Adults With Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome - Page 2
For some autistic adults, an appropriate living environment is not available. Many adults, especially those with high IQ’s or those who weren’t diagnosed as children, are not eligible for any support services. Even for those who are eligible, high demand and tight budgets mean long waiting lists and few options.
Another difficulty for adults on the autism spectrum can be other coexisting mental issues. The most comprehensive source of information on this topic, Mental Health Aspects Of Autism And Asperger’s Syndrome by Mohammad Ghaziuddin, reports that, although complete data is not available, it appears that mental disorders in individuals with autism and Asperger’s are more common than in the general population. Most frequently, the co-occurring disorder in children is a behavioral disorder such as ADHD, in adults there can be depression and other mood disorders. Anxiety is prevalent as well. There are effective psychotherapeutic treatments, as well as medications that can help manage these issues, especially if provided by professionals trained in working with autistic adults.
Autistic children and their families need continued treatment, research, and resources, but it’s vital that we continue this support for adults with ASDs as well. With appropriate job support and training, adequate housing supports, and effective mental health treatment, autistic individuals can have satisfying personal and professional lives.