Each person with autistic disorder is a unique individual, with his or her own strengths and weaknesses.
Some people with autistic disorder have extremely good memories or are good at paying attention to detail.
However most people with autistic disorder also find it difficult to talk to other people or to make friends. Some may not even be able to talk at all.
People with autistic disorder tend to have poor coordination and concentration and they usually have a limited range of interests. And they may do things or say things over and over again.
Sometimes people with autistic disorder behave oddly. For example they may flap their hands or repeat words over and over again. They may also develop obsessional interests.
Some people with autistic disorder have other disabling conditions, such as a learning disability or epilepsy.
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders due for publication in May 2013 will eliminate autistic disorder syndrome as a formal diagnosis by dissolving it and other subtypes of autism into one diagnosis called autism spectrum disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association, this represents an effort to more accurately diagnose all individuals showing the signs of autism.
Last Updated : 08/02/2013 Back to Top