The autism spectrum disorder is not just about being a person, says the first person diagnosed with the condition.
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The National Autism Society says no, but the condition can have different symptoms, so it’s important to know what to look for.
The NAS has found that people with autism have higher rates of anxiety, depression and other mood and behavioral disorders than people without autism.
They have difficulty socialising, making friends and making new friends.
Autism spectrum disorder:What’s the difference?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a collection of symptoms that can be found across a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, mood disorders, learning disabilities, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome.
The condition can be diagnosed by looking at a person’s behaviour and cognitive skills.
The symptoms include:A range of symptoms – anxiety, aggression, attention problems, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, depressionA range or spectrum of symptomsA change in behaviour, such as a change in speech or languageA change or decrease in activity or enjoymentThe NSS says that although people with ASD often have some of the same symptoms, they are more likely to have different types of problems.
The more common types of symptoms include difficulty socializing, socialising well, communication problems and social withdrawal.
The prevalence of autism is rising, but so are the rates of autism in the general population.
In the UK, there are more than 2,200 cases of autism.
Dr John Kowal, from the Institute of Psychiatry, said that although there was a link between autism and some other conditions, the link was not causal.’
We do not know if autism is a result of environmental or genetic factors or how they can be managed’He added that the diagnosis was ‘not an absolute sign of an individual’s disability’.
Dr Kowol said that the rate of autism had increased since the 1970s and that there was an ‘explosion’ of the diagnosis.’
The rate of ASD in children today is twice the rate in the past 30 years, and it is increasing at a rate of about 2 per cent a year,’ he said.
Dr Kowe said that because people were now being told they had autism, it was more important than ever to have a comprehensive picture of autism and what it means.’
This means getting to the root of the problem, and not just treating symptoms,’ he added.