March 29, 2012

Rise in Autism rate to 1 in 88 kids

So, yes, big news today in the Autism world Boston news report 1 in 88 kids has some form of ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder. I think it's due to better diagnosis of it, personally. I don't believe in the vaccines causing autism link at all.  The one study that said that it did was proven to be falsified.

As far as the diet issues causing autism-like symptoms, yes, that has to be addressed.  But as far as causing this high rise?  I don't think it's all dietary caused.  Some theories/studies say that wheat or milk allergens can cause autism behaviors to the point of not talking, not communicating, at all.

Asperger's was only put in the DSM-IV in 1995.  From there, it took a few years for doctors to pick up on it as being a valid diagnosis.  Girls are harder to pinpoint than boys (less obvious symptoms).  So it's only been in the last 5 to 10 years basically that Asperger's in girls has become noticed. So, that's my feeling:  just better diagnosis of autism in general.

I should note that the DSM-IV is the standard text used in all mental health professional offices. http://allpsych.com/disorders/dsm.html Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)

There will be a fifth edition coming out very soon, and Asperger's is said to be submerged within Autism, and just called "high functioning Autism", with no separate title accorded to it. This is the page dedicated to the proposed changes in the Fifth edition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSM-5

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