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Anxiety May Heighten Social Communication Challenges in Autism

Anxiety in autism: how to recognize it

It is not easy to recognize anxiety among individuals with autism because of overlapping symptoms and altered presentations of symptoms. Some individuals may express their anxiety through disruptive behaviors, while others may be unable to understand and express their own emotions. Typically, anxiety may be recognized through:

  • Specific phobia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Other atypical symptoms of anxiety, such as intense levels of distress associated with changes in routine or environment