I Might Have Autism

What does autism look like in an undiagnosed adult?

Adults with autism are a growing segment of our society.  If you suspect you may be on the autism spectrum, it’s never too late to get the help you need. We are here to inform and equip you with the tools you need.

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Individuals with an ASD might:

  • Have difficulty understanding gestures, body language and facial expressions
  • Be unaware of what is socially appropriate and have difficulty choosing topics to talk about
  • Not be socially motivated because they find communication difficult
  • Not have many friends or choose not to socialize very much
  • Have difficulty in group situations
  • Find small talk and chatting very difficult
  • Have problems understanding double meanings
  • Not choose appropriate topics to talk about
  • Take what people say very literally
  • Have an obsession with rigid routines and severe distress if routines are disrupted
  • Have problems making plans for the future, and have difficulty organizing their life
  • Have problems with sequencing tasks

What do I do if I have concerns?

Getting a diagnosis for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as an adult is not easy.  It can be hard to convince your doctor that a diagnosis is relevant and/or necessary. If you think you might have autism, contact the Autism Tennessee Helpline at (615) 385-2077, ext. 1 or support@autismtn.org for a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist who can do an in-depth evaluation.

Diagnosis as an adult can lead to a variety of benefits. You can gain a better understanding of yourself and give others a better understanding of you.  It is also helpful to meet others within the autism community so you can learn from their experiences and share your own.  Autism Tennessee can connect you to other adults living with autism in your area.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Contact Us

P: (615) 385-2077
F: (615) 383-1176
T: (866) 508-4987
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Open Late Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Additional hours available by appointment.

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