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Some anorexic females may be on autism spectrum

Autism, as our readers may know, is a disorder affecting brain development which affects a person’s ability to interact socially and communicate both verbally and nonverbally. Autism is identified as a spectrum disorder which includes various degrees of impact.

Currently, it is estimated that around 1 in 88 children in the United States are on the autism spectrum. New research is now suggesting that there may be a link between Autism and another common disorder: anorexia.

According to researchers from Cambridge University, females with anorexia tend to exhibit a greater number of autistic traits than females not suffering with the condition. In addition, anorexic females tend to have greater interest in order and systems. In anorexic females, the latter trait is connected to preoccupation with body and food issues.

While autism is relatively easy to diagnose in boys, it is often overlooked among girls. Part of the reason for this is that females display autistic traits differently. The new research is positive in the sense that it provides practitioners with a new way to identify potential cases of autism among females, as well as new information on how to treat anorexic females.

Autism is a condition for which individuals are able to receive Social Security disability benefits. To qualify for such benefits, strict requirements must be met and adequate documentation provided. An individual may qualify for either Supplemental Security Insurance or Social Security Disability benefits, depending on the scenario. In applying for benefits, it helps to have direction from an experienced attorney who understands the system.

Source: Fox News, “Anorexic girls also have autistic traits, study finds,” August 6, 2013.