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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Disorder with core features
deficits in social interactions
deficits in communication and speech
engage in repetitive behavior
restricted interest
Other features may include
seizure and EEG abnormality
affective instability


Etiology of ASD (Unproven Theories)

Electromagnetic power stations
Bad parenting
Mercury toxin hypothesis


Current Hypotheses

Improved diagnostic techniques and increased awareness
Genetics- exact nature unknown but identical twins have 60-90% relation
Food allergies- gluten and cassein
oxytocin- cuddling chemical, bonding hormone
Thought to be in low levels, some may benefit from oxytocin therapy


ASD Pharmacotherapy

SSRI appear to work with adults, unknown with children
Psychostimulants make them worse
Antipsychotics have limited usefullness
Promising mediction
Risperidone (Risperdal)
Apriprazole (Abilify)
Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
Atypical antipsychotic ziprasideone
Mood stabilizers (lithium) may be useful
All well tolerated in the population


Early Start Denver Model

Behavioral early start intervention approach for children with ASD 12-48 months
Defines skills to be taught at any given time, with teaching procedures to deliver these skills
Integrates relationship focused developmental model with the well-validated teaching practices of Applied Behavioral Analysis
Core features include
Naturalistic behavior analytic strategies
Deep parental involvement
Sensitive to normal behavioral development
Focus on interpersonal exchange and affect
Shared engagement with joint activities
Language and communication


Results of ESDM

Children who received EDSM for 20 hours a week for two years showed greater cognitive ability and adaptive behavior
Had fewer autism symptoms than children who received generic intervention



Adolescent girls attempt 2-3 times more than boys
Boys twice as likely to complete suicide than girls
15-24, suicide 3rd leading cause of death
5-15, suicide 5th leading cause of death


Depression Etiology

Depressed parents have a 15-45% risk over their lifetime of developing depression
Early onset and recurrent episodes increase risk


Depression Treatment

Shorten acute episode
Limit dysfunction caused by episode
Prevent recurrence
Treta comorbid conditions
Prevent future problems into adulthood



Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
Most effective for treating depression
Good efficacy and low rates of side effects
Drug of choice is fluoxetine (prozac)
Typically have 50-60% efficacy in well controlled trials
Binds to the receptor and prevents reuptake of serotonin
Selective so fewer anticholinergic and antihistaminergic side effects
less incidence of sedation, impaired leaning, memory or cognition


Fluoxetine (Prozac)

Half Life is 2-3 days, but has an active (more potent) metabolite norfluoxetine that has a half life of 6-10 days
Much longer than other SSRIs, that have half lives of 1 day
Can be taken as infrequently as 1 week
Onset of response s 4-6 weeks



Attention deficit hyperactive disorder
Neurological disorder
poor impulse control

Chronic, no medical cure
Some believe it is psychological in origin


ADHD Cause



Three Subtypes ADHD

Predominately Inattentive (ADD
Predominately hyperactive impulsive


ADHD Innatention Diagnosis

Failing to pay close attention or making careless mistakes when doing activities
Trouble keeping attention focused during tasks
Appearing not to listen when spoken to
Failing to follow instructions or finish tasks
Avoiding tasks that require a lot of attention
Frequently losing items required to facilitate tasks
Excessive distractibility


Hyperactive Impulse

1. Fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming
2. Leaving seat often, even when inappropriate
3. Running or climbing at inappropriate times
4. Difficulty with quiet play
5. Frequently feeling restless
6. Excessive speech
7. Answering question before speaker has time to finish
8. Failing to wait ones turn
9. Interrupting activities of others at inappropriate times
10. Impulse spending, leading to financial difficulties


Objective Testing

Methylphenidate not the answer for all with ADHD
ADHD has a biological basis, not just kids who are willfully disobedient
Girls have a more subtle form of hyperactivity than boys, therefore underdiagnosed


Objective Testing ADHD

Subject asked to play video games while movement is monitored by infared camera


Neuroimaging ADHD

Enlarged hippocampus found in those who have more mild symptoms of ADHD
Compensatory response to help children cope with impatience and stimulus seeking aspect of the disorder
Poor connection between prefrontal cortex and amygdala could explain poor impulse control


ADHD Neuroimaging

Striatum, frontal lobes and posterior periventricular region are important for controlling and directing attention
Richly interconnected with sensory cortex
Act as a gate, allowing important information through and filtering out unimportant stimuli
Gate are underfunctioning, unable to filter out stimuli- blood flow increases to occipital and temporal lobes to compensate for these messages


ADHD Neuroimaging + Methylphenidate

Redirects blood flow to this gate to rebuild the filter
Increases function of frontal lobes, striatum and posterior periventricular region
Helps suppress reflex responses and maintain concentration


Methylphenidate and Neuronal Functioning

Improves neuronal functioning
Increases dopamine levels in striatum
Binding at D2 receptors was reduced, indicating that DA levels increased
Blocks the DA transporter
Enhances task specific signaling, improves attention, reduces distractibility
Increases motivation and reward


Methylphenidate patch (daytrana)

Slowly releases methylphenidate
Once daily


Methylphenidate (Focalin XR)

Dextratory isomer of methylphenidate
Schedule II
Capsules most not be crushed or chewed, but can be sprinkled on applesause
Once a day


Amphetamine (Adderall)

Combination product of 4 related amphetamine
.25 dextroamphetamine saccharate
.25 dextroamphetamine sulfate
.25 dextro/levo-amphetamine aspartate
.25 dextro/levo emphetamine sulfate
Each claim to have different rate of metabolism, provide a more gradual and smooth onset/offset-- has not been substantiated
Duration of action is 6 hours, reduces the need for dosing while at school
d-isomer- thought to work on the dopaminergic system
l- isomer thought to work on norepinephrinergic system
Works on both both the transporter to limit reuptake and is transported into the cell to increase transmitter efflux


Adderall XR

eXtended release
Utilizes Microtrol delivery system
Two beads- one dissolves immediately, the other dissolves 4 hours later
Maximum plasma levels achieved in 7 housr


Side Effects of Adderall

Dry Mouth
Weight Loss



First non stimulant drug approved for treatment of ADHD
Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor
Less abuse potential, non scheduled, 24 hour coverage
Can be "felt" immediately, but takes 3-4 weeks to be effective
Active metabolite


Atomexetine(Strattera) Side effects

Drowsiness, sleep problems
Light Headedness, jitteriness, irritability
heart burn
upset stomach


Stimulants- Concern

Increased risk for substance abuse
Reduction in SUD for those with stimulant therapy
Greater risk of SUD if no stimulant therapy was given before puberty