What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorders/conditions are neural development disorders characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, restricted and repetitive behavior, with varying developmental and intellectual disabilities. These signs begin before a child is three years old.

How do members experience autism spectrum disorder?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with autism spectrum disorder*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for autism spectrum disorder*

Who has autism spectrum disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age Proportion # of patients
<20 259
20s 407
30s 338
40s 273
50s 211
60s 79
70+ 23

Distribution of sex


Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 588
Female 928