Autism: A Diagnosis in Adulthood

In this Ability Life Solution Favorite Video, Dr. Victoria Hughes talks in detail about adult autism diagnosis, guideline procedures, adjustment to the diagnosis once received, and different types of support services. Hughes shares markers for autism and provides an overview of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), including the outdated “Aspergers” diagnosis.

Stressing how autism differs from one person to the next, Hughes discusses the challenges in social, communication, and repetitive patterns of behavior-including verbal and non-verbal communication, sensory issues, treatments, and other “huge” aspects of adults attaining an autism diagnosis, including mental health issues.

Hughes also discusses autistic women and some of the key differences to attaining a proper diagnosis, including anxiety, depression, coping skills, and masking-a form of pretending to be so-called normal.

In the UK, roughly 700,000 people, or 1 in 100 present with autism spectrum disorders.

Autism: A Diagnosis in Adulthood by The Retreat
Initial Release Date: May 15, 2015
Source: Youtube

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