It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Avoidant Personality Disorder, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Autism is lifelong condition that is often diagnosed at the early years of life. There is no specific test to diagnose autism, but a paediatrician can diagnose the child by reviewing medical history, checking symptoms, social interaction, eye contact and other signs. There is no cure for autism, but early intervention is important to improve the quality of the child’s life and their future. Speech, behavioural and occupational therapy are encouraged at an early stage. The prognosis of patients depend on their IQ level. Low functioning patients will need support throughout life while high functioning autistic patients may be able to function independently.