What Are the Symptoms of Autism in Adults?
Those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may display a range of signs and symptoms that can vary from mild to severe. These symptoms include:
- Adhering to a strict routine every day and getting very anxious if/when it changes.
- Avoiding eye contact.
- Finding it difficult to make friends.
- Finding it difficult to put words to how you’re feeling.
- Finding it hard to understand or empathize with what others are thinking or feeling.
- Getting anxious in or about social situations.
- Getting upset if someone encroaches on your personal space or touches you.
- Having very keen interest in certain subjects, tasks, or activities.
- Liking to have a plan for things and feeling uncomfortable if those plans change.
- Not being aware of personal space and getting too close to other people.
- Not understanding social cues and “rules”.
- Noticing small details, patterns, or stimuli that others don’t.
- Preferring to be on your own because other people don’t make sense to you.
- Seeming blunt, rude, or uninterested in other people without meaning to.
- Taking sarcasm or certain types of phrases very literally.
Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that symptoms will vary in their presentation, over time, and in terms of severity.