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Autism is a complicated communication and behavior disorder and may display learning difficulties. It is diagnosed in children before three years of age which includes symptoms like lack of eye contact with people, increased sensitivity to sounds, sights, touches, and lighting, repeating things, robotic voice, etc. Asperger's syndrome, childhood integrative disorder, autistic disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder are the syndromes associated with autism. Although there is no treatment for autism, behavior and communication therapy and medications make a difference in the child's development.

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My autistic child’s hallucinations are not under control. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 12 years old, and she always showed a great deal of anxiety started having a lot of school refusal during 5th grade, so we took her to see a psychiatrist who ultimately diagnosed her with high functioning autism and started her on a Lexapro. School refusal continued, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is common for adolescents with high functioning autism (HFA) to experience high levels of anxiety, especially when they are pushed outside their comfort zone. Many go on to develop hallucinatory experiences like hearing critical voices at this stage when they stru...  Read Full »

Is it true that a child operated for ASD will have problem in the future?

Query: Hello doctor,We, husband and wife, are (A+) in the same blood group. Also, our son is in the same blood group (A+). He also had an ASD problem treated and surgery also completed. Will there be any problem for him in the future?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the surgery was done at an earlier age then the prognosis is good. Prognosis also depends on the size of ASD and whether a pulmonary vascular obstruction is present or not. If no pulmonary vessel obstruction is present then the prognosis is very good. As far as ri...  Read Full »

I have low vitamin and iron levels. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female with a height of 5 feet 7 inches and weigh around 210 pounds. I have suffered from vocal and motor tics for the past three years. The first week was just motor tics; they were almost constant and consisted of head jerks, left eye blinking, and shoulder jerks. Then, before I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. As you rightly said, if both the motor and vocal tics are persistent for more than a year, then it is termed Chronic tic disorder (Tourette's syndrome). Usually, tics are present from an early age, and from your ...  Read Full »

How to calm my autistic son from rattling and anxious behavior?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is nearing his 20s and suffering from autism from birth. His hearing got impaired, and he has a cochlear implant. Autism was detected later. He does all his daily chores by himself. No other physical disability is present. However, he repeats sentences 40 to 50 times, and we have t...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. He has been diagnosed with autism and is given tablet Risperidone to control his behavioral issues. However, if his anxiety persists, I think he should be given some drugs to control anxiety. I suggest you take (consult with a specia...  Read Full »

How to know if my 4-year-old son is an autistic child?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a four year old son, and I am a working woman. Recently, I took my son to a doctor to get him treated for a common cold. The doctor asked me about his communication skill as he has doubt that he might be having autism. My husband got angry hearing that there is something wrong with...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Autistic children exhibit impaired social interaction, impaired language in social contacts, and repetitive behavior patterns. There is a spectrum of disorders ranging from mild to severe symptoms. It may be associated with mental retarda...  Read Full »

My autistic son is not cooperative in therapy. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My son has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Now he is on speech and occupational therapy for laryngomalacia and taking Risperidone 0.5 ml daily. Since last week, he has been crying during his speech sessions and also not responding to them. However, when the session fi...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the information provided, it is normal for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to behave like this, and even normal kids at this age behave like this. To teach kids with ASD require more patience, so you need not worry. I suggest to remain patient, go...  Read Full »

Can my newborn baby suffer from autism as he is prematurely born?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a mother to a newborn infant. He is a premature baby. I had to undergo an emergency C-section. I had serious health issues during my pregnancy as well. I want to know if my pregnancy health and my son being born prematurely can affect his mental growth. Is it possible this can c...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Autism is a multifactorial disorder caused by genetic as well as environmental factors. So, it is difficult to say whether a baby (premature or not) will be autistic. The only thing required is good medical care and regular follow-up. ...  Read Full »

Kindly prescribe antiepileptics for seizures in autistic patient.

Query: Hello doctor, I have an autistic and hyperactive person in my family, who is around 19 years of age. He has been having epileptic seizures for more than a year now. The medication he has been prescribed by the doctors right now is Tegretol (Tegral). However, we think it has may have side effects. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to You are absolutely right that there may be side effects of prescribed medicine. There are many more alternative anti-epileptic medicines available. But every medicine has possibility of its own side effects. Consideration to change to alternative medicine is done if so...  Read Full »

I might be suffering from autism. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old woman. I think I might be autistic. I am thinking of my childhood and how difficult it has been to make and keep friends. I have never had more than one close friend at a time, and even those have been difficult to keep. Also, lately, my boyfriend has commented that I o...  Read Full »

Dr. Vipul Chelabhai Prajapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Deciding whether or not to seek an autism assessment can be a complex and personal choice. Gaining self-understanding: A diagnosis can clarify and help you better understand yourself. This can be a powerful tool for self-acceptance and pers...  Read Full »

Does high dose of vitamin B12 during pregnancy cause autism?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 years old female, and I am ten weeks, four days pregnant. I am a vegetarian, and before I was pregnant, I would intermittently take a vitamin B12 supplement. I found the bottle two weeks ago, and without thinking about it, I started taking it daily in addition to my prenatal vi...  Read Full »

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Oral absorption of vitamin B12 is a complex process and all the vitamins taken orally are not completely absorbed. You mentioned that you took the tablet intermittently and did not mention the exact frequency. Most studies are on patients taking high doses of vitamin B1...  Read Full »

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