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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Though my EEG and MRI reports are normal, my laboratory reports reveal low vitamin D, iron, and vitamin B12 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 »

My 11-year-old son with autism and ADHD is very aggressive. How do I manage him?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 11 years old with autism and ADHD. He is very aggressive and hits himself and us. We were already giving Tablet Zyprexa 10 mg to him.  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. Children with autism and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can sometimes be aggressive in their behavior for different reasons. Is he verbal or non-verbal? Does he have any intellectual disability? 2. Tablet Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is an antipsychotic med...  Read Full »

My son is suffering from autism and has been throwing tantrums recently. What can I do to calm him?

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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 specialist doctor...  Read Full »

Do multiple spreading sore-like protrusions around the eyes cause blindness?

Query: Hi doctor, My 4 year old nephew with autism had a swollen right eye four days ago, which turned into infection with multiple sore like protrusions around the eye. It is now spreading to the left eye. The doctors at the children's hospital have no idea what it is, but they have not ruled out herpes. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The condition looks like herpes blepharitis and conjunctivitis. In children, we suggest oral Acyclovir and have to observe his cornea as it may spread to the cornea also. He has to be kept under observation by a pediatric ophthalmologist. Consult your specialist doctor,...  Read Full »

Is there a specific doctor who diagnosis autism in adults?

Query: Hi doctor,I want to ask about autism in adults. I am a 21-year-old adult. I have a confirmed diagnosis of anxiety disorder. I have done much research and searched online about autism. I viewed some possible symptoms of autism online. Some of them told me that I have it. I have also done some researc...  Read Full »

Dr. Anil Kumar Kumawat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your feelings. Autism spectrum disorder causes problems in three main areas. It causes problems in social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communications, and changes in repetitive or ritualistic behaviors. The common symptoms of autism in adults are diff...  Read Full »

How much vitamin B12 is safe while pregnant?

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 »

What are the symptoms of autism?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been to a councellor before at my high school about symptoms of anxiety and she told my mother that I may have symptoms of an autism disorder. I do not really know what to look for symptom-wise but I have done a little research and so far this is what I experience (almost daily...  Read Full »

Dr. Kuppili Pooja

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly please do not feel sorry about the long list, Please relax. This does not sound like autism to me. In autism, there are issues with social communication, verbal communication, repeated stereotypic behaviours which I do no’t see in your description. What it lo...  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 »

What to do if a retarded child suffers from epilepsy even after medication?

Query: Hello doctor, My 13-year-old sister has been diagnosed with various mental disorders since the age of 2. My parents have taken her to doctors since then because they have noticed that she was not developing like the other children. Almost every doctor gave another diagnostic such as autism (each do...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello doctor, Welcome to I read your query and understand the feeling and problems faced by you. As I can see epilepsy is the main problem at this moment and even a combination of three drugs is not making her seizure-free. Despite her treatment, she continued to have seizures and in ...  Read Full »

My daughter has autism and under medication, but her hallucinations are not controlled. What should be done?

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 »

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