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Common Conditions associated with autism


Autism many a times is present with other medical conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. If there is someone who suffers from Autism as well as other illness, they need to be treated for both the illnesses. It is important to address both the concerns separately so that the person in question gets relief from all the symptoms at the same time.

Few simultaneously occurring Conditions with Autism

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which includes Asperger syndrome are neurological disorders which show in early childhood. They impact 3 areas of development in early childhood and adulthood. These are communication, social behaviour and restricted patterns in behavior. There are many comorbid conditions to ASD. These are fragile X syndrome, epilepsy, etc.

Due to the overlap in genetic cause, the ASD occurs along with many other single-gene conditions, chromosome abnormality, or other genetic syndrome.

  • Anxiety – The Anxiety disorders is commonly seen in children with ASD. There is no clear identification between the symptoms of Anxiety disorder and ASD, but there are many reported cased of Anxiety related disorders in children with Autistic behaviour.
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder – Earlier, this comorbidity was not approved by DSM, but later in 2013, it was approved. Individuals with autism may also have ADHD, with the modifiers of inattentive, hyperactive, combined-type, or NOS.
  • Bipolar disorder – The manic depression has many symptoms which coexist in Autism as well. Bipolar is comorbid with a number of conditions, including autism.
  • Bowel disease – Some children with Autism also report GI related disorders such as Bowel diseases, etc. There is a mild to moderate degree of inflammation in both the intestinal tracts.
  • Autoimmune diseases are also likely to coexist with Autism. The immune system attacks its own tissues in this disease, identifying them as foreign substances.

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