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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.