HOW TO SELF-DIAGNOSE FOR POSSIBLE AUTISTISM DISORDER
There is definitely a huge amount of data that you can collect from the world wide web regarding the ways to detect signs of autism in children, with follow-up guides on what courses of action to make after diagnosis, and dozens of tips to help parents and guardians address the special needs of their autistic child as they grow and overcome major obstacles in life as autistic individuals. However, there is only very little information on the internet addressed for autistic adults, which makes it harder for grownups to assess their own condition and make the necessary decisions for diagnosis and treatment. Even after acquiring sufficient knowledge to tell that you are possibly autistic, the path to finding the truth about your condition may prove even more challenging.
It cannot be avoided if you begin to suspect that you are suffering from autism disorder. If you have exhibited some of the common symptoms when you were a child, and continue to show a few now that you’re an adult, it would be better to start considering an appointment with a general practitioner or a specialist for diagnosis. However, it’s not all the time that you have complete control of your time and resources. You may be very busy with your work, business or similar important affairs that you don’t have extra time for medical consultations. In the same manner, you may be experiencing a tight financial situation that makes it impractical to make diagnostic appointments for the time being. These life obstacles can be reason enough for you to hesitate in availing for a professional’s services.
Regardless of which situation you are in, you must not easily forget about your personal concerns and should still try to find a way to determine what’s really causing your worries. Fortunately, reports from various medical research can now enable a person to detect possible autism disorder through performing a self-diagnosis. This set of questions will help evaluate the autism-related challenges that one experiences on a daily basis and measures its degree of impairment and impact to the person’s different aspects of life. If you want to try self-diagnosis for autism, answering the following questions and arriving at several “yes” answers could potentially mean that you are indeed autistic. It must be noted, however, that one or two “yes” answers cannot qualify for an autism diagnosis.
Do you only have few friends?
It is typical for autistic people to win and keep very few friends in their lifetime, especially when they don’t know that they are autistic. Issues relating to speech impedes sustaining meaningful talks with peers and failure to connect to others can be caused by the lack of empathy. Moreover, there are specific peculiar behaviours that autistic people exhibit, which could discourage other neurotypical people from making friends with them. In worst case scenarios, autistic individuals end up as the target of bullying and public ridicule because of their “oddness”, which in turn pushes them more to become socially withdrawn and friendless.
Do you have difficulty in building a romantic relationship?
Quite similar to the trouble of making friends, autistic persons cannot effectively communicate their appreciation of someone’s presence in their life, along with the lack of means to show their affection and interest to the other person. In the same manner, autistic persons cannot easily read body language and similar cues, which can possibly offend the other person and ultimately make them give up on the idea of a romantic relationship. The level of intimacy, couple-based decisions, and changes brought by courtship are also some of the issues that autistic persons find very complicated and hard to process.Â Â
Do you have a general problem understanding and making non-verbal cues?
Neurotypical individuals normally have the natural ability to process and produce nonverbal cues in conversations, but not autistic persons. The latter may find it hard to establish and maintain direct eye contact, as well as read facial expressions of other people or reproduce them on their own. Similarly, it may also be very hard for autistic persons to read and make body motions and gestures that are meaningful in conversations.
Do you have over sensitive/under sensitive sensory organs?
Another common characteristic of people with autism is the fact their sensory response can either be very sensitive to or craving for more stimuli. Autistic individuals may say that there’s too much brightness on the tv, or too powerful aroma coming from the food. The complete opposite situation can also happen when they crave for more input until their sensory needs are satisfied.
Do you find it hard to feel other’s emotions?
It may also be that you cannot empathize with other people around you, which can be an indicator of autism. People with autism have trouble figuring out what other people are thinking, and this lack of mirror perspective causes difficulty in sharing in other people’s feelings. This becomes a major issue when autistic individuals are cornered in situations that require group cooperation or team effort, where they may become the reason for their team’s failure and end up taking all the blame.
Do you have a narrow list of interests and the tendency to become obsessed with them?
Many autistic people exhibit a very limited number of interests, and when they get interested in something, they tend to put all their focus in that one thing to the point where they become obsessive over it. They may easily show disinterest to other topics that are not appealing to them but can be very knowledgeable on the topic which they are very interested at.
Do you strictly follow routines and have restrictive behavioural patterns?
Another great indicator of autism in people is the manner in which they do things. Autistic individuals will stick to their routines with great commitment, no matter how predictable their daily activities may look like to others, and changes to their routine can be met with great disapproval. They also have the tendency to repeat body motions or phrases, which can impede social int