Aspergers Disorder

Children with Aspergers Disorder face challenges that affect their daily life, their communication with others, and their self-esteem. 

Some children as they approach adolescence and find themselves faced with increased social interaction, may experience anxiety and depression. 

Children with Aspergers Disorder have even been described to have social phobias. 

They are intelligent and recognize their inability to interact with others in social situations, making those situations seem even more threatening. 

The child with Aspergers Disorder also has the inability to communicate their feelings of anxiety or distress, further challenging the ability to diagnose or understand their moods. 

Because of their lack of facial expression or body language, they may not even appear to be depressed. 

The danger is that the illness may not be recognized until it becomes serious.   

Symptoms that may increase our ability to recognize depression in the child with Aspergers Disorder could include; withdrawal, an increase in obsessing about a particular object, refusal to participate in activities, increased aggression or paranoid behaviors.  

To assist the child with Aspergers Disorder, it is important to consult with a professional who not only has information about the child, but also about Aspergers Disorder.   

Depression in people with Aspergers Disorder may stem from a growing awareness of their disability or a belief of being different from their peer group and/or an inability to form relationships or take part in social situations successfully. 

The child with Aspergers Disorder may also suffer depression as a result of extreme anxiety or loneliness. 

The child with Aspergers Disorder has often experienced bullying at the hands of others which may also contribute to anxiety and depression. 

It is often difficult to separate symptoms of depression from the diagnosis of Aspergers Disorder. 

Common symptoms of depression include change in appetite, change in sleep patterns, aggression, lack of energy, inability to concentrate. 

Medication can be helpful in dealing with the symptoms of depression, but will not alleviate the underlying cause of depression. 

The child with Aspergers Disorder needs to be taught problem solving skills, relaxation techniques, and skills to recognize when their emotions are being impacted by external events. 

Maintaining optimal health is also a deterrent to depressive symptoms or feelings of low energy or stress.

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