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Other conditions that affect autistic people

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Symptoms of ADHD include:

People with ADHD may need extra support at school or work. Sometimes they need to take medicine.

Find out more about ADHD

Dyslexia and dyspraxia

Some autistic people have:

Extra support at school can often help.

Problems sleeping (insomnia)

Symptoms of insomnia include:

Changing your bedtime routine can often help.

Find out more about sleep problems from the National Autistic Society.

Mental health problems

Many autistic people have problems like:

These conditons can often be treated with talking therapies or medicines.

Learning disabilities

A person with a learning disability may find it hard to:

People with a learning disability often need help with daily life.

Find out more about learning disabilities


Symptoms of epilepsy include:

Epilepsy can often be treated with medicine.

Find out more about epilepsy

Problems with joints and other parts of the body

Some autistic people may have:

These can be caused by conditions like joint hypermobility syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.

You may need support from a range of health professionals, including a physiotherapist.

Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:

  • you're autistic and think you might have another condition
  • your child is autistic and you think they might have another condition
  • you have another condition and think you might be autistic – if you already see a doctor, you could speak to them instead

Find out more:

Page last reviewed: 18/04/2019
Next review due: 18/04/2022