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Why could post-traumatic stress disorder potentially mimic autism in some children?
PTSD often looks like autism in young children and vice versa. What are the similarities?
For starters, children who experience trauma are slow to become comfortable around their peers and hesitate to communicate. This may come across as a developmental delay.
Additionally, kids with PTSD may also exhibit rigid play - which could mimic repetitive behaviors and restrictive interests that are common in children with autism.
Another symptom that is common with both disorders is the tendency toward angry outbursts.
So how can you avoid a misdiagnosis when it comes to autism and PTSD? Make sure you see more than one specialist if you have to. Interview the specialists you see on their background. Make sure you see someone who is experienced in diagnosing and treating both autism and PTSD.
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