Those on the autism Spectrum are more likely to have a mental health condition than the general population, however unfortunately these concerns can often be overlooked. It is important to address these issues early on if you can, so that you get the right support and treatment. Two common mental health conditions are anxiety and depression:
Anxiety disorders are common for those on the Autism Spectrum, it’s thought that there is a higher vulnerability to stress because of biological differences and social difficulties may contribute to low self-esteem and heightened responses to apparent threats that may not always be proportionate. Particularly changes in routine and environments can often trigger the onset of stress-based responses and affect the persons ability to cope and function, overtime this can also then can also lead to depression and other
Most people will experience times of feeling sad or low, however when theses feelings persist and get in the way of managing daily life it may be a period of depression. Not only are people with autism more likely to experience depression it can be hard to seek help. It can be challenging to find help and speak to professionals; it may be that this causes stress and that they could be worried that it will not be taken seriously or that they might be blamed. It may also be difficult to communicate experiences and describe symptoms.