Like all people on the autism spectrum, people who are high functioning have a hard time with social interaction and communication. They don’t naturally read social cues and might find it difficult to make friends. They can get so stressed by a social situation that they shut down.
A recent Yale study found that individuals with autism spectrum disorder traits are as good or even slightly better social psychologists than those who do not have traits of autism.
Most children with autism are very keen to have friends and interact socially, but often have difficulties knowing how to make, and keep, friends. Social graces don’t come naturally to people with autism, so they often need to be explicitly taught the hidden social rules.
Autism is not being socially awkward
It’s not awkwardness. Autistic people are often excellent at socialising with each other, where they can avoid eye contact, stim, avoid small talk, share information and rely on their own natural communication preferences.
Whittaker says a misdiagnosis of autism rather than social anxiety disorder is rare. She says a missed diagnosis of social anxiety in autistic people is more common, because even healthcare professionals may focus too heavily on a neurodevelopmental condition rather than mental health.
Finding social groups
- find local support groups and projects aimed at autistic people.
- search online for information about local activities, sports clubs, talks, or groups in your area.
- learn a new skill. …
- ask your manager at work or other members of staff about after-work activities, if you are in employment.
Can autism be empathetic?
Every person living with autism is unique; some may struggle with empathy while others may feel completely overwhelmed by other people’s feelings, and then there is everyone in between. It seems that autistic expression of empathy may be atypical.
Can you have autistic traits without having autism?
People with the BAP have some traits common to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but not enough to have the disorder. But it’s not comedians who have drawn scientific scrutiny for having the BAP: it’s the parents and siblings of people who actually have autism.
Social communication disorder (SCD) makes it difficult to communicate with other people in social situations. The condition first appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) in 2013; prior to that, people exhibiting its symptoms were commonly diagnosed on the autism spectrum, according to Autism Speaks.
Do I have ADHD or autism?
Those with autism struggle to focus on things that they don’t like, such as reading a book or doing a puzzle. And they may fixate on things that they do like, such as playing with a particular toy. Kids with ADHD often dislike and avoid things they’ll have to concentrate on.
Can shyness be mistaken for autism?
As with many common mental health disorders and emotional behaviors, two or more symptoms and diagnoses often overlap. For instance, shyness may be accompanied by a social anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder symptoms might indicate autism in some cases.
Can depression be mistaken for autism?
Other times the signs of depression may be mistaken for autism itself. Although depression and autism are very different, some symptoms may be found in both conditions, explains Rowan University psychologist Katherine Gotham, Ph. D., who researches autism and depression.