Autism is a neurological disorder that affects learning and development. That means you cannot get the condition as an adult. But because there has been less awareness historically when it came to understanding, screening for, and diagnosing autism, there are individuals who are diagnosed with autism in adulthood (whose condition was missed when they were younger).
And even for those with Autism that were diagnosed in childhood, the condition does not disappear in adulthood. In some cases, the right interventions and support may mean those individuals are able to do things like hold a job, be in serious relationships, and live on their own — but they will likely still face difficulties because of having autism (perhaps needing a more quiet workplace environment to stay focused or perhaps having challenging moments in their relationships).
And in other cases, continuing support and treatment meeting a person’s everyday needs is needed throughout adulthood, and independent living may not be possible.
For all of these reasons, managing Autism in adults is a very real challenge.
If you are an adult living with Autism, or a carer who is managing Autism in an adult, please review the information available on our website; and if you have any questions or need more support, contact us.
By Brian Mastroianni Medically Reviewed by Samuel Mackenzie, MD, PhD
Source: Everyday Health