Many people believe that people who suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a higher functioning form of autism, cannot feel and do not experience a full range of emotional stimuli. Nothing is further from the truth. People with Asperger’s Syndrome tend to feel things just like anyone else. They may be less apt at expressing those emotions in ways that society has deemed “normal;” however, that does not mean they don’t feel emotion. A particularly strong emotion they are susceptible to is depression, especially in adolescents and young adults.
What Happens When People with Asperger’s Get Depressed?
Studies reveal that a possible 65% of people with Asperger’s tend to be more susceptible to anxiety and depression. However, due to the difficulties they have processing and sometimes displaying emotions with “appropriate affect,” it makes it very difficult for clinicians to diagnose the depressive state. Everyone, regardless of whether or not they have Asperger’s, is an individual first. It is hard to say definitively what any given person will feel when faced with depression.