AUTISTIC PEOPLE AREN’T REALLY ACCEPTED – AND IT’S IMPACTING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH
New research suggests many autistic people feel they have to hide their true selves
Up to 70 per cent of autistic people experience mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, according to some research. Unfortunately, we still don’t know why autistic people are at a higher risk for mental health problems than non-autistic people.
But one important factor is whether an individual’s autism is recognised and accepted by those around them.
My colleagues and I recently published research that shows a lack of acceptance can significantly impact on the mental health of autistic adults.