Autism services offered in Houston, TX

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects the way you think, behave, and process information. At Texas Herbal Clinic in Houston, Texas, Darryl Camp, MD, performs comprehensive testing to diagnose and manage the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Camp works with you to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific autism symptoms. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Autism Q&A

What is autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that interferes with a person’s ability to communicate, interact with others, and display emotions. Many individuals with autism experience obsessive interests, aggression, and repetitive behaviors that impact their day-to-day functions.

What are the signs of autism?

The signs of autism vary from mild to severe. While some people have autism for years without noticing the warning signs, others show hallmark symptoms of ASD during early childhood. Signs of autism include:

  • Delayed or regressed speech development
  • Repetitive movements or behaviors
  • Difficulty changing routines
  • Sensitivity to noise, light, and taste
  • Trouble understanding others’ feelings
  • Difficulty maintaining eye contact
  • Challenges regulating emotions
  • Social anxiety

As you age, autism symptoms can impact every aspect of your life. Some adults with autism struggle to work or study at school, while others experience chronic insomnia.

How is autism diagnosed?

There is no single medical test to diagnose autism. Instead, your physician performs a series of screenings. Developmental screening and monitoring is a large part of diagnosing autism during childhood. 

Diagnosing autism in adults is a complex process that involves comparing criteria with The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The signs of autism are often more subtle in adults than in children, so a proper diagnosis is essential for finding the best treatment.

What are the treatments for autism?

Treating autism usually involves a combination of medication, therapy, and diet and lifestyle changes. As an experienced neurologist, Dr. Camp understands how the symptoms and comorbidities associated with autism can affect a person’s ability to function.

Studies show that the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) found in cannabis (marijuana) can help relieve many autism symptoms. Dr. Camp may recommend medical marijuana if you have autism and frequently experience:

  • Difficulty with social interaction
  • Difficulty with speech or communication
  • Obsessive or repeated behaviors
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Restlessness
  • Aggression or disruptive behavior
  • Insomnia

At your initial visit, Dr. Camp performs a careful examination to determine whether medical marijuana is right for you. He can prescribe the appropriate dose and gives you detailed instructions on how to maximize the benefits of medical marijuana for autism symptoms.

Call Texas Herbal Clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about autism.