Autism Spectrum Disorder

The hallmarks of this condition are: (1) difficulties in creating, maintaining, and understanding relationships between people; (2) repetitive behaviors or interests, (3) these problems need to be present at an early age and (4) be severe enough to cause life difficulties (such as with school, friends, or work).

(1) These difficulties can be due to: (a) problems in engaging and maintaining social and emotional interactions, (b) problems with the nonverbal aspect of interacting with people (such as gestures, facial expressions, or eye contact), and (c) general difficulties in the initiation, maintenance, and understanding of relationships with people.

 

(2) These difficulties can be due to: (a) repetitive movements of different body parts for no appropriate reasons, (b) inflexible will to maintain things the way they are and show great distress when things do change, (c) short and intense set of interests that would be considered as a fixation by most people, or (d) extremely high/low reaction to elements in daily life (doesn’t feel the stinging pain of a pinch or cannot withstand the sound of someone talking).

 

Information gathered from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.).

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

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