AUTISTIC PEOPLE AREN’T REALLY ACCEPTED – AND IT’S IMPACTING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH
Our survey found that autistic people who felt less accepted by others were more likely to experience higher symptoms of depression and stress. Lower self-acceptance was also related to higher symptoms of depression.
These findings suggest that simply feeling accepted plays a key role in a person’s mental health.
Another important aspect of our research was that we also asked participants to share any thoughts they had on their experiences of autism acceptance.
Their answers revealed that many thought that they “camouflaged” or “masked” the fact they were autistic.
In other words, in certain situations they tried to act “neurotypical” (non-autistic).
As one participant said: “I mask so well that I am accepted, but not for being autistic”.