Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a special way that some people’s brains work differently. It can make things like talking, making friends, and understanding feelings a bit tricky. People with autism might have trouble knowing how others feel or knowing when to talk or stay quiet. They might find it hard to understand social cues or expressing their feelings. An autism assessment can help people to understand themselves better and help them find the right kind of support and help they need.
Identifying autism in adults
Signs and symptoms of autism vary widely. While people with autism often experience the world differently from others and can share some common challenges, everyone is unique and faces different difficulties. This is why autism diagnosis should only be carried out by experts.
SOCIAL ISSUESAutistic people may have difficulty understanding social cues, making friends and fitting into social situations
ANXIETYMany autistic individuals experience heightened levels of anxiety due to sensory sensitivities, social challenges and unpredictability
MISUNDERSTANDINGSAutistic individuals may be misunderstood because their communication and social behaviours can differ from what is expected
ROUTINEEstablishing and maintaining a strict routine is often important for autistic people as changes to the routine can cause distress
EXPRESSIONPeople with autism may struggle expressing their thoughts and feelings verbally or non-verbally
INTROVERSIONMany autistic people tend to be introverted, finding comfort in quieter settings or on their own
EYE CONTACTMaintaining eye contact can be a challenge for autistic people due to sensory overload or difficulties with social engagement
SPEECHSome autistic people may have issues with their speech such as delays, unusual speech patterns or difficulty initiating and sustaining conversations
Symptoms of autism usually start in early childhood and persist into adulthood, although the way in which these symptoms present themselves can change as a person gets older.
Although many people are diagnosed as children, this is not true for everyone. Many people only notice autistic traits as they get older, and an adult autism assessment can help in this case.
While each person with autism is unique, it can be useful to listen to the feedback of other people who have been through similar experiences. The testimonials below are a small selection from several patients who very kindly agreed to feature in this section (certain personal details have been removed).
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We can connect you with experts in adult autism assessment who will listen, support, and guide you through the process, helping you understand your strengths, challenges, and needs.
By reaching out, you will open doors to tailored support and interventions that can make a positive difference.
Diagnosis and treatment
It can be daunting to reach out for help with autism testing, but when the difficulties associated with autism are impacting on your daily life, it can be helpful to speak with a psychiatrist specialising in autism diagnosis.
There are many autism testing tools and processes available, and not all are suitable for each person. This is why it is important for autism assessments to be bespoke and developed around your specific difficulties. Our psychiatrists will take into account factors such as your physical health, family history and impact of symptoms. Particular attention will be paid to comorbidities – related conditions (such as anxiety or mood disorder) so that the diagnosis is made as accurately as possible.
Following an autism diagnosis, your psychiatrist will consider your individual needs when suggesting any kind of treatment plan to manage your specific symptoms. This Autism treatment plan will be personalised to you. Although an “autism cure” doesn’t exist, with support it is possible to lessen the impact of many associated symptoms.
Common questions and answers
Types of autism
It is important to understand that autism is a spectrum, which means there as well as different sub-types and categories of autism, each person may have different skills, interests and needs.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can include a wide range of characteristics and behaviours that can vary from person to person. Some people may have more significant challenges with communication and social interaction, while others may excel in certain areas and have milder difficulties.
The spectrum also includes different sub-types, such as Asperger’s syndrome, which is characterized by average to above-average intelligence and a focus on specific interests.
By recognizing the diverse nature of autism, we can appreciate the unique strengths and challenges each person brings and therefore their support and interventions can be tailored accordingly.