Behavioral Health Business September 29, 2023
Morgan Gonzales

People with autism are four times as likely to experience depression in their life than typically-developing peers. Despite the increased risk, people with autism or other neurodiversities often face significant obstacles when seeking mental health care.

Barriers like clinicians’ lack of specialty training, staffing shortages and pitfalls with payers often prevent neurodiverse people from accessing care for mental disorders like depression, anxiety and mood disorders, despite increased risks.

Even getting a diagnosis for a mental disorder can be difficult because of a phenomenon called diagnostic overshadowing.

Diagnostic overshadowing occurs when a neurodiverse person presents new symptoms, but clinicians write the new behavior off as part of their neurodiversity.

“They may begin banging their head on the wall, crying, isolating, not...

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