Autism is not a mental illness. This we know. However, in many cases autism can be accompanied by some severe mental illnesses that can really interfere with someone’s life. Yes, for some people autism is a devastating disorder that really interferes with a person’s life and the lives of those who love them. For those with high-functioning autism who do not get the mental health issues that others do autism is manageable and even beautiful at times.
Receiving proper diagnosis and treatment is critical to the outcome of an individual’s life. I spent years upon years trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Why did I feel the way I did? Why was I depressed? Why did I think other people hated me? Why did I feel like dying? Those are all answers that will be addressed in this interesting boo about living with Autism and a plethora of mental illnesses.
Travis will share some mental health issues he has and explain how he became very confused when people in the autism community did not understand him or the amount of pain he was in. He shares what some of his delusions and hallucinations are and how he has to try to remind himself that those delusions and hallucinations are not real.
Feeling the way Travis did without a diagnosis other than Autism for several years led Travis to develop a dislike for Autism. Travis went through stages of blaming autism for everything even though it was really the mental illness that came into play that was making his life so miserable.
Now with the help of great counseling and excellent medications from the doctor Travis is moving forward in life and he does have a mental illness diagnosed.
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