Is apathy a symptom of an ASD?

Posted by: alisrowe, September 16, 2017

This is an interesting topic of discussion! There’s some thinking that people on the autistic spectrum lack emotions. I can say that for me this is true a lot of the time in terms of apathy.

Apathy: lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern

Apathy may be a symptom of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. If somebody has a different world view and experience to the majority of people (neurotypical people) around them, it means they are unlikely to share the same values and desires and have the same motivations. It does not mean that a person is necessarily lacking emotions, but rather that they may feel differently about things and may feel apathetic about the things that stir emotion in most other people.

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