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[Self-Test] Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms in Adults

Could I have autism? What does autism spectrum disorder look like in adults? How do autism symptoms change with age? Am I autistic? Take this free autism test for adults and share the instant results with a health professional for evaluation.

Do I Have Autism?

Awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown dramatically in recent years, which reflects both an increase in autism diagnoses and in the public's understanding that, even late in life, an autism diagnosis can offer major benefits and relief. Still, symptoms of autism are still frequently misdiagnosed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and other related conditions — leading to poor treatment and lifelong challenges. If you recognize yourself or a loved one in the following descriptions of autism spectrum disorder, make an appointment with a health care professional to discuss an evaluation test for autism.

This free test was adapted from the Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ) designed to screen the possibility of ASD, and is for personal use only. This is not a diagnostic tool. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This autism self-test is for personal use only.

Do you prefer to play individual games and sports like golf, where everyone works for themselves, instead of team sports and games where everyone works toward a common goal?

1 out of 17

Do you have trouble understanding what people mean when they say they feel embarrassed for someone else?

2 out of 17

Are you always bumping into things, or tripping over your own feet?

3 out of 17

Are you really (really) good at math or music, but struggle to succeed in other areas?

4 out of 17

Think about your daily routine. Would you say you follow the same schedule every day of the week, and don’t like unexpected events?

5 out of 17

Do you prefer to read non-fiction over fiction books?

6 out of 17

Are you always the first one to notice when a friend has gotten a haircut or made a small change to their appearance?

7 out of 17

Have you always wanted a best friend, but never found one?

8 out of 17

When you’re having a conversation with someone, do you prefer to look at the wall, their shoes, or anywhere but directly into their eyes?

9 out of 17

Is your memory like a steel trap, even for facts that you don’t fully understand?

10 out of 17

Do your family members lovingly refer to you as the “eccentric professor” of the family, even though you don’t work anywhere near academia?

11 out of 17

Are expressions like “Curiosity killed the cat” or “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch” confusing to you?

12 out of 17

Even when you’re in a quiet place, like the library, do you find yourself making involuntary noises, like clearing your throat over and over?

13 out of 17

Do you enjoy inventing your own words and expressions that might seem quirky to others?

14 out of 17

Do you talk to friends at a party the same way you would talk to co-workers in the office?

15 out of 17

Do people say that you speak like a robot?

16 out of 17

Did bullies target you in grade school?

17 out of 17

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Autism Test Next Steps: Autism Spectrum Disorder In Adults

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Updated on August 6, 2020

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  1. I’ve done pretty much every online autism test & am definitely autistic…except on this one. So many questions here just don’t really make sense. So autistic people all excel at music and maths? Huh? Some do, but we’re not all geniuses, or some of us might have other areas of expertise.

    As for “Is your memory like a steel trap?” Um, I’m autistic, so why on earth would you put some weird imagery into a question unless you don’t understand autism at all? I spent ages wondering what on earth this might mean. Stuff gets into my mind and can’t get out again? My mind springs closed whenever I hit on any info? I’m in middle age, so I sort of know that this probably means that you are asking if I am good at holding onto information. But then I’m middle aged so I no longer hold onto info like I did 30 years ago… Maybe it’s just a stupid question.

    Was I bullied as a child? No, because I am great at pretending to be normal. That doesn’t make me neurotypical, it makes me APPEAR neurotypical to many people.

    Do friends refer to me as an “eccentric professor”? No, of course they don’t because they’re adults who don’t talk like children in a 1970s movie.

    I really think this questionnaire is dangerous. I’m autistic and have enough knowledge to see the shortcomings, but for others it might put them off getting assessed professionally. Some people experience decades of misery and inability to understand themselves or be understood because they haven’t been diagnosed. Please either direct people to more reputable tests like AQ or RITVO, or get this one re-written by someone with knowledge of autism.

  2. There are lots of inaccuracies in this test, or things that are badly worded. I’d recommend anyone who thinks they might be autstic to take a more established test like AQ (Autism Quotient). It feels like someone here has taken a load of stereotypes and turned them into a quiz. A few thoughts:

    It’ss very common for autistic women (& some men) to ‘mask’, which means they pretend to be neurotypical. So, for example, I wasn’t bullied at school, nobody would think I’m a crazy professor, I’ve taught myself eye contact and small talk. Basically I can trick people into thinking I’m neurotypical. It’s incredibly stressful to do and has a huge impact on mental health and does not mean a person is not autistic. Because of masking, autism cannot diagnosed by how other people see you or how you present yourself to the world.

    Some autistic people are very good at maths and music, but it’s not a means of diagnosing autism.

    I do find metaphors confusing, so I don’t understand what a memory like a steel trap means – who uses a strange metaphor in a quiz aimed at autistic/possibly autistic people?

    “When you’re having a conversation with someone, do you prefer to look at the wall, their shoes, or anywhere but directly into their eyes?” This question cannot be answered with “very often, often, etc” – You give three options, but how can I choose one in the answer?

    Some of this stuff – lovable professor, gifted musician, mathematician, who trips over things and says inappropriate stuff on social occasions and has no understanding of embarrassment – is like a stereotype from a film or tv show. It made me laugh that you think this is an actual way to diagnose autism. Possible autistics, do yourselves a favour and get a proper diagnosis!

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