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Do you think Autism is a form of Tourette's?

I never, ever thought of this until tonight when I was watching 20/20. There was a girl named Carly with severe autism. I was AMAZED I must say. What do you think?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:56 AM on Aug. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (9)
  • no it isnt...although tourettes can also be present with can many other disorders...
    my son has a form of autism called aspergers...

    Answer by sagehoney at 5:14 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Not likely. I know someone with tourettes and he has nothing really in common with autism.

    Answer by Carpy at 8:53 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • No. Neither of my children speak "erratically." Autism is a genetic neurological condition. Depending on WHERE in the brain the neurological damage has occurred determines the type of disability and the severity of autism.

    Some children have seizures, some never speak, some will have severe motor coordination and involuntary movement issues, some will always be incontinent, and combinations of or anything in between.

    Thankfully, neither of my children have any of the above!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:23 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • From the DSM-IV TR:

    "The onset must have occurred before the age of 18, and cannot be attributed to the "direct physiological effects of a substance or a general medical condition". Hence, other medical conditions that include tics or tic-like movements—such as autism or other causes of tourettism—must be ruled out before conferring a Tourette's diagnosis.


    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:31 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Tourette's is an OCD spectrum disorder and while there can be similar presentations between those with OCD and Autism they are not the same nor are they linked. I have a daughter with OCD and I have OCD.

    Answer by luvmybabieskna at 10:03 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • No. My son has autism, not tourettes. They are not the same.

    Answer by sunnymom3 at 10:18 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Nope as a mom of a child with autism, I agree wtih sunnymom3.

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    Answer by MizLee at 10:36 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Nope.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 11:08 AM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • nope they are both diffferent disorders......thats like saying the swine flu is just a little cold...not the same....

    Answer by michaux at 4:37 PM on Aug. 9, 2009