I found this to be intriguing. I happen to know another family who has a son with Autism and a close relative with bipolar disorder. I have also heard from a follower with a similar situation. It makes me wonder how connected these disorders are.
Another piece of interesting information I came across is that children with Aspergers tend to have more unusual medical conditions than the average child. According to The Asperger’s Answer Book by Susan Ashley, Ph.D., 12-37% of children with Aspergers may have one of the following:
• Chromosomal Abnormalities
• Thyroid Disorder
• Neurological Disorders
• Tuberous Sclerosis (Tumerlike growths on the brain)
• Neurofibromatosis (Soft tumors all over the body)
The last one on the list made my eyes pop out! Neurofibromatosis... That’s the exact same condition my son was screened for last month! The screening was done because he showed one of the markers with cafe-au-lait spots found on his body at an annual physical. The second round of screening showed that his eyes were free of tumors and we were told that they would keep an eye on him in the coming years to see if it would develop. At the time, I felt we were done with that forever, but now seeing it on this list made me feel a little uneasy.
With all that said, we’re taking it one day at a time. My son will begin his assessments for Aspergers Disorder right after Christmas. We were fortunate to get in with a highly regarded team, as I was told, “they are the best in the area!” I don’t know what to expect with Aspergers Disorder being dropped from the DSM guide, will my little one walk away with a diagnosis of autism, or will he fall outside the spectrum? It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.