Adult Autism: Diagnosis and Potential Treatment



We recently published an article about autistic disorders and Social Security disability benefits. These disorders affect many children born in the United States. For many people, however, a correct diagnosis does not come until much later in life.

This diagnosis can be both a relief and a frustration for those involved. Struggles and limitations make more sense, but why couldn’t they have made sense earlier? Adult autism is becoming more common, and knowing what resources are available is very important.

Diagnosis of Adult Autism

A recent article by NPR highlights the stories of three adults diagnosed with autism. All three of these adults point out that they experienced symptoms of autism when they were younger, but attributed them to something else — or to nothing at all. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Difficulty focusing on school/assignments
    • These types of issues are common among young students, but you should see a psychiatrist if they are unusually severe. It can be difficult to tell whether these symptoms are caused by autism or ADHD, so make sure to receive a thorough and honest examination.
  • Social difficulties
    • Autistic people often struggle to adapt to social settings. They may also not catch on to conversational cues as quickly as others. If you experience these kinds of problems with social interaction as an adult, speak with a doctor.
  • Unusual interest in specific or obscure topics
    • One of the people in the article talks about “being obsessed with movies and analyzing them and talking about them for hours.” Obviously, a love of movies is not a symptom of adult autism — but a seemingly obsessive interest in them may be. Autistic people sometimes show such an interest in things unrelated to their work or school assignments.

Resources and Treatments for Adult Autismadult autism

Treatment of autism starts with a correct diagnosis. From that point, doctors can develop a plan that works for you, specifically. Each person affected by autism requires different treatment — possibly including methods such as therapy, medication, or educational support. Organizations such as the following can provide helpful resources:

Adult autism also qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits can help adults with autism stay on their feet and lead fulfilling lives. At Summit Disability Law Group, we are dedicated to helping deserving individuals receive disability benefits. Contact us today if you have questions about autism or any other qualifying condition.

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