According to a research, nearly 70% of autistic people experience various mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Sadly, we still have no idea why autistic people are at a higher risk for mental health problems than non-autistic people. But one important factor to keep in mind is whether an individual’s autism is recognized as well as accepted by people around them.
Nowadays medical professionals have become advanced at diagnosing autistic conditions, and many autistic people feel it is still not accepted as a potentially positive aspect of who they are. Autism is a lifelong
For example, think about the most crucial part of your personality. Like, I am Scottish, and
People with autism spectrum condition, autism becomes an integral part of who they are. Which is why they prefer the term “autistic person” instead of “person with autism”
Research says that first impressions of autistic people tend to be the negative one.
In the survey Cage found that autistic people who felt less accepted by others showed higher symptoms of depression and stress. Lower self-acceptance is also related to higher symptoms of depression. These findings reveal that feeling accepted plays a vital role in a person’s mental health.
Another important aspect of their research was where they asked the participants to share their thoughts and experiences of autism acceptance. Their answers revealed a shocking thing that they “camouflaged” or “masked” the fact they were autistic. In other words, in certain situations they acted “neurotypical” (non-autistic). As one of the participants said: “I mask so well that I am accepted, but not for being autistic”.
Cage and his team also found that the participants who said that they camouflaged,
Hopefully, we can imagine now how draining it is to feel like you have to constantly hide a major part of your inner self from others.
With more research, we humans should accept autistic people for who they are, and enable them so that they can disclose the fact that they are autistic and still be accepted for this.
Cage further explains that in his past research with autistic
Maybe by creating a more accepting society, we can see fewer mental health difficulties in autism.
Mental health research in autism is the major research priority, and autism acceptance is just one factor among many that can become the reason for mental health difficulties in autism. However, by being more accepting and