Depression is the number one mental health problem for adults with ASD. This article looks at why the ASD brain may predispose individuals to depression, what the environmental triggers may be, and what the most effective forms of treatment are.
This article attempts to look at the reasons why ASD itself may predispose individuals to depression because of the difficulties in flexibility of thinking and the ASD's brain's attention to detail. The article also looks at the environmental stressors that may become triggor factors for already vulnerable individuals. The article also looks at how existing therapies need to be modified to take into account the ASD brain. Both individual and systemic work are looked at including Behavioural Activation and Parental Empathy Training.
Author: Tim Lacey, Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health, Redditch
Date added: 26th January 2012