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 One of my friends said i had a disorder with popping my fingers?
i just wanted to knwo what it is called cuz i pop my fingers all the time....

 Organ Transplant Questions? I was wondering if people with Organ transplants can have Pets?
I had a Kidney Transplant . Thanks!...

 should i get the surgery???
i might have appendicidous, but my docter isn't sure. he said i should get the surgery but i dont know im only 12 years old and my parents said the decision is up to me.
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 I've been sick for a week, not hungry, losing wight, dizzy, pain in my legs, and very tired. Help?
It started last Sunday with a sore throat. It then progressed into a cough, a stuffy nose, and fever. The cough worsened, and I developed very bad lethargy. I slept for 18 hours a day, and didn'...

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 i'm a drug addict, i need help.?
please don't say i am a horrible person.
you don't know me.
my name is brandi. i'm 19 years old.
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 I'm sixteen and was just diagnosed ADD, should I take ritalin?
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 Should I see a doctor?

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All of these started ...

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And they do not drink or smoke or do drugs?...

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I know that sounds weird. It's not from being overweight. I have very labored breathing going up the stairs also. What do you think this could be?
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 What is America's #1 killer?

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okay so im 20.. and occassionally get stomach pains on left side. doctors believe its (IBS)Irritable bowel.. okay so heres the kicker.. i ate fast food 2 weeks ago and started getting cramping that W...

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Is there a difference between autism and mental retardation?

Amanda C
yes...autism is a type of mental retardation

Yes there is. Autism is when you are an older or younger age then what you are. Mental retardation is what you have mucle spasms and you can't control yuorself... i think...lol

Autism is a brain disorder that often interferes with a person's ability to communicate with and relate to others.
Signs of autism almost always develop before a child is 3 years old, although the condition is sometimes not diagnosed until later.
Mental retardation is a term for a pattern of persistently slow learning of basic motor and language skills ("milestones") during childhood, and a significantly below-normal global intellectual capacity as an adult.
I beleive they both mean they same thing because it mostly genetic and leaves the individual unable to cope

larry L
Autism is ALWAYS due to emotional shock at birth or early childhood. This can be demonstrated in all cases of autism. You can do a Google search yourself and find statistical correlations between autism and any of the following; caesarean birth, premature birth, allergies to the mothers milk, blindness, being born a twin, being born precocious, severe illness or surgery shortly after birth, neglect and abuse.

Retardation, on the other hand, is always due to some form of brain damage or genetic defect. You can tell the difference by watching the behavior of a down's syndrome child compared to an autistic child. The down's syndrome child is affectionate and loves to be hugged. The autistic child is withdrawn and wishes to be left alone.

It's nearly impossible to test for retardation in an autistic child because autistics are covert. If they know they are being tested they will sometimes deliberately fail. Not only that, but if a subject isn't really fascinating to them, they will have no interest at all in it. They will therefore test poorly in some subjects and excel in others.



According to Leo Kanner, only about a third of the mothers he observed who had autistic children fit his description of "refrigerator mom."


Over the years, however, I have found it laughably easy to smoke these beings out. It's like Solomon. He didn't necessarily find the bogus mother of the baby in question. He just found the unfit mother. Similarly, in order to find the refrigerator mom, all one has to do is mention the possibility of neglect in some cases of autism etiology, and watch what happens. The good mothers will simply argue, or maybe even accept the possiblity. However, about one third of them will go absolutely ballistic.


Gertrude: The Lady doth protest too much methinks.


Jessica Fithen
Okay sweetie. You get the last word. Calling me a "refrigerator mom" is a last resort tactic, just like a toddler would call me a "doo-doo head," same maturity level. Nice. Sorry, I don't go to that level. Parents of autistic children are some of the most dedicated, loving, passionate people you would ever have the privilege of meeting. They sacrifice their lives, give up jobs, re-finance their homes, max out their credit cards, and do everything in their power to rescue their children.

Amazing how someone with a BS from the University of Google, who is neither in the health care profession nor the parent of an affected child, can be such an expert. There are so many holes in your fake research, my fingers would bleed, so I won't even bother with you. Stop spreading your malicious attacks on the parents of very sick kids, and do something else with your life. You know, kick a puppy or trip an old lady. Stuff that's right up your alley.

My support group moms have told me to stop arguing with people like you, so I am listening to their advice. Go ahead and call me more names, I won't be reading it.

Bye :-)

Um, sorry Larry, but ALL magizines, news outlets, and "independent" websites have their own agenda. Duh! To say that Time Magazine doesn't have any agends is what is really dumb.

The government-backed group Autism Speaks is about to fire Donald Trump as a spokesperson because he gave an interview to a paper stating he believed vaccines caused autism. Oh, and he also stated he would be giving his son Baron vaccines on a delayed schedule. Hmmm..... now why would a organization fire someone of his celebrity status for stating their opinion on causation? Just let that one sink in for a while.

"Enraged guilt-tripping mothers" is a nasty, vile, childish way to refer to the thousands of families afflicted by autism. I wonder, do you speak of other mothers of sick kids this way too? Do you make fun of kids with cancer? I wouldn't put it past you... Mr. Larry is very obviously not a parent of an autistic child, and is merely a student of government backed, big pharma studies. Congratulations, you have been officially brainwashed.

Anyone can get their PHD on Google, but until you have acutally been there/done that, I don't want to see some random man making accusations about neglect causing autism. Hey, I know how to read too! What I do know is that my child was fine until he was 18 months old, and after he was injected with 6 different vaccines in one sitting, I left with a different boy.

Oh, and I AM focusing on my child, thanks for your less-than-actual-genuine concern. Amazing, once I started a biomedical approach to removing toxins, heavy metals and bolstering my son's immune system that has been damaged mercury, I have seen him improve leaps and bounds.

There is an awful lot of ignorance on the web. It's unreal. There are no correlations between autism and some "shock" at birth as one poster stated. Absurd. You want correlations?Demand the government complete a real study on the rates of autism among vaccinated and unvaccinated children.

My son was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and never experienced any of the "shocks" listed. Saying autism can be tied to abuse/neglect is perfectly laughable, and shame on you for spreading this garbage.


Lisa A
Some autistics can also be mentally retard, and some mentally retarded people can be autistic, but one does not imply the other. They are very different.

Autism is a mental deficit in SOCIAL functions only. Mental retardation is a deficit in intelligence.

Some autistics (esp high functioning or Aspburgers) can be geniuses. Most autistics have normal intelligence though. And of course some are retarded.

Apples and oranges!

PS: To the person that claims SHOCK causes Autism...Im not sure what site you got that information from...but I hope you didn't bookmark that bunk!

Yes. Lots of information on the internet on both conditions. Get to work!

Autistic people have to overcome hurdles such as difficulty interpreting facial expressions, and often struggle with communication and social interaction. However, they are not usually otherwise mentally handicapped and can perform other nonsocial tasks with ease. Mental retardation is decreased intelligence to the point where learning and function is severely impaired.

For years upon years many in the medical field and in the homes believed autism to be a form of retardation, especially since there are hundreds of levels of severity to autism, ranging from speechless to being mute and having no control of the body or its functions.

The main physiological differences between retardation and autism is that retardation in a genetic flaw usually resulting in abnormal chromosomes but not always (see fetal alcohol syndrome and other drug/environmental related birth defects). Autism is rather a developmental problem of the brain that scientists have not quite figured its origin or main causes, though there are many theories. Autism generally won't rear its ugly head until about the time most children begin speaking, whereas retardation is usually rather obvious (facial/structural deformation, behavior).

I hope this was of some help, my child development psychology classes covered this about a year ago.

big difference. mental retardation is a lack of development mentally, resulting in a person who is functioning at a mental level much lower (age wise) than their physical age. autism is a problem in relating to real world. autistic person can have high IQ or low, but the abitily to interact with their surroundings is inhibited to lesser or greater degrees. it is a perception and personality problem, not intellect.

Yes. Autistic people tend to have a very high IQ. Go to Austismspeeks.org and ask your question.

Sally N
It would depend on what you define as "difference".

I've found a great deal of ignorance when it comes to cognitive impairment (mental retardation).

I've had one parent tell me that children with mental retardation have no ability; they are flat across the board. I asked her if she would like to meet my son, he has a dual diagnosis of Fragile X and autism, he excels in doing jigsaw puzzles, he's mastered the computer (including installing software - much to my dismay) and enjoys his Nintendo DS. Yet if you asked him what 2 + 2 was I'm not sure you'd always get the answer of four.

What one must understand is just like autism, conditions that have been deemed the leading causes of mental retardation (Down Syndrome DS, Fragile X Syndrome FXS) are SPECTRUM disorders. Having DS or FXS doesn't mean an individual will never be able to care for themselves, I know numerous individuals with Down and Fragile X syndrome who live independently.

So many children with Fragile X display some of the characteristics of autism that it's listed as a symptom of Fragile X, Features usually include:

mental impairment, ranging from learning disabilities to mental retardation

attention deficit and hyperactivity

anxiety and unstable mood

autistic behaviors

long face, large ears, flat feet (not always present, may become more noticeable as the child ages)

hyperextensible joints, especially fingers

Seizures (epilepsy) affect about 25% of people with fragile X

My child was given a dual diagnosis of Fragile X and autism, and if you compare him to a child with just autism, or just Fragile X, he may have a few more challenges at times than an individual with only one of the conditions. Does he really have both? It's not worth dwelling over, it's like asking what came first, the chicken or the egg, but it's important that I am aware of the genetic condition because of the impact it may have on other family members, carriers (POF and FXTAS), and children with a full-mutation.

Therefore, my answer to your question would depend on the child - yes, there may be a difference, no there isn't a difference.

mel s
Yes, you can have autism with or without MR. You can have MR with or without autism. Some people have both.


The term "mental retardation" is a general term that covers a VERY WIDE range of specific conditions...

You can fall off a horse and get a head wound that leads to "Mental Retardation"

You can have Downs Syndrome and be covered under "Mental Retardation".

Dyslexia can be considered a form of "retardation".

It isn't necessarily a level of IQ that is covered by "Mental Retardation". It is a general concept of having your mental faculties be diminished by something...

It is used FAR TOO OFTEN to say "Stupid" when it is simply a term to describe diminished mental faculties.


Autism is a psychiatric disorder of childhood characterized by marked deficits in communication and social interaction, preoccupation with fantasy, language impairment, and abnormal behavior, such as repetitive acts and excessive attachment to certain objects. It is usually associated with intellectual impairment.

Mental retardation is defined as below average level of intellectual functioning, usually defined by an IQ of below 70 to 75, combined with limitations in the skills necessary for daily living. Daily living skills include such things as communication, the ability to care for oneself, and the ability to work. The definition of mental retardation has evolved over the years. Prior categorizations of mental retardation, defined solely by IQ, have largely been abandoned in favor of an approach that looks at how much support the retarded person needs in various areas of his or her life at any given time. Such support can range from intermittent help in such things as finding housing or a job, to pervasive, daily, lifelong help in all areas.

Autism is a spectrum disorder. There are people with severe and mild autism.
Severe autism is often characterised by a level of mental retardation, but autism on the whole is not defined by mental retardation.
So to answer your question, autism can feature mental retardation but is not itself, so yes there is a difference.

Autism is kinda like the normal brain function is in there, and, depending on the level of autism, is hard to get through the blocks and find it.

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