Individuals with autism spectrum disorders have significant difficulties with social interactions, social information processing and OCD-like repetitive interests and behaviors. These difficulties can significantly impair the quality of one’s life.
The difficulties you’re facing are common among adults with autism spectrum disorders. You should consult a mental health professional who specializes in adult autistic spectrum disorders. If possible, choose a therapist who is familiar with cognitive enhancement therapy (CET). CET is a relatively new treatment that trains individuals with autism spectrum disorders to have more positive social interactions. They do this by teaching individuals, among other things, how to identify social cues, how to take the perspective of another person and how to properly respond in a one-on-one conversation.
If a CET-trained professional is not available, choose a therapist who has experience working with clients with problems similar to yours.
If you have not done so already, consult a psychiatrist about your obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Medication could help you to better manage your symptoms. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle