Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are particularly vulnerable to mental illnesses. Mental illnesses such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, and depression are commonly seen in persons with ASD. Spotting and diagnosing mental health illnesses can be difficult in individuals with ASD as some of the signs and symptoms seen in ASD are also signs and symptoms in other mental health disorders. It is important to let your physician or psychologist know that your child has ASD if they are being assessed for a mental health challenge.
In certain situations, a co-morbid mental illness can become overwhelming and end up being more of an issue than ASD. As a parent or caregiver of an individual with ASD, it is important to be aware of the mental health supports available in Manitoba. This will ensure that you and your family are accessing the available programs and services for mental illnesses.
For more information on co-morbid disorders of ASD, please visit our ‘Co-morbid Disorders’ page, or click HERE.