Comparing Autism And Schizophrenia

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Autism vs. Schizophrenia
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia are two disorders that occur during childhood. The two disorders are so similar, that most children are misdiagnosed and mistreated for their illness. ASD and schizophrenia both share social imparities that cause them to seem different to others. (2017) Comparing both ASD and schizophrenia will see the similarities and differences between two childhood disorders and why they would be mistaken for one another. There are many similarities between both ASD and schizophrenia, but there is also a lot of differences as well.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be detected early in a child’s life. ASD is a developmental disorder classified by problems with social interaction,
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Some similarities between them are, both autism and schizophrenia can be diagnosed early in a child’s life, they both have the same early symptoms: language delays, late or unusual crawling, late walking, and other abnormal actions like rocking or flapping their arms; they both can affect the development of a child’s mental wellbeing, and both are cognitive disorders (Mash, pp. 156-194). With autism and schizophrenia being so much a like it has been hard over the years for the doctors to tell them apart in a young child, because the more server symptoms of schizophrenia do not occur until their adolescent years. This cause mistreatment of the child, which can cause long term affects on their health. Another similarity between autism and schizophrenia is that they both have social dysfunctions. Both disorders cause an individual to act differently in a social setting. (Mash, pp. 156-194) For example; a child with schizophrenia might feel paranoid always, like someone is watching them or wanting to hurt them, so they would look around the room and want to leave as soon as possible, they would act very differently at Walmart than a child with no mental disorder. Another example would be a child with autism is at an arcade with his or her parents and suddenly one of the games makes a loud noise and the child panics and screams, which causes everyone in the arcade to look at them and cause a seen. Autism and…show more content…
Frist, autism is almost always diagnosed in the early years of a child, while it is very uncommon for schizophrenia to be diagnosed in a child under the age of 13 (Mandell, 2017). Secondly, autism affects how a child read or picks up on social cues, and children with schizophrenia can read social cues, but can’t help their hallucinations and delusions. Finally, schizophrenia can be handled with the right medication and treatment plan, but autism in most cases will never get better. Children with autism do take medicine and most of the time see a therapist or counselor, but their symptoms still stay present (Mash, pp.
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