BlogUnderstanding Autism, the Misconceptions and Supporting Neurodiversity

Understanding Autism, the Misconceptions and Supporting Neurodiversity

As World Autism Awareness Day approaches, we want to shed light on the misconceptions surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Often, individuals with autism are misunderstood, with their unique characteristics mistakenly attributed to symptoms of mental health conditions. This misunderstanding not only creates stigma but also hinders access to appropriate support and resources.

Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests in various ways which includes differences in communication, social interaction and behaviour. However, these differences shouldn’t be automatically assumed to be a mental health issue. Rather, they reflect the diverse spectrum of human thinking, feeling, functioning and expression.

At Options Wellbeing, we understand that Autistc people, as well as those with other neurodiverse conditions, have to function in a neurotypical world which impacts on their mental health, often suffering chronic fatigue and burnout from masking their behaviours, traits and responses to fit in.

Autistic adults often first come into contact with medical services because of symptoms of depression, anxiety, or suicidality.  Because of this, autism is sometimes misdiagnosed for other conditions—including mood disorders, ADHD, and personality disorders.

Gendered assumptions also mean women are more likely to be diagnosed with personality disorders and men with mood or behavioural disorders.

Unfortunately, the merging of autism with mental health challenges can lead to misdiagnosis and inadequate care. Recognising this issue, Options Wellbeing is committed to providing fully inclusive, trauma informed, accessible counselling and therapy services for individuals aged 16 and above. Understanding the importance of specialised support for our neurodiverse clients, we have a qualified, skilled and experienced team of professionals who undertake continuous CPD training to ensure relevant up to date practice.  By deepening our understanding of autism and its interaction with mental health, we aim to tailor our services to better meet the diverse needs of our clients.

Moreover, our ethical values and trauma informed approach underscores our dedication to fostering an environment of acceptance and support for neurodiversity within our services and spaces. We believe that every individual deserves access to compassionate and effective mental health care, irrespective of their neurodevelopmental differences.

On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us pledge to challenge misconceptions, promote understanding, and advocate for inclusive practices. Together, we can create a world where individuals with autism are valued, supported and empowered to thrive on their unique terms.

We’re encouraging everyone on this World Autism Awareness Day to make their mental wellbeing a priority. Options Wellbeing provide a range of professional and affordable one-to-one and group counselling and wellbeing services.

From Unhelpful Coping Behaviours and associated life issues such as Anxiety, Stress and Depression to Relationships, Trauma and Life-changing events, we’re here for you.

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