Mental Health and Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Mental Health and Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Date
Tue 19 Jun 2018

A report by Bob Buckley of Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia cites high levels of mental health issues among people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  His research found that 70% of those surveyed had experienced at least one episode of major depression, and 50% had suffered from recurrent depressive episodes. Anxiety disorders were seen in about 50%.  He concluded that young adults with autism spectrum disorders are at high risk for mood and anxiety disorders.

http://www.a4.org.au/sites/default/files/20120104%20Mental%20Health%20Report.pdf

 

Developing insight into our own uniqueness, particularly if we have a diagnosis of ASD or even if we just suspect that this may be a factor in who we are, can be useful.

 

There are many misconceptions about the emotional aptitude, social skills, self-knowledge and the desire to fit in of persons with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Paul Micallef writes a blog which explodes many of these myths, and gives factual information based on his own lived experience, to help others who may have Asperger’s Syndrome:

https://aspergersfromtheinside.com/about/

 

Paul has also made many Youtube clips to explain his difficulties and how he overcomes them.  Here are a couple of examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCKLj3fEDVU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs63f-uFIc0