In this video, the rising number of adults being diagnosed with autism and Asperger’s, even into late adulthood, is discussed and the reasons for this trend are examined. An important factor that led to undiagnosed autism and Asperger’s in today’s adults is the relative lack of understanding about autism in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Because of this lack of understanding, many children were misdiagnosed, especially with diagnoses like “childhood schizophrenia.”
Because of these misdiagnoses, many adults with autism have gone their whole lives wondering why they experience difficulties, such as in social situations. The creator of this video hopes to add to the amount of resources available to adults who suspect they might have autism, because many resources online are geared toward parents of young children who suspect their kids might have autism.
For such adults who suspect they may have undiagnosed autism, there are tests which can be taken online such as the EQ (Emotional Quotient) test and the AQ (Autism Spectrum Quotient) test that can give a better an individual a better idea of if they might be on the spectrum.
Undiagnosed Autism Aspergers in Adults
Initial Air Date: Nov 1, 2011