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Volume 39

Hi, I'm Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide. In today's issue we will address the question of...

What causes depression in people with Aspergers?

Depression, like most things, is measured by degree. Everyone has days where they feel a little blue or a little out of sorts; where they are little more irritable and pessimistic than usual. But it is when once in a while turns into almost every day, and the feeling grow in intensity until you can't think of anything but how bad you feel, that you have a problem.

Anxiety

Anxiety can lead to depression for people with Aspergers. The feeling of getting up everyday dreading the day and worrying about what will happen can take a toll on you after a while.

If the anxiety is preventing you from participating in activities you would otherwise engage in, you might start getting a negative opinion of yourself. You might start to think you're not able to do the things you need to do.

People with Aspergers may have so much anxiety that they cannot participate in work, classes, after school activities, making friends, dating, or do the usual things people do. They have negative thoughts. They might start feeling worthless.

"I can't make any friends."

"People seem to hate me no matter what I do."

"People think I'm weird."

"I can't understand what my teachers (or co-workers) are saying."

"I can't get my work done. I must be a failure at life."

This kind of thinking can be deadly, of course. After a while, all they want to do is sleep, or go on the computer, or play video games mind numbing activities that keep them from experiencing the pain of life. They may cry a lot, become very irritable, snap at people, or just completely withdraw and do nothing. Some become violent. They may refuse to take part in activities outside of the house.

Isolation

Feelings of isolation can also lead to depression. Repeated social failures at school and bullying are particular problems for kids and teenagers.

At any age, a lack of a feeling of connection to others, even if the person appears to have friends (who may only be very superficial friends or may be teasing your loved one without you knowing it), can lead to feelings of depression.

If your AS loved one is very smart but doesn't have many friends, they may be frustrated that there is no one on their intellectual level that they can share things with or discuss ideas. If they have unusual interests, they may be lonely without anyone to share them with.

What are some more symptoms of depression?

Like anxiety, depression can manifest in many different ways. Depression can lead to serious problems such as drug abuse, problems at school or work, low self esteem, self injury, reckless behavior and even suicide. It is important for parents and school officials to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression because many with Aspergers will not directly seek help for depression until it is too late. The following table lists the most common symptoms of depression in teenagers:

12 Common Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers

  1. Sadness or hopelessness

  2. Irritability, anger, or hostility

  3. Tearfulness or frequent crying

  4. Withdrawal from friends and family

  5. Loss of interest in activities

  6. Changes in eating and sleeping habits

  7. Restlessness and agitation

  8. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt

  9. Lack of enthusiasm and motivation

  10. Fatigue or lack of energy

  11. Difficulty concentrating

  12. Thoughts of death or suicide

Overcoming the isolation and lessening anxiety are positive steps to relieve the causes of depression.  For tips and proven solutions consult my books on Asperger's syndrome.

 

This is just a small part of the answers you will need to successfully survive and thrive with Aspergers. If you are looking for additional information immediately, go to the following site: www.AspergersSociety.org.
 

Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Teens and Young Adults discusses bullying, anxiety, depression and what to do about it. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/teen_book.htm

 

Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Adults discusses how to make and keep friends, building relationships, employment, depression and the meaning of life, therapy options and much more. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/adult_book.htm



 

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For additional information on Asperger's Syndrome go to the web site  www.AspergersSociety.org. There you will be able to sign up for the free Aspergers newsletter as well as get additional information on the book, The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide.

Craig Kendall is the father of an Asperger's child and the author of "The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide". You can find more information about living with Asperger's Syndrome by contacting him on this site: www.AspergersSociety.org

 

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