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Treatment and support for Adult Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Tuesday, 24 January 2012. Posted in Treatments

Autism and Asperger's is commonly thought of as a childhood disorder - but the issues associated with the problem carry on into adult life and can create problems for the individual. This article looks at the symptoms, treatment and support available from Clinical Partners for Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Adult Autism Spectrum Disorders refers to the relatively new idea that disorders similar to Autism exists as a continuum. Autism has been defined as a condition involving:

  • problems of social communication and interaction
  • inflexible and rigid language and behaviour patterns
  • repetitive movements

The spectrum means that under the term autism are now included not only those who are very withdrawn and silent, but also those whom demonstrate their social deficits in an unusually passive, or in active-but-odd social behaviour. Their communication problems arise partly because they are pedantic and overformal in their use of language.

The autism spectrum disorders are composed of five disorders including:

  • Autism,
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS),
  • Asperger’s syndrome (AS),
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder,
  • Rett’s Disorder.

The first three occur at much higher rates. Autism is the best known of these conditions.

The effects of Adult Autistic Spectrum Disorders

We now know from the latest research that a key feature appears to be abnormal processing of facial perception, especially as diminished recognition of facial emotion. Reduced eye contact with others appears to be part of this picture, in addition to an abnormal gaze. One of the most interesting new theories about autism spectrum disorders is ‘the theory of Mind’. This argument is that those with this cluster suffer from a poorer ability to guess at what is going on in other’s minds. This is most likely associated with deficient so-called ‘mirror neurons’ in the brain. The inability to understand and predict behavior or emotion in others may be because of deficiencies in neurons that normally are active when we are observing someone or something else.

If you think you may need treatment,
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Treatment and Therapy for Adult ASD

If the symptoms are getting in the way of your life or your GP has raised the possibility it is important to seek professional specialist help. Because Adult ASD’s are complex disorders a comprehensive evaluation is required to properly diagnose the illness.

Adults with ASD can be offered a range of treatments including behavioural coaching, individual therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), marriage and family therapy, self-help groups, career counselling, educational assistance and medication when necessary.

How can Clinical Partners help with Adult ASD

Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists who are trained and experienced in treating all forms of Adult ASD and associated issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Substance abuse

The team will be able to offer full support and advice for you and your family and provide a full private autism assessment, including a diagnosis and treatment plan.

By calling our Admissions Counsellor on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.

 

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