What can a psychiatrist do for autism?
A psychiatrist can identify and diagnose autism as well as any other co-occurring conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, etc. A psychiatrist can prescribe medications, if required, and also refer the autistic child or adult to other professionals such as psychologists, speech therapists, neurologists, occupational therapists, etc.
How is autism diagnosed by a psychiatrist?
There are certain signs that a psychiatrist would look for in a child to diagnose autism. These include the individual lacking in social interaction and social communication skills, engaging in repetitive and restricted behaviours, activities, or interests, impairment in daily functioning due to these deficits, and these deficits not being due to an intellectual disability.
What mental illnesses can someone with autism have that psychiatrists can help treat?
Autistic individuals may also have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that psychiatrists can diagnose and help in the treatment of. Mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety are common for autistic adults – psychiatrists can prescribe medications for treating these conditions as well.
Are medications by a psychiatrist necessary for autism?
No, a psychiatrist may prescribe medications in rare cases for autism, such as when there is extreme self-harm or aggressive tendencies. If other mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression are also present, a psychiatrist may prescribe medications for them as well.