Silently Seizing is a breakthrough new book that explores what most doctors won’t tell you about autism that in some cases, the symptoms of autism are caused by seizures that are undetectable with standard diagnostic tools.The stealth relationship between autism and seizures has been hidden until very recently, and today, innovative clinicians and researchers acknowledge that in order to accurately diagnose autism, it is imperative to look for seizure activity in the brain. It is a sad fact that many children diagnosed with autism do not receive effective treatment because the seizure element is not addressed. The doctors who have generously shared their wisdom in this book all of whom are noted experts in their fields have seen first-hand that children show measurable gains when treated early for seizures. Many such children actually end up “losing” their autism diagnosis, replacing it with a diagnosis of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), which is easily manageable with the right medications. If an unrecognized seizure disorder turns out to be the culprit, then treating it can produce a miracle of healing. Up to 50% of all children diagnosed with with autism have undiagnosed seizure disorders, to a great extent because they are difficult to diagnose and due to a lack of awareness and understanding. Caren Haines, with renowned behavioral child neurologist Nancy Minshew, MD, is determined to change that. At age two, author Caren Haines' son was diagnosed with autism. By the time he was 12, his diagnosis didn't account for his uncontrollable aggression, the acrid smells that lingered in his mind and the odd voices that screamed at him from inside his head. By the time he was 18, his out-of-control behavior mirrored a mood disorder with psychotic features. Silently Seizing begins with a close-up look at this family's journey and examines a disorder that cannot always be identified in a clinical setting.
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