If you have an ASD and think you may have a mental illness but are struggling to get the help you need then consider trying one of these top tips:
Autistic spectrum disorder is a term used to describe a set of symptoms and behaviors which can affect how those affected understand and react to the world around them. There are three different types of symptoms which can affect those with ASD:
It can be common for those with ASD to develop mental health problems due to the effects that their disorder can have on their life and problems it can cause when communicating with others. We will take a look at some of these in the next section.
Those suffering from OCD experience repetitive thoughts and behaviors which can be upsetting to them. It is more common in people with ASD as they tend to need routine and order which can develop into compulsions (behaviors which have to be done). People with OCD and/or ASD can become very agitated if someone tries to block them from carrying out these behaviors. It can be very difficult for doctors or psychiatrists to tell the difference between OCD and ASD, but if you think you may be suffering from OCD then you should visit your doctor to get further information on how to get help.
Anxiety disorders are very common in people with ASD and they have a higher rate of anxiety than the general population. The social difficulties faced by those with ASD can input to this as it can be extremely hard for them to describe their symptoms and therefore get the help that they need. The biological differences in the brain can also affect how those with ASD perceive threats and can make them perceive threats as much greater than they are.
The issues in communicating can cause those with ASD to get caught in a vicious cycle of not being able to effectively communicate their symptoms to get the help they need.
To combat this it is recommended that a relationship is built with a doctor or therapist to allow the patient to safely work through their anxiety.
It is common for people to have periods of feeling low or sad, but when it lasts for longer than a few weeks and causes issues with daily functioning then you may be experiencing depression. Anxiety and depression are often experienced at the same time which can cause people with withdraw and isolate themselves from others. For people with ASD, communicating their feelings can be extremely hard and it can take a long time for them to get the help they need. If you think you are suffering from depression then you should contact your GP to get some more information on how to get help.