People who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have problems communicating and interacting with others. Autism is one type of ASD. Autism symptoms often appear early, typically before age 3. Autism symptoms can include language delays; lack of eye contact; and repetitive or obsessive behavior, such as rocking or hand flapping. About 1 in 110 children in the U.S. has an ASD, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.
As the American Psychiatric Association unveils the latest edition of what is considered the “bible” of modern psychiatry this weekend, the uproar over its many changes continues. “This is unprecedented, the amount of commentary and debate and criticism,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) — As many as one in five American children under the age of 17 has a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, according to a new federal report. Released Thursday, the report represents the government’s first comprehensive look at mental disorders in children. It focuses on diagnoses [...]
TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism see simple movement much more quickly than other children, a small new study finds. This extreme sensitivity to motion may explain why some people with the developmental disorder are highly sensitive to noise and bright lights, and it may be linked to some of the complex social [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, May 5 (HealthDay News) — Significantly more U.S. children have a neurodevelopmental or mental health disability than did a decade ago, according to new research. Disabilities that impair a child’s day-to-day living have risen 16 percent, with the greatest increase seen in richer families, according to the study. Conditions such as autism [...]
A much larger or much smaller birth weight than average may be associated with an increased risk of autism, according to a large new study.