In the last episode of ‘Tud’ Sense, Aspergian James Sullivan talked about his struggles with anxiety. We received this comment from a loving and desperate mom who has a son suffering with anxiety and sensory issues:
“I am mom of 25 year old high functioning, singularly due to above average IQ, young adult son who has suffered terribly with anxiety and sensory issues. He used drugs at 16, significant drugs, and has been in and out of detox and hospitals since. He must get access to help. He is currently incarcerated for stealing and I am pleading for treatment finally for him. Any advice welcome. He is a good, handsome, wonderfully brilliant young man who is dying slowly and painfully.”
Our hearts go out to this parent and her son! We are not medical professionals or specialists but we can offer suggestions and support based on our own personal experiences. In this video, James talks about having someone in her son’s life as a good role model—someone who can say, “I’ve been there. I know what that feels like.”
If you or a loved one is dealing with anxiety and sensory issues, here are some resources where you can find professionals and online communities:
1) The National Autism Society in the UK has a great in depth article about Autism and Anxiety
2) Anxiety and Depression in America is a wealth of knowledge including finding therapists.
3) The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Aspergers Syndrome Awareness Facebook Page, and Wrong Planet are online communities where you might discover others going through similar issues.
4) Or find a local group through an Autism Meetup.
Do you have any other sources that can help? If so, please provide a link to them in comments.
James likes to share his tude views about movies, video games or books. In part two of this episode, he talks about The Little Rascals Save the Day, a direct-to-video movie.
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**Any advice is for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be considered medical, legal or financial advice. ‘Tud Sense’ is for your information only, and not a replacement for professional diagnosis, medication, or therapy.
**Image credit Universal Studios