In the past, Asperger’s Syndrome and autism were thought to be two entirely different things. People with autism were not able to live in society because of their mental disabilities and physical problems; while people with Asperger’s may have a difficult time relating to society and the people in it, they were still able to function and have relatively “normal” lives. This has recently changed. Now Asperger’s is classified as high-functioning autism. So, as of a few years ago there is no difference between the two. Some people who are considered high functioning autistics do not have all the features of autism though.
Doctors are just beginning to realize that there are many physical ills that can be related to sleep deprivation and sleep disorders. These happen mostly in adults as a result of being overweight, having some physical trauma or other cause, but they can occur in children. Sleep disorders are not a cause of either ADHD or autism, but they can definitely be a result of both of these conditions. People with ADHD have a hard time relaxing because they are trying to gain stimulation. Children with autism may experience anxiety or other symptoms that lessons the efficacy of sleep.
Can vaccines cause autism
Immunizations, necessary for young children to avoid potential life threatening diseases later on in life, have been linked to all manner of issues. Kids have been deafened, blinded and some believe that autism is a cause. Though there are some direct links between blindness and deafness in some children due to immunizations, there is no link between these and autism. Autism is more likely a disease that is caused at an earlier time during the fetal growth process and is not directly affected by outside during birth or after. The health of the mother and what she does may have an effect though.
A good parent will try almost anything to help their child. When a child is diagnosed with autism they will seek out any quack or charlatan who practices the most ridiculous “therapy” also. It is callous of people who have no other credential than that they are licensed by some non-scientific holistic “college” to try and relieve the suffering of parents, but these people are out there. These therapies will not cure autism in any way, but it may reduce some pain, for a short period of time. Parents need to realize what is good therapy and what is not. This is not.
The answer to this question is easy. No, autism by itself cannot cause death. The disease does cause many sufferers to have mental disabilities though and this can be a cause of accidental death. In some therapy classes people with autism are taught to swim or avoid dangers that they may not understand so that they remain safer in the long run. Deaths attributed to autism are always from another cause though. There have been no cases where a direct link could be drawn between the disease and a shortened life. That is one comforting thing for parents of children who have autism.
Thimerosal causes autism
This is one of the agents that contains mercury that some think may be linked to autism. But, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that there is no known link between autism and thimersol. The reason people may believe this is that it has been used as a preservative in foods for the past eighty years and a buildup across the generations may have something to do with the recent uptick in autism cases. Unfortunately, this looks like another dead end in the search for a cause for autism. The fact that researchers constantly search for a solid link is encouraging though.
Autism is a scary disease for parents. Consider the cycle of life, at least from a psychosocial perspective. Parents want to see their children grow up, get married and have a successful career. They probably want grandchildren too at some point. Autism can stop all of that. So people look for causes. Mercury in the water supply and in some of the foods gleaned from water (fish and mussels) have been known to have high concentrations of mercury. It is possible that this is one culprit. Unfortunately, though it is known that autism can be caused by many things, no one cause is known.
It would seem that the protagonist of the book “Loser” by Jerry Spinelli is about a young man who is high functioning on the autism scale. Although the book never says so outright, many people have thought that the character had to be. He is oblivious to the world around him most of the time and his world is fun and carefree. He does not see the taunts of his classmates until they brand him a loser in the fourth grade. He recovers and becomes a hero. Autism has many faces and his could be one of them we just do not know for sure.