Can Adults Suffer From Autism?
Hello. I want to ask if an adult or an elderly person can suffer from autism? and can previously healthy and normal people suffer from autism?
Wa alaikumsalam, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Autism is a brain development disorder that affects a person's ability to interact with others. That said, people with autism have a 'world of their own' and also suffer from behavior disorders and the interests of sufferers.
So far it is unknown what causes autism, but among the factors that can increase the risk are:
Genetic or hereditary factors
Born prematurely or before 26 weeks
Born to an elderly mother
Pregnant women who smoke
Exposure to alcoholic drinks or certain drugs during pregnancy
Have other medical disorders such as ururofibromatosis and Rett syndrome
Regarding your question, this condition is only experienced by children, but can last into adulthood. So that people who have never experienced autism will never know of having autism as an adult, but if there is an adult who has autism, it must be because he has had autism since he was a child. This is because according to the definition we mentioned earlier, that autism is a disease of brain development disorders, while in adults, the brain is no longer developing. The brain only develops in infancy and childhood.
Even so, maybe for ordinary people, there are adults who were healthy, seem to behave like autistic people. This condition can occur, but the diagnosis is still not autistic, but for example acute psychotic disorders, schizophrenic disorders, schizophrenic disorders, acute polymorphic psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder and so forth. In dealing with people like that, the best step is to see a psychiatrist.
So the best way to avoid this disease is to avoid some of the risk factors in pregnant women above that can be avoided such as smoking and consuming alcohol, and consult the doctor of any abnormalities that are felt to occur. So, hopefully answering your question.