Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adults

  • Bernardo Barahona Corrêa
  • Rutger-Jan van der Gaag

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Gabriela J. Martins
    Pages 29-93
  3. Hilde M. Geurts, Anne Geeke Lever
    Pages 95-110
  4. Lisa Underwood, Jane McCarthy, Eddie Chaplin
    Pages 111-128
  5. Elizabeta B. Mukaetova-Ladinska, Barbara Maier
    Pages 179-191
  6. Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers
    Pages 193-202
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-273

About this book


In this book a group of international experts guide the reader through the clinical features of adults with autism spectrum disorders, describe the care needs of patients and their families, explain the evolution of the disorders into old age, and highlight what can be done to help. Detailed attention is paid to the medical and psychiatric problems of adults with these disorders and the approach to their education and professional integration. In addition, expert neuroscientists summarize current views on the neurobiology of autism.

Autism spectrum disorders are devastating neurodevelopmental disorders. Although diagnosis and therapeutic interventions usually take place in infancy, they are chronic lifelong conditions. Surprisingly, the literature on autism spectrum disorders in adults is scarce. Moreover, most mental health professionals working with adults have little training in autism, and adult mental health services around the world are rarely prepared to address the needs of these patients, which tend to increase with age. This book therefore fills a crucial gap in the literature and will prove useful for all who care for and deal with adults in the Autistic Spectrum.


Asperger’s syndrome Autism Spectrum Disorders Autistic adults Comorbidity in autism Neurobiology of autism Psychosocial outcome of autism

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernardo Barahona Corrêa
    • 1
  • Rutger-Jan van der Gaag
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Mental HealthNOVA Medical SchoolLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Child and Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity Medical Centre Nijmegen St. RadboudNijmegenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42711-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42713-3
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