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Steadman defines a disorder as a disturbance of function, structure, or both resulting from a genetic or embryologic failure in development. This is an extremely important point because when we, as doctors, think about a disorder, we’re saying something is wrong. We can’t define it, we don’t know what it is but something went wrong either before birth or in genetics and you have a fixed entity that’s not a disease process.

Syndrome is merely a group of signs and symptoms. Obviously, disorders as well as diseases can create symptom complexes that we call a syndrome. The trouble here is that a lot of people are seeing autism when what they’re really looking at is a different disease process.

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