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Autism spectrum disorder in adults: diagnosis, management, and health services development
Signs of autism in adults - NHS
Autism is generally characterized by social and communication difficulties and by repetitive behaviors. Symptoms of autism occur in three main areas: Social interactions Verbal and nonverbal communication Repetitive or ritualistic behaviors Adults with autism who are high functioning may have only mild challenges, which are sometimes mistaken for symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD ; others may have more severe symptoms, like impaired spoken language. No two people with ASD will have the same symptoms manifested in the same way. Regardless of manifestation or severity, ASD symptoms commonly interfere with everyday life. And as our understanding of those challenges improves, more people than ever are being diagnosed with ASD.
Daily Thanks for subscribing! Blurred boundaries: Social skills have a greater impact on quality of life for people on the autism spectrum than do any specific diagnoses. In fact, people diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified PDD-NOS are no more likely to marry or have a job than those with more disabling forms of autism, according to a Norwegian study published online in June in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 1. Early intervention has the potential to alter this trajectory, say experts.
Autism is characterized primarily by social and behavioral challenges, including: differences in how people perceive their environments and those around them communication barriers due to how people both process and verbalize information the need to maintain rigid — and sometimes repetitive — patterns and rituals that can interfere with social interactions and quality of life No two people with autism spectrum disorder ASD have the exact same set of symptoms. ASD is referred to as a spectrum because of the variety of its signs and symptoms, and their differences in severity. Some people with ASD experience symptoms that make daily life difficult. Similarly, they may not notice that they feel or behave differently, but others around them may notice that they behave or act differently. If you think you may be on the autism spectrum, this article will explain some of the common traits associated with ASD, as well as diagnosis and treatment options.