Time and again, the nomenclature "autistic" has been heard here and there, and in all probability, will still be mentioned in the times yet to come. This is definitely not in anyway intended to malign anyone in particular, much less to put into question someone's mental personality constitution and pursuant personal competence to pursue or assume this or that undertaking. In other words, courtesy of the American Psychiatric Association in its DSM-IV, 4th ed., it would be not only proper but practical to know what really is autism and/or who truly is "autistic" - considering that is it only truth that can set people free from effects of malevolent accusations, insinuations and the like about this or that individual.
Both in layman's language and in general terms, autistic personality disorder means a qualified difficulty in social interactions, an identified impairment in communication, or a particular restricted repetitive behavioral functions or limited interests and consequent activities. The key feature of all the said social and personal limiting and limited traits is their ingrained predictability to the extent that change in one's action and reaction patterns is improbable - the older one gets, the more confirmed becomes his or her autism.
Markedly poor recourse to non-verbal different actuations or behavior according to different situations, inclusive of noticeable difficulty in adopting various facial expressions and bodily postures pursuant to pertinent social occasions. Furthermore, there is also the notable failure in standard social and/or emotional reciprocity.
Noted inadequacy in either starting or continuing conversation - or sustained verbal interaction. Usage or employ of the same words/terms or language without noticeable change or development - to the extent at times, of frequent delay in recourse to spoken words when this is precisely called for, implicitly or explicitly. In other words, the following terms are descriptive of an autistic behavioral and verbal disorder: Stereotyped, restricted, repetitive behavior, interests and activities.
For the record, there is the wise saying that little knowledge is dangerous. Why? It becomes rather easy for the person concerned to make the wrong assumptions, to say the wrong things, to make the wrong judgments. The same should be said of amateur psychologists as well as pretending psychiatrists. In a way, when someone is altogether "normal", this makes the same suspect, in the sense that everyone is at times entitled to say some "crazy" words, to do certain "idiotic" things. Most people are like these -otherwise, this would be a surely monotonous world! But such does not believe the fact that certain individuals sadly suffer from personality disorders. The latter's diagnosis is best left to the experts.
28 MAY 2010