Medical Dictionary: Autistic disorder


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Autistic disorder: Another name for Autism.
Autistic disorder (condition): Childhood mental condition with social and communication difficulties.

Autistic disorder: Autism is not a disease, but a developmental disorder of brain function. People with classical autism show three types of symptoms: impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual or severely limited activities and interests. Symptoms of autism usually appear during the first three years of childhood and continue throughout life. 1

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1. excerpt from Autism Fact Sheet: NINDS

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