Monday, April 27, 2009

Are You Aware? XXIII

Sometimes you just need the basics to get you started. What is autism? NIH offers a basic overview page.

Here are some things autism is not:

Autism is not schizophrenia. However, I feel people should also be aware of schizophrenia, there are a lot of ugly myths abounding about it.

Autism is not bad parenting.

Autism is not mercury poisoning. No, it isn't. The symptoms do not match up. (However, I do recommend having your pediatrician check for heavy metal toxicity if you are concerned. There are valid tests for it, and valid treatments for it.)

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