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How should you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult?

How should you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult?

See below: Diagnosis includes looking at the person’s medical history, watching the person’s behavior, & giving the person some psychological tests. But, it can be more challenging to DX an adult because it is not always possible to know about the person’s development during the first few yrs of life, and a long history of other diagnoses may complicate an ASD dx. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.htm. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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How would you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult? Is there any benefit to get a diagnosis?

How would you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult? Is there any benefit to get a diagnosis?

Find an expert: In most areas, it would be highly unusual for someone with autism to make it to adulthood without having been diagnosed, but it still happens. Evidence suggests autism manifests between birth and age 21/2 or so. There is no specific treatment for it; but, knowing what the trouble is may help. Also, am autism diagnosis might give eligibility to programs & services restricted to that diagnosis. ...Read more

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In autism- if the increase is from diagnosis, should adult diagnosis be through the roof?

In autism- if the increase is from diagnosis, should adult diagnosis be through the roof?

Different era : Those who showed signs of autism many years ago were tossed into classes for the mentally retarded and or special schools without specific labels.As adults they functioned at whatever level possible, often kept at home or at state schools. Its hard to tell a tiger from other cats until you know the difference. ...Read more

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How can an adult get a diagnosis for autism spectrum?

Autism in adults : Autism spectrum d/o can b diagnosed via clinical interview and a collaborative info from the family .There are assesment scales also used for that.It all depends what it's needed for. The treatment for depression anxiety or other issues for some autism does not need any rating scales.Contact a psychiatrist or psychologist good luck. ...Read more

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How can I i determine autism in an adult?

The same DSM-V : criteria of qualitative impairments in social reciprocity & social communication plus narrow, restricted areas of interest or stereotypical motor movements with onset before age 3 are used by adult psychiatrists, neuropsychologists & psychologists to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorder in adults as for diagnoses in children. ...Read more

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How can I you determine autism in an adult?

How can I you determine autism in an adult?

Adult diagnosis: It can be difficult to find a provider. I suggest a psychiatrist or psychologist evaluation. Contact your local autism support group for suggestions. ...Read more

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How are kids vs adults diagnosed with autism?

Same way: The autism diagnostic observation scales are geared at different age levels, pre-verbal & verbal. Cognition ( intellect), processing of verbal & non/verbal information, language comprehension & expressive non-verbal & verbal social communication, reciprocal social interaction, & presence of stereotypies or narrow, restricted areas of interest are all tested. Social understanding @ 6 & >up by tops. ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of autism in young adults?

Social Impairment: An " insistence on sameness" is one of the hallmarks, an intense focus on a narrow range of subjects, poor eye contact, preference to be alone rather than to be with friends. A relative lack of empathy and interest in others. It is also not unusual for higher functioning autism or aspergers young adults to excel in business, engineering, science, technology, or even entrepreneurship. ...Read more

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


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