Home Health What Is Autism And How Is It Caused?

What Is Autism And How Is It Caused?

Autism isn’t just a single condition. Instead, it actually refers to a broad range of lifelong conditions that people are born with or that become apparent in childhood. Someone who is autistic doens’t technically have any kind of diseases or illness; their brain just works in a slightly different way and it will continue to do so for the rest of the person’s life. Autism can be classed as a developmental disability since it affects how people interact with the world around them and communicate with others; those with autism may also show signs of repetitive or restrictive behaviour.

via Raisingchildren.net.au

Since there are so many  types of autism and it can affect people so differently, it’s often referred to as a spectrum. Some people with autism need very little support, if any, from others and can get by in everyday life just fine; others, whose autism affects them a lot more, may need daily help from someone such as a parent, partner or carer. Some of the main signs ot autism include finding social interactions harder, developing anxiety about being in an unfamiliar situation, needing more time to understand things, having problems with loud noises and bright lights, and doing certain things over and over again.

via Tes.com

Someone who’s diagnosed with autism is still fully capable of enjoying a full and complete life. Autistic people may need a bit of help doing certain things; they may take longer to do things as well. But, this shouldn’t stop them from doing what they want to. It’s estimated that there are around 25 million people in the world with autism. Males are four-to-five times more likely to be diagnosed with autsim than females. About 1.5% of all children are diagnosed with the condition.

via Autism.org.uk

Despite there being signficant amounts of research on autism being carried out, it’s still not fully clear what causes it. Many possible theories have been proposed over the years, but there’s never been a definitive cause confirmed. It’s widely believed that the condition is caused by something in a person’s genetics; this may go some way to explaining why several people in the same family can get diagnosed with the condition. Some have proposed that autism may be linked to things like an infection or even vaccinations such as the MMR vaccine. The condition has also been linked with a lack of vitamin D, or even bad parenting – this last possible condition has been touted as a possible cause because autism affects interaction and developmental skills.

autism
via Eatright.org

Though there’s not a definitive answer as to what causes autism, research remains ongoing. There is no cure for the condition, so as previously mentioned those with it have it for life. Research into the condition therefore focuses on highlighting what causes it and trying to find a way for autistic people to live with their condition more easily, wherever on the spectrum they fall.



James Gibson
I'm a Classics graduate and have been writing for over three years. Hopefully going to go into novel writing some day. I'm mostly interested in theme parks and roller coasters - I've been on 300 coasters and plan on going on lots more!
0FansLike
0FollowersFollow
0FollowersFollow

PEOPLE READING NOW

The 13 Funniest and Most Random Notes Ever Written That Will Make You Choke Laughing!

Oh dear! Some people have got a very active sense of humour!

Will Donald Trump Win A Second Term?

Donald Trump's presidency has been divisive, to say the least. While many have praised him for his America-first approach, his ongoing efforts to create...

14 Embarrassing Cosplay Fails You Must See to Believe – #6 is Death of the Character!

This is exactly why you should always plan your costume months in advance.

Forget Your Smartphone, This Jacket Is the Greatest Gadget You Can Buy

There's a Kickstarter that has taken the internet by storm. So much so that it already has over $9 million pledged to it. So...

11 Celebrity Tweets That Were Quickly Deleted – #5 Made Me Chuckle Hard

It’s very easy to accidentally hit ‘send’ before you’ve double checked the message you’re sending. Imagine what it’s like being a celebrity with hundreds...