—this statistic increases to almost 60 percent in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Mood disorders (including depression) do tend to be more common in those with developmental disabilities compared to the more general population. However, depression in […]

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Autism and Comorbidities: How to Treat One While Treating the Other

Autism and Comorbidities: How to Treat One While Treating the Other https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/treat-one-while-treating-the-other/

Q&A with Matthew Fisher, MD, Medical Leader, Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program and Outpatient Psychiatry Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) commonly experience other medical conditions or comorbidities that can sometimes mask or even exacerbate symptoms of autism. At the top of the list are psychiatric conditions, neurological issues, and even gastrointestinal […]

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Anxiety and Autism: Best Ways to Relieve the Effects of Anxiety

Anxiety and Autism: Best Ways to Relieve the Effects of Anxiety on Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/anxiety-and-autism/

Anxiety and autism disorders Approximately 40 percent of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) also have an anxiety disorder (Steensel, Bögels, & Perrin, 2011). Anxiety can exacerbate symptoms of ASD making communication and social interactions increasingly difficult. Helping a child with autism learn practical skills to manage his/her anxiety can improve quality of life […]

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Autism Medication Guide: Treating Autism and Its Core Symptoms

Autism Medication Guide: Treating Autism and Its Core Symptoms https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-medication-treating-core-symptoms

While the first clinical account of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was published more than 75 years ago by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner, the precise cause of autism is still not clear to scientists. Billions of dollars have been spent on autism research over the years in an attempt to unravel the mystery that now affects […]

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Going to the Dentist Doesn’t Have to Be a Challenge with ASD

Going to the Dentist Doesn't Have to Be a Challenge with ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/dentist-visit-should-not-be-a-challenge

Taking a child to the dentist can be a very stressful experience for both parents and children. For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities who have difficulties with sensory stimuli, communication, and increased levels of anxiety, the stress is even greater. From the time spent in the waiting room combined with […]

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Mental Health and Anxiety Treatment with Autism: There is Help

Mental Health and Anxiety Treatment with Autism: There Is Help https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/mental-health-anxiety-treatment-with-autism

If your child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), he/she is far more likely to have one or more additional disorders—such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or a mood disorder. Current estimates tell us more than 50 percent of children with ASD have significant anxiety. It’s common for high-functioning children on the spectrum to realize they […]

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Autism Mom’s Self Care: 6 Quick Ways To Reduce Stress and Gain Clarity

On top of the “duties” of everyday life, dealing with unscheduled meltdowns, potty training issues, countless therapy sessions, and endless fighting with the school system to get the much-needed and well-deserved accommodations and services, parenting a child with autism can be VERY stressful and overwhelming. Many parents may attest to the fact that we become […]

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Best Essential Oils for Autism and ADHD – The Ultimate Guide

Recommended Essential Oils for ASD, ADHD and ADD

In recent years many parents of children with autism have become interested in the use of essential oils as a natural way to manage symptoms. In this guide we discuss everything you need to know. Quick Navigation What are essential oils? What types of behaviors can potentially be reduced? What are the benefits of essential […]

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Advice on How the Thyroid/Autism Connection Can Make a Difference

Advice On How Thyroid and Autism Connection Makes A Difference

During my years as a physician I have had the privilege to work with many families and their autistic children. In my experience, nearly three-quarters of those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have low thyroid function.  With proper treatment, we often see significant gains in speech, language, eye contact, motor function, growth, GI function […]

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