Rethinking Autism: Variation and Complexity

Other | December 17, 2012

byLynn Waterhouse, Lynn Waterhouse

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The media, scientific researchers, and theDiagnostic and Statistical Manualall refer to "autism" as if it were a single disorder or a single disorder over a spectrum. However, autism is unlike any single disorder in a variety of ways. No single brain deficit is found to cause it, no single drug is found to affect it, and no single cause or cure has been found despite tremendous research efforts to find same.Rethinking Autismreviews the scientific research on causes, symptomology, course, and treatment done to date...and draws the potentially shocking conclusion that "autism" does not exist as a single disorder. The conglomeration of symptoms exists, but like fever, those symptoms aren't a disease in themselves, but rather a result of some other cause(s). Only by ceasing to think of autism as a single disorder can we ever advance research to more accurately parse why these symptoms occur and what the different and varied causes may be.



  • Autism is a massive worldwide problem with increasing prevalence rates, now thought to be as high as 1 in 38 children (Korea) and 1 in 100 children (CDC- US)
  • Autism is the 3rdmost common developmental disability; 400,000 people in the United States alone have autism
  • Autism affects the entire brain, including communication, social behavior, and reasoning and is lifelong
  • There is no known cause and no cure
  • Funding for autism research quadrupled from 1995 to 2000 up to $45 million, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee has recommended $1 billion funding from 2010-2015

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The media, scientific researchers, and theDiagnostic and Statistical Manualall refer to "autism" as if it were a single disorder or a single disorder over a spectrum. However, autism is unlike any single disorder in a variety of ways. No single brain deficit is found to cause it, no single drug is found to affect it, and no single caus...

Dr. Lynn Waterhouse was the Director of Child Behavior Study at The College of New Jersey for 31 years, and is currently a Professor in Global Graduate Programs at the College. NIMH, NICHD, and private funding agencies supported her autism research. She worked with Dr. Lorna Wing on the APA DSM-III-R diagnostic criteria for autism.

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Rethinking Autism: Variation And Complexity
Rethinking Autism: Variation And Complexity

Hardcover|Sep 12 2012

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Format:OtherDimensions:480 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:December 17, 2012Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Autism Heterogeneity

Chapter 2 Autism Symptom Heterogeneity Exists in Family Members

Chapter 3 The Social Brain is a Complex Super-Network

Chapter 4 Genetic Risk Factors Link Autism to Many Other Disorders

Chapter 5 Environmental Risk Factors Link Autism to Many Other Outcomes

Chapter 6 Savant Skills, Superior Skills, and Intelligence Vary Widely in Autism

Chapter 7 Increasing Prevalence and the Problem of Diagnosis

Chapter 8 Autism Symptoms Exist but the Disorder Remains Elusive