Autism Vs Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Is This ASD or PTSD ?
@askaboutautism and @undiagnosedautismfeels have gotten quite a few questions regarding autism and PTSD, specifically ones asking about the differences and how to tell if you’re autistic if you’ve also got PTSD. I had troubling finding resources that clearly laid out how the two could look like each other, and also what the differences were when I was first researching autism. It make figuring things out rather difficult. I also got a positive response when asking if anyone would be interested in a post like this, so as an autistic with PTSD, I’ve written up this post.
This post is written with PTSD caused by chronic or long-term trauma (often called Complex or C-PTSD, but is not officially recognized as a dx in the DSM 5) in mind, and obviously influenced by my PTSD. My official dx is PTSD (chronic per the DSM IV and still included on my records as of 2017 for some reason) with dissociative symptoms.
So, here’s the Diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder pulled
off the CDC website. With examples of both how PTSD could resemble the
ASD criteria, and how being autistic would fulfill the criteria. These are by no
means exhaustive or iron-clad, they are simply a starting point.