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All About Autism

Apr 09, 2013
A symptom of autism is obsessively stacking or lining up objects.
Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time for you to get educated on this disorder.

What Is It?

Autism is a brain development disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects your ability to communicate and interact with other people.

What Causes It?

No one knows for sure what causes autism, but it could have something to do with family genetics, prenatal risk factors, or exposure to children's vaccines. It affects one in 150 kids in the US, and is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Lack of, or delay, in spoken language
  • Repeating words or phrases
  • Repeating physical behaviors, like flapping hands, spinning objects, or stacking objects
  • Obsessive attachment to objects
  • Lack of interest in social interactions
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Resistance to change
  • Temper tantrums

How Is It Treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for autism, but with help from doctors, speech therapists and special needs teachers, kids with autism can overcome their difficulties. With more extreme symptoms, you may need to take medications to help control your mood and behavior, but mild autism is treated by learning communication skills, social skills and basic living skills like brushing your teeth or making the bed.

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InternetOwl
What part of it are you scared of? Is it eating in public and around other people, or just eating in general?  What it might be, if it's eating in public you don't like, is social anxiety, or social phobia. You should ask your doctor to check, because if it is, they can offer you ways to help. For instance, they might recommend therapists or group sessions to help ease your fear.  Even if it's just a phobia or, in unlikelier circumstances, an eating disorder, you should still go to your doctor or a therapist so you can try to overcome it. Try doing things that calm you down before these situations as well, like exercise, reading or listening to music (I'm not sure what relaxes you but sometimes these help). Also, you should try to slowly get used to the situations. So don't force yourself to eat straight away when you're out, but slowly start doing so whenever your comfortable with doing so. Unlike your mum wants, you can't just "stop" being scared because that's not how it works.  But right now, please don't force yourself into any of these situations. It's not good for your mental health to be forced to face a phobia of yours often. 
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ElfyKathy
Dear Dish-It, Within the last few years I have felt a bit sick and shaky when we go out to eat. It's not so bad when it's a carvery lunch or something at a pub, but settling down for a chocolate brownie and a milkshake shakes me up. Don't get me wrong, I love going out with Mum, but it's just sitting down and taking a bite. I want to chuck it in the bin. I love eating brownies and stuff at home and I'm pretty healthy. But I refuse to go to the town before lunch in fear. Mum told me I got to stop this or I'm going to develop a terrible phobia.  Please help! ElfyKathy, worried
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NianiNaturallyNerdy3
She isn't jealous she is just dissappointed that you chose to get lessons when she did to get better . She had to get better to catch up to you so you can enjoyher as your best friend. Then you went ahead and got lessons as if you needed them. She is just upset that you showed off a talent that she didn't have. And she tried to get better to impress you but you got better as well. Which kept her at the stage she will always be at my best friend sings way betyer than me but I try. 
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NianiNaturallyNerdy3
It may be hard but break it down to them we aren't friends but we can be associates. It may leave them a bit dissappointed but tell them we aren't in the same category to be as close as friends. 
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