It can be difficult for people who have grown up to get an diagnosis for autism, because they are independent and talented, although sometimes they seem not very good at communication and impair of imagination, people take it as personality but nothing else.
There is a mild case of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome (AS),also known as High Functioning Autism (HFA), people who suffer from this condition seem much more “normal” than patients on other autism spectrum. They can go to school, get graduated from college and make a living on their own, some of them are artistst, scientist or genius of a particular area. Many celebrities are claimed to be autistic or showing AS traits, including Jane Austen, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates and so on.
We know that every autistic person shows different symptoms, still they have one characteristic in common, which is , the lack basic social communication skills. People with Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty understanding humor and body language, choosing appropriate topics to talk about. They usually avoid making eye contact with people they talk with and repeat themselves a lot. Even some of them could socialise very well after years of hard learning and practising, most of the time, they choose to be alone, because they really cannot enjoy this dealing with other people thing.
An person who shows these signs could decide whether to get an formal diagnosis or not. To seek an diagnosis of HFA in adulthood can be a mixed blessing. Anyway, the decision is yours. If you do want to do this, you might need a referral from your primary care physician. The point is, choosing individual neurologists, therapists and professional centers with significant experience in diagnosing autism.
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