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
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 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
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
Sadness or hopelessness
Irritability, anger, or hostility
Tearfulness or frequent crying
Withdrawal from friends and family
Loss of interest in activities
Changes in eating and sleeping habits
Restlessness and agitation
Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
Fatigue or lack of energy
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
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:
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