Mark Cartwright of Dallas: Father's Age is Factor in Autism

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A new study confirms that children with older fathers have a higher risk for certain disorders—prompting the attention of psychologists like Mark Cartwright of Dallas.

Autism is a common-enough condition among American children that most parents are aware of the basic signs and symptoms; they know what to look for, and perhaps even how it can be treated. What remains mysterious, to many individuals, is the origin of autism—but a new study may change that. Reported by the Washington Post, this recent study confirms that the risk of autism is higher among children conceived by older fathers. The study has won the attention of many psychologists, including Mark Cartwright of Dallas.

According to the new study, the age of a father may have significant ramifications for a child’s risk of autism, as well as other disorders, including schizophrenia. The study says that this is because older dads pass down more “new DNA variations” than younger dads—and that each of these new DNA strands could potentially have multiple mutations. These genetic variations are more prominent in older men, both because of environmental factors and because there are simply more opportunities for error within cell division.

The study goes as far as to suggest that men might collect sperm at a younger age, then store it, in the event that they wish to become fathers in their more advanced years, and to avoid the risk of these disorders.

The study has warranted the attention of Mark Cartwright of Dallas. Dr. Cartwright is a licensed specialist who has performed evaluations and treatments for patients with a number of conditions, ranging from Alzheimer’s to PTSD. He also provides assessments for autism and Aspberger’s. Mark Cartwright has responded to the new study with a statement to the press.

“I find this to be an interesting article,” comments Dr. Cartwright. “It is well know in the literature that genetics likely plays a factor in the development of autism. Other questions revolve around the genes that play a part in this complicated and debilitating disorder: Is there a potential for vaccinations, and can gene therapy play a role in the treatment of Autism? Furthermore, do these same genes or traits play a factor in other genetic disorders, such as Alzheimer's?”

Mark Cartwright of Dallas concludes his statement with a call for continued study. “It is critical for us to pursue ongoing research in this area, and institutions should continue to follow up and develop these important studies.”

Mark Cartwright is a psychologist who practices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, providing evaluations and treatments to patients with a variety of mental disorders. His background is in the field of School Psychology.


A psychologist in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area, Mark Cartwright specializes in school psychology. Mark Cartwright of Dallas attended Ohio State University, where he earned his master's and doctorate degrees, and Ohio University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. Mark Cartwright of Dallas completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Dallas Medical Center of the University of Texas Southwestern. Mark Cartwright of Dallas currently offers his services as a licensed specialist in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and treatment of ADHD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, autism, and dementia.

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