Autism: More or less we all know about this one neurological disorder, though autism is not only one disorder, it deals with different types of social skill impairments. It causes
- Improper verbal or non verbal communications
- Repetitive behavior
- Stereotyped behavior
- Lack of eye contact
- Cognitive disabilities
These are the striking disorders. Apart from these, current studies suggest that the autistic children also suffer from,
- Sleepless nights
- Hormonal imbalances
- Immune deficiency
And according to the CDC data report of 2010, autism is found in 1 out of 68 children in U.S. The data report says the count of children which does not mean that it’s only a childhood disorder.
Besides a neurological disorder, autism is a genetic disorder too. So, if ASDs are not properly diagnosed and treated at the early stage of life, then it can turn into other brain injuries in adulthood. The ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) may turn into epileptic condition with multiple seizures or ASDs may turn into OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and schizophrenia among adults with autistic disorders.
Cure: In the 21st century, very few diseases are incurable like cancer. But except cancer, autism is one of those incurable diseases because it has a strong genetic basis, though involvement of many other factors is also responsible to cause autism like, environmental factors. But autism is still under study.
Autism can’t be cured, but the social skill impairments can be improved if the autistic disorders are diagnosed at the early stage of life, on or before the age of three. The early interventions can make an autistic child more social and communicative. But interventions can’t be the only way to fight back autism. Being a genetic or molecular level disorder, it needs treatment or therapy on the same level.
HBOT: The full form of HBOT is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. The treatment is based on supply of pure oxygen to body fluids and tissues at higher atmospheric pressure. The specially designed hyperbaric chambers are made for this therapy. The chambers are designed with monoplace (for one person) and multiplace (for more than one person) facilities. And except clinics and offices, you may install the device in your home. The portable hyperbaric chambers are also designed to serve this purpose.
The flash through system in hyperbaric chambers maintains the oxygen pressure. 100% pure oxygen with higher atmospheric pressure in hyperbaric chamber can reach the impaired brain tissues and the adequate level of oxygen re-energizes the damaged or impaired neuronal tissues by increasing the flow of neurochemicals. The neurotransmitters actually carry the messages to the brain. So, this therapy can increase the impulses day by day. But we can improve the autistic disorders to some extent. And 1 most important thing we have to set in our mind and that is, being parents of a child with autism, they should consult with a pediatrician before handling the hyperbaric chamber. Because only he knows the stage of the disorder and he will set the protocol to treat autism