A Risky Pair: Autism and Epilepsy - Page 2
Last week's news release from Autism Speaks must feel like a hammer blow to those individuals and families who struggle with autism combined with a history of seizures. One hopeful aspect of the study would be to incite many questions to which researchers urgently seek answers.
- Is the epileptic brain more prone to autism, and the autistic brain more prone to epilepsy, or are they in combination a manifestation of a larger disorder?
- Is autism actually a constellation of unrelated disorders whose sum impact creates the symptoms and behaviors we call "autism?" Can those symptoms be teased apart and treated separately, and differently, than typical autism interventions?
- Do the medicines used to treat autism cause epilepsy in some individuals, and do the medicines used to treat epilepsy cause symptoms of autism?
These questions, and more, surely must be answered, so the enigmas of autism, epilepsy, and the results of their grim coupling, can be addressed in a way that brings relief to those who suffer.