Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dual Diagnosis

'Dual Diagnosis'
Recently, our son was sick with a 'virus'.  Our doctor advised us not to administer antiobiotics because one of our son's conditions could be further drastically impacted by the traditional methods of  addressing the 'virus'.  In other words, if he was not dehydrated, did not continue to vomit, or have sever diarrhea, coupled with an extremely high fever--- just let the 'virus' run its course.  Our son's natural immune system would have to prove itself with the help of OtC meds.

Like, most Parents, we simply want our son to be happy and healthy.  We're not big on pharmaceutics as a preferred treatment method. But, when you have a child that does not/can not 'express' in words that he sick (internally), ---you, You, YOU just want a shot, run a test, put him in an MRI, do something to IMMEDIATELY MAKE HIM FEEL BETTER!

 because the Autism is there every day, all the day long!
And whatever else is going on...

Ok, we had heard of medicines counter-acting one another.  But, this was the first time a doctor actually expressed the 'dual diagnosis' affect as it relates to Autism.  By the way,  for our son's 6th birthday, we chose another pediatrician because (well, we'll talk about that on another day).

It seems that every year, since our son was born, he has been diagnosed with something!

Our son has been diagnosed with several conditions that affect his neurological, biological, mental, emotional, medical and behavorial health. 
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Asperger's Syndrome
Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Semantic Pragmatic Language Disorder
Picky Eater
Gastro Intestinal complications
Irritable Bowels Syndrome
Chronic Constipation
Lactose Intolerant
Non-Life-threatening Sand sensitivity
Non-Life-threatening Citrus sensitivity

And we're  crossing our fingers hoping to get through the remainder of this year, without  another condition to add to the growing chart!  Mind you, he's only 6 years old! (scream!!!!)

As  a matter of fact, some of his treatments, therapies and medicines are classified under insurance categories as Behavioral/Mental Health.

Thus, doctors, therapists, pharmacies and other professional providers of supports and services often reference the terms 'Dual Diagnosis' or 'Co-Occurring Disorders' or 'Dual Treatment' and similar terms to address the needs of individuals who have Autism and other simultaneously occurring conditions.
Many families who are faced with Life-Threatening and terminal conditions are also dealing with 'Dual Diagnosis'.  As a Parent/Caretaker, it is important that we understand these concepts.  It is relevant to diagnosis, treatment, and insurance.

References & Resources

"Understanding fosters Appreciation - Appreciation garners Support - Support leads to Unity. "

The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD)
NADD - An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

NADD is the leading North American expert in providing professionals, educators, policy makers, and families with education, training, and information on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
The mission of NADD is to advance mental wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through the promotion of excellence in mental health care.

 Selected Recent Research Articles on Dual Diagnosis

NADD Accreditation / Certification Program

NADD is embarking on the development of Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis Certification Programs for Programs/Facilities, Clinicians/Professionals, and Direct Support Staff.  

Down's syndrome & Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Down's ...
Autism Society - Related Conditions
Hearing and Visual Impairments: Children with a dualdiagnosis of autism and a sensory ... more in-depth information on hearing and vision screenings for people with autism ...
Right now, at least in the psychology field, the term "dual diagnosis" is used to describe people ... Autism Channel-- A site of particular interest for people with autism ...

Dual Diagnosis - Down Syndrome and Autism
... getting professionals to accept the dualdiagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism. ... who experienced Down Syndrome without Autism. The stereotype that people ...

PRAYING & Hoping for a Good, Productive and Enjoyable School Year :-)

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  1. New blog on latest scientific findings about Dual Diagnosis:


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