Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system. The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviours. Early recognition, as well as behavioural, educational and family therapies may reduce symptoms and support development and learning.
There is a huge variation in the way that Autism affects a person’s life, from social and relationship issues to daily activities, school and work.
A person with Autism has problems with:
Usually appear in early childhood.
In child you may notice:
In an adult you might notice:
In Australia, autism is diagnosed through discussion and assessment by a multidisciplinary team, psychiatrist, psychologist or paediatrician.
In children, a diagnosis will:
For adults a diagnosis may be useful for:
People with Autism can also have intellectual disability, ADHD, or gastrointestinal issues.
In adulthood, mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder can be common.
Autism can’t be cured. But there are ways to make life easier for someone with Autism and their family. Language skills, socialising and the ability to perform daily tasks can be improved in all children with Autism.
In rare cases, a psychiatrist might prescribe medication to help with extreme self-harm or aggression.
Medication may also be recommended for depression or anxiety.
At Hellodoc, we have psychiatrists and psychologists who can assess, diagnose, and manage Autism and related conditions.
If you and your loved ones need assessment, please contact us after obtaining a referral from your GP.
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