Anxiety is very difficult for many grown-ups with ASD [High-Functioning Autism] to over-come. It can affect an individual psychologically and physically. Anxiety can happen for a range of reasons, and adults with the disorder can vary in their ability to cope with it.
- becoming preoccupied with or obsessive about one subject
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty sleeping
- easily losing patience
- thinking constantly about the worst outcome
- excessive thirst
- frequent urinating
- loose bowel movements
- muscle aches
- periods of having gas
- periods of intensely pounding heart
- pins and needles
- stomach upsets
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• I think there are many Aspies, self included, that have an abundance of imagination AND empathy...the issue with understanding emotion is just that, and being uncomfortable or overwhelmed... As well as plagued or struggling with how we even sort through the feelings and reactions we are having to them...it can be linked to earlier past negative experiences, and fear...thus the "fight or flight" response/anxiety kicks in as a defense mechanism, or others freeze and shut down. I still don't believe that is about imagination, but coping and reconditioning in many cases, developing skills too...because some take a long time to develop a more "mature" way of acting/coping, as one might be just reacting. Just my take...
• I have lots of empathy but I just don't know how to show it very much. I also rarely read fiction because I can't follow it.
• I`m HFA and now 50 years old, and through my life, I have developed a wide variety of coping strategies that help me deal with all kinds of situations.The one thing that still has a serious impact on my life is anxiety linked to not being able to control my surroundings. I tend to mask it by portraying myself as happy-go-lucky, but inside, situations that others find mundane, fill me with dread and quite literally make my stomach churn. The physical symptoms of my anxiety are still the biggest thing that stops me enjoying life to the full. Situations that take me out of my "comfort zone" are made far worse by the thought that my increased anxiety may cause my bowels/bladder to let me down at the wrong moment. Boarding a train or bus with no toilet is something I will avoid wherever possible, and I dread when I`m flying somewhere and the seat-belt light stays on for ages....People laugh at me when they see me use the bathroom several times in a short period of time. As a consequence, events that should be fun and enjoyable send my anxiety levels through the roof. Recently, I won an award that required me to travel to London and go on stage in front of thousands of people to receive it. Just the thought of my body letting me down at the critical moment led me to decline the invitation. Still kicking myself over that one...
• My daughter is 19 and struggling so bad with anxiety at the moment. She has been in a great private clinic for the past 2 weeks but she never seems to be able to put all the strategies they them into practice. They say cbt is hard for aspies as they are so rigid in the way they think??? 10 years of CBT and she is getting worse by the year. I am so desperate now to find answers.