OCD masking Autism?

jonathanshaw By jonathanshaw, 7th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A writer with Aspergers syndrome challenges the possibility that is could be an offshoot of Autism.

OCD masking Autism?

It is scientific fact that Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can and do occur at the same time. Unfortunantly, alot of Americans still dont know thats these conditions are, never mind the difference.

So what are the differences? OCD causes sufferers to have unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they can’t seem to get out of their heads, often compelling them to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines to try and ease their anxiety.

But those with Autism generally have repetitive, perseverative thoughts that are intense in nature, much like children with purely OCD symptoms.

I, myself, have Aspergers Syndrome, an offshoot of Autism, and this causes me to feel unsafe to changes in routine or invitation to unfamilar locations. I also feel comfortable with computers, and have some naive playful tenancies.

But that leads be to think, is ASD and OCD within the same condition?

Well, it seems as though I am wrong.

Research shows that children with OCD do not like the experience of having repetitive thoughts and would do anything to get rid of the thoughts (such as washing one’s hands 25 times). But children with Autism Spectrum diagnoses are NOT BOTHERED by their repetitive behaviours and thoughts, because they think its normal and instead are usually comforted by them (such as playfully grabbing bottoms, as certain memebers of my class have done).

well, if anyone begs to differ, please say. Otherwise, thank you for reading.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Sep 2013 (#)

Hopefully we are able to overcome their effects faster through modern methods of treatment - siva

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author avatar jonathanshaw
8th Sep 2013 (#)

Yes Sivaramakrishnan A. But bear in mind a pill cant fix Autism. We need counselling, and support networks! And better education to others about this condition.

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