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02 Oct 2016, 12:28 pm

Interesting to ask. I hear brain damage can mimic the symptoms but is it really autism? If someone had a head injury or brain damage from birth or at a few months old and then showed signs of autism not too long later in life but no more than past three years of age, I think it can make it very difficult to diagnose. But a diagnoses can still be given but to me I don't really care if someone truly has it or not. It only matters what symptoms they have that are associated with autism and the help they need. I have seen several people like that online.


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02 Oct 2016, 12:39 pm

Brain damage caused by head injuries can mimic some of the traits of autism, but autism itself is genetic. So the answer is no.

I can assure you that my own drain not is bamaged. :P



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02 Oct 2016, 12:49 pm

brain damage can cause autism like symptoms and behaviors

but NOT autism symptoms and autism behaviors


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02 Oct 2016, 1:42 pm

KenG wrote:
There is a significant diagnostic overlap between ‘mild’ acquired brain injuries and Asperger’s syndrome: http://www.autismsupportnetwork.com/new ... abi-667654


Very interesting; thank you.

I remember, when I was about 4 years old, falling from a cloths pole, hitting my head on the wagon I climbed up from, and was unconscious for a short while.

I've haven't paid much attention to possible implications, but I think I'll spend some time on that now.

Thanks again. :)



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02 Oct 2016, 6:56 pm

No. A concussion cannot cause autistic spectrum disorders. It is possible to produce autism like symptoms, but not autism, and there are overlaps in diagnostic criteria...

I wrote about this on my blog HERE...

there are physical, neurological differences between NTs and Autistic Spectrum Individuals


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03 Oct 2016, 4:32 am

No, but it can possibly increase the severity of already existing symptoms.


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03 Oct 2016, 4:47 am

It's more likely that autism causes concussion than the other way around.
I've had some great headbanging meltdowns myself.


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03 Oct 2016, 9:18 am

[color=#002ff] Hell, no. [/color]


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03 Oct 2016, 9:31 am

I've heard of parents who believe their child's autism was caused by head injuries as a baby. They are wrong of course but maybe they don't want to believe this because symptoms often don't become evident until age 2-3.



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05 Oct 2016, 2:03 pm

can contusions cause autism or aspergers or cause intellectual disability



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05 Oct 2016, 4:14 pm

I think autism is something one is born with, even if it's not diagnosed at birth or before the first birthday. Concussions are more likely to lead to traumatic brain injury, which can be as severe as having a stroke as far as what it does to the brain.



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06 Oct 2016, 3:36 am

My neurologist once told me that he felt twice on the head violently: it must have been a concussion or a contusion and he has no particuliar problems: he even became a doctor! So i think traumatic brain injury is as severe as a stroke in certain cases or if it is cumulative! For tbi causing autism i think it can produce certain symptoms that mimic autism but not be the main cause... After i think this question should be asked to a neurologist or neuropsychologist...