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    Default Autism numbers are rising

    Why do you think the frequency of this is increasing? Are they just getting better at diagnosing it? I have a brother that has some of these characteristics but he was never diagnosed.

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    I think it also has to do more with a broader definition of what it means to be autistic

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    random but it's interesting how DSM V is probably going to redefine autism.I am guess the numbers are going to be higher because they are probably going to lump Aspergers with autism and less of the autism NOS crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitseleh View Post
    random but it's interesting how DSM V is probably going to redefine autism.I am guess the numbers are going to be higher because they are probably going to lump Aspergers with autism and less of the autism NOS crap.
    I am under the impression that Aspergers is already classified within ASD

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    I was pretty sure that they are two different diagnoses but now they are proposing Aspergers to be reclassified into Autism Spectrum disorder as "high functioning austism". There is a lot of politics behind it, that's why. However they are both in the "pervasive development disorders" category.

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    I have a different view on this.
    I have posted about it befor because there are several factors as to why the numbers are rising and many speculations.
    However i do not think it improbable that it is to do with evolution of mind/brain.
    You can account for awareness, more/better diagnostics, broader terms in prehaps a 100-200% increse, but according to studies (i would need to look these up for a link) theres an approximate rise of 400%.
    Yes i know i'll get slammed for this, i always do as i have controversial views.
    I should look back at some of the research i did on it for a more comprehensive explanation.
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    Is it possible it has some thing to do with the proposal that they call Introversion a disorder as well? I'm not sure how true this is, I can't referr to any papers at this point in time.....but the concept was based on the fact that introverted people are more likely to display antisocial characteristics. It made me a little sick on the inside, because inspite of holding down a job and contributing to society in my own way, according to thier criteria, I would have been well truly defined as having a mental disorder that was being compared with psychopathy!
    I think the peeps behind the scenes of the DSM machine have lost thier way a bit.

    That said, how many people go virtually thier whole lives with undiagnosed Asperger's? I know, at least one life (quite literally) that could have been saved....two actually, if it had been more recognised 10 years ago.

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/...ard-introverts
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    Isn't it also highly inheritable? One of most recent theories for the etiology of it is Baron-Cohen's "Extreme Male Brain" theory where autism/Asperger's may be a major manifestation of activity in the few parts of the brain where there is gender difference in activity. I feel that Aspergers/Autism have become highly detectable and that it is highly heritable.

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    Maybe mycoplasma has a role, would surprise me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synapse View Post
    Maybe mycoplasma has a role, would surprise me.
    Actually thinking about that, I'm sure I read something about gut flora and chronic infection/overgrowth being associated with autism spectrum disorders.
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