Life with Autism
Imagine a day in life when everything seems so hazy, meeting people becomes
so weird that when they joke around you, and there are you, unable to make it out what it
means and everything becomes so slow and dumb. Unfortunately, it happens with
people who are diagnosed with Autism. definitely, life is not easy with autism, says
the research was done by psychologists at Edge Hill University.
According to the World Health Organisation, autism is marked by some degree of
difficulty in social communication and interaction along with typical patterns of
activities like difficulty in shifting from one task to another or in other words
multitasking, unusual reaction, and sensations. The research held by Dr. Liam Cross and
Dr. Gray Atherton who has worked on populations diagnosed with autism explored the
links between age of diagnosis and the impacts on the quality of life. it was also found
that most of the adults having autism were not diagnosed until they crossed their teenage.
Research published within the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
highlights that adults who were diagnosed in adulthood had lousy life experiences and
more autistic traits as having a later diagnosis is still an indicator of their requirement of
support and care. Receiving a diagnosis of autism in adulthood is often very challenging
as their entire personality and self-image is bartered, they did get to know how to tell
people about their diagnosis and how to go ahead with it in their life” said Dr. Cross.
The role of therapy and care is pivotally conveyed by every participant in the study
and also the difficulty in receiving adequate treatment in the present scenario. Adults
undergo years of trauma related to their conflicts with society and unexplained
difficulties until they receive a diagnosis which is a milestone in itself. “Getting a
diagnosis is crucial as everything gets in place and now they can attach meaning
behind every reaction, it is like getting a direction of how to step further in life,” says Dr.
Artherton, Edge Hill University.
The research lays an impetus for future research on post-diagnosis treatment
and care available to such a population and supports the urgent requirement of early
the diagnosis which can ensure stability and clarity in the life of autistic adults.