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Autism and post-traumatic stress are two disorders that can drastically impact both the lives of the people who suffer from it and the lives of those who love and care for them. Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a type of umbrella term that covers a number of brain developmental disorders. Often, symptoms of this disorder begins to arise in children who are approximately 2 to 3 years old. These children often display certain behavioral and social communication problems such as repetitive movements, becoming overly fixated on certain objects, an inability to start a conversation, poor eye contact, or lack of interest. These are just a few of the symptoms that indicate ASD. It is a condition that has no cure; however, a person's ability to function depends on early diagnoses and treatment.
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a condition that arises following a traumatic event such as war, sexual assault, a severe accident, or even the sudden death of a loved individual. Children with autism may also be susceptible to PTSD. With this condition, a person may have strong and unabated feelings of anxiety, guilt, anger, nervousness, or shock over a certain traumatic event or set of events. The individual may relive the event, and negative emotions may actually heighten over time. Symptoms of PTSD extend longer than a month and hinder the individual's ability to work or function normally. Persons with ASD and PTSD should seek medical care to help treat their conditions.
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This site was created by Joe Westerberg, former IC1 (SW) on Horne 89-91.