New test facilitates diagnosis of autism in adults

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11 May 2014, 3:25 pm

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11 May 2014, 3:30 pm

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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new screening tool to facilitate the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults. The test is presented in the scientific journal Molecular Autism and is unique in that researchers have, as part of their evaluation, compared the group diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychiatric patients.



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11 May 2014, 3:33 pm

Elensar wrote:
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Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have developed a new screening tool to facilitate the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults. The test is presented in the scientific journal Molecular Autism and is unique in that researchers have, as part of their evaluation, compared the group diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychiatric patients.


I just found this test online and took it. I scored a 39 so it must be faulty! /sarc :lol:



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11 May 2014, 5:08 pm

Can´t find the test. On what page?


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11 May 2014, 6:26 pm

It's only 14 questions. I think this might be helpful to give to many people in both medical and psych settings. They can then be referred to get further testing if it indicates they have traits of autism. It's kind of like those tests for Bipolar. They are useful for referrals.

I just hope this isn't used as some sort of checklist like certain others. I know some psychiatrists use this 10 question? checklist for Bipolar, depression, so on. It's like...uhm...that's only useful for determining if one MIGHT have it. You have to take context, observations, and other variables into consideration. :lol:

It's a cheap way of helping people get referrals, though. This would be AMAZING to give to all mental health patients, especially to avoid misdiagnosis.



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12 May 2014, 2:23 am

Maybe too cheap, - like the 8 questions used by the doc to establish whether you are depressed or not and to what extent.


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12 May 2014, 4:58 pm

I don't know about the 16 question test, but I just took the RAADS-R test and these are the results:

The Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised (RAADS-R)



Scores with a yellow background are above the test threshold values. If your total score is above the threshold it may be worth getting professionally assessed.
Total score Language Social relatedness Sensory/motor Circumscribed interests
Test taken by you on 12 May 2014 145.0 16.0 88.0 16.0 25.0

Threshold values for suspected ASD 65.0 4.0 31.0 16.0 15.0
The average score for males with ASD (961 people took this test) 151.0 12.0 73.9 36.3 28.8
The average score for females with ASD (811 people took this test) 164.7 13.1 77.1 42.7 31.8
The average score for males with suspected ASD (5319 people took this test) 146.2 11.4 75.1 32.1 27.6
The average score for females with suspected ASD (6662 people took this test) 149.8 11.2 72.9 36.9 28.9
The average score for male neurotypicals (1947 people took this test) 82.9 6.5 44.3 17.0 15.1
The average score for female neurotypicals (2370 people took this test) 80.8 5.5 40.6 19.8 14.8


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21 May 2014, 3:34 pm

Jensen wrote:
Can´t find the test. On what page?


http://www.molecularautism.com/content/ ... -49-s1.pdf

I don't much like this questionnaire. I think it is somewhat biased by being tested on people who have been diagnosed with an ASD, who will have self-awareness that others lack due to having undergone ASD evaluations. Those who are undiagnosed sometimes have no clue that they have the symptoms in the statements and therefore can't give useful answers.

It does not occur to me to think about other people's feelings while we are talking unless they are are clearly experiencing an extreme emotional state like rage or joy. I therefore would not be able to state whether or not it is difficult for me to do such a thing.


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