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Those diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or ASD may be prone to depression and other mental health problems such as anxiety, bi-polar and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Some common signs and symptoms of depression include changes in:
• Mood (extreme sadness, despair, flat emotional reactions and irritability)
• Changes in thinking patterns (sense of hopelessness, pessimistic beliefs)
• Behavioral changes (reduced attention to physical appearance, withdrawal)
• Physical symptoms (sleep disturbance, appetite changes, tiredness)
Depression usually occurs on a continuum ranging from very mild to very severe. The most important consideration is therefore the severity of the person’s depression and how long it lasts. Many people are able to self-manage their depression using strategies. Other people require psychological support or other forms of treatment from professionals.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255