Autism Articles

Concerned about Possible Future Break from Reality

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
I'm 21, and just starting college again. I have no job, and have been able to find one that I can handle. As a child and teenager, I had issues controlling myself when angry. There was never a diagnosis that completely explained it, but Manic-Depressive/Bipolar ...

Can I Improve My Understanding of Oral Communication?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, November 10th, 2014
I have trouble with oral communication, especially at work. When someone talks to me, it takes a count of two before I understand, longer if they are a stranger, I am stressed or under pressure. If it is oral instructions, I will forget ...

Developmental Problems with Daughter

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, October 18th, 2014
From the U.S.: Not (fearful of) separation she will go to school and can be left with people without incident. In public though (she) is very clingy. Was non verbal in preschool which was 2.5 hours a day 4 days a week all year. Since ...

Could I Be Autistic and Bipolar?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, September 19th, 2014
I was diagnosed with Bipolar, I always wondered if I was Autistic, so I took a quiz and it showed that I am likely on the spectrum is it possible to be both bipolar and autistic? A: Thank you for asking this. The quizzes are general ...

Does My Stepbrother Have an Anxiety Disorder?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
From the U.S: Hi. I'm 14. I have a step brother that lives in my dad's house. His mom (my step mom) lives in the house as well. I recently moved in with my dad. My step mom is very protective over her son who ...

Bipolar or Some Other Mood Disorder?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
I've been experiencing symptoms that align with bipolar but could also align with a number of other mood disorders. I'm not looking for a conclusive diagnosis, more a probability of a diagnosis. Here's a list of symptoms to help you answer this question. Periods of high ...

Not Able to Understand Reality

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, August 17th, 2014
I have Pure O OCD and i think i have Aspergers too. I am struggling with the OCD as thoughts often tear me down in my subconscious without any way to calm myself down. The thing i struggle with the most or would want to ...

Could I have Asperger’s syndrome

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
From Scotland: Could I have Asperger's syndrome? Here's a list of my issues: Limited eye contact especially with new people Very little social interaction with people Sensitivity to loud noise, bright lights and tags on my clothing Bad short term memory but great long term memory Inability to understand sarcasm Not great ...

Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
I grew up in a house with two heroin addicts for parents, so concern over my health usually wasn't addressed, however my sisters and other family members have recently noted that I have odd behavior and mannerisms associated with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). ...

My Friend Is Raising Her Grandson & I Think There Are Problems with Him that She Won’t Accept

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
The child is a 5 yr old little boy and I have noticed many things that have prompted me to research things and have come up with Sensory Processing Disorder. His grandmother, who is raising him, is a RN and will not entertain the possibility ...

Does My Daughter Have a Specific Disorder?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
My daughter, Sally, is 14 years old and she has been experiencing some unusual things for about 1 year now. She see shapes floating in the air, she will actually hear music, radio static, footsteps up and down the hallway, and people whispering. She will ...

Dreams Feel Real

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, March 24th, 2014
I have Autism and I am in a relationship and have two children with this man. I had a bad dream about sexual abuse between my partner and my child and I know it was not real but I have this awful realistic feeling about ...