Children diagnosed with the autism spectrum often suffer from stress, anxieties, and fears of animals, elevators, enclosed spaces, and more.

Why do irrational fears and anxieties occur? Learn more in the video:


Children who’re diagnosed on the spectrum often suffer from high mental stress, anxieties, and fear of animals, elevators, closed places and etc.
Why do these children suffer?

from those fears and anxieties? What is the biochemical explanation for this behavior?
Well, in normal situations, during night-time, the human body decreases the production of the neurotransmitter adrenaline and increases the production of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA.

Also, there’s a decrease in the levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin which help us feel calm and sleep peacefully.

At times when we’re under stress and feeling anxious and as part of the body’s natural mechanism, there’s a quick release of the neurotransmitter, adrenaline, and the cortisone hormone that decrease the levels of the neurotransmitters, serotonin, and GABA. When the levels of the neurotransmitters, GABA, and serotonin are low, we begin to feel stressed, anxious, depressed, and experience difficulties in getting to sleep.
To check whether there’s a lack in the neurotransmitter serotonin, we need to search for the existence of the metabolite -hydroxy indoleacetic acid using a urine sample for Organic Acids. Increasing the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body can be achieved via supplement of the building blocks required for synthesis, and via cofactors which increase the synthesis process.

To conclude, finding metabolic problems and nutrient deficiencies via analysis of advanced lab tests are the key to understanding the problem and significantly decrease unrationalized fears and anxieties among these children.

 

C.A.T Center | Autism and Social Anxiety