05 Nov Combining SPD and Autism: How Our Brains Are Wired
For many people, being highly sensitive is often seen as a side effect of autism, introversion, or other disorders. However, recent brain scans have shown that the brain structure for boys with autism and SPD are completely different, lending credit to the idea that SPD should be its own disorder.
SPD diagnosed people have heavy brain disconnection that can lead to trouble when focusing on stimulations. Things such as loud noises, aversion to being touched or held, feeling nauseous with strong odors, or feeling uncomfortable with certain textures can lead to them being overwhelmed easily when one of these stimuli are triggered.
SPD, however, is often regulated as a side effect to other problems and is not treated like its own problem that needs to be solved. There is an effort from scientists to bring more awareness to SPD and the problems it causes, with many studies currently underway to understand the origin of the disorder.
The brains of those with autism have been shown to be more disconnected when it comes to emotion and recognizing faces. That leads to trouble in social and communication-based situations, as well as trouble with emotions and reading the emotions of others.
A New Procedure with Major Potential
The way that scientists scanned the brains was with a new procedure called DTI or Diffusion Tensor Imaging, which shows the paths of water molecules in the brain. That water shows the brain’s white matter, and that matter is the wiring that connects different sections of the brain together.
Understanding how and why the SPD and autistic brains are wired differently than all the other people who are having similar developments can help scientists to understand both disorders better, and possible advance research into SPD as its own disorder that can be treated in its own way.