Autism-Epilepsy May Be Treated With Supplement

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By Deborah Mitchell for

For a small number of individuals with autism, a supplement may be an effective form of treatment. Researchers have discovered a type of autism with epilepsy that is associated with a gene mutation, and that it could respond to certain amino acids.

Not all forms of autism are the same

The term “autism” encompasses several forms and subtypes of this developmental disorder. Autism spectrum disorder includes Asperger syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, and classical autism (autistic disorder). However, approximately 25 percent (or perhaps as high as one-third) of individuals with autism also experience epilepsy, which is a brain disorder associated with recurring seizures or convulsions.

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