The Difference Between Autism and Social Anxiety

A quick google search reveals that there are many people trawling web forums wanting to find out if there is a difference between high functioning autism and social anxiety.  Some sites list it as one of their most frequently asked questions and the answer is always the same: autism and social anxiety are two very different things.

It is easy to understand why the two are often confused as they have many symptoms in common.  People with these conditions can be shy, avoid eye contact, be awkward in social situations and have bad communication skills.

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