Top 10 Reasons for Adults to Get Evaluated for Autism

If you think you may be autistic, it's worth your while to find out for sure!

Autism can affect even the smartest people, making it tough to manage social relationships, cope with professional politics, or navigate the sensory assaults of the modern world. Diagnosis can provide a framework for labeling, understanding and learning about behavioral and emotional challenges that have perhaps seemed inexplicable up to this point. This can diminish shame, lead to a greater sense of community and begin the process of learning to live more adaptively with an autistic brain. It may also help others in your life understand and respond differently.

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Autism May Be Getting in the Way of Your Career

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You never seem to get a job that reflects your abilities, even though all your credentials are terrific on paper. Or you're passed over for promotions regularly because you just don't get office politics. The problem could be autism.

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Autism May Be Getting in the Way of Friendships

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You have a tough time making and/or keeping friends, and don't know why. Or your friends are only interested in you when you're engaged in an activity you share but you haven't built a personal relationship. The problem could be autism.

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Asperger Syndrome May Be the Reason You "Obsess" on Certain Topics

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You've been called "obsessive" or "fanatical" but you feel you're just very interested in one incredibly fascinating topic. You'd like to figure out whether you're right or wrong, and make a good decision about whether to try to expand your interests. It would help to know whether you have autism.

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Autism May Be Cramping Your Social Style

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Parties and social events are a great way to meet people and they can be essential for business, dating, and even a happy marriage. But if you don't know where to stand, how to break into a conversation, what to wear or whether you're talking too loudly, you may need help and support to take part and have fun. And the problem may be autism.

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Autism May Be Standing in the Way of Romance

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You met someone special. You're interested in making a move. Now what? Dating is tough for anyone, but if you have autism it can be downright baffling. Need help? You might need to start with an autism diagnosis.

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Autism Could Be the Reason You're "Mall-Phobic"

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You get easily overwhelmed anytime there's too much sensory input - even at the mall, the grocery store, or at a sporting event. And you'd very much like to be comfortable taking part in those ordinary activities. The problem could be autism, and part of the solution could be getting that diagnosis.

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Autism May Be Making it Harder to Get Through School

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If you have autism, you may be a visual thinker in a verbal world. With an autism diagnosis, you can get the help and accommodations you need to complete courses, tests and interviews to get the work you want.

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Autism May Be a Problem in an Important Relationship

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Someone you care about has suggested that you may have autism, and they've pointed to certain behaviors that drive them crazy. They'd like you to get a professional opinion and, ideally, some help. Could they be right? Only an experienced professional can tell you if you have autism.

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A Diagnosis of Autism May Be the Key to Getting Services You Need

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If you do have autism, you may have encountered problems throughout your life. You may be isolated, low on funds, or even in need of better housing. A diagnosis of autism can qualify you for a variety of federal services, accommodations and supports.

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A Diagnosis of Autism Can Open New Doors to Friendships and Community

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You've been feeling "different" your whole life. Now, you're hoping to find a community of people who get who you are, how you think, and even how you feel. A diagnosis of autism may give you the push you need to get in touch with autism support groups and connect with that community.

Consider the Possibilities

If you're worried about autism, now is a great time to start looking into the benefits you may be able to access by getting an official diagnosis. Even if you decide not to proceed, understanding the disorder and its challenges is a great step forward.

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