Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is sometimes misdiagnosed as OCD

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with OCD, 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.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Hand flapping, body rocking, spinning in circles, not comfortable with change, no eye contact, not responding to name by 9 months age, no show of facial expressions, limited use of gestures by 1 year age, does not share interests with others, no pointing by 18 months, no pretend play, little interest in peers, lining up toys and objects, word repetition, playing with toys the same way always, focus on parts of objects, has obsessive interests, must follow certain reactions to sounds tastes and smells.

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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