Anxiety and Depression

Depression and anxiety frequently exist with Asperger profiles. At times, it can be difficult to tell how children or teens are feeling because their body language and facial expressions may not seem to coincide with their mood. It is not uncommon for a parent to mention that the teen or child looks sad and for that young person to express some surprise at the parent’s comments. Additionally, anxiety can present in children in unexpected ways; for example, an anxious child may appear defiant or inattentive. It is important to know the cause of a particular behavior to be able to address it effectively. AANE can also guide parents in choosing mental health providers who can work with young people with Asperger profiles. Call or email us for referrals to mental health providers who can help your child and family.

Do you have a professional who has helped your family? Share the information with us so we can help other parents connect with the professionals they need.

Essential Resources:

Parent Coaching
Support Groups
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Education

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Anxiety Compassion

05/05/2022
Lee el Mensaje de Brenda En Español This month we are discussing autism and anxiety. I’m the mom of an autistic daughter who has lived with anxiety her entire life. I’d like to share what I’ve learned from her and how it has influenced my own response to those who experience anxiety... more

The Emotion Allergy: Anxiety

05/05/2022
It’s common knowledge that anxiety is woven into the story of many autistic people. One study puts the prevalence of anxiety disorders among autistic people at 40 Percent, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was much higher, due to the lack of diagnosis of both autism and of most mental health... more

My Autistic Anxiety Snowball

05/05/2022
One source of anxiety for me is knowing that people don’t say what they mean. They skirt around the truth because they expect people to translate. This convention works well for some, because hearing the truth would be too painful; inferring the truth is gentler. The problem for me is I never... more

Anxiety and Autism: A Parent Perspective

05/05/2022
At least 40% of autistic individuals are also diagnosed with anxiety, making it the number one co-occurring mental health concern. As parents and family members gain a greater understanding of autism, they often realize the importance of understanding anxiety as well to find effective ways to... more

Empathy, Trust, and Respect: Supporting People Who Experience Anxiety

05/05/2022
I’m not an expert on anxiety. I don’t personally experience persistent anxiety. Like every human being, I feel anxious from time to time, sometimes intensely. But that’s not comparable to what many people experience on a regular or even ongoing basis. So, why am I writing about anxiety?... more

Emotional Regulation: Perspectives from Adults on the Spectrum

05/04/2021
Many individuals on the spectrum discover gaining a deep self-awareness has helped them find ways to manage their emotional regulation. As part of AANE’s May 2021 Newsletter, three adults on the spectrum share what they have come to understand about their own emotional regulation and the... more

A Different Kind of Grief

01/06/2021
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Therapeutic Treatments of Anxiety for Adults with Asperger Autism Profiles

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Why Does My Child Behave Like That? Practical Strategies for Parents of Kids on the…

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Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic, offers practical guidance to help your family function with less... more

Treatment of Anxiety in Children with ASD (HD)

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Karen Levine shares her knowledge of helping children on the autism spectrum with their... more

Anxiety Management Techniques

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Parenting without Panic with Brenda Dater

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Brenda Dater, author of Parenting without Panic, shares practical guidance for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum; helping all parents feel less... more

Welcome to the Teen Years

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In this webinar, Erika Drezner helps parents distinguish between behaviors that are related to an Asperger profile, and typical teen behaviors. She gives information on how Asperger’s impacts the adolescent mind, and how to handle the demands of parenting this kind of... more