Does anyone know of any research about how anxiety in autism differs from anxiety in NTs?
What I mean by that is that for at least some people with ASC, if you don't encounter adverse situations or environments, you are not anxious. Anxiety is triggered by things like:
- fear of going into social situations
- having to deal with a problem you feel ill-equipped to deal with
- sensory difficulties
- lack of understanding from others
- social pressures and associated confusion
Doctors are quick to say "you have anxiety, here are some pills". If you take away the stressful situations, the anxiety is gone. They treat us like NTs with anxiety and fail to understand how it is. They assume that if we visit their office with signs of anxiety (much of which will be from just sitting there in that situation) that we are like that the whole time and this affects a variety of things in the individual's life.
I know you touched on causes for anxiety in ASC in one of your links in your reply on the thread "Society's Reaction to ASD" Damian).
IMV, although anxiety is inherently part of or co-morbid to the ASC in at least 70% of people with the condition, I do believe (well from personal experience anyway) that when stressors are removed, anxiety dissipates. I therefore believe that pill popping doesn't resolve the issue and it's just not good for someone with ASC to stay medicated for their whole life.
I would like doctors and other professionals to understand the challenges people with autism face and what causes their anxiety. It involves undoing all their current ways of thinking of anxiety and understanding autism.