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Asperger’s: Struggling with Anxiety and Depression

AspergersSurvivalGuide.com Children, teenagers and adults with Aspergers syndrome often struggle with anxiety and depression. This causes Aspergers meltdowns.This video discusses symptoms, treatments, causes and solutions to relieve these negative effects of Aspergers syndrome.

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  • Tunein2TLCTV April 29, 2012, 1:46 pm

    *Check out my channel and watch my Freestyle Rap on How to Cure Anxiety*
    Panic attacks, loss of appetite, the feeling of living life outside your body,the feeling of living in a dream, continuous negative thoughts, troubling and obsessive thoughts, excessive stress and worry, trouble sleeping. You are not alone. There are many others who have these experiences. I USE TO, but NO longer have them. I am NOT SELLING anything, I just want to share the process that freed me of anxiety. Stay Positive!

  • mystobluestars April 29, 2012, 2:54 pm

    I’m right there with you. Decided I’m going to set up an appointed to get a proper diagnosis. Would make much more sense and damn it maybe people around me would be a bit more understanding towards my behavior and habits.

  • TheMusicianlove1100 April 29, 2012, 4:02 pm

    i never really understood how or what i was going through, i have all the symptoms, this video made me realize who i am..now i need help getting out

  • mightybfool April 29, 2012, 5:10 pm

    2:38 it’s like he’s staring through my soul

  • Erstaunen April 29, 2012, 6:18 pm

    "Battling anxiety is an effective way to eliminate the depression that so many with Asperger’s have."

    This is way off the mark.

    "Battling anxiety" is a pretty certain way to ensure that anxiety levels escalate. We just get more anxious as a result of experiencing the futility of our attempts to battle anxiety levels down. It sets up a vicious circle. And high anxiety levels do not reduce levels of depression as far as I know.

    It’s best to let anxiety be until it subsides of its own accord.

  • HybridD91 April 29, 2012, 7:26 pm

    You too? It usually takes me about an hour or two to fall asleep because I’m thinking. My mom tells me to stop thinking and relax but I don’t know how or even what that means.

  • lovemetal2010 April 29, 2012, 8:34 pm

    im 18 was diagnosed with asperger many many years ago i suffer from bad panic attacks / anxiety i hate it its stopping me being able to get a job but i recently been put on a medication called propanolol it helps abit but doesn’t stop it .. i wish i could get rid of asperger depression can get really bad : /

  • XTSonic April 29, 2012, 9:42 pm

    I can relate to this video waaaay too much…

  • MrBibi86 April 29, 2012, 10:50 pm

    I can’t go to church or to the shopping centre 

  • Indiananm April 29, 2012, 11:58 pm

    I have asperger’s and I just recently moved. I’ve been stressed out trying to get used to a new place. I have issues sleeping because I have too many thoughts in my head, but I find music and writing helps me relax.

  • Indiananm April 29, 2012, 11:58 pm

    I have asperger’s and I just recently moved. I’ve been stressed out trying to get used to a new place. I have issues sleeping because I have too many thoughts in my head, but I find music and writing helps me relax.

  • christophedetiege April 30, 2012, 1:06 am

    Exactly true, i have asperger and i’m 17 and i can tell you it’s really hard. Opening the door even brings anxiety for me.

  • jiggywithit4869 April 30, 2012, 2:14 am

    Dukeofmania, you and I are in the same boat. And like you, I have no answer.

  • TheDukeofMania April 30, 2012, 3:22 am

    I have all three things in the video, but what happens when your own family doesn’t want to help you with your anxiety and depression.

    What if you have parents who always insist they’re right and you’re always wrong?

    What if your own parents mock you if you tell them about the thoughts of suicide you’ve felt for over a year?

    I don’t know, but right now, I have no one to help me.

  • dan2008ds April 30, 2012, 4:30 am

    I’m scared of doctors, and bad things that I have done in the past that might backfire in future. Does anyone feel same way?

  • Turvein April 30, 2012, 5:38 am

    Get tough or get killed -Rex Applegate

  • TheTravelfool April 30, 2012, 6:46 am

    The boy in the beginning does NOT have autism. He is a boy in a shelter. The photo is by my friend Greg. PLEASE ask him before you use his photos!

  • gNetkamiko April 30, 2012, 7:54 am

    Oh crap. I apologize. I meant that second post for pegschr.

  • Cade DeBois (@lifepostepic) April 30, 2012, 10:22 am

    Yikes. I have Asperger’s. I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety since I was very young. I also have dx’d PTSD, which I have had since a teen after experiencing abuse relating to my autism and required both therapy and medication to address. It is very common for people with autism to have mental health problems because of the constant stress we endure combined with our own lowered threshold for coping with stress. This is an aspect of the autistic experience that is far too ignored or glossed over by the autism community. Adults and kids with autism who also have chronic anxiety and depression are experiencing a serious mental health problem. It’s not simply about whether we get to eat our preferred food every day–it’s deeper than that. It’s about how our physical brains cope or rather don’t cope with stress, and sustained and repeated experiences where a person is unable to cope with the stress creates changes in the physical brain that result in mental illnesses like chronic anxiety and depression. This is why it’s an illness, and that makes it a medical issue. Because chronic anxiety and depression are a medical issue, it’s also not something that families can overcome on their own, as this video seems to imply. Yes, informing families of what an autistic member needs in terms of understanding, support and patience is greatly needed, but we need to also confront the reality that autistic people struggling with a mental illness typically need mental health services as well, whether it be therapy, support groups, medication or even in-patient care.

    And another thing: autistic meltdowns result from excessive stimulation, not from mood disorders like anxiety or depression. People with anxiety or depression can have bouts of anger or aggression, but this is symptomatic of the mental illness, triggered by a disordered experience of moods. That is NOT autism. If someone has autism AND anxiety or depression, they can experience both autistic meltdown from overstimulation, either sensory or emotional, and bouts of anger or aggression stemming from their mood disorder. Please do not conflate the two. Autistic meltdowns are a neurological event that is addressed with coping skills; episodes of disordered moods are a symptom of mental illness that requires medical intervention and treatment.

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