It is much easier to diagnose a child with autism than an adult. Distinguishing autism from other psychiatric conditions can be difficult since adults’ symptoms often overlap and can be similar to things like ADHD and schizophrenia. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new screening tool to facilitate the diagnosis of autism in adults.
Screening methods used for diagnosing adults with an autism spectrum disorder can be time-consuming and require a great deal of expertise from an autism specialist. The new test is a questionnaire with 14 self-screening questions, called the RAADS-14 Screen. This new questionnaire should help the patient’s mental health therapist diagnose them faster and treat them accordingly.
Recently, Scottish singer Susan Boyle announced that she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Ms. Boyle’s willingness to talk publicly about her disorder will improve awareness and show that adults on the autism spectrum can lead a full, happy life, even if there will be some challenges along the way.