I feel as though I am reaching the end of the need for me to explore my Autism. There are many common behaviours seen in those with ASD that overlap with symptoms in varying anxiety disorders, therefore familiarity and understanding for someone with Autism are very important.
I have lived with a general anxiety disorder since I was a child, through Autism that I didn’t know I had. With the help of CBT, it has become easier for me to talk. Autism creates fear, panic and anxiety, where for those without the condition it wouldn’t be a consideration.
Anxiety disorders affect 42% of autistic children compared with just 3% of children without autism. Mental health affects 79% of autistic adults, but many of those adults won’t get the help and support they need. 2 in 5 autistic people are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, but many more will go on to experience symptoms of anxiety that affect how they live their lives.
We may struggle to work through situations, not because we don’t want to, or we don’t trust other people’s judgment, but Autism makes it difficult for us to understand. But we must have understanding, for us to be comfortable with our choices so that we feel in control of our lives and settled.
Not having the first will cause a ripple effect on the second. New environments can cause us to be anxious. If new environments look right and with the right people, they will begin to feel right.