Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents often notice signs during the first three years of... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Psychiatry
  • Symptoms:  Trouble with social interaction, impaired communication, restricted interests, repetitive behavior
  • Usual onset:  By age two or three
  • Duration:  Long-term
  • Causes:  Genetic and environmental factors
  • Diagnostic method:  Based on behavior and developmental history
  • Differential diagnosis:  Reactive attachment disorder, intellectual disability, schizophrenia
  • Medication:  Antipsychotics, antidepressants, stimulants (associated symptoms)
  • Frequency:  24.8 million (2015)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo