I realize this is a bit of a non-answer, but it varies– it is a spectrum after all. Going undiagnosed doesn’t mean having a different set of symptoms. There’s a lot of places elsewhere, where I’m sure you’ve already looked, where you can find some of these symptoms. So I won’t bother listing them.
Instead, here’s a couple of conditions that are “friends” (comorbid) with autism. I think it’d be helpful to look into these when getting your diagnosis, especially if autism is ruled out. Again, I suggest you do your own research as these vary a lot; but I get the feeling a lot of high-functioning adults with autism are more bothered by these conditions than by autism itself.
sensory processing disorder: when your senses are not as useful as they should be. Maybe you can hear words, but not usually understand them; or see objects and recognize them only with effort.
sensitivities: when your senses work too well. You might find most fabrics to be unbearably uncomfortable, or listen to music at a ridiculously low volume. (your friends will let you know)
ADHD: does not always mean hyperactivity! You might have though you have too many ideas, all the time, like a never-ending brainstorm session. They won’t help you when you left your car at work after taking the train home, or when you got lost as to the plot of a movie because your mind wandered off.
executive dysfunctions: when things simply don’t get done. Procrastination to the extreme. You stay stuck standing in the middle of the stairs, or sitting on the couch, because the part of your brain that turns intention into action just stopped working. Other times you’ll just stay wrapped up doing things, because the part that tells you to stop is what took the break.
anxiety: does not always involve panic attacks. If you can always find something to worry about, or have “unexplained physical symptoms” such as always feeling too cold, too hot, or stomach pain, this might be worth looking into.
alexithymia: when you’re out of touch with your emotions. Maybe you didn’t feel sad at all when you watched “Up,” even though you described it that way. Or you give one-word answers when your therapist asks you how you feel. Or maybe you don’t often start your day with, “I just had the weirdest dream.”
prosopagnosia: also known as “face-blindness” or even “being bad with faces.” From not being able to recognize yourself in the mirror, to just taking quite a while to learn new faces; if you’ve ever asked your housemate where she lives after she says hi to you at the grocery store, you might have it.
Autism has many more friends than these, (although these are pretty common) but you might want to bring those up when getting an evaluation. It might be useful to address them in your treatment. Besides, knowing that what bothers you has a name, often makes it bother you less. So best of luck!
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