Autism – Should it be defined as a mental disorder?

Getting the right support for mental health issues is absolutely vital for autistic people. Autism is not a mental health condition, but many autistic people develop separate mental health problems. Often this can stem from a lack of appropriate support, which means that autistic people can develop more significant needs.

At the National Autistic Society, we have been campaigning for better mental health support for a long time. Our charity’s work has included pushing for quicker autism diagnosis, getting mental health support after diagnosis, and reducing the number of autistic people who are ‘sectioned’.

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