Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Main signs of autism
Common signs of autism in adults include:
finding it hard to understand what others are thinking or feeling
getting very anxious about social situations
finding it hard to make friends or preferring to be on your own
seeming blunt, rude or not interested in others without meaning to
finding it hard to say how you feel
taking things very literally – for example, you may not understand sarcasm or phrases like "break a leg"
having the same routine every day and getting very anxious if it changes
Other signs of autism
You may also have other signs, like:
not understanding social "rules", such as not talking over people
avoiding eye contact
getting too close to other people, or getting very upset if someone touches or gets too close to you
noticing small details, patterns, smells or sounds that others do not
having a very keen interest in certain subjects or activities
liking to plan things carefully before doing them
Autism in women and men
Autism can sometimes be different in women and men.
For example, autistic women may be quieter, may hide their feelings and may appear to cope better with social situations.
This means it can be harder to tell you're autistic if you're a woman.
For visual characteristics of autism, visit the Autism Navigator. (Signs in children)
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