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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Depression

So today I have spent a lot of time thinking about what exactly I will be writing todays post on. this is more difficult that you would think because I have a tendency to write the same thing over and over again with knowing that I am doing it.

After a massive amount of thought I have come to the idea that I should post about the depression that accompanies autism. now although there is no evidence that autism is a direct cause for depression and I agree with that because autism isn't the cause. what I believe to be the cause of the link between autism and depression is the lack of understanding and caring that other people have for autism. Now, with that said I do want to add that I don't think most people have a malicious intent when they act this way. The simple fact that they don't know enough about autism to warrant care is the cause of the way they act. You often see many adverts on TV and the internet about cancer, and to a lesser amount about dementia but I have personally never seen an advert that is direct to educate people on autism. In fact I have never seen an advert about any form of autism awareness and that saddens me. The reason that I am posting about this today is on Saturday I have an appointment to see a member of the mental health team and it is their job to find the cause of the problem and to help alleviate it wherever possible. unfortunately for me I don't think the mental health team has a treatment plan for the ignorance of others and that's where treatment will be difficult. This is because the only other route with treatment is medication and teaching me how to deal with the situation. So in other words I will be made into the problem because the real problem isn't one that can easily be fixed. I don't know about you but that doesn't sound fair to me in the slightest. I mean I know the mental health team isn't able to teach an entire nation on autism but at the same time I don't think that it is right for the blame to be passed onto the patience simply because they are unable to fix the actual problem at hand. When you think about it the depression caused by this ignorance is a massive drain on NHS resources but the government seem oblivious to the actual issue and make policies that force doctors to make the wrong diagnosis, force the closure of SEN schools and generally make it harder for people with autism to live comfortably. I think that in todays modern, educated world, discrimination against autistic people shouldn't exist but yet it does. The only cause for this that I can think of is lack of education and information of the general public.

Thanks for reading and as always, remember a little patience can go a long way,

Ben.

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