Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition linked to natural brain variations, impacting social interaction, communication, behaviour, and sensory processing. Autism is referred to on a spectrum, meaning no two individuals display identical signs or characteristics. Our experienced psychologists provide autism assessment and diagnosis in Melbourne, to help better inform our therapy approach and treatment recommendations.
What are the common signs and symptoms of autism?
What are some common manifestations of masking in individuals with autism?
How can we better understand the challenges and strengths associated with autism?
Many adults who exhibit autism traits, navigate life successfully. It’s common for adults to display autism signs or traits without having undergone assessment or diagnosis, often for various reasons.
Some adults with autism will experience symptoms that result in challenges in everyday life. Others may feel like something is different about them from the next person. They may have felt that way since childhood but couldn’t pinpoint precisely why. Or, they may not notice that they feel or behave differently than others. Sometimes characteristics play out well and do not result in impairment or difficulty in functioning, but sometimes characteristics will not result so well.
What are the positive impacts often described by individuals with autism?
Are there other co-occurring mental health challenges associated with autism?
Anxiety is a prevalent condition affecting a diverse range of individuals, including those with autism. Research indicates a higher prevalence of anxiety disorders in individuals with autism compared to the general population. While the precise reasons for this heightened susceptibility to anxiety in individuals with autism are not yet fully understood, some studies suggest that challenging social situations and sensory environments can amplify stress and anxiety among those with autism.
Additionally, a significant source of anxiety may stem from feeling misunderstood or unaccepted. To assimilate and avoid standing out as different, individuals with autism may engage in masking or camouflaging behaviours.
What are the motivations for seeking an autism assessment and diagnosis, whether for oneself or a loved one?
Common reasons why an autism assessment and a formal diagnosis has not been pursued:
At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, our experienced Melbourne psychologists have a special interest in autism and neurodiversity.
If you’re considering an assessment, our warm and compassionate psychologists at Positive Wellbeing Psychology can help you explore its benefits and necessity during a session. We encourage you to initiate this process by scheduling an appointment to discuss your requirements as an initial step.
At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, we offer flexible appointments with our psychologists during the day, evening, or weekends, both in-person at our Melbourne psychology practice or online via telehealth.
Our team of psychologists hold full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to ethical guidelines as mandated by the Psychologists Registration Board and Australian Psychological Society. Our clinical practice is grounded in evidence-based treatment approaches and autism assessments in Melbourne, ensuring comprehensive support for autism assessment, accurate diagnosis, and effective therapy in our Melbourne psychology practice.