Autism is a developmental disorder which is characterized by difficulty in social interactions. Formally known as autism spectrum disorder, it affects about one and a half million people in the United States.
Autism is described as a spectrum because the range of severity in symptoms is vast. While some people just have a mild form of the disorder, others have symptoms which are so severe that they require round-the-clock care by professionals.
The symptoms of autism include the following:
Autism self aggression is one of the most difficult and sever symptoms of the disorder which occurs in extreme cases. Self aggression can be the result of uncontrollable frustration. Patients can become extremely frustrated by an inability to communicate what they want to say, trouble understanding what’s going on around them, persistent anxiety or fear of things such as loud noises.
The current treatments for self aggression are very limited. Parents of children who experience this symptom are advised to take a preventative approach and try to understand exactly what is causing the behavior on a case by case basis.
Doctors recommend that parents quickly observe the immediate environment and try to identify what could be triggering the behavior, and remove it. Bringing the child into a quiet, safe space for one to one calming contact may also help.
However, some parents have decided to adopt their own treatment method by using cannabis. Medical cannabis has been found to have a calming effect on autistic patients in many cases, and the number of parents who swear by this theory is growing.
In fact, the number of people who have chosen to treat a range of forms of anxiety with cannabis is much higher today than it was just a few years ago. Cannabis now is seen as a popular experimental treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder and other forms of anxiety too.
However, although some research studies have found that cannabis can have a profound anti-anxiety effect, others have found that it can induce anxiety in some patients. In truth, the bigger picture remains decidedly unclear as to the effects of the drug on anxiety.