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Please help! -Autism - April 6th 2009, 12:38 PM

I am a bit worried my mother might have austism. She's displaying a lot of symptoms which i found on the internet such as:

Difficulty in understanding tone of voice and body language as a way of expressing sarcasm, humor and irony.
Lack of eye contact
Inability to take in another perspective.
Verbal skills may be idiosyncratic (not fantastic, not poor). They may be perfectly able to talk, but have difficulty in conversation, small talk and slang.
Hyper or hypo sensitive to light, sound, crowds and other external situations. covering ears reacting negatively to brightly lit areas.
Poor handwriting, difficulty with athletic coordination.
Engage in repetitive behaviours and ritualized activities, ranging from lining up items to following a rigid routine, - well vitamins and O-jay every day, always wants to go to sleep at the same time.
Have one of few passionate interests .
Have difficulty in making and keeping multiple friends.
I dont know what to do. I'm going to the dr tomorrow, for myself, who i share with my mum, should i tell her this? I feel guilty like I am paying my mother out or being deciptful or something. I dont know. I dont want my mum to be sick, but i want to help her if she is. :S

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Re: Please help! -Autism - April 6th 2009, 12:44 PM

Please try not to diagnose yourself, Autism, as far as I'm aware is usually found when in childhood, though, as your mum displays some of the symptoms it doesnt neccessarily mean its that.

I'd speak to your mum or another family member about it first before you tell the doctor.
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Re: Please help! -Autism - April 6th 2009, 03:17 PM

Like Laura said, you don't just "contract" autism. The doctors usually find it manifesting in the early childhood/toddler years. I understand that it's scary, but there's probably a .0001% she has it. Talk to your mom first before you go and talk to the doctor.

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Re: Please help! -Autism - April 6th 2009, 03:23 PM

Like the others have said, autism is generally found in early childhood, the chances that your mom has undiagnosed autism as an adult are very small.
In fact, she sounds exactly like my mom, and all my mom has are psychiatric problems.
You should probably talk to her first before you take any action, she has the right to know if you're concerned about her health.

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Re: Please help! -Autism - April 6th 2009, 10:43 PM

I didn't pick it up. Her uncle (who is like her dad) did. And he said for me to tell the dr and not to tell mum. He also said there are probably heaps of people with it who are undiagnosed.

She didn't have a great childhood, and i dont think she was able to go to the dr much as a child for regular heath check, let alone something like this.

Would it affect the things she does? Like would she still be able to drive and stuff?
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Re: Please help! -Autism - April 7th 2009, 12:08 AM

It is true, what the others said....and I would talk to the uncle a little more before talking to the doctor and you should talk to your mom also. Very few people go undiagnosed when it comes to Autism.
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Re: Please help! -Autism - April 7th 2009, 01:53 AM

Even if she wasn't able to get in to the doctor's very often, I'm sure her school would have picked up on it sooner or later and test her.

As the others have said, it is rather uncommon for an adult with autism to be undiagnosed. There could be something else going on that shares these symptoms.

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Re: Please help! -Autism - April 7th 2009, 03:15 PM

not that i'm saying you should be diagnosing your mum with your uncle, but depending on how old she is it is possible a mild case could have not be picked up at school, i know adults with mild autism who weren't detected in school, and were just viewed as troublesome, it depends on a lot of things

i would really talk to your mum about your worries, because for all you know she knows she has autism just hasn't told you
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