Discussion of society’s changing view on autism and problems with the fact that only a tiny portion of the money raised for autism research goes toward actually improving the lives of people on the spectrum.
About 2 percent of American school children were diagnosed with autism disorders in 2011 and 2012. This was a 72 percent relative to 2007. Much of this increase was among adolescent boys who had previously not been recognized as having ASD.
A large study with 60,000 participants documented similar genetic atypicalities in autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and ADHD. These atypicalities are complex but may often lead to abnormal communication within the brain. Which disorder an individual develops may depend on other environmental and genetic factors: