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17 Jan 2021, 7:09 am

Yes, personally I think the word "epidemic" is not appropriate, which is why I put it in quotation marks.

And I find most here would agree with you that the increase is due to wider diagnosis - but I am interested in how we can know this as the cause? Where is the evidence? What do the experts say?

When I started looking into it, wider diagnosis (although a significant factor) seemed not to be the whole story.



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17 Jan 2021, 7:24 am

No doubt!

No doubt we must enquire.

It’s not the “whole story”—but it is many chapters of it.

There is the recognition of the possible existence of the Broad Autism Phenotype, where a genetic causation is implied.



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07 Apr 2021, 7:29 pm

Autism is both underdiagnosed and overdiagnosed.

A lot of people who have "autism" are called autistic because they happen to have a low iq or can't speak. I actually saw people who don't even have a trait of autism in them and are diagnosed as autistic because they simply can't talk, and it is estimated that 30 percent of people diagnosed with autism didn't even have autism in the first place. Autism is also very underdiagnosed as well because most females with autism go undiagnosed so it is likely that 30 percent of autistic people who are undiagnosed should be.



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07 Apr 2021, 9:44 pm

Dylanperr wrote:
Autism is both underdiagnosed and overdiagnosed.

A lot of people who have "autism" are called autistic because they happen to have a low iq or can't speak. I actually saw people who don't even have a trait of autism in them and are diagnosed as autistic because they simply can't talk, and it is estimated that 30 percent of people diagnosed with autism didn't even have autism in the first place. Autism is also very underdiagnosed as well because most females with autism go undiagnosed so it is likely that 30 percent of autistic people who are undiagnosed should be.

Not sure how often or widespread...

But I do know there are places where cases that are knowingly not really actually autism cases, gets autism diagnosis for support access.

The autism diagnosis is just a formality or for legal purposes. Likely to access medical facilities, educational and social accomodations.
While the real condition isn't in the spectrum and may remain unknown.


I wonder myself how many systems around the world would do this? And the odds of this vs genuine misdiagnosis.


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08 Apr 2021, 7:58 am

Autism is just a 1940’s parking space to dump people and give a label to those who’s brain works in a non NT way with deficits in function.

There’s at present no biological marker for autism so it’s just diagnosed on subjective traits, often to access disability services.

One day things may be different and they will be split into the relevant causes but for now I suppose we just have to deal with it.



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09 Apr 2021, 8:02 am

If they are going to go with this why not “autism pandemic”, autism is not limited to Europe and America.(sarcasm).


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