Autism in adults: life's difficulties

July 25, 2012

  • Autism in adults: life's difficulties
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 autistic adults
 Usually we think of autism as a child's disease, and treatment of this disorder is mainly engaged in pediatrics. But children with autism grow up and turn into adults with autism. And here there is a lot of complexities.

People suffering from autism or autism spectrum disorder tend to have problems in terms of communication and social adaptation .  This complicates life in many ways .  And people with severe disease in need of care and physician care around the clock in lifelong .  In this case, the patient's family has to solve a difficult task, where you will live and will do what the adult child, taking into account its needs and characteristics, as well as to choose the program and the means to help realize these goals .  Education in the home, at school and at work, allows a person with ASD to raise the level of education and development throughout life .  Some adults with autism (especially with highly functional form of autism or Asperger's syndrome) can successfully engage in many common activities .  Some work in sheltered workshops under the guidance of the Governing trained to work with people with disabilities .

 Autism in adults: life's difficulties

Living with autism

Compared with the rest of the people with autism less often create families and have children. Nor do they too often live in large cities. But gradually more and more people with ASD find a mate among people with the same syndrome. This so-called "autistic culture" based on the conventional wisdom that autism - it's not a disease that requires treatment, and a unique vision of life. People with autism spectrum disorders are attracted to each other, as they share common interests or obsessions, and the compatibility of personality types. Many of them talk about how important it is for them to communicate and to maintain friendly relations. In this they differ from the others.

 Autism in adults: life's difficulties

Living conditions

Some people with autism can lead a relatively independent life in their house or apartment .  Some cope with all everyday tasks themselves, others need help in solving the most difficult problems .  Such people can get support either from family members or from medical personnel or by any other service .  For those families who have decided to leave their "adult children" at home, there are government funds .  It is programs such as "The additional income to social security", "Social insurance in case of disability" and the program "Health care" .  For information about these programs can be obtained from the Social Security Administration .  Often, people with disabilities live in groups, under the supervision of specialists .  In such homes for people with disabilities are specialists who help them cope with daily activities, including cooking, housekeeping and personal hygiene .  People with less severe manifestations of the disease can live alone in their homes .  Several times a week they visit specialists in the care of people with disabilities .  People with autism spectrum disorders requiring continuous care, can stay in special medical institutions .  This is another option for people with autism, although not the most common .  These institutions offer the possibility to restore the health and performance of simple but useful work .

 Autism in adults: life's difficulties


A small percentage of adults with Asperger's syndrome can achieve success in the standard fields, but these gains are often well below the level of their real abilities and skills. Employers need to properly use the knowledge and skills of employees. The authors of the "Guidelines for High Functioning Autism and Asperger syndrome for parents" describe three employment opportunities: on a competitive basis, on a voluntary basis or by sheltered employment.

Employment on a competitive basis - is an opportunity to find a job on their own, without any support from others. Some even manage to open their own business. People with Asperger's syndrome can prosper in activities that require attention to detail, but require minimal social interaction with colleagues, for example, in computer science. Volunteer - a system of support for employment, which includes paid work in certain population groups, sometimes as an employee of a mobile social service, sometimes in positions created specifically for that person. When sheltered employment is guaranteed employment in various enterprises. Also, employees who hold secure jobs tend to form labor skills are taught and norms of behavior.

For people with some form of autism good option is the online employment, such interaction virtually eliminates the possibility of using non-verbal signals that represent difficulty for people with autism. To find a suitable job, you can apply to institutions such as the public employment service, social welfare offices, the mental health center, as well as in the organization for the disabled.

The syndrome of pregnancy rejection: infanticide or illness?

December 28, 2013

 Rejection syndrome pregnancy
 For most women, pregnancy is a welcome and joyous event. Having learned about their situation, they are closely watching the changes of your body, listen to yourself, admired the first movement of the child within you, talk to them, and involve a dialogue with your partner unborn child. However, some women everything is different - all the fault syndrome pregnancy rejection: they not only do not enjoy the pregnancy, but did not know about it until a certain time - or at least do not want to know.


Eight children Dominique Cotterets

In 2010 in France, Dominique sorokasemiletnyaya Cotterets was arrested on suspicion of murdering their newborn children. The woman soon confessed to the murder, which, as it turned out later, she performed from 1989 until 2006. Just this time she killed eight newborn. She acknowledged that she was aware of her pregnancy, but her lawyer insisted that the woman was suffering from rejection of the so-called syndrome of pregnancy. This syndrome has previously been used in court to protect other women to kill their children. The experts who spoke at the side of the defense insisted that the rejection syndrome of pregnancy - a very real and very serious problem, although those who do not understand what it is women who suffer from this syndrome seem to be a monster.

Any changes that occur with the body during pregnancy, these women are some explanations: they assure themselves that the fullness comes from overeating, monthly terminated because of stress How to beat stress? Create an oasis  How to beat stress? Create an oasis
 , and so on. Their partners and close friends may not notice the change for various reasons, such as in the case of Dominique Cotterets - because of the strong completeness.

During the trial, many psychiatrists have argued about whether the syndrome at the French rejection of the pregnancy, but a consensus did not come. Soft case for such a sentence - two years in prison - was connected with the fact that, according to Dominique Cotterets, raped her father, and she put to death the children who were born as a result of incest. Nevertheless, this case once again sparked interest in the rejection syndrome pregnancy, including the question of whether there is a problem at all.


Denying the obvious

From 1998 to 2003, American researchers examined 31,475 cases of pregnancies. They found that the most common rejection syndrome pregnancies occur among women who do not go to the doctor before the birth. A total of 61 cases was discovered syndrome - that is, that the violation occurred approximately once every 500 pregnancies. Complete denial of pregnancy - including cases of women know that pregnancy only begins when birth - there was even less, about one case in 2500. None of these cases ended with infanticide. Similar results were obtained in studies conducted in France and Germany.

Contrary to expectations, the future mother, who suffered from the syndrome of rejection of pregnancy, it was not always teenagers from poor families, pregnant for the first time. Most of these women were significantly older than twenty years old, had a permanent job, and not abused by a spouse or other family members. Scientists came to the conclusion that rejection syndrome pregnancy may be exposed to any woman, regardless of age, education level and social status.

Despite the fact that some experts still do not believe in the existence of rejection syndrome pregnancy, stories about women who go to the hospital with abdominal pain and a few hours later gave birth to a child is no longer a rarity .  Typically, women understand that become pregnant in the first month or two after conception, but for some reason, some of them are not aware of this before the battle begins? Most of us can breathe a sigh of relief: first, rejection syndrome pregnancy is very rare, and secondly, there are no violations that cause asymptomatic pregnant .  The fact is that a woman is pregnant denies its own - it is solely a psychological problem .  Denial - this is a primitive defense mechanism, using which, one simply rejects what scares him or cause discomfort .  Pregnancy can certainly invoke such emotions Emotions and culture: how to decipher the emotional code  Emotions and culture: how to decipher the emotional code

In most cases, pregnancy denies women who did not plan to children. However, when the first signs of pregnancy The first signs of pregnancy to delay: Eyes on intuition?  The first signs of pregnancy to delay: Eyes on intuition?
   they tend to make the right conclusions and take action appropriate to the situation: go to the doctor, and decide to keep the pregnancy or not. Only a small percentage of women refuses to notice the signs of pregnancy, and spends several months in a more or less happy ignorance.


Different forms of negation

Rejection syndrome pregnancy can manifest itself in several different forms. The term "affective denial" is used in cases where a woman does not feel the connection with the developing fetus inside her, and does not contribute to your lifestyle changes associated with pregnancy. This form of denial is most common in women who take drugs, and / or those who plan to abandon the child after birth.

Psychotic denial seen in women who had prior to pregnancy had any mental disorder Mental Disorders - when life is fun  Mental Disorders - when life is fun
 . Finally, a complete denial - a form of rejection syndrome of pregnancy at which a woman till late timing is not aware that she was pregnant. It is now believed that mental disorders are the most common reason for denial of pregnancy.

Safe to say in advance who will develop the syndrome of rejection pregnancy impossible: he observed like the mentally ill, and at absolutely healthy, wealthy women. It comforted by the fact that in most cases these women do not harm their children, and their pregnancies are more likely to complete a healthy baby.

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