The question I receive the most: “A family member who is on the autism spectrum is also struggling with depression. What can I do to help them?”
I offered some initial thoughts in a recent post, but this time around I wanted to focus on a very specific facet of this issue.
One of the recurring themes in these questions is not just depression; it’s that the person is having a very hard time accepting the diagnosis. The individual is described as hating their spectrum traits to such an extent that they refuse to accept the diagnosis or even discuss it.