Is Autism Disorder Overdiagnosed and Misused?

There has been a marked upsurge in the diagnoses of Autism or Autism spectrum disorder. According to some of the studies now coming in, those diagnoses may be erroneous or may be made too early in the life of a child to be accurate in any way. In addition, there are multiple genetic disorders that can manifest as autism to those who are unfamiliar with the disorder.

More than 50 percent of the people who have a genetic disorder that is in no way related to autism are diagnosed with autism and it frequently leads to very inappropriate treatments that actually make their condition worse than it was. According to the University of California “22q11.2 deletion syndrome, which can lead to developmental delays, social awkwardness and anxiety, among other symptoms. Because those symptoms overlap with some of the hallmark signs of autism, researchers say that anywhere from 20% to 50% of children with 22q, as the condition is called, are misdiagnosed with autism.”

According to Tony Simon, author of Cognitive Analysis and Brain Imaging Laboratory and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the MIND Institute”It’s quite clear that children with the [22q] disorder do have social impairments, but it did seem to us that they did not have a classic case of autism spectrum disorder. They often have very high levels of social motivation. They get a lot of pleasure from social interaction, and they’re quite socially skilled.

This is not the only case of misdiagnosis of Autism or Aspergers according to multiple studies, many of this believe that the sharp upsurge in new cases of Autism are not due so much to an increase in autism as an increase in the misdiagnoses and the inability of schools, parents and other organizations to accurately diagnose and the changes in the way that we perceive what may be individualized development.

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Latest update: May 14, 2016