One possible reason for hypersensitivity in ASD

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30 May 2019, 12:08 pm

I read some years ago in a psychiatry book on various forms of anxiety disorders that during birth, some, who suffer from traumatic birth have part of their brain that deals with sensitivity set their sensitivity level hypersensitive which causes the hypersensitivity through their life cycle.

I was thinking about this theory, and perhaps it makes sense, for babies that are extremely fragile that are are more vulnerable to be killed to have their sensitivities set to high, so as to help ensure their survival,
i guess its a bit like putting a "handle with care" or "Warning Volatile" sticker on fragile goods when in transit for delivery.

The hypersensitivity is perhaps just natures way of telling the individual and the people around them,
that this person is not made for the normal stressors that normal people are capable of handling, and thus
telling them to be careful.

Shame that most of the human race does not listen to nature.



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30 May 2019, 3:51 pm

What about those like me who didn't have a traumatic birth or any birth complications?
I was born 5 days late, I weighed nearly 8 pounds, it was a natural labour (not a C-section), I didn't lack oxygen, and my parents were allowed to take me home the same day. I was a healthy baby, not any more 'delicate' than the next baby.

I think my ASD was just a curse, not an environmental factor.


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31 May 2019, 12:01 am

Some odds of developmental issues can happen with birth issues.

But autism isn't all about hypersensitivities. :| More like lack of filters than anything else, easily mistaken for sensitivity.

There's also hyposensitivities and intolerance for some reason.
Then there's hypersensitivities and tolerance; this is somewhat many would try to thrive for.


Worse of all? The opposite happened to my family. :lol:
I have a healthy birth, my childhood doesn't plague sensory issues, sickness and anxiety, and I'm socially fulfilled. Yet I came out autistic and asocial.
My sister? Came out via c-section that might've took my mom's life. She's frequently sick, has some lung issues, is more shy than I'm for most of her childhood and has more fears than some kids do. She came out NT; no issues of any kind either unless it's related to upbringing or health.


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31 May 2019, 12:54 am

I too was carried to term. Average weight too.


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31 May 2019, 4:38 am

I suffered a traumatic birth and I'm convinced that is the root cause of my problems. I wouldn't say it's the cause of autism per se, it's just one of the things that result in somebody being autistic, as currently defined.



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31 May 2019, 4:13 pm

Joe90 wrote:
What about those like me who didn't have a traumatic birth or any birth complications?
I was born 5 days late, I weighed nearly 8 pounds, it was a natural labour (not a C-section), I didn't lack oxygen, and my parents were allowed to take me home the same day. I was a healthy baby, not any more 'delicate' than the next baby.

I think my ASD was just a curse, not an environmental factor.

Hmm that's interesting. As the disorder is a neurological developmental disorder, there can be other factors.
Also, i know that the birthing process i.e. the pregnancy may also be the cause or one of the factors.
I say that, as when i was born, i died at birth due to severe respiratory distress. I stopped breathing for over 2 minutes.

My skin also appeared black when i was born. I say appeared, as i am from white caucasian genetics.
My skin was black due to oxygen starvation.

Apparently, when i was born, the doctor / midwife who was present at my birth said the placenta (the tube that transports blood and nutrients to the baby) wasn't thick enough to keep a kitten alive.
So they thought it was a miracle that i survived even for a week.

The doctors told my parents at birth to not expert the baby to last for longer than a couple of weeks, and i was placed into an incubator for several weeks and fed with an eye dropper.

Despite the poor forecast prospects, i still am alive, at the age 46. And have likely had a more varied life than most.
:-)

As well as the birthing process, i believe other factors such as brain damage occurring from accidental damage (such as baby falling off high chair, as can happen with Autistic and other kids, due to the weight of their heads).

Can't say why the clinical psychologist gave you a diagnosis, only they can.