Common Comorbidities with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disorder that is often hard to explain or qualify. Those who suffer from autism fall on a spectrum, with degrees of severity at either end. Autism and its related disorders are qualified with several diagnostic criteria, including a difficulty in communicating, following abstract concepts, and difficulty using language, among others. No two cases of autism are alike, and you will often here people say, “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Essentially, this means that everyone on the spectrum is a bit different from each other. For example, many children and adults who are autistic are non-verbal throughout their life, but those with Asperger’s syndrome (a different part of the autism spectrum), may talk nonstop.
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David’s story with Epilepsy

The seizures in my life that have brought with them pains that will never go away. They become a part of us, they journey the paths we take and go wherever we go in life. We can never get rid of them, but we can try to understand, accept them, and learn to deal with them through acts of pleasure that we experience in life. Let me explain the seizures that I live with everyday. I have primary generalized epilepsy (onset seizures):

Motor symptoms may include sustained rhythmic jerking movements (clonic), muscles becoming weak or limp (atonic), muscles becoming tense or rigid (tonic), brief muscle twitching (myoclonus), or epileptic spasms (body flexes and extends repeatedly).
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What is PatientNextDoor?


PatientNextDoor is a community where patients connect, share and heal together. App lets you embark on a path to wellness by researching treatment options, recommending care providers and traversing the journey together.

To be diagnosed with a chronic or rare medical condition —or to be a caregiver for someone recently diagnosed — can be heartbreaking. The challenges are many and can range from finding the right doctors and the best treatments, to staying up-to-date with the latest medical research and finding emotional support.

At PatientNextDoor, we believe the best healthcare guides are fellow patients. Connecting with others in similar circumstances can provide much-needed support, motivation and information.

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