It is a neuro-developmental disorder, noticed in early childhood itself, usually before third year. Normal brain functioning is affected. Social interaction and communication is impaired.
Severity of symptoms has wide variation from child to child. No two autistic children may show similar symptoms. The common findings are:
A specific medical test is not available. The diagnosis is made by evaluating the behavior, psychiatric assessment and thorough history taking. Tests may be done to rule out other pathologies.
Usually condition improves with treatment and age. Autistic children can grow up to lead normal or near normal lives. The earlier the detection and management, the better is the prognosis.
Autism can be considered as a disorder of the mind due to predominance of Rajas and Tamas. Treatment aims at maintaining the satwa, remove obstruction by excessive tamoguna and pacifing rajas.
The bodily components are also vitiated due to improper digestive capacity, impaired immunity and external toxins. Thus a systematic long term treatment after careful evaluation is required which can bring about significant changes.
Irritability, aggressiveness and anger are due to the predominance of rajas whereas lack of interest to mingle and absence of speech are due to predominance of tamas.
Gastrointestinal disturbances are usually associated with autism. Correction of digestion and metabolism with suitable herbal and herbomineral remedies are advised.
Wide spectrums of Immune modulatory drugs are available which are effective in autism.
Medicinal preparations processed with medhya drugs (drugs improving brain function) are very effective.
The following therapies have proved to be very effective:
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