Given how a lot of adults are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms of autism in adults, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are commonly misdiagnosed as various other conditions.
As a behavior analyst, we have encountered patients who have initially been misdiagnosed. Here are some common misdiagnosis:
- Social anxiety disorder or avoidant personality disorder
Given that people with ASD often have difficulty with social interactions it is often associated with shyness or social anxiety
- Language-based learning disabilities
The difficulty in both verbal and non-verbal self-expression is usually misdiagnosed as a language-based learning disability
- Eating disorders
People with ASD are five times more likely to be picky eaters and ritualistic eating behaviors
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
The difficulty in managing emotions, sudden outburst of anger, or becoming withdrawn are often seen as a form of psychosis, BPD, or other mental illnesses
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD)
ADHD and ASD share similar symptoms such as problems with executive functioning, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity
If you suspect that your child has ASD, you should get them a behavior analysis in Florida as soon as possible. Delays in treatment may bring about maladaptive behaviors related to the child’s disorder.
Make sure that you or your loved one gets the proper diagnosis and treatment. Come on over and consult us at Autism Interacts ABA. We provide behavior analysis in Tampa Bay and try to improve the quality of life of our patients.
We provide various services such as parent training, verbal behavior, and ABA therapy in New Port Richey, Florida.