Many Roads Lead To Rome: Phenotypes In Autism And Trait Severity
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Many Roads Lead To Rome: Phenotypes In Autism And Trait Severity

Most behavioral phenotypes (e.g. melancholic, aggressive, anxious, fearful, or autistic) are quantifiable. A person can have a very mild, an intermediate, or a very severe phenotype. Only upon reaching a certain severity threshold, a neuropsychiatric diagnosis may arise. As a typical example, autistic traits are on a continuum, normally distributed across health and disease, including at the extreme ends the diagnoses of autism and of pathologically hypersocial behaviors, respectively. Shared features of an autistic phenotype are variably severe deficits in...

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