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Old 06-27-2009, 09:28 PM   #1
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EEG scans to know for sure

I managed to get accidentally diagnosed with high functioning autism when I went in for an ADD test. The thing is I exhibit a serious amount of autism traits even my mother has suspected me of being autistic for years and my brother went to a psychologist once and he described me and the psychologist tells him "he sounds like he has aspergers". I have a real hard time believing I'm autistic though. Its just my style if you ask me. I don't mind being autistic at all but I think it might be a misdiagnosis. Can EEG scans tell you with 100% positivity whether your autistic or not?

I'll admit the more I read up on autism the more I see I fit the description but like I said it might just be my style.

 
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:00 PM   #2
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Re: EEG scans to know for sure

No. They can't. They are more for things that cause large, somewhat reliable changes, like epilepsy. Since Autism is a term that encompasses a large amount of behavioral characteristics and not necessarily one or two specific neurological malfunctions, it's impossible for researchers to mark all the small electrical discharges that might or might not take place within a wide array of individuals doing a wide array of...stuff. There are suppositions that certain malfunctions are more reliable than others, but that still isn't what you're asking for and that's research that, as far as I know from recent articles I've seen, hasn't yet been firmly proved.

You might want to simply get a second opinion. It sounds like someone diagnosed you quite quickly, which seems strange. Then again, you might just want to give it some time and further research and see what you think.

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Old 06-29-2009, 03:41 AM   #3
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Re: EEG scans to know for sure

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No. They can't. They are more for things that cause large, somewhat reliable changes, like epilepsy. Since Autism is a term that encompasses a large amount of behavioral characteristics and not necessarily one or two specific neurological malfunctions, it's impossible for researchers to mark all the small electrical discharges that might or might not take place within a wide array of individuals doing a wide array of...stuff. There are suppositions that certain malfunctions are more reliable than others, but that still isn't what you're asking for and that's research that, as far as I know from recent articles I've seen, hasn't yet been firmly proved.

You might want to simply get a second opinion. It sounds like someone diagnosed you quite quickly, which seems strange. Then again, you might just want to give it some time and further research and see what you think.
Quickly? I was sitting in the psychiatrists office for 5 hours straight. My mother was there too. I'm not looking for opinions though I'm looking for solid evidence. I watched a documentary where they compared EEG's of neurotypical people to people with aspergers and they can distinguish aspergers from neurotypical due to activity of certain areas of the brain.

 
Old 06-29-2009, 08:20 PM   #4
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Quickly? I was sitting in the psychiatrists office for 5 hours straight. My mother was there too. I'm not looking for opinions though I'm looking for solid evidence. I watched a documentary where they compared EEG's of neurotypical people to people with aspergers and they can distinguish aspergers from neurotypical due to activity of certain areas of the brain.
"Quickly" meaning that an adolescent or adult patient might visit their clinician multiple times over many months before a firm diagnosis is made.

In general, if they think you might be mildly autistic, they will give you that opinion but have you come back for further studies in order to make an "official" diagnosis. It's all heavily reliant on what the clinician gets to know about you and your behavior over the course of time ... Especially if there is a suspicion of a different but similar, or similar and co-morbid, disorder.

There have been some EEG abnormalities studied, yes, but there haven't been enough of these kinds of studies done worldwide for any method to be considered scientifically reliable. There have been multiple studies done with fMRIs on how abnormal growth in certain brain areas might cause changes in brain function. There are serotonin studies. All of this is preliminary. It's not even been resolved by the scientific community whether they think Asperger's is the same or different than HFA. It's been reported on television and in magazines that certain images or studies might hold a promise of diagnosis because the public is very interested in the possibility, but that also means that if there were a reliable test yet, it would be given.

You might be thinking of a study like 'Abnormal Attention in Autism Shown by Steady-State Visual Evoked Potentials' by Matthew Belmonte, where they looked at what happened to autistic brains during different shiftings of attention. A link to that study and many, many others can be found at the neurodiversity website.

There's so much information available about methods of evaluation and diagnosis it might be more efficient to send in an "ask an expert" query over at the Autism Today site, and ask a professional what might be a good way to dispute or confirm your specific situation.

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