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Answered 2010-10-18 07:41:20

Definitely a link between epilepsy and autism and ADD... regarding the psychopathy, I'll bet in many cases there is an association there as well. I have two children who are patients of Dr. Michael Goldberg, who is pursuing this theory in treating children. You can information regarding underlying neuroimmune disease processes on his website at ... he is helping kids with autism, ADD and epilepsy by treating their immune dysfunction. Spend some time reading in his "Articles" section at and you may begin to understand the relationship between the disorders. The diagnoses are really just a description of a set of symptoms rather than a description of what is wrong inside of the body.

Roughly 20% of kids with an autism diagnosis will eventually develop epilepsy, and I recentle read that there is a higher than average concordance between epilepsy and ADD as well.

Here is a link (published in the Annals of Neurology) to a study clearly showing immune dysfunction and inflammation in the brain in autism;

...and here is another interesting link...

clinic posting this page is doing wonders for children)

I'll stop here, but will end by saying that there is a lot of hope for people as far as new treatments coming within the next decade or so with these disorders... science is really beginning to pick up speed in understanding the body at an epigenetic level, which may well be where the answers lie (if you want to know more about epigenetics, try to watch the PBS Nova episode called "Ghost in Your Genes"). I hope my answer helps a little.

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