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Learn About The Different Types of Autism and Their Characteristics

This is a starting point which later leads to mental abnormality if left untreated for long. A series of psychological conditions arise out of this common root of the problem and the root of the problem is commonly termed as ASD, autism spectrum disorder. This can start in the early childhood and later on become a part of the abnormal adult personality that it can bloom into.

 

Asperger Syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett syndrome are the names given to the types of autism spectrum disorder. In this article, an attempt is made to understand the various forms of autism and the dissimilarities between each form. It is not necessary in this context to discuss various types of autism namely Asperger Syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett syndrome in detail because they seem to have merged into one finally and come under one heading.

 

The symptoms of autism also are found as symptoms in other types of mental disorder as well and therefore it is difficult to find out what exactly is the underlying condition though we seem to be aware of those symptoms. We need to diagnose by segregating the various factors that make up for the disease of ASD and not get confused with the proposition of so many diseases with similar symptoms dominating in the individual. These can grow along with the person in the childhood and later get firmly entrenched as an integral part of the adult personality as well. So many adults with mental abnormalities exhibit similar characteristics as that of autism spectrum disorder of any disorder that may have stemmed from it. Interaction and communication on a social level is heavily disrupted in this disease process.

 

The basic character of the autism stricken child is that of repetitive behavior and loneliness and the selection of a very few persons for friendship gives an idea that the child has preferences. Actually normal social situations pose a challenge for the autistic child. It is difficult for them to maintain the friendship on an even keel. Grown ups with autism keep select and quality friends and this speaks eminently for autism. They are content with a select few rather than a large network of friends. They retreat into their shell when they know they can’t handle a situation and find it hard to make eye contact with people. They avoid social stimuli and are scared to make new friendships for reasons known or unknown to them. They do not feel familiar with their own name and do not respond when called by their name. They like doing some activity for hours on end and lose themselves inside that cocoon, oblivious to the world around them.

 

Some autistic children are born geniuses and exhibit extraordinary talent in music, math etc. This psychological balance is not found in most other autistic children but they are believed to have latent deposits of talent that refuses to unravel.

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