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Posted in Child Care on 11th March 2014

My opinion on the number of cases of autism increasing.?
A lot of doctors and scientists say that autism has been growing in children, some even saying that the environment or the water we drink may have something to do with it.

But couldn’t it also be that the number of cases is increasing simply because more and more doctors are willing to diagnose it to children? (good-old fashioned stupidity being diagnosed as autism).

Best answer(s):

Answer by Trixie
More and more children that are born end up being diagnosed with the brain disease every single day and every year. Autism is increasing bit by bit, and no one knows why. But what i want to know is what causes it so that perhaps we might be able to find a cure for it.

Answer by Joseph
The number of diagnoses of autism are increasing. It is important to distinguish this claim from one that says the number of _cases_ of autism are increasing. There is no good evidence to show that the true prevalence of the condition is actually increasing, but that’s possible.

The issue can be looked at in two ways: (1) What passive databases — e.g. special education counts and service-provision reports — show; (2) What prevalence studies show.

Passive (“you find us”) database counts are affected by awareness. People generally have to be aware about autism and seek diagnoses before they are counted.

Prevalence studies are different. Their results depend on the true prevalence of the condition, the diagnostic criteria/methods/tools, the screening methods, and case-finding methods.

Diagnostic criteria for autism is currently much broader than it was in the past. It also appears that case-finding methods have also improved over time.

Note that these issues could also, in principle, hide a true decline in the prevalence of autism.

Answer by Heidi N
I hate it when people say there is no evidence, no proof, no correlation. That can never be true ever. You can find reports that peanut butter causes cancer, or tomatoes, or whatever. And then you can find studies that say it prevents cancer. My point is that you can never say never because there is way too much research out there for you to have read it all. Thus, you can say I never saw it, but you can not say it doesn’t exist. Everyone over 40 with a decent memory knows that we did NOT have all this cancer, autism, Bipolar, ADHD, etc. We know we didn’t have it because we did NOT see any hyper people. You can say we are diagnosing ADHD more, but you can easily search your memory to see if there were hyper kids in your elementary classes. There were not. Although, I have heard that New York has some hyper ones first, but most states didn’t see hyperactivity until the 80’s, just a few, and the 90’s, all over the place. With cancer, it was very rare to hear about it. Now, one in three get it. Not only is autism an alarming epidemic, but so are thousands of other illnesses in epidemic proportions. In my neighborhood, one in three homes has someone diagnosed with a mental or developmental illness. I have gobs of disabled neighbors in their 40s and 50’s. Wake up world; things are bad. In my childhood, there were 5 people in the entire grade level that went for some assisted learning for English or Math. Now, there are entire classrooms of special needs children who can not do any regular education classes. Diagnosed or not, they have much more severe symptoms and are much more disabled.

Answer by Sunny
So, autism is just being diagnosed better to your mind, right? And the “experts” say it’s “incurable” and will require “lifetime care”. And current numbers indicate that 1 in 91 children (1 in 57 boys) have autism..

So, just WHERE are these autistic adults? You MUST know several. You must have several in your family. There must be WAREHOUSES of these folks, right?

You don’t know any, because they don’t EXIST. This is an EPIDEMIC–environmental, as they all are.

Answer by AnnaBelle
A friend of mine has a son who was diagnosed with Autism in 2007, when he was 3 years old. She has two other children, a girl and a boy. In the last 10 weeks, both of them have been diagnosed as well, the youngest being 2 years old. That’s 3 of her 3 children diagnosed with Autism. And you don’t think it’s an epidemic?! It’s growing all right. Totally out of control.

I am inclined to agree with Sunny, that Autism is reversable and preventable. To imply that Autism simply could have been masquerading as “stupidity” for all those years really speaks volumes about YOUR intellect. I believe that it is largely environmental and dietary. And I believe that the influx of toxic CRAP coming into our bodies every day is taking its toll on all of us…Some are affected by autism, some cancer, some alzheimers, etc…And while we are busy “fundraising” for a “cure”, relinquishing control of monetary resources to people who do NOT have ANYONE’s best interest at heart (Big Pharma) we waste time and energy that could be spent healing ourselves and our children. You can’t expect to continue taking in toxic crap from our water, food and air, and pop a magic “cure” pill.

But good on those doctors, eh? Pfft.

Answer by Jennifer L
Yes. That can be a factor. I’ve worked in child/adolescent psych for a few years and that was discussed at length by the psychiatrists. Also, some of the diagnostic criteria has changed over the years. I agree that over-diagnosis and misdiagnosis can contribute to the perception that autism incidents are increasing.

Same thing with ADHD. Yes, there are children with this diagnosis and they do need medications. But it wasn’t that long ago when doctors were slapping that ADHD diagnosis (without being tested by a qualified specialist) and handing out Ritalin like candy.

Another factor can be that the wrong doctors are making the diagnosis. Autism should be diagnosed by a child/adolescent psychiatrist. Not a pediatrician. Not a family doctor. Not even an adult psychiatrist. You wouldn’t expect your family doctor to do open heart surgery, so don’t expect them to diagnose severe mental illness.

I remember one instance where a parent got very angry with a doctor because he wouldn’t diagnose the child with autism. The reason the parent wanted the diagnosis was because being autistic meant more benefits.

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