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Autism and Children Antidepressants on TMSC Consulting SVCS, LLC Developmental Division

Autism Awareness Ribbon (Puzzle Ribbon) on TMSC Consulting SVCS, LLC Developmental Division

According to the Los Angeles Times 6/2/2009 paper:

…a third of all children diagnosed with autism in the U.S. take citalopram, the antidepressant examined in the study, or others that are closely related.

The study showed that the antidepressant was no better than the placeba and does not help austism.

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Autism: Developmental Psychological Discussion on TMSC Consulting SVCS, LLC Developmental Division

Autism Awareness Ribbon (Puzzle Ribbon) on TMSC Consulting SVCS, LLC Developmental Division

Autism falls under Developmental Psychology because it is diagnosed as a child. Autism effects perceptions and intuition. Autism is the inability to read social ques, a form of perception.

Perception is forming mental representations of the objects that give rise to sensory experiences.

Intuition is the quick perception of truth without conscious attention or reasoning, that is, known intuitively, truth obtained by internal apprehension without the aid of perception or the reasoning powers.

To diagnose Autism, Doctors use:

  • Questionnaires
  • Screening instruments
  • Gather information about the child’s development and behavior
  • Parent observations
  • Doctor observations

The core behaviors that identify Autism are:

  • impaired ability to make friends with peers
  • impaired ability to initiate or sustain a conversation with others
  • absence or impairment or imaginative and social play
  • stereotyped, repetitive, or unusual use of language
  • restricted patterns of interest that are abnormal in intensity or focus
  • preoccupation with certain objects or subjects
  • inflexible adherence to specific routines or rituals

For the Autism Fact Sheet, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke go to: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism.htm

References:

http://tmscconsultingservices.wordpress.com/2008/04/20/autism-the-paranormal-psychological-view/

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism.htm

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