Autistic spectrum disorders include Autism and Asperger Syndrome. They begin in childhood and continue through adulthood.
It is thought that complex genetic and environmental factors are involved in causing autistic spectrum disorders although in a minority of cases an underlying medical condition may be a factor.
There are a wide range of symptoms which are grouped into three categories, social interaction symptoms including a lack of understanding and awareness of other people’s feelings; impaired communication including late language development; and unusual patterns of behaviour such as making repetitive movements.
There is no cure for ADSD but a range of education and behavioural programs can be effective. Our consultant psychiatrists can make recommendations for these programs. They are also able to diagnose and treat any associated conditions, such as depression.