Identifying anxiety in autism

Scientific American features an article on the relationship between autism and anxiety and how to distinguish between patterns of behaviour which are a feature of autism and those which are due to anxiety, particularly in non-verbal autistic persons.  The difficulty in separating the two can lead to signs of anxiety being missed, as professionals can mistake these signs for features of autism.  For example, some repetitive behaviour can be a sign of obsessive compulsive disorder, a form of anxiety.

The article further explores what causes anxiety in autistic people and looks at how difficulties coping with uncertainty can lead to anxiety. The author also looks at how therapy needs to be adapted to treat anxiety in autistic people.

Date added; 11 october 2017