“Camouflaging” of autistic traits linked to internalizing symptoms such as anxiety and depression

By bobb | Thu, 30/3/2023 - 09:42

Vladimir Hedrih

A study of autistic children and adolescents in Australia showed that those suffering from anxiety, depression or similar symptoms (apart from autism) showed a more pronounced tendency to try to mask their autistic traits in social situations. Adolescents were also more likely to camouflage their autistic traits than children. The study was published in Autism Research.

Autism research at the crossroads

By bobb | Fri, 27/1/2023 - 07:35

Brady Huggett

In April of 2021, Emilie Wigdor finished up a paper titled “The female protective effect against autism spectrum disorder” and put it on the pre-print server medRxiv. Wigdor is a Ph.D. student in human genetics at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom, and the paper had taken three years to complete. It was also the first paper on which she was first author. She was proud of that, and she took to Twitter to promote the work in an 11-part thread.

6 Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children

By bobb | Sat, 21/1/2023 - 07:11

Ugo Uche

How to recognize early signs of autism.

Key points

  • Difficulty with social interaction is the most prominent sign of autism, yet it's easy to miss in early childhood.
  • A lack of eye contact is directly related to social deficiencies.
  • Children with autism often aren't interested in the games or play that most neurotypical children engage in.

Autism is a condition that tends to be rather difficult to diagnose. There is a saying that if you've met a child with autism, well, you've met one child with autism, because each one is vastly different. This is why it's defined as a spectrum of signs and symptoms that fall under the umbrella of the same category.

Autism and Suicide: Why Autistic Individuals are High Risk

By bobb | Thu, 10/11/2022 - 08:21

“How is he?” my mother in law asked worriedly as she hugged me tight.

“Not good, I don’t know how to reach him, he is here, but so far away”, I explained through the tears running down my face.

My precious son had been struggling for weeks emotionally and physically. From my own personal experience with depression and suicidal thoughts, I knew the depths he was in, while fighting to keep his head above water.

On the spectrum himself, my little boy’s struggle was not uncommon. Autism and suicide, unfortunately, can go together often. My concern for him was great.