The clinician diagnosing or treating these secondary mood or personality disorders can then identify the characteristics of AS when exploring the developmental history of the girl.
Psychologists and psychiatrists therefore need a paradigm shift in their recognition of the female presentation of AS to ensure earlier diagnosis and access to effective understanding and support for girls with AS.
Signs of AS in Girls In the preschool years the first signs of AS in girls can be intense emotions, especially distress, and an inability to be comforted by affection.
Another sign is intense despair not alleviated by distraction or conversation.
There can be aspects of sensory sensitivity, especially tactile and auditory sensitivity, resistance to change, and unusual characteristics in language development.