Autism – how you respond to small details, patterns, smells or sounds could be a sign
AUTISM can profoundly impact the way a person behaves and how they respond to the world around them. How you respond to small details, patterns, smells or sounds could signal you have it.
Autism is commonly thought of as a condition or disease but this is not the case – it means your brain works in a different way from other people. As the NHS points out, autism is not a medical condition with treatments or a “cure”. However, some people may need support to help them with certain things.
People with autism usually have it from birth or an early age and but it can go undiagnosed into adult life.
According to the NHS, a sign of autism in adults is noticing small details, patterns, smells, or sounds that others do not.
Other more common signs 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.
The health body advises that you see a GP if you think you may be autistic.