HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM & ASPERGERS
Counselling for Aspergers | Harley St | Central London
Autistic Spectrum Disorder describes a developmental issue. It is not a mental health condition, however, due to the nature of related difficulties in communication, thinking and relational issues, there are often co-existing issues with mood, anger, anxiety, depression and trauma in those with autism and aspergers.
The characteristics of autism are very individual but generally include difficulties in social interaction, interpersonal comminications, ritualistic behaviours, sensory sensitivities, restrictive or repetitive patterns of behaviour and specialist interests.
Dr. Sarah Davies works with adults with high-functioning autism and aspergers and has experience in identifying and supporting functional and mental health-related issues around this. Please note though that she does not provide clinical assessments for this.
“I have seen a high number of individuals with a history of misdiagnosis and years spent in and out of mental health or addiction-treatment services who actually have high-functioning autism, aspergers or ADHD. Getting the right understanding and support can be life-changing and hugely empowering. I am particularly interested in supporting adult females who may have been a part of the ‘lost generation and gender’ missed over the years due to earlier autism interest being largely focused on young boys.
Due to the nature of gender roles, childhood play and learning, girls often do not meet the typical criteria of emotional or communication difficulties, as we’ve often learnt how to navigate the world in a more accepted way. Difficulties are generally spotted more easily in adulthood, but unfortunately usually only after years of misdiagnosis of depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, eating disorders or addictions.”
An individual holistic approach can be helpful in finding ways to improve quality of life, relationships and day to day functioning.
There is an increasing amount of research that also highlights the prevalence of gut issues and symptoms of autism. Dietary changes that support improved gut health have been shown to reduce some of the cognitive and emotional issues related to autism. Additionally, some characteristics of developmental or shock trauma also can appear to be similar to autistic spectrum traits.