Do you think you may be on the autistic spectrum?
How can you tell?
- Have you had a lifelong history of untreatable depression, anxiety or OCD
- You may feel as though you’ve never quite fitted in. Always feeling like an outsider.
- People think you’re bit of an odd-ball or quirky.
- You have a communication style that is different from other people. Because of this, you were bullied at school, or at work.
- Routine could be very important to you, and you get upset if anything changes..
- You may be good at focusing on small details, whilst missing the overall point, or bigger picture.
- You worry constantly about many things. This leaves you feeling constantly on-edge.
- Do you have strict self-imposed rules about the way things should be done.
- You have OCD-type symptoms. For example: Feeling compelled to count a certain amount of times, before you can complete an action. Touching an object a specific number of times before you can move on to the next task.
- You feel that you never do well in social situations. You frequently miss the point of the conversation, don’t get jokes and lose track of what people are saying.
- You always seem to be on a different page from everyone else involved in the conversation.
- You prefer your own company, and tend to isolate yourself.
- You may feel that it’s not necessary to involve other people in your world. It gives you more time to engage in your special interests.
- You may want to have friends and an active social life, but do not know how to go about it. You can never quite seem to get it right and constantly fall out with people.
- You find it difficult to understand information and follow instructions. This is really noticeable when information is given verbally. Even though you have a good level of intelligence, you just can’t seem to process what people are saying to you.
- You may be overly-sensitive to noise. For example, a police-siren, a dog barking or even someone turning the pages of a newspaper.
- You may find it very difficult to wear itchy, or tight clothing. Seam’s and tags feel extremely uncomfortable.
- Being in crowded places, or on public transport causes you to feel anxious. There’s lots of noise and information to process, and people rushing around in different directions. You worry that someone will bump into you, or get in your way.
- You hope that no one sits or stands too close to you on the train or bus.
- You may have an intense interest In a particular subject or activity, usually this will be something you do alone.
- You tend to talk at people, rather than engaging in conversation with them.
- Sometimes you launch into a long monologue with another person about your special interest, or something that is bothering you. You do not even say “hello” to them, you just launch into whatever’s on you mind. You do not realise that the other person is bored with the conversation, and is trying to get away from you!
- You can be easily manipulated by others. You are not good at understanding the other person’s real intentions.
- You find it difficult to either start, or end a conversation. You often trip up over your words, not quite saying the appropriate thing at the correct time.
- Sometimes you need extra time to really understand what someone is telling you. You need everything to be explained over, and over again until you finally get it.
- You may have trouble predicting what a person will do next, or what the consequences of your actions will be.
- You may indulge in unusual body movements such as hand flapping, swaying from one foot to the other or bouncing against a wall.
- You often seem to be in lost your own world, seemingly unattached to whatever’s going on around you.
- Most older adults with undiagnosed autistic spectrum disorder, probably feel as though they have consistently under achieved throughout their life.
Do you feel that you can relate to this list? You may want to consider speaking to your doctor about a referral for an autism assessment.
Hope this helps