Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stepped into a minefield when he diagnosed himself as being on the autism spectrum — "on a very drawn out scale. How can someone who achieved fame by lampooning social foibles really have anything in common with people who struggle with basic social functioning? In an interview with NBC news, Seinfeld said he has trouble paying attention "to the right thing," "basic social engagement is really a struggle" and he finds figures of speech confusing. Were these faint whispers of autism he described similar to what researchers call the Broader Autism Phenotype , or BAP? But it's not comedians who have drawn scientific scrutiny for having the BAP: it's the parents and siblings of people who actually have autism.
What Does it Mean to Have Just a Hint of Autism? | Interactive Autism Network
Please enter your location to help us display the correct information for your area. My whole life I thought there was something wrong with me. My diagnosis changed those thoughts. When I learned about my diagnosis I knew nothing was wrong with me…I knew that I had something very special about me and my life was about to change. My mom and my stepdad were both in the room with me and you could feel the relief that went out the window. All I know for sure is that I finally feel whole and as strange as this might sound, my life makes sense now. I answer them as best as I can by using examples of my own life.
Everything you need to know about autism in adults
The symptoms of autism in adults can differ from those in children, and many adults have learned to live with their symptoms over the years. Autism spectrum disorder ASD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders. In most cases, people receive an autism diagnosis in childhood, usually after the age of 4 years. However, some adults live with undiagnosed ASD.
No two people with autism spectrum disorder ASD have the exact same set of symptoms. ASD is referred to as a spectrum because of the variety of its signs and symptoms, and their differences in severity. Some people with ASD experience symptoms that make daily life difficult. Similarly, they may not notice that they feel or behave differently, but others around them may notice that they behave or act differently.