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Autism spectrum disorder in adults: clinical features and the role of the psychiatrist

  • Jacqui Garland, Linda O'Rourke and Dene Robertson

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are lifelong conditions. Although not all adults with ASD require psychiatric input, general adult psychiatrists increasingly find themselves responsible for the care of adults with the disorder. This may present a new and unique challenge to them. Here, we summarise the core clinical features of ASD; discuss appropriate diagnostic practice; review the principles of management; and identify key educational, social care and voluntary services for adults with ASD in the UK.

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Dr Jacqui Garland, Department of Psychiatry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland. Email: jacqui.garland@kcl.ac.uk

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Autism spectrum disorder in adults: clinical features and the role of the psychiatrist

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