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Awareness of autism in adulthood 

Awareness of autism in adulthood
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Awareness of autism in adulthood
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Traolach S. Brugha

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10.1093/med/9780198796343.003.0002
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date: 22 September 2018

In its milder forms, autism is widespread, but often not considered as an explanation for odd, egocentric, rigid, and/or potentially socially problematic behaviour. The reader is encouraged in this chapter to consider how autism might present in the world in which (s)he works and lives. A series of case vignettes are then used (in this chapter), drawn from ordinary life settings (work, college, neighbourhood, family, etc.) to illustrate and inform awareness, and possible consideration of autism that has been missed earlier in the person’s life. Questions are posed following each case vignette that the reader is asked to try to answer. Care recommendations then follow.

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