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multiple-diverse-peopleAsperger’s syndrome refers to a high-functioning form of autism. The behaviors that are typically ascribed to Asperger’s are now encompassed under the umbrella diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Individuals with Asperger’s often have difficulty with social situations. Many times those with this syndrome have a difficult time fully understanding other people’s perspectives and feelings. They may also engage in specific, repetitive body movements or have a great ability for detail or systemizing things. While those with Asperger’s may have unique characteristics or actions, their language and cognitive skills are typically average.

Treatment  Modalities

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is often used to help those with Asperger’s manage their emotions and curb obsessive interests and repetitive routines. Just as with every syndrome, everyone may experience symptoms differently and need different support. Working with a mental health professional to learn what you respond best to is the key to successful treatment.

Being a Caregiver

Mental health can affect everyone within a family. If you are a caregiver or a family member of someone with Asperger’s, you also need to take care of your mental health. Sometimes when we constantly help others, it can be mentally draining, overwhelming, and sometimes isolating. Sometimes, the stress of being a caregiver can lead to substance abuse to cope with the challenges.

Meditation or yoga may be a great activity to explore. It is essential to designate time for yourself. Some caregivers may need time to relax and find their center. Others may simply need alone time or time for hobbies and activities. Try not to feel guilty designating this time for yourself. Your mental health and overall well-being are important and necessary. You cannot fully support and care for someone else if you are running on empty and struggling. When you are mentally healthy, you can give your full support to those around you.

Asperger’s syndrome refers to a high-functioning form of autism. Individuals with this syndrome may display a wide range of symptoms or traits, such as struggling in social situations or paying excessive attention to detail. Sometimes when syndromes such as Asperger’s are combined with other mental health challenges, it can be difficult to understand the symptoms or know where to start or what to focus on for treatment. As a caregiver or a supporter, it can feel overwhelming trying to navigate the mental health care needs of another. Here at The Guest House, we are a team of professionals ready to step in and help you work through any struggle you may be facing. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.