Are you an adult with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's? Are you in a relationship with someone on the autism spectrum? Are you struggling emotionally, socially, spiritually or otherwise? Then you've come to the right place. We are here to help you in any way we can. Kick off your shoes and stay awhile...
We asked 100 people with autism spectrum disorder, who never sought formal treatment, the following question: “What is the main reason you avoided seeking any type of treatment for your condition?”
Here are their answers (although not direct quotes) in order of popularity:
- Don’t see any need to change
- No health coverage/could not afford cost
- Possible negative effect on job if boss and coworkers found out
- Did not know where to go for treatment
- Concern that receiving treatment will cause family and friends to have negative opinion
- Able to handle issues without treatment
- No transportation/inconvenient
- No program available having the type of treatment preferred
- Did not feel need for treatment at the time
- Did not have time/too busy
- Fear of being committed to a lengthy process
- Fear of having to take medicine
- Concerned about confidentiality
- Strong belief that treatment would not help
- Not 100% sure of having the disorder
- Want to be in control of own destiny without a “label”
- Don’t want to be told what to do or how to live life
- Apprehensive about what the treatment program entails and not feel able to handle it
- Don’t do well in groups or around a bunch of other people
- Afraid of getting drug tested because use marijuana to self-treat anxiety
- Symptoms are not as bad now as an adult
- Lack of family support
- Tried treatment briefly and found no benefit
- Afraid of being committed to a mental health facility due to frequent suicidal thoughts
- O.K. with how life is going now
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