Many people with high-functioning autism go undiagnosed until adulthood. Those within the autism spectrum may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from others, and it’s rare for two people to have the same symptoms with the same severity. Below are some common traits associated with the autism spectrum.

Communication struggles

  • You have trouble reading social cues
  • Participating in conversation is difficult
  • You have trouble relating to others thoughts or feelings
  • You’re unable to read body language and facial expressions
  • Using flat, monotone, or robotic speaking patterns
  • Inventing your own descriptive words and phrases
  • You don’t like to look at someone’s eyes when talking to them
  • Talking a lot about one or two favorite topics
  • Building and maintaining close friendships is difficult

Emotional and behavioral difficulties

  • You have trouble regulating your emotions
  • Changes in routines and expectations cause outbursts or meltdowns
  • When something unexpected happens, you respond with an emotional meltdown
  • Getting upset when your things are moved or rearranged
  • Rigid routines, schedules, and daily patterns that must be maintained
  • Repetitive behaviors and rituals
  • Making noises in places where quiet is expected

Other signs

  • You care deeply and are knowledgeable about a few specific areas of interest
  • You are very smart in one or two challenging academic subject areas, but have difficulty doing well in others
  • Hypersensitivity or impaired sensitivity to sensory input (pain, sound, touch, or smell)
  • You feel like you’re clumsy and have difficulty with coordination
  • You prefer to work and play alone
  • Others perceive you as eccentric or an academic

If you’re interested in being evaluated for autism, contact LifeStance Health. We’ll review any issues you have regarding communication, emotions, behavioral patterns, range of interests, and more. We’ll then provide testing and treatment options to help you utilize your strengths and reach your goals.