Higher rates of mental health diagnosis are prevalent in the young adult ASD population
Research shows that the rate of mental health diagnosis of depression, ADHD and anxiety are higher in individuals on the spectrum. Providing mental health resources and screenings for these children as they navigate the move into adulthood is very important. Indicators of mental health issues can look different in those on the spectrum. Early diagnosis leads to support. Supporting the move to adulthood should begin about ages 12 – 14 with daily life skills, social skills and the support of mental health resources as a diagnosis is given. Society needs to get ready to support the ASD population as they mature and are in need of mental health services due to the higher rate of diagnosis than neuron typical or others with disabilities.
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