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Can Adults Be Diagnosed With Autism?


Autism, unlike some speculate, cannot just be diagnosed during childhood. Autism, as a spectrum, can also be found later in life. Thanks to improved means of providing diagnoses to children with ASD, adults who have been undiagnosed in childhood can also seek help from their psychiatrist.

Many adults can and do have autism. However, it’s only been recent that diagnosing autism spectrum disorder has been added to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is the gold standard in identifying and diagnosing mental disorders.

Despite ASD symptoms being evident and severe in childhood, they can still go unnoticed until adulthood. As such, it is important to go through the DSM criteria to identify how these symptoms manifest in adults. Allow our mental health experts to guide you through identifying each one.

  • Having trouble communicating

    One of the characteristics of ASD is difficulty understanding and communicating verbally and nonverbally.

  • Social challenges

    Communication difficulties might result in societal stigmatization that portrays people with autism as impolite or weird—things you never meant to be but can’t seem to figure out how to avoid.

  • Self-stimulatory patterns

    Stimulating is the practice of regularly moving your body in a way that makes you feel better, whether it’s to distract yourself, calm yourself, or express intense emotions. Rocking back and forth, tapping your foot, or flapping your arms are examples.

If you or a loved one manifests signs of having ASD, make sure to get in touch with our psychiatry in Texas for help.

Healing Souls Psychiatry offers you peace of mind through helpful and professional mental health services in Garland, Texas.

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