Recent studies have shown a link between autism and schizophrenia, but understanding how these two disorders interact is still a mystery to many. However, it is imperative for individuals struggling with schizophrenia and autism to learn what the symptoms look like and how to cope with them. That way, they can begin their healing journey sooner to live a happy, healthy, productive life.

Problems Processing Emotions

Individuals with schizophrenia often have problems with processing emotions and developing close relationships with others. They may avoid their friends, lose interest in things that give them pleasure, and come off as emotionless. Individuals with autism also display problems with emotional processing, making it easy to overlook potential schizophrenia symptoms in the early stages. Usually, individuals are diagnosed with autism in early life, while schizophrenia is typically diagnosed in adolescence. Therefore, these early on-set symptoms may be written off as part of the person’s autism.

Symptom Overlap

Symptoms between autism and schizophrenia overlap more in negative symptoms than positive ones. For example, individuals with schizophrenia may exhibit a flat or blunted affect, which involves reduced eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, and more. Individuals with autism usually have problems expressing emotions and connecting with others, therefore showing overlap with the blunted affect found in individuals with schizophrenia.

Increased Likelihood?

While there is not much research to understand schizophrenia and autism’s association in totality, studies have shown that “individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders have higher levels of autistic symptoms.” This means that if you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, it could be worth asking your doctor to check for signs of autism if you believe some have been overlooked. Finding a treatment facility that treats both disorders can also put you on the road to healing so you can live a life you are proud of.

Autism and schizophrenia are more connected than previously believed, although studies are still being done to understand the link between them. What we do know is that there are many symptom overlaps between the two disorders, and having schizophrenia can increase your likelihood of possessing autistic symptoms. Alta Loma Transformational Services treats both disorders to give residents their lives back. We know how challenging it can be to overcome symptoms, so we provide unique treatments to address your recovery needs and help you heal for the long term. Call Alta Loma Transformational Services today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.