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A TEDx talk about SPECT Scans and Psychiatric Diagnosis

Psychiatry is a field that relies on talking and questioning patients about their symptoms and lives for the purposes of diagnosis. A pioneer in the field has been using a method to scan the electrical activity of the brain for the purpose of more accurate diagnosis with the goal of providing more accurate treatments.

Dr. Amen shares his findings from 83,000 SPECT scans taken over many years of his clinical work helping individual patients improve their health and quality of life with individualized diagnosis and treatment recommendations. While his findings have helped many patients with a variety of conditions, autism spectrum disorders are not a primary focus of his work. The scans can help clarify diagnosis of ADHD and many other psychiatric conditions and may be helpful with autism disorders but that will likely require more time and more patients. It is a private clinic that expects payment to be paid in full at the time of the appointment. The fees may be able to be covered in part by your health insurance company but you would have to submit the bill and work with your insurance company yourself – and it may require preauthorization so check with them first if you hope for some reimbursement.

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Autism in girls may not present as severely as in boys

The friendships and social skills of girls with autism were found to be more similar to those of girls without an autism diagnosis than to the social skills of boys with autism. The study was published earlier this year by a group of researchers at the University College London.

Differences were found between the social skills of the girls with autism and the girls without an autism diagnosis. The girls with autism were found to not recognize conflict in their relationships as well as the average girls. Read more: [http://www.ndtv.com/health/autistic-girls-more-social-than-autistic-boys-study-1264125]

Currently the rates of children diagnosed with autism are significantly more elevated in boys than in girls however the diagnosis is based on behavioral indicators. Read more: [http://transcendingsquare.com/2016/02/04/autism-fore-common-for-male-children-based-on-current-behavioral-diagnostic-criteria/]

A biomarker screening test has been developed that was able to identify from a newborn’s umbilical cord blood which infants would go on to develop autism later in life. Either an increase or decreased level in fifteen lab tests was found to be associated with developing autism later in life. Read more: [http://transcendingsquare.com/2016/01/27/newborn-screening-for-autism-3-sets-of-5-potential-biomarkers/]

Screening newborn’s umbilical cord blood instead of waiting for severe behavior problems to develop later in life might show that there is actually a more equal rate of autism in girls as in boys — but girls may not have as obvious behavioral symptoms.

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