Mental Health & Autism
This is a huge topic all over the world: mental health. I can only imagine how much more exacerbated this issue would be in those who have autism and other spectrum and communicative disorders. As we’ve talked about earlier, an attachable ‘brain’ could help in these chemical and hormonal differences in the brain.
Rather than the use of SSRI’s, the xNeurals attachable ‘brain’ can regulate the neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) between the neurons. Dr. Kalb in an article from Autism speaks states that, “From research and clinical experience, we know that many young people with autism have significant behavioral challenges that include self-injurious behavior, aggression and wandering. And recent research has made clear that suicidal behavior is particularly common among those who without an intellectual disability. These young people also have high rates of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, ADHD and mood disorders.” This clearly makes it evident that those with ASD have several mental health issues and mental illnesses that are difficult to navigate through.
Another study done by Spectrum News showed that “The prevalence of [ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, and impulse-control and sleep-wake conditions] was consistently elevated in autistic people.” They add, “ADHD is the most common mental health condition in people with autism, occurring in 28 percent. The next most prevalent is anxiety, which affects 20 percent.” I have first-handedly seen how these conditions make it extremely difficult on children, especially with also trying to do schooling at the same time. Due to the excess number of neurons, and neurodegeneration as further development occurs in the individual, these conditions are hard to diagnose and treat. The attachable brain could essentially bring back equilibrium in the brain.
Analysis pins down prevalence of mental health conditions in autism. Spectrum. (2019, October 4). Retrieved September 15, 2021, from https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/analysis-pins-down-prevalence-of-mental-health-conditions-in-autism/.
Autism and mental health in young people: Autism speaks. Autism Speaks. (n.d.). Retrieved September 15, 2021, from https://www.autismspeaks.org/science-blog/autism-and-mental-health-young-people-autism-speaks.
Main menu. Counseling and Psychological Services CAPS. (n.d.). Retrieved September 14, 2021, from https://sites.widener.edu/caps/mental-health-video-library/.
— Jayvanti Vanmanthai