A new thread on Reddit is asking People With Autism to weigh in on what they think causes the condition. The answers are eye-opening.
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Autism: definition and symptoms
Autism, or Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a range of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior.
Symptoms of ASD can vary widely in severity, and symptoms may not be apparent until early childhood or even adolescence. However, some common symptoms of ASD include:
-Delayed development of spoken language
-Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, spinning)
-Difficulty with social interactions
– restricted interests in activities or play
– hypersensitivity to sensory input or underresponsiveness to sensory input
What causes autism?
So what does cause autism? While we don’t know for sure, there are a number of theories out there. Some experts believe that it’s caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, while others believe that it may be caused by a single gene mutation. There’s also the theory that autism is caused by immunizations, but this has been debunked by numerous studies.
We asked our community on Reddit to weigh in on this question, and here’s what they had to say:
User 1: Autism is most likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There are probably dozens of genes involved, and each person with autism has a different combination of those genes. The environment is also a factor – we don’t know exactly what environmental factors are involved, but it’s likely that things like toxins and viral infections can play a role.
User 2: I think autism is caused by a single gene mutation. This mutation can be passed down from parents to their children, which is why we see families with multiple autistic members. The environment may also play a role in triggering the mutation, but I believe the gene is the main cause.
User 3: I think autism is caused by immunizations. The evidence seems to be mounting that immunizations are causing autism in some children. I think more research needs to be done on this topic, but I definitely think there’s a link between the two.
Theories about the causes of autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulty with social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. The exact cause of ASD is unknown, but it is believed to be rooted in both genetic and environmental factors.
There are many theories about what might cause ASD, but no one knows for sure. Some experts believe that ASD is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, while others believe that it is primarily caused by genetic factors.
One theory that has been proposed is that ASD is caused by exposure to toxins in the environment, such as lead or mercury. Another theory is that ASD is caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that help send signals between nerve cells in the brain.
Some people believe that vaccinations might be a factor in causing ASD. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. In fact, some experts believe that certain vaccinations might actually help protect against ASD.
Although the exact cause of ASD is unknown, there are many theories about what might contribute to its development. Researchers are continuing to study ASD in order to better understand its causes and develop more effective treatments.
Autism: genetic or environmental?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It is characterized by repetitive behaviors and difficulty with social interaction and communication.
The cause of ASD is not known, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some experts believe that ASD may be caused by an imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters. There is no single “cause” of ASD, but rather it is believed to be caused by a combination of factors.
Reddit users have been discussing the possible causes of autism and here are some of their thoughts:
-user 1: “I think it’s definitely genetic. My cousin has autism and it runs in his family. I think environment can play a role too, but I think it’s mostly genetic.”
-user 2: “I think it’s probably a combination of both. There are definitely environmental factors that can contribute to autism, like toxins in the environment or viral infections during pregnancy. But I think there are also likely some genetic factors involved as well.”
-user 3: “I think it could be either one. I know there are families where autism seems to run in the family, so there could definitely be a genetic component. But I also know that there are environmental factors that have been linked to autism, like certain chemicals or pesticides. So I think it could really be either one.”
Autism: is it caused by vaccines?
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects an individual’s social skills, communication, and behavior. The cause of autism is unknown, but there is much speculation about what might contribute to the development of this condition. One theory that has been circulating for years is that autism is caused by vaccines.
To get a better idea of what people think about this theory, we turned to Reddit. We found a thread on the /r/askreddit subreddit that asked users: “Do you think vaccines cause autism? Why or why not?” Here are some of the most popular responses.
The connection between autism and gut health
It’s no secret that there is a connection between gut health and autism. Numerous studies have shown that children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often suffer from gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In fact, a recent study published in the journal Autism found that nearly 80 percent of children with ASD also suffer from gastrointestinal problems.
There is also a growing body of evidence to suggest that the gut-brain connection may play a role in the development of ASD. For example, research has shown that children with ASD have higher levels of inflammation in their gut than typically developing children. This inflammation has been linked to changes in brain development and function. Additionally, children with ASD often have impaired gut barrier function, which means that harmful toxins and bacteria can more easily pass from the gut into the bloodstream. These toxins can then travel to the brain and contribute to inflammation and other neurological problems.
Although the exact cause of ASD is unknown, it is clear that gut health plays a role in the development of this condition. If you suspect your child may be displaying signs of ASD, it is important to talk to your doctor about testing and treatment options. Additionally, there are many simple things you can do to support your child’s gut health, such as following a healthy diet, keeping stress levels low, and getting enough sleep.
Autism: is it caused by toxins in the environment?
contaminates in the environment are linked to autism.
A new study suggests that a certain type of pollution may be contributing to the autism epidemic.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that women who were exposed to higher levels of a class of pollutants called polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) during pregnancy were more likely to have children with autism
PFCs are found in a wide range of consumer products, from non-stick cookware to stain-resistant fabrics and carpets. They are also released into the environment when we use these products.
Previous studies have linked PFC exposure to developmental problems in children, but this is the first study to specifically focus on autism. The new study looked at data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, which included more than 85,000 pregnant women and their children.
The researchers found that women with higher levels of PFCs in their blood were more likely to have children with autism. They also found that women who were exposed to higher levels of PFCs during pregnancy were more likely to have children with Autism spectrum disorder
The new study is just the latest to suggest that environmental contaminants may be contributing to the autism epidemic. In recent years, studies have linked autism to a variety of environmental toxins, including mercury, pesticides, and flame retardants.
While the new study provides strong evidence that PFC exposure during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism, it’s important to note that not all cases of autism can be attributed to environmental factors. Autism is a complex disorder with many potential causes.
The role of nutrition in autism
While the exact cause of autism is unknown, there is growing evidence that nutrition plays a role. A new study by the University of Sweden found that children with autism are more likely to have gastrointestinal problems and food sensitivities. These problems can lead to nutrient deficiencies that can impact brain development.
There is also evidence that certain toxins, such as mercury, can contribute to autism. One theory is that these toxins damage the gut, leading to inflammation and nutrient deficiencies.
Reddit users recently had a discussion about the role of nutrition in autism. Here are some of the highlights:
-One user said that her son’s autism was caused by a vitamin D deficiency. She said that he was not able to absorb vitamin D from food, so she gave him supplements. After a few months, his autism symptoms began to improve.
-Another user said that her son’s autism was caused by a gluten intolerance. She said that after she removed gluten from his diet, his symptoms improved dramatically.
-One user said that she believes there is a link between vaccines and autism. She said that her daughter developed autism after receiving vaccines containing mercury.
Autism: is it caused by emotional trauma?
Much still needs to be learned about what causes autism. However, a growing body of research suggests that emotional trauma may play a role.
One study found that nearly 60% of children with autism had experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives, such as abuse or neglect. Furthermore, children with autism were more likely to have experienced multiple traumatic events than children without autism.
While the evidence is still preliminary, these findings suggest that emotional trauma may be a risk factor for developing autism. Further research is needed to confirm this link and to understand how trauma might increase the risk of autism.
Treatments for autism
There is no known cure for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but there are treatments that can improve symptoms and help people with ASD manage their condition.
There is a range of treatments available for people with ASD, including behavioral therapies, educational interventions, and medication. The type of treatment that is right for someone with ASD will depend on their individual needs and symptoms.
Behavioral therapies are often used to help people with ASD improve their social skills and communication abilities. These therapies can also help people with ASD learn new skills and behaviors, and manage difficult behaviors.
Educational interventions can help people with ASD learn how to communicate better, develop independent living skills, and succeed in school. Many people with ASD also benefit from specialized education programs that are designed specifically for them.
Medication can be used to treat some of the symptoms of ASD, such as anxiety, depression, or hyperactivity. Medication is not a cure for ASD, but it can help some people manage their symptoms so they can function better in everyday life.
Janice is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Education. She also holds a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked with and case managed children and youth with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in home and residential setting since 2013.