Autism Accompaniments

“A range of physical and mental-health conditions frequently accompany autism. They include, but are not limited to, the followingΒΉ:

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Feeding issues, check (a (two-year?) period in early childhood)
  • Disrupted sleep, check
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), check
  • Anxiety, check
  • Depression, check
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), check
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder

Oh.


ΒΉFrom Autism Speaks.

(I already realised most of those, it was just interesting to check off so many in a single list).

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19 thoughts on “Autism Accompaniments

    1. I’d wonder if they’d satisfy the criteria to gain PIP allowance without a tribunal… πŸ€”

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    2. Psychiatry UK gave me an extra appointment for free πŸ™‚ for some reason! I mentioned that I had other things I had wanted to discuss such as misophonia. In my assessment I had thought I had 2 hours (because of one of the early emails) but it was only 1, which really screwed my portioning of time!

      They’ve also held off on finalising the letter, so perhaps with an OCD assessment too I can just get a letter stating autism, misophonia and OCD :). Would be awesome to have all those! Sounds like I’m collecting pokemon cards now πŸ˜†.

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      1. Haha, is that a reference to something?

        Answer: yes, apparently. Are you into martial arts films? πŸ€”

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      2. Hahaha! It just happened to be a very recent film, pretty amazing coincidence lol, the one time I made a joke like that.

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      3. You know what my senses are alert for these kind of situations, because you have no idea how many times I’ve gone into a situation, naively asking “what do you mean” or “what is that?” and had such an extreme reaction of surprise back that I could possibly not know a certain thing! πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

        Neuro-average people, eh? πŸ˜†

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  1. Although it’s more common in autism, most people can recover from depression and anxiety with CBT. However, if you have a therapist who doesn’t understand autism well it may be less effective or make you feel worse so it’s important to find someone qualified. CBT is also easy enough to do on your own using a good book or website as a guide.

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    1. Thanks a lot! I don’t have a therapist, that’s somewhat difficult and time-consuming to get one, as I’m on long waiting lists. Although actually, getting diagnoses privately as I’m currently doing, will cut out the largest part of the waiting time to get to see a therapist.

      And yeah, I totally agree on the need to find the correct therapist. It’s hard to have much faith in a) Actually getting a therapist, then b) Having access to the correct one.

      I have learned a lot about CBT/mindfulness/meditation actually. Recent trauma experiences combined with OCD and my current living environment make these extremely difficult to do. Actually, I’m constantly extremely aware of my physical and mental state, it’s just that OCD/PTSD symptoms block me from doing anything about it most of the time. Which is a very complex thing to explain, and I desperately want the chance to explain what’s going on in my mind to a therapist!

      Depression is only something I’ve known in the last 2/3 years and it’s situational, and the same with my current extent of OCD and anxiety. Those I always experienced but never so much as to be debilitating until the last few years. So I completely share your optimistic viewpoint :).

      There is a lot that I am doing each day though to try to improve all of these things, and my environment as much as I can. A work in progress as much as I can progress at the moment!

      Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it :).

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  2. Another thing you may want to research while you’re waiting to see a therapist is classical conditioning and conditioned emotional response. I wrote an article about sensitivity to criticism on my site at https://autismcbt.wordpress.com/sensitivity-to-criticism/ that explains how your mind can associate bad experiences (such as being criticized and feeling rejected for being yourself) with the emotions you felt when it occurred which can cause you to experience those emotions whenever something reminds you of it. It’s why some autistic people have anxiety or are hesitant or afraid to be themselves or worry about people thinking they’re different. I also explain how those conditioned responses can be overcome.

    PTSD is similar to classical conditioning and can be treated similarly although it’s risky to treat on your own without a therapist because the treatment can result in overwhelming emotions especially if you proceed too quickly.

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