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After a psychotic episode and while they are trying medications

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After a psychotic episode and while they are trying medications on my son, are there any other reasons that he would maintain less eye contact than normal other than schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia

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Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Dear friend,
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : I have been working on your other question and this one just came in. I had to comment.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Having less eye contact could be a sign of an autism spectrum disorder (including high functioning Asperger's Disorder).
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : It could also be a sign of fear, or paranoia, or a response to person who seems to be probing him too hard with his or her own eyes.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : You son feels vulnerable at the moment, and is also under medication. He is no doubt wary of other people, especially if they are acting as if they are treating to read something inside of him by looking at him with too much intensity. It is a natural reaction, especially when he is not on equal footing. He is more or less a captive "audience".
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : On the other hand, difficulty with eye contact can be indicative of schizophrenia. I believe that his current situation, where he may feel under duress, is not the best set and setting for an assessment because of the fear factor..
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : I would not recommend drawing any firm conclusions from this at his point.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Warm regards,
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