The symptoms of autism spectrum disorders and ADHD overlap. Most children on the autism spectrum have symptoms of ADHD — difficulty settling down, social awkwardness, the ability to focus only on things that interest them, and impulsivity .
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues .
What causes autism
Because autism runs in families, most researchers think that certain combinations of genes may predispose a child to autism. But there are risk factors that increase the chance of having a child with autism. Advanced age of the mother or the father increases the chance of an autistic child.When a pregnant woman is exposed to certain drugs or chemicals, her child is more likely to be autistic. These risk factors include the use of alcohol, maternal metabolic conditions such as diabetes and obesity, and the use of antiseizure drugs during pregnancy.
ADHD is a disorder that makes it difficult for a person to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors. He or she may also be restless and almost constantly active.
What causes ADHD?
Like many other illnesses, a number of factors may contribute to ADHD such as:
- Cigarette smoking, alcohol use, or drug use during pregnancy
- Exposure to environmental toxins, such as high levels of lead, at a young age
- Low birth weight
- Brain injuries
People with ADHD shows an ongoing pattern of three different types of symptoms:
- Difficulty paying attention (inattention)
- Being overactive (hyperactivity)
- Acting without thinking (impulsivity)
Parents with special children often agonise over the ways in which they can improve the child’s cognitive and mental development. Other than physiotherapy and occupational therapy allopathic medicine does not have much to offer. In traditional medicine there are solutions. Autism and ADHD are manifestations having its deep root in beeja dosha (semen, ovum) activated by favourable environment. The condition requires a long-term intervention and the improvements will be seen soon after each course of management.
At Haridra royal ayurvedic treatment centre, Madurai we offerthe best traditional royal chintarmani (Ayurveda, siddha, varma) treatments for autism and ADHD. Our treatment contains both internal and external treatments which are very effective.