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