3 Main Characteristics of Autism
While there are many symptoms that often afflict individuals with autism, these three are considered the most characteristic symptoms in autism.
These are the 3 main characteristics that are necessary for a diagnosis of Autism according to the DSM-5.
Below these, we have also listed 5 other symptoms that often accompany these 3 symptoms.
More Information on Autism Spectrum Disorder:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Key Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Keys to Health
Many may have at one point suspected autism in ourselves and our family members.
It is safe to say however that it's entirely normal to feel some difficulty with socializing. We all go through challenges with making friends and communicating at times. Even the most sociable of us have awkward moments.
In order to qualify as autism, an individual would need to have significant challenges in all 3 areas. Additionally, these challenges would need to be great enough that it gets in the way of normal function, for example making friends and getting along with peers.
By definition, these deficits develop early in life. However, it is entirely possible that they are not noticed or they're compensated for until later in life. Some individuals with signficant autism may never get diagnosed.
This is a particularly significant problem among girls. Girls are routinely underdiagnosed when it comes to autism.